The Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, named after the famous hunter and naturalist Jim Corbett, is the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway. Nature and adventure lovers will find plenty of activities at the different zones of the Park to keep both their curiosities and their senses engaged.
Here’s the list of top 10 activities one must do while on a weekend trip in Corbett:
1. JEEP SAFARI (ALL ZONES)
What better way to plough through the forests, hoping to catch glimpses of elusive wildlife, than in an all-terrain jeep? All zones within the national park are open to jeeps, on which tourists can explore the jungles and grasslands the whole day, and maybe if they are lucky, can come face to face with a Bengal Tiger!
2.OPEN CANTER SAFARI (DHIKALA ZONE)
An open canter safari would appeal to the gregarious at heart. Groups of people can share their awe and enthusiasm as they bear witness to the glorious spectacle of India’s forests, replete with various species of deer, monkeys, elephants, jackals, bears, leopards, tigers, and birds of all shapes, colours and sizes.
3.ELEPHANT SAFARI (CORBETT TIGER RESERVE)
One of the most thrilling experiences that one can hope to undertake at the wildlife sanctuary is a ride through the Tiger Reserve on the back of an elephant. These wonderfully trained, gentle giants amble across the plains, offering the riders plenty of opportunities to take in their majestic surroundings.
The National Park is home to several species of birds, and come the monsoon, an incredible array of migratory water birds arrive at the marshlands and river banks to roost. Avid bird watchers would have a field day spotting, identifying, and studying our feathered friends in their natural habitats. A good pair of binoculars is a must!
Around 1.5 kilometres from the main road through the park, one can come across an exquisite 60 foot waterfall, leaping from a lush green hillock and providing an ideal camping site for trekking and fishing enthusiasts. One can feel truly at peace with nature, surrounded by the gushing of the water and the chirps and songs of birds in the thickets.
Some of the less dangerous parts of the jungle are open to trekkers and hikers, where they can canter along nature trails and paths that were used long ago by villagers to travel. Company may include inquisitive monkeys, mellifluous bird songs, fresh unpolluted air, and beautiful memories.
Situated on the outskirts of the nature reserve, the Kyari Camp offers various adventurous activities such as rock climbing, cave exploration, mountain biking, paragliding, jeep rides, overnight outdoor camping, and treks along rivers.
The Ramganga or Kalagarh Dam is an embankment dam along the Ramganga River that flows through the national park. It is a hydroelectric dam that helps power the whole nature reserve. The catchment area offers scenic backgrounds, breath-taking visuals, and an abode to water birds.
9.GARJIYA DEVI TEMPLE ALONG THE RIVER KOSI
Amidst the Kosi River, is a huge rock on top of which is built a temple dedicated to Garjiya Devi. It is visited everyday by many who seek the goddess’ blessings, but on the holy festival of Kartik Poornima, thousands of devotees throng the shrine to attend the annual fair.
For a less physical and a more intellectual pursuit, one can visit the Corbett Museum which is housed in the bungalow of the late Jim Corbett, where one can take a peek at colonial India via the various memorabilia, photographs and hunting trophies of the conservationist.