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Jungle Trails in Northern India: Reminiscences of Hunting in India

Biography / Memoir

By: John Hewett

278 pages, 24 plates, maps


Paperback | Dec 1938 [2008 reprint] | #176902 | ISBN-13: 9788181581051
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Sir John Hewett was an administrator in India, with a passion for big-game hunting. He wrote this chatty memoir in 1938 when he returned to England. Jungle Trails in Northern India is a detailed account of his adventures in the jungles of Tarai, Cooch Behar, the Central Provinces, and up North in Kumaon and Garhwal. In reading of his descriptions of his travels, we learn a lot about John Hewett. He traveled a great deal with his younger daughter Lorna, who was an intrepid hunter in her own right and even returned with him to India in 1926-27. The last chapter in this book is about Lorna's unchaperoned trek to Leh in 1921.

This book provides interesting uginettes of the social structures and cultures traditions of the days of the Raj. The photographs of the people the author knew, the Maharajas and his colleagues and the author's staff lend colour to the readers visual vocabulary of a bygone era.


1. Early days at Agra. 2. Tarai (descriptive). 3. Tarai (descriptive). 4. How to arrange a beat for tiger. 5. Relative dangers of different methods of tiger shooting. 6. Statistics of lengths and weights of tigers. 7. Early shooting parties in the Tarai. 8. The jungles of Cooch Behar and the Central Provinces. 9. Shooting parties in the Tarai and Kumaun and Garhwal Forest Divisions, 1907-1908. 10. shooting parties in the Tarai and Kumaun and Garhwal Forest Divisions, 1909-1912. 11. Visits to Mirzapur. 12. Visits to Nepal. 13. Visits to India after retirement. 14. Tours in the Hills of Kumaun, Garhwal, Jansar Bawar and Tehri. 15. A visit to Leh in 1921. Appendix--Glossary of names. Index.

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