Jim Corbett National Park which was established in 1936 to thrive the dwindling numbers of the Royal Bengal Tiger is now home to a variety of flora and fauna. It is one of the oldest surviving national parks in the country. Spread across a wide area of an impressive 520 sq km, it is the preferred destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is also the ideal place to enjoy solitude and embrace nature in its pristine form. However, sighting wild animals and getting lost in the wild forests of the national park is not the only activity one does at Jim Corbett. Below are some of the amazing places to visit in Jim Corbett National Park which will further make the trip memorable.
1. Sitabani Temple – This ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Sita, the wife of Lord Ram, is located around 20 km from Ramnagar in the Sitavani Jungles of the Jim Corbett National Park. It is a very pious temple and is of significant importance in Hindu mythology. The tranquil atmosphere that abounds around the periphery of the temple soothes the mind. Visitors enjoy a quiet moment surrounded by nature at this idyllic solitary temple.
2. Girija Devi Temple – Situated atop a hillock, Girija Devi Temple overlooks the rippling waters of the Kosi River. It is one of the most revered temples in the region and is frequented by devotees from all the nearby places. The fair held in Karthik Purnima in the month of November is visited by thousands of people. The view from the top of the temple is worth watching especially at the time of sunset when the orange tinge of the setting sun transforms the water of the river and the nearby places into a mystical orange hue.
3. Durga Mandir – Located within the dense forests of the Jim Corbett National Park is the Durga Mandir which is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The distinct architecture of several Hindu Gods and Goddesses is sculpted on the walls of the temple. This temple is frequented by visitors to offer their prayers and seek blessings from the Goddess Durga.
4. Corbett Museum: James Edward Corbett, who is popularly known as Jim Corbett, was a great environmentalist and is widely known for hunting down many man-eating tigers and leopards. After his death, his house had been converted into a museum that houses his personal belongings. It also displays the valor and achievements of the great man in the form of photographs that hang on the walls of the museum.
5. Corbett Waterfall: Deep inside the forests of Jim Corbett, after a small trek, one can find clear crystal water cascading from an amazing height and splashing down on the rocks with a great sound. It is shrouded by tall trees and displays of greenery which makes the place even more amazing. It is one of the most frequented places in Jim Corbett.
6. Birjani – Once used by Britishers as a hunting ground, Birjani is now famous for its myriad wildlife, thick forests, and grasslands. One can avail an elephant ride or a jeep safari to visit this day visit tourist place.
7. Kalagarh Dam – Located within the Jim Corbett National Park, Kalagarh Dam is visited by tourists as an idyllic picnic spot. It is also a preferred spot by ornithologists as the dam is frequented by many migratory birds. The area around the dam abounds in natural beauty and is a preferred spot for shutterbugs.
8. Kosi River – The Kosi River that runs through the national park is frequented by visitors for its scenic beauty and for it provides amazing views of the faraway mountains. It is also visited by the adventure seekers to indulge in river rafting in its turbulent rocky bed.
A visit to Jim Corbett National Park along with a visit to these wonderful never visited sites would be an adventure for a lifetime. Next time you think of nature, think Jim Corbett and pack your bags for a thrilling ride with nature.