If you simply love wildlife, then you've got to have the Jim Corbett National Park in your travel bucket list. And you should know that jungle safari is not the only thing you should be excited about, there are a lot of other things you can do here apart from the usual. Apart from the all essential jungle safari, there comes camping, fishing, trecking, biking, bird watching, just relaxing ashore a serenely beautiful stream and what-not. So if you are planning a trip to Corbett anywhen soon, just make sure that you know it all and you do it all this once.
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So where to go and what to do, let's know about it further!
1. Splash A Little Fun - Camp Near The Corbett Falls
A visit to Corbett fall is a sight worth witnessing and one can come here for camping with your family and friends and for an experience that won't fade away from your memories. This spot offers quality time with your loved ones and is one of the many appealing traits of the Jim Corbett National Park. One should definitely visit this waterfall for if you love nature enveloping the entire world around you.
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2. Step Back In Time - Explore The Corbett Museum
Housed in the same bungalow that belonged to “Jim Corbett”, the tiger conservationist, it has his memoirs and many other belongings of this conservationist/hunter. Now turned into an inspiring museum for people to know more about the history of this land and the legend of Jim Corbett himself, this museum would surely make you step back in time. Apart from his personal memorabilia, the exhibits include his arsenal, the traps and other apparatus used by him during his days in the jungle.
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3. It's Fishing Time - The Beautiful Kosi-ficient
Apart from a much-needed time away from the hustle-bustle of our city life, one can also go fishing with family and friends at some of the many designated spots in this national park. The catchment area of Kosi offers many fishing camps and is very popular for Mahaseer Fishing. Other spots also include Ramganga River, Machula Bridge, and Van Ghat pools. One thing that's promised is that you'll have a great time exploring your fishing skills, even if you're a novice or a first-timer at it.
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4. A Visit To The Kosi River
Who doesn't love soaking in the fresh cool breeze while strolling along the river shore? I'd say yes every once you ask me. A visit to the Kosi River is all about such amazing experiences. Just don't forget to take your camera along and this mesmerizing river amidst the mountains is sure to fill your soul and your social media profile with awe and inspiration for Mother Nature. The water is clean enough to take a swim but be careful as the flow is mostly high and water is pretty cold, also, one cannot ignore the presence of deadly wildlife all around (an expert's supervision is advised). Conclusively, touted as the lifeline of Jim Corbett Reserve, the Kosi River is one of the main tourist highlights of Jim Corbett National Park.
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5. Pay A Spiritual Tribute
If spirituality drives your mind a bit, then a visit to these beautiful temples would brim you up with good vibes. Behold, the Garjiya Devi Temple and Sitabani Temple, situated at the top of a huge rock at the crossroads of Kosi river, is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and also a home of various others gods like Lord Shiva, Lord Bhairon, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Saraswati. This temple is also a must-visit for all kinds of nature's aficionados and those looking for a perfect shot of the serenity around.
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6. Adrenaline Kick At The Go Wild Adventure Park
This adventure park would surely set your heart pacing for breath! Its extremely fun and adventurous activities and games offer a thrilling experience to adrenaline junkies. They offer a 9 level obstacle course with the help of qualified trainers and specialists. There are 9 level different adventure activities to reach the final point, including Bungee Swing, Rope By Rope Walk, Walk Climbing, Sky Walk, Zip Line and a lot more. So, it's time to grace your adventurer's hat with another feather of achievement! All you need to do is make sure that you come here while on a visit to the Jim Corbett National Park.
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7. How About Mountain Biking?
It's dangerous and risky, but if you've got the heart for it then it's a must-do sport. The breathtaking vistas you come across are very captivating, but only the tip of the iceberg you'll come by. Mountain biking in the Jim Corbett National Park is sure to unveil new chapters of nature for you. It will definitely make you witness the real beauty of the place along with the thrill of speed & adventure. So, if you're done exploring a place in the same old, mundane and monotonous way, then here's something new and exciting enough!
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8. Trek Through Mother Nature
The world seems a better place on foot, and when you talk about Jim Corbet, it's a heaven for nature lovers. Although, you won't be allowed to trek around the core areas, too risky & dangerous, not for you, but for the animals! Yet the forest reserve area is ideal for such excursions. It's perfect for exploring the flora and fauna of this beautiful national park. For something that leaves you awe-struck & breathless of the jungle beauty, there's nothing better than a trek through the verdant expanses of this nature's abode.
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9. Visit To Kalagarh Dam
Situated in the confines of Jim Corbett National Park, the Kalagarh Dam is a water torrent built inside the Corbett National Park Region. The construction began in 1961 and proceeded till 1974, after which it has been serving the purpose for the biodiversity all around. The dam and its store are home to a few avian animal types, which make the locale a well-recognized site for birdwatching. Numerous untamed things are known to result in these man-made habitats, part of which is providing a haven for the waterfowl, which relocates here just in the winter season.
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10. Bird Watching
Jim Corbett national park has over 650 bird species including the migratory birds, if you have a soft corner for the beautiful winged creations of god and if you have made it a goal to say hello to every one of the species known to mankind, then bird watching in Jim Corbett National Park is a bucket list entry for you. The best time for bird watching is in winters, around November-December. So plan it up accordingly and be here for when the birds come out.
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Jim Corbett National Park is one of the largest and most conservative bio-reserves of India. Inspiring other regions to follow the footsteps, it has also become one of the most sought-after tourist destinations for all kinds of travellers. From natural beauty to adventures and thrills, a visit to the Jim Corbett National Park is all things inclusive for a perfect getaway into the realms of nature.