ABOUT JIM CORBETT

Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. It is located in Nainital district and Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett, a well known hunter and naturalist. The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative.

The park has sub-Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characteristics. An ecotourism destination,it contains 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna.The increase in tourist activities, among other problems, continues to present a serious challenge to the park’s ecological balance.

Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time.[when?] Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its landscape and wildlife. In recent years[when?] the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently,every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park

Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2 (201.1 sq mi) area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands and a large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 to 4,000 ft (400 to 1,220 m). Winter nights are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September.

Dense moist deciduous forest mainly consists of sal, haldu, peepal, rohini and mango trees. Forest covers almost 73% of the park, 10% of the area consists of grasslands. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.

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ABOUT NAINITAL

Nainital is a popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Nainital is the judicial capital of Uttarakhand, the High Court of the state being located there, and is the headquarters of the Kumaon division as well as an eponymous district. It also houses the Governor of Uttarakhand, who resides in the Raj Bhavan. Nainital was the summer capital of the United Provinces.

Nainital is located in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas at a distance of 285 km from the state capital Dehradun and 345 km from New Delhi, the capital of India. Situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres (6,837 ft) above sea level, the city is set in a valley containing an eye-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest are Naina (2,615 m (8,579 ft)) on the north, Deopatha (2,438 m (7,999 ft)) on the west, and Ayarpatha (2,278 m (7,474 ft)) on the south. From the tops of the higher peaks, “magnificent views can be obtained of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bound by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas.

Here are the some tourist attractions to see in Nainital:

1. ECO CAVE GARDEN

Famous for its inter connected rocky caves, hanging gardens and the musical fountain, the Eco Garden are a set of six small caves in the shape of various animals. In the evenings, you can see the spectacle of the musical fountain with various audio video effects.

2. NAINI LAKE

A pretty lake that once a European man fell in love with, Naini Lake today serves as a major tourist spot for people from all over the country.

3. NAINA DEVI TEMPLE

The Temple of Shri Naina Devi Ji is situated on a hill top in Bilaspur Distt. Of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at a height of 1219 m above sea level, it was built by Raja Bir Chand in the 8th century. With several folklores going about the temple ever since it was built, the temple is considered very holy by the pilgrims who pay a visit regularly.

4. MALL ROAD 

The Mall Road of Nainital, which runs parallel to the Naini Lake, connecting the two ends of the hill town, is the prime shopping, food and cultural centre of the wonder that is Nainital. Whether it is digging into some luscious food or shopping for the cutest local woollens that are to be found, Mall Road is your go-to for it all.

5. SNOW VIEW POINT

3 km off Nainital, Snow View offers an expansive and majestic view of the Himalayas. It also houses a quaint little local temple. You can take either the cable car, taxi or a trek up the undulating slopes.

6. TIFFIN TOP

Tiffin Top is a place which is 7520 feet elivated in Ayarpatta region, also known as Dorothy’s seat is so called, in memory of an English lady Mrs Kellet Dorothy, who was killed in an air crash. Tiffin Top which meanes “Packed food consumed during the daytime” so that visitors around would trek to Tiffin top with packed lunch’s and spend a quiet and tranquil picnic and other get togethers.

Tiffin top is a short trek of about 4 kms from Nainital and provides excellent view of the Himalayas and the Nainital town.

7. ADVENTURE OPTIONS

There are some adventure options available also in this area. During some seasons, paragliding opportunities are available. There are some nearby short trekking routes as well.

8. NAINA PEAK

Also called the China Peak, this range located at a height of 2615 m is a challenging trek. The way up the slope is dotted with beautiful rhododendron bloom. From the peak you can view the Tibet Border and Nanda Devi Peak.

9. HIMALAYAN VIEW POINT

5 km off Nainital, this locale offers views of the Himalayan Mountains and is located at 2300 m high.

10. LAND’S END

Set across the Khurpa Tal and vast stretches of plains, the Land’s End 4 km off the main town is dotted with quaint little hamlets and lush greenery. You can take a pony, horse or taxi from the city.

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