Places to See Around Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. It is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment. The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative
Dhikala Tourism Zone: Dhikala is a well known tourist destination in Jim Corbett National Park. Situated at the border of the extensive Patil Dun valley from where the Ramganga flows in numerous channels. Literally Dhikala is situated approximately at a distance of 35 km from Dhangarhi Gate, promising more real experience of the wild. Dhikala forest lodge is the sole place in Indian National Park that permits night stay in the lap of nature. Hard core wild lifer recommends a very interesting place to find accommodation in. It offers outstanding view of the valley, with the Kanda.
Garjia Temple:Garjia Devi Temple is situated at an approximate distance of 14 km from Ramnagar city on the way to Ranikhet. The temple is actually a huge rock that is placed amidst river Kosi, which has been named as Garjia Devi after the deity. Devotees reach temple after climbing several flights of stairs. Temple attracts thousands of devotees from across the globe. Newlywed Couple coming to Corbett must seek the blessings of Garjia Devi.
Sitabani Forest Reserve: Located at an approximate distance of 10 km from Ramnagar, Sitabani is a hard forest area but not the part of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Sitabani is heaven for bird watchers as the place is only spot where many species of feathered creatures beautify the environs of area. Apart from, the reserve provides an adobe to a good number of wildlife including barking deer, tigers, leopard, wild boars, elephant and king cobra. The place has historic importance too; associated with the epic Ramayana, it is said that Sitabani is the same place where Goddess Sita (wife of Lord Rama) spent her days of expulsion. Declared as buffer zone area by the forest officials only has two modes of transport – Elephant and Jeep Safari is allowed
Corbett Water Fall:Situated at an approximate distance of 25 km from Ramnagar City by surface. The waterfall is snuggled amidst the green foliage and cascades down into a small lagoon like pool. It is a best picnic spot for groups visiting Corbett National Park. Tourist can enjoy swimming and can refresh all the senses of the body.
Dhangarhi Museum: Dhangarhi gate is situated 20 km from Ramnagar railway station. The museum has been set up at the main entry gate of the park is like an introduction to Jim Corbett National Park. The museum depicts the maximum information about the land topography and wildlife species residing the park.
Kosi River: The River Kosi flows approximate to the Corbett National Park and forms the eastern boundary of the Park. Though the river does not enter the National Park boundary but wild animals from Corbett come to the river banks for drinking water especially during pinch periods. The river is inhabited by Masheer and attracts many species of migratory birds too. So the area is best for bird watching and photographing them. It is a great place for young travelers, sitting at the banks of river in evening, have a sip of beer and you can read your favorite book.
Bijrani Tourism Zone: Bijrani Tourism Zone is the premium zone of the park, known for its exotic flora and fauna and amazing vegetation. Bijrani is one of the highest wildlife populated Tiger Reserve Area of Corbett National Park. The entry point of this zone is Amdanda Gate near Ramnagar. Travelers may have highest possibility of tiger spotting during Bijrani Jeep Safari. Healthy population of wildlife, open grasslands, deep & dense forest with stormy drains is some of the major attractions of Bijrani wildlife zone.
Kalagarh Dam is dam located in the south-west of the wildlife sanctuary. This is one of the best places for a bird watching tour. Lots of migratory waterfowls comes here in the winters4