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CLICK TO KNOW BRITISH LADY WHO PIONEERED TOURISM IN NAINITAL

By Mukul Arora . 19th June 2018 12:30pm
CLICK TO KNOW BRITISH LADY WHO PIONEERED TOURISM IN NAINITAL

Nainital, a popular tourist hotspot located in the wilderness of UK (Uttrakhand) is known for its lake town. The lake town was discovered and developed by a lady naming Mary Jane Corbett, mother of hunter turned environmentalist Jim Corbett. Today the town has forgotten the lady who developed it as a tourist hotspot. It all started 130 years ago when Mary Jane Corbett visited the town. She was mesmerized by the beauty of this town so she decided to develop it as a tourist hotspot. She was the first person who came out with a lodging facility for tourists in the hill town. This piece of history seems to be buried by the passing time. Mary Jane was a woman who lived in the hills of Mussoorie and Nainital and she took her last breath in Nainital. [caption id="attachment_39883" align="alignnone" width="960"] St John's Church where coffin of Jane Corbett is located[/caption] Her final resting place lies in the lap of nature close to the church in the wilderness. The memorial could be a popular tourist hotspot but it is neglected both by tourism department and local communities. She was the first person who sowed the seeds of tourism in this town and that too in her own unique way. She sowed the seeds of tourism in this town which soon became a source of earning for the local community. Despite the town harvesting a fortune out of tourism activities, the mother of tourism lies neglected and forgotten.  People from various countries still come to Nainital to visit the graves of their ancestors who were buried here during the colonial era. “It’s unfortunate that the grave of the person who devoted her life to developing tourism remains deserted. It also shows the apathy of those responsible for tourism development. If not for emotional reasons, this site should have been well-preserved, propagated and publicised at least for promoting tourism. The remains of this grave are a part of the history of this town. The site is also worth a visit for witnessing the peaceful environment and the natural beauty that encompasses the area,” says Reverend Sundar Lal.