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The Jim Corbett National Park is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand and is the oldest national park in India which got established in 1936 by the name of Hailey National park. After India’s independence the park was named as Ramganga National Park but later in 1956, it was renamed after Jim Corbett – the famous hunter turned conservationist and author, who played a major role in the establishment of the national park. Jim Corbett National park is one of the renowned Wildlife Sanctuary in India and is popular for the Royal Bengal tiger present in the sanctuary. The park contains 488 different species of plants and wide variety of wild life including Elephants, Tigers, Chital, Sambar Deer, Nilgai, Gharial, King Cobra, Muntjac, wild boar, Hedgehog, common Musk Shrew, Flying fox, Indian Pangolin, and around 600 different species of birds. Jim Corbett National Park covers an area of 521sq. kms. Corbett National Park acts as a protected area of critically endangered Bengal Tiger of India. Corbett National Park is one of the best managed and protected areas in the country and attracts thousands of Indian and Foreign visitors each year. the park is situated at the foothills of Himalayan belt and has various geographical and ecological characteristics with splendid landscapes. There are four gates which acts as entrance to the Park, which are Amdanda gate, Dhangarhi gate, Khara gate and Durga devi gate. If you are an adventure freak, bird watcher, angler, or animal lover then Jim Corbett National Park is the ideal place for you. Please Note: It is always advisable to book safaris prior to arrival, especially during weekends as there are only 60 vehicles allowed inside the Corbett National Park at a time. Depending on the number of guests, the estimated cost of safari vehicles will be between Rs 2600 – Rs 4000. Guests can directly contact the hotels and book their safaris.   Safari Zones in Corbett National Park Jhirna: A densely wooded and grassland habitat, it makes for excellent bird viewing. The Great Hornbill is found in abundance here. Jhirna is home to a population of sloth bear and wild elephants and a growing tiger population. A large grove of ‘Flame of the forest’ adds drama to Jhirna. A strong prey base of nilgai, cheetal, sambhar and the wild boar also makes it an attractive area for the big cats, while a resident wild elephant and sloth bear population offer great sighting opportunities. Bijrani: These forests range from those of pure Sal on the upper reaches, to deciduous mixed forests in the valley, along with three major grasslands. It sustains a variety of...

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Binsar is a scenic, sleepy and a cut-off travel destination, situated in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state, which will bring you much closer to the nature. Located at an elevation of 2,412 mts above the sea level, Binsar is situated amidst Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.  The main attraction of Binsar is the 300 kms of majestic and panoramic view of Himalayan peaks from Zero point. Binsar is an ideal destination for writers, nature lovers and adventure lovers. The views of major peaks like Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Kedarnath are distinctly visible from here. Binsar Hills known as Jhandi Dhar, rise to a height of 2412 mts and offer an excellent view of Almora town, Kumaon hills and the greater Himalayan valley. If you are a die-hard nature lover then prepare yourself to add Binsar in your bucket list. It is an ideal place for Bird watching and wildlife photography.  There are several popular excursions in proximity of Binsar. Take peaceful and serene walks at Binsar, enjoying the unmatched beauteousness of nature. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary was setup in 1988, is spread over an area of 45.59 km and is situated at an altitude varying 900 to 2500 metres with an average height of 2412 mts. Binsar is rich in its flora and fauna due to the proximity with Binsar Wild Life Sanctury. The slopes have a varying expanse and the terrain has been shaped by the action of running water. The sanctuary has been declared an ‘Important Bird Area by Bird Life International‘. as there are more than 200 species of birds in the sanctuary, including Forktail, Blackbirds, Laughing Thrush, Kalij Pheasant, Nuthatches, Parakeets and Monal. The dense Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of 200 bird species, Barking Deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat etc. Binsar Sanctuary Entry Tickets An entry ticket of Rs. 40 per person and Rs. 50 for a car has to be paid at the entry point of Binsar. Electricity is limited in Binsar region so as to prevent the exploitation and degradation of natural beauty. Binsar History It was the capital of rulers of Chand Dynansty, which ruled over Kumaon, from 11th to 18th centuries AD  and enjoyed their summers at Binsar. Binsar is also noted for mythological warfare between King of Binsar and Golu Devata. Due to some confusion Golu Devata was beheaded and his trunk fell at Gairad Dana Golu, near Binsar national Park and his head felled at Kaparkahan near Binsar. Both these places have ancient temples of Lord Golu. Binsar Weather (Best Time to Visit) Binsar offers salubrious...

