Jim Corbett National Park: Travel Review

India’s first national park established in 1936,JimCorbettNational Parkis the perfect retreat for nature-lovers. Placed on the foothills of theHimalayas, in the Nainital District of Uttrakhand, it is abundant and famous for its flora and fauna with over 100 species of trees, 50 species of mammals and 550 species of birds.

It’s an absolutely ideal setting for tourists, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

The park is known for being home to some of the rare species of Tigers, a species which is highly endangered, and on the verge of extinction. The Bengal Tiger can also be spotted here. Earlier known asHaileyNational Park, it has become a famous destination for tourists nowadays.

Living there, amidst the forest and its creatures, is a wonderful experience. Although because of its increased popularity, many luxury resorts have been established close to the forest area; but the real experience lies within the forest. Living in an FRH (Forest Rest House) where you can enjoy nature at its natural best, is an experience of a lifetime. Not to mention that these resorts have hugely affected the ecological balance of the park, and would also be a waste of money to live in one of them. The exalting beauty of the place, with the constant chirping of birds, takes you to another world altogether.

The jungle safari is another thrilling experience; one that would more than just excite those who love adventure. There are a huge variety of animals, birds and reptiles to observe, from tigers, leopards, elephants, deer and black bears to eagles, parakeet and pythons. You are basically looking at a variety of frames, images and shots that would make for a great opportunity for any wildlife photographer, or an wildlife and adventure junkie.

While for the other lot of tourists, who enjoy a laid back day, Corbett is a heaven where you can just lie back on a chair in your rest house, a cup of coffee in one hand, and a book in another. The peace and calm of the surroundings is much desirable as compared to the never-ending commotion in the city.

During the night, the sounds of the various animals and birds around you makes for an eerie yet hauntingly serene environment. A stroll around the rest house with your friends at this time would be fun and is safe too thanks to the electric fencing all around the park. The cool breeze and the sweet smell of the plants are extremely refreshing and rejuvenating. The mornings are foggy during winters, and the temperature can drop down to 3 degree Celsius.

Corbett National Park is one of the most attractive national parks in the country and is a great destination for anybody looking for a break from the hub-dub of the city life. It is best experienced with a large group of friends.

If you are a nature-lover, you MUST visit this place once to see what you’ve been missing.

Tanvi Hans

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