|Corbett Wildlife Museum||Located at Chhoti Haldwani at the distance of about 3 kilometers from the Kaladhungi Town towards Nainital|
|Corbett Waterfall||Close to the periphery of the Corbett Tiger Reserve about 4 kilometers away from Kaladhungi along the Kaladhungi-Ramnagar Highway|
|Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary||Positioned on the brinks of the Jim Corbett National Park in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand|
|Kalagarh Dam||Positioned about 3 kilometers upstream of Kalagarh and located within the limits of the Jim Corbett National Park in its Pauri Garhwal District Zone|
|Ramnagar||Nestled amidst the prosperous farm belt of Terai in the Kumaon Region of Nainital District|
|Garjiya Devi Temple||Sited at a small village named Garjiya approximately 14 kilometers away from Ramnagar on the way to Ranikhet|
|Sita Bani Temple||Positioned about 20 kilometers away from Ramnagar|
|Ramganga River||Originates from the Doodhatoli Ranges in the Pauri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand and flows to south west through the Corbett Tiger Reserve|
|Sonanadi River||Enters the Jim Corbett National Park from the north-west orientation and meets the Ramganga River close to the reservoir|
|Kosi River||Flows parallel to the eastern periphery of the Jim Corbett National Park|
|Camp Kyari||Sheltered at the footings of the Kumaon Mountain Ranges|
|Dhikala||Sited at the boundary of the extensive Patli Dun Valley overlooking the Dhikala Chaur|
|Bijrani||Placed just 1 kilometer away from Ramnagar|
|Jhirna||Placed within the southern section of the sanctuary about 16 kilometers away from Ramnagar|
|Nainital||Nestled in the Gagar Valley amidst the lofty peaks of the Kumaon Hills|
Corbett Wildlife Museum
The Corbett Wildlife Museum, also known as the ‘Corbett Kaladhungi Wildlife Museum’ or just as the ‘Corbett Museum’ is a heritage menagerie where the memorabilia associated with Jim Corbett; an ingenious British hunter particularly acclaimed for executing around ten man eater tigers, are preserved. Jim Corbett later switched to being a conversationalist and naturalist and greatly contributed in the constitution of the Jim Corbett National Park (then Hailey National Park). Located at Chhoti Haldwani at the distance of about 3 kilometers from the Kaladhungi Town towards Nainital, the Corbett Wildlife Museum is housed within the very bungalow where Jim Corbett used to reside.
A visit to this treasure repository grants an insight into the life of Jim Corbett as well as the age he lived in. Several personal belongings of Jim Corbett including his daily use articles, sketches, paintings, letters, manuscripts, rare photographs, antiques and his last hunt displayed in this museum narrate an account of his activities and accomplishments and also illustrate the traits of his dynamic and distinguished personality. Many heads of tigers and elephants hunted by British Officials and Indian Kings are exhibited here in glass boxes. The tourists can reach the Corbett Wildlife Museum through Dhangarhi Gate from the National Park. At the Dhangarhi Souvenir Shop one can purchase wildlife related books, handcrafted rural items and other souvenirs replicating the images of tiger and other wild animals.
The Corbett Wildlife Museum can be visited from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm all days of week but Sunday. Indians are charged 5 INR as the entry fee while the foreigners are charged 10 INR. Photography is permitted within the museum free of cost. Other nearby attractions associated with Jim Corbett include the Chaupal Meeting Place, Moti House and the Corbett Wall.
The Corbett Waterfall to be found close to the periphery of the Corbett Tiger Reserve about 4 kilometers away from Kaladhungi along the Kaladhungi-Ramnagar Highway is an angelic natural cataract splendidly fixed amidst the sylvan timberland of Ramnagar division. Plummeting from the height of 20 meters and emptying into a small lagoon the lustrous silvery stretch of the Corbett Waterfall elegantly cascading against the resplendent backdrop of the verdant green foliage creates an absolutely mesmerizing spectacle. The water after gushing into the basin surges further on making its way through the rocky and woodsy plateau of Kumaon. The narrow winding road that leads to the waterfall is lined with tall and thick teak woods and is perfect for hiking, bird watching, leisure nature walks and jungle trails. Profuse with extensive bio diversity, the terrain around the waterfall frequently reports wildlife sighting. Tremendously popular amongst the trekkers and adventure seekers as an idyllic camping location, the Corbett Waterfall is growing famous as a foremost tourist attraction around the Jim Corbett National Park. The visitors can indulge in swimming and bathing in the water puddle created at the feet of the waterfall. The ‘Nature Walk’ Museum situated in the proximity with the Corbett Waterfall is an additional draw for the tourists where one can experience a perfect unison with Mother Nature.
Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary positioned on the brinks of the Jim Corbett National Park in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand is a wildlife conservation area that along with the Corbett National Park forms the celebrated ‘Corbett Tiger Reserve’. Covering the total area of 301 square kilometers, the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary was combined with the Jim Corbett National Park in the year 1991. The sanctuary derives its name after the appellation of the river Sonanadi (the river of gold) that flows through it. Predominantly renowned for its population of Bengal Tigers and Asiatic Elephants, the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary along with the Corbett National Park holds the 2nd largest population of Tiger-Panther Tigris in the whole world.
Enveloped in the cloak of thick Northern Indian Tropical Forests, this nature preserve cultivates diverse botanical species such as Sal, Semal, Sheesham, Aonla, Bakli, Jamun, Fig, Kanthber, and innumerable other medicinal plants, herbs and shrubs. The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary provides a safe haven to about 600 types of different residential as well as migratory birds which comprise approximately 6% bird population of the total bird species on the back of the earth. Some of the most commonly sighted birds include Pheasants, Himalayan Bearded Vulture, Wall Creeper, Thrushes, Warblers, Hornbills, Flycatchers, Falcon, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Brown Fish Owls, Emerald Dove, etc.
The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary also shelters assorted species of mammals like Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Himalayan Black Bear, Cheetal, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Porcupine, Otter, Goral, Yellow-Throated Marten, etc. Reptiles like King Cobra, Python, Monitor Lizard, etc and amphibians and fish videlicet Turtles, Mugger, Gharials, Mahaseer, Indian Trout etc. are also found here. Tourists can enjoy both Elephant Safari and Jeep Safari inside the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary. The most ideal time for visiting this Game Refuge is from November to April.
The Kalagarh Dam, also reckoned as the ‘Ramganga Dam’ is an embankment dam and water reservoir that is constructed across the Ramganga River flowing through the Corbett Tiger Reserve. Positioned about 3 kilometers upstream of Kalagarh and located within the limits of the Jim Corbett National Park in its Pauri Garhwal District Zone, the Kalagarh Dam of Uttarakhand was built under the Ramganga Multipurpose Project. This dam supports a 198 MW power station and also serves as a source of irrigation water to the farmland measuring 142,086 acres. Other than that, the additional advantages yielded by the Kalagarh Dam include the flood control assistance and tourism & recreation. This earth and rock-fill embankment dam was constructed over 13 years between 1961 AD and 1974 AD. Measuring 128 meters in its height and 715 meters in its length, the Kalagarh Dam holds the capacity of storing 10,000,000 cubic meters of water. Apart from its practical benefits, the Kalagarh Dam is also exalted as a leading picnicking destination around Ramnagar and Jim Corbett. This is one of the most ideal sites for the bird watching tours and a paradise for birdwatchers as hundreds of migratory waterfowls and other birds arrive here during the winter season.
Ramnagar, nestled amidst the prosperous farm belt of Terai in the Kumaon Region of Nainital District is a modest township and a municipal corporation of Uttarakhand that has earned wide-reaching fame due to its proximity with the world-famous wildlife conservation area; Jim Corbett National Park and the widely sought after hill resort of Northern India; Nainital. Ramnagar, the administrative centre of the Corbett National Park functions as the gateway to this nature preserve and the permit for spending a night inside the National Park can be obtained from here. Earlier known by the sobriquet ‘Ahichhatra’, Ramnagar is the legendary capital of the Northern Panchala Kingdom documented in the Mahabharata.
The present day Ramnagar Town was established between 1856 and 1884 AD under the leadership and direction of a British Commissioner H. Ramsay. During the British Colonization Ramnagar and its adjacent villages cultivated tea on grand scale, however, this business was closed later. Thousands of tourists and adventure enthusiasts are drawn to Ramnagar for visiting the Corbett National Park every year. Apart from wildlife sighting and bird watching expeditions Ramnagar also offers opportunities of fishing in the Kosi River and Jungle Safari in the Corbett National Park. In addition to that, Garjiya Devi Temple and Seeta Bani Temple dedicated to Goddess Sita add a religious dimension to this nature based tourist destination. Mid November to Mid June is the best time for paying a visit to Ramnagar.