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Ramnagar is situated in the Nainital district of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state on the banks of Kosi River at an elevation of 345mts above sea level. Ramnagar is not only the commencement point of Kumaon hills but it is also one of the gateways of renowned Jim Corbett National Park. Ramnagar has successfully lured tourists and adventure lovers and it is capable of drawing attention. Ramnagar town was established in 1856 by Commissioner H.Ramsay. Ramnagar is situated in the rich farm belt of Terai, on the southeastern fringes of the great forests.   The busy market town of Ramnagar is the main administrative centre for Corbett National Park and Project Tiger. Ramnagar is connected with motorable roads as well as railway networks. Its proximity with Corbett National Park and Nainital makes it even more popular destination. Ramnagar is the ideal spot for fishing camp and the place offers as an administrative centre for Corbett national park. Ramnagar is home of some of the best and popular hotels of Uttarakhand. Explore wildlife and enjoy bird watching in Ramnagar. You can do fishing in the Kosi River or do jungle safari in Corbett national park. Ramnagar is also famous for Litchi farming. The best time to visit Ramnagar is from Mid November to Mid June. Ramnagar is about 85 km. from Soulitude in the Himalayas....

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Pangot or Pangoot or Pangooth is small village about 39 km from Soulitude in the Himalayas , the drive takes around 1 hour 27 minutes to get there. Some part of the drive is through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, the main habitats for excellent birding. If you want to swap the city life for some bird song, then Pangot is the ideal getaway to be with the birds and wildlife. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. Almost 150 bird species have been recorded at Pangot and surrounding areas.The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna including the leopard, yellow-throated Himalayan martins, Himalayan palm civet, ghoral, barking deer, sambhar etc. Nainital, Kilbury and Pangot have the richest oak, pine and rhododendron forest in the area. This green belt supports an enormous variety of Himalayan flora and fauna. Activities In Pangot There are many walking trails through the surrounding jungle. You can choose your own trail. One of the popular walks is from the Kilbury forest rest house to Pangot. You can go through the forest or along the main road, which rarely sees vehicles pass by. The oak, pine, bamboo, cedar, rhododendron and other conifers make the walk delightfully beautiful and refreshing. The undergrowth is as fascinating with varieties of fern and moss breaking through the rich soil. Birds Watching in Pangot – Uttarakhand The forest gets thicker as you walk further. The trickle of fresh water streams enriches the habitat. You can often spy wildlife around the streams. A host of bird-life inhabits this world. An absolute dream for a birdwatcher, this walk is a must. One can get a glimpse of the Himalayas in one direction, the forests of the ‘Tarai’ region in the other, the terraced fields and the village houses in yet another...

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Bhimtal is a picturesque lake located in the lake district of Uttarakhand state i.e the Nainital district. Bhimtal is perched at an elevation of 1,370mts above sea level. Named after the legendary Bhima of Mahabharata, Bhimtal is a beautiful lake centered amidst green mountains. The lake is at a scenic spot with a small island at its centre on which there is a beautiful large aquarium which was previously a restaurant. Bhimtal affords splendid views and visual vistas of nature’s beauty. There is an ancient Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple on the banks of Bhimtal which was built by Bhima during the exile period of the Pandavas. The present temple was renovated by Baz Bahadur of Chand Dynasty in the 17th century. Bhimtal is older than the Nainital city as it was once the part of the ancient silk route. The island amidst Bhim Tal is 91mts from the shore of the Bhim Tal. Bhimtal covers larger area than Nainital and thousands of tourists visit every year to enjoy the serene and pristine beauty of this place. Bhimtal is the favourite excursion of the travellers who visit Nainital and Haldwani. Bhimtal, unlike Nainital as is a peaceful and quite place which adds charm to the stay at here. Bhim Tal provides ample water sport opportunities for amateurs with paddling and boating facilities. Bhimtal is about 20 km. from Soulitude in the Himalayas. Bhimtal Climate and Weather The climate of Bhimtal is pleasant and salubrious during summers but very cold during winters. Bhimtal Summers:     15c-28°c     Cotton / Light woolen Bhimtal Winters:     4c-18°c     Heavy...

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