Jim Corbett is one of the best national parks of India, set up way back in 1936. The park is rich in multiple species of animals and birds, and when you are there, you just can’t resist exploring them. There are a lot of things to do in Jim Corbett such as jungle safari, camping, trekking, hiking, bird watching and mountain biking for those who seek adventure. You can hire a jeep or ride on an elephant if you choose to go for jungle safari.
If you feel like an explorer then you can go on various trekking and hiking trails. If you love birds then you can go to certain spots located in various parts of the park, to go bird watching. There’s nothing like river crossing and mountain biking if you seek adventure and thrill. The point about jeep ride and elephant ride is- you feel yourself amidst the jungle, as if you were part of it. The fresh air of the jungle goes through you and you can feel the proximity of animals around you.
Garjia Devi Temple
Garjiya Devi Temple is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site that is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. This temple is located on the outskirts of Corbett National Park in Garjiya village near Ramnagar. This must visit temple is built on a rock in the middle of Kosi River and it is simply a worth visiting attraction. In order to get to the top of the temple, one has to climb a steep staircase and once there you can notice a 4.5 feet high idol of Girija Devi. You can also see the idols of Devi Saraswati, Lord Ganesha and Batuk Bhairava. Besides thousands of visitors that visit the temple through the year, an annual fair held on Kartik Poornima attracts natives and inhabitants from nearby villages. The view of the surrounding jungle that the temple offers is eerie yet serene.
Hanuman Dham is located in Ramnagar amidst peaceful and tranquil surrounding. This is a must visit attraction in Ramnagar district and the temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The architecture of the temple is splendid in appearance both interiors and exteriors. This well-known tourist attraction has an arched gateway to the temple that depicts two fishes on the gateway symbolizing fortune and prosperity. It gives a grand chhatri type of appearance in a hierarchical manner on ornate columns. The Hanuman Dham houses a sitting area, a meditation halls, a centre for disabled and a majestic temple of Shri Hanuman.
Sitabani is one of the prominent zones which are always full with tourists. Most of the tourists entering Sitabani Jeep Safari zone are avid bird watchers. They have fair inkling to watch birds and the best part is that there are plenty of birds to watch around, all through the season. Tourists can also take a glimpse of vultures, which have almost disappeared from the cities and towns.
Whole of forest area in Sitabani is open all round the year for safari tours and there is absolutely no limit of vehicles entering the area. Corbett national park authority does not offer the permit for the entry into this zone. Instead, Sitabani Forest Department provides the permit for jeep safari in this region. Sitabani forest zone also has a popular temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are shallow brooks flowing through the Sitabani, which offer enjoyable retreats to the tourists passing by. Tourists can also catch fishes and get excited about angling. It would indeed be a great idea to take a tour round this zone and get a real time glimpse of it. Since you can easily take a walk through the Sitabani region, it would become a memorable adventure for you.
Another untold delight which you can’t miss out if you are planning to go and visit the Jim Corbett National Park, is the Corbett Waterfall. It is located about 22 to 25 kms from Ramnagar by road while going to Nainital. Tourists can see it from a safe distance, without entering its waters; as they might be infested with snakes and crocodiles.
Corbett Waterfall is surrounded by dense teak forest, which in turn increase its beauty. The sound of falling water lightly on the ground, mixed with melodious chirping of birds, just makes the perfect natural music which a nature lover would like to hear for sure.
It’s another entry is from Kaladhungi which is located about 4 kms from Ramnagar road. From road, you will have to take a short 2 km trek by foot to reach this waterfall. It is also a must visit tourist destination.