Garjiya Devi Temple
The Garjiya Devi Temple sited at a small village named Garjiya approximately 14 kilometers away from Ramnagar on the way to Ranikhet is a Hindu Holy Shrine that is dedicated to a manifestation of Goddess Durga worshipped here as ‘Goddess Garjiya’. The term ‘Garjiya’ literally means ‘the daughter of the Himalayas’ i.e. Goddess Parvati. The Garjiya Devi Temple built atop a giant towering boulder placed in the riverbed of the Kosi River is a sacred Shakti shrine of the Nainital District that is visited by thousands of devotees every year. As per the prevailing belief, originally this terrain was covered with dense woods and the temple moved to its current location with a deluge in the river Kosi. Lord Shiva (Bhairav) spotted Goddess Garjiya floating over the waters of Kosi and requested her to reside there with him. The Goddess agreed and her idol was discovered by the locals seated upon the small hill where later on they established a temple dedicated to Garjiya Devi. It is also believed that this sacrosanct shrine never submerges in water even at the time of heavy floods and the Goddess Garjiya has been dwelling here for many years without any disturbance. Daily ‘Poojas’ are performed at the Garjiya Devi Temple and devotees offer vermilion, coconut, red Chunnerie, incense, lamp, etc to the presiding deity. A large fair is held here on the occasion of the Kartik Poornima Day (Dev Diwali) when the vicinity is thriving with hordes of devotees of Goddess Parvati.
Sita Bani Temple
The Sita Bani Temple positioned about 20 kilometers away from Ramnagar is a blessed shrine dedicated to Goddess Sita; the consort of Lord Ram. As the legend goes, the Sita Bani Temple is erected at the very site from where Devi Sita had entered into the belly of Mother Earth after assigning the custody of her twin sons Luv and Kush to Lord Ram towards the end of the Ramayana. A grand fair is held at the Sita Bani Temple on the day of Ramanavami every year.
The Ramganga River; a tributary of the Ganges and the chief perennial source of water in the Jim Corbett National Park is a spring fed river that originates from the Doodhatoli Ranges in the Pauri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand and flows to south west through the Corbett Tiger Reserve from the Kumaon Himalayas. This massive waterway having a drainage basin of 30,641 sq. km. travels about 100 kilometers from its originating point before entering the national park. Later, its flows for about 40 kilometers till Kalagarh finally entering the plains. The Sonanadi, Mandal and Palain rivers meet Ramganga on the way. The Kalagarh Dam or Ramganga Dam is built across the Ramganga River at Kalagarh that generates hydroelectricity and provides water for irrigation. An assortment of aquatic species such as Mahseer Fish, Gharials, Crocodiles, Otters, Turtles and other fish are found in the waters of Ramganga in abundance. This profusion of fish population attracts scores of migratory birds, particularly water birds from Central Asia and Europe during the winter season. Kingfishers, Terns, Fish Eagles and Storks etc. are the most commonly spotted avifauna of the Ramganga River. Fishing and Mahseer Angling are two most favorite water sports pursued in the Ramganga River especially between November and May when the river is profuse with sparkling clear water and bounteous big fish. Ganga Dassahra is the annual festival of Ramganga River that is celebrated at Chaubari village near Bareilly in September or October.
The word ‘Sonanadi’ literally means the ‘golden river’ or the ‘river of gold’. The Sonanadi River derives its appellation from the fact that plenteous gold was found in the alluvial deposits of the Sonanadi River which was extracted from the river bed by sieving, washing and mercury treatments. The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary which forms an important part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve is nested on the banks of the river Sonanadi. The Sonanadi River is a tributary of the Ramganga River that enters the Jim Corbett National Park from the north-west orientation and meets the Ramganga River close to the reservoir.
The Kosi River that flows parallel to the eastern periphery of the Jim Corbett National Park from Mohan through Dhikuli till Ramnagar is a perennial river similar to the Ramganga River that provides drinking water to the wild animals of the sanctuary predominantly during the pinch periods. Although the Kosi River does not enter the Corbett National Park, it plays a vital role in the ecosystem of this Tiger Reserve. The riverbed of the Kosi River is speckled with loads of stones and boulders which engenders the river to pour in an unpredictable and eccentric manner. During monsoon, the river even changes its course on a whim which often causes damage to the surroundings. The Kosi River brimming with Mahseer and other fish beckons jillions of migratory birds in winter when nature lovers and photographers throng the vicinity for bird watching. Kosi River is also a popular destination for fishing and angling where during the fishing season tourists can catch Mahseer.
The Camp Kyari sheltered at the footings of the Kumaon Mountain Ranges and guarded by its Nainital Kunjkharak Sector towards its eastern and north-eastern fringes is an innovative campsite established at a tiny Kumaoni Village named ‘Siyat’ where tourists can undergo a first hand experience of the typical Himalayan village life. Set up according to the eco-development principles, the Camp Kyari offers a whole host of wildlife and adventure based activities such as trekking, mountain biking, river crossing, cave expeditions, bird watching, bullock cart rides, elephant and jeep safaris, exploring the endless jungle trails and many others which would yield you a comprehensive feel of pure wilderness. At the Camp Kyari tourists can stay in mud huts, sleep on a cane mat, harvest fresh vegetables, plough the farm with a pair of bullocks, spend serene evenings reposing on hammocks or sitting on swings and enjoy the campfire at nights. This replica of a modest Himalayan Village placed amidst an organic farm uses kerosene and solar lanterns as a source of light so as to conserve energy. Perched at the altitude of 2,800 feet above the sea level to the east of the Kosi River, the Camp Kyari overlooks the entire Corbett landscape teeming with immense natural pulchritude. The Camp Kyari is open for public visits from October to March.
Dhikala sited at the boundary of the extensive Patli Dun Valley overlooking the Dhikala Chaur (considered amongst the biggest grasslands of this Nature Preserve) and the Phulai Chaur is one of the most preferred tourist destinations of the Jim Corbett National Park where a drive through these Chaurs would grant you an electrifying wildlife sighting experience. Apart from the breathtaking spectacles of the Patli Dun Valley positioned against the extravagant backdrop of the Kanda Ridge, tourists can also watch hordes of wild elephants, hog deer, chital, innumerable grassland bird species, raptors and so on happily dwelling in their protected natural habitat. This vista appears even more striking from the watchtower erected at Dhikala. Dhikala, the major administrative centre of the Jim Corbett National Park is reachable from Ramnagar through the Dhangari Gate. An additional attraction of the Dhikala Zone is its historical rest house estimated to be built over 100 year ago.
Once renowned as a rich shooting block and particularly reckoned during the British Raj for its excellence of game hunting the Bijrani Tourist Zone of the Corbett National Park is accessible from the Amanda Gate which is placed just 1 kilometer away from Ramnagar. After entering the Amanda Gate a five kilometers long buffer zone approaches at the end of which the Bijrani Zone starts. This is also the point from where the jungle safaris begin. Bequeathed with dense forests and vast grasslands enshrouded in diverse vegetation and fed by Mailani Tal, Phul Tal, and several seasonal water streams namely Kithcer Sot, Khina Sot, Reethapani Sot and Malani Sot, the Bijrani Tourist Zone shelters tigers, wild elephants, deer, chital, sambar, para, kakkar, sloth bear, king cobra, India python, krait, viper, lizards, and numerous species of birds in its secured haven. Exceptionally loved by the day tourists, this woodsy compass can be explored through elephant safaris and jeep safaris. Both in the morning and in the evening maximum 30 vehicles each are permitted admission into the Bijrani Zone. Advance booking is required for the morning safaris while the permits for the evening safaris are granted on first come first serve basis.
The Jhirna Tourist Zone of the Jim Corbett National Park placed within the southern section of the sanctuary about 16 kilometers away from Ramnagar and accessible through the ‘Dhela Gate’ is the only tourist zone of this game refuge that is kept open for the tourist visits all twelve months of the year. To visit the Jhirna Zone it is mandatory to acquire permission from the authorities of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. The Jhirna Zone mainly covered with dry deciduous forests and dense patches of bamboo provides a safe home to tiger, leopard, deer, sloth bear, wild boar and an assortment of local and migratory birds. Formerly a farming village and annexed to the Project Tiger Reserve in 1994 AD the farmland of Jhirna is little by little turning into a wild grassland habitat. Featured with manifold sots and narrow gorges, the woods of the Jhirna Zone are laden with immeasurable natural splendor. Tourists can enjoy Elephant Safari or Jeep Safari in the Jhirna Tourist Zone and taking a guide along is compulsory here. 25 vehicles are permitted an entry into Jhirna Zone for the morning safari and same for the evening safari. The permit for the morning safari must be obtained 6 days prior to the visit while the evening trips are allowable on first come first serve basis. Apart from the safari rides tourists also undertake trekking expeditions and explore the wilderness in its truest implication.
Nainital; the ‘Lake District’ of Uttarakhand nestled in the Gagar Valley amidst the lofty peaks of the Kumaon Hills is one of the most celebrious and most cherished hill stations of India. Divided into two parts Tallital and Mallital, Nainital is positioned around the celebrated Naini Lake in the state of Uttarakhand. Enclosed by an assortment of seven mountain crests, the chief of them being Mount Naina, Mount Deopatha and Mount Ayarpatha, Nainital, the treasure land of lakes, hills and infinite natural elegance is indeed a paradise for nature lovers and a fantastic vacation locus for young and old alike. Eternally blessed with the romantic stroke of pristine beauty and salubrious climate, Nainital is the most gleaming jewel in the dazzling diamond necklace of the Himalayas. The charismatic town of Nainital situated in a valley containing the pear shaped lake has a lot to offer. Be it boating, yachting, and paddling in the numerous lakes of this ‘Lake District’ or exploring the hills, making friends with the animals in the zoo or peacefully sitting back feeling the touch of Mother Nature, everything is at your service in Nainital. P. Barron, the father of Nainital was right when he said, “It is by far the best site I have witnessed in the course of a 1,500 miles trek in the Himalayas.”