Tuesday, 16 August 2011

What Activities to do in Corbett national park

Camping & Night Stay

Tourists can haunt the Corbett Park for a complete day by staying for a night in the reserve. Camping options in Jim Corbett are provided by the forest guest houses which are located inside the national park. Tourists can also put up in Dhikala, which is located at the edge of Patli Dun valley through which the river Ramganga flows. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Corbett as it offers an uninterrupted bird’s eye view of the entire valley.


Fishing in Corbett is permitted in Ramganga, Kosi, Mandal and Kothari rivers. Seek permission from the park authorities before you go on fishing. You can hire rods which are available inside the reserve. Resorts in Corbett also arrange for fishing and angling trips.


Walking inside the Corbett Park is not allowed but you have the option to trek in the forest reserves around the park. Step into your trekking shoes and wear natural earth colors when you go on trekking. Be prepared for the freezing cold in winters. Don’t forget to take your binocular along. Take care not to disturb the natural habitat of the reserve and make minimum noise.

Wildlife Sighting

Sighting the exquisite wild life in Jim Corbett National park is going to be the ultimate fun. Apart from tigers, leopards and lesser cats such as leopard cat, jungle cat and fishing cat are also to be sighted in the Corbett Park. The other wild life attractions include the sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, dhole, jackal, yellow throated marten, Himalayan palm civet, Indian grey mongoose, common otter, porcupine, and black naped hare. Elephants are another major attraction and are to be seen all over the park. Four species of deer are also found which include barking deer, para, kakkar, and the spotted deer. 

Bird Watching

Corbett national park is home to over 580 species of birds, a treat for the birdwatchers. Most of the water birds are migrants and visit the park in winters. Some of the migrant Corbett birds are graylag, bareheaded goose, duck grepe, snipe, sandpiper, gull and wagtail. The resident birds are darters, cormorants, egrets, herons, the black-necked stork and the spur winged lapwings.

Elephant Safari

Elephant safari provide a perfect opportunity to see the jungle in its full glory sitting royally on the back of an elephant. Since, the elephants walk through different terrains, crossing a village, the rider gets to see a different wildlife. One will be able to see some mammal species like wild elephants, barking deer, ghoral, sambhar, rhesus monkey, Wild boar, jackal, porcupine, langur, etc. The elephant also gives a better access to view the birds as you are stationed at a certain height.

Jeep Safari

A jeep safari is also a great way to check out the natural wonders of Corbett National Park. In fact, jeep safari is the most popular attraction of this natural reserve. Jeeps can be taken on rent from the Tourist Lodge of KMVN, from Ramnagar or from other travel agencies. Viewing the entire range of flora and fauna on a jeep will be an unforgettable journey for the visitors. Jeep safari is most suitable for those who want to take a quick look through the reserve.

Kids Corner

To woo the kids and keep them hooked, Corbett Park has special 'earth camps'. These earth camps started in 2004 with the aim of bringing children closer to some specific biomes to give them a direct and absorbing experience with nature. These biomes are custom made to match the specific requirements of biology curriculums of school going children............

How to Reach Jim Corbett National Park

Corbett national park doesn’t have its own Helipad or airstrip for air carriers to land on. The nearest airport Phoolbagh (Pantnagar) is at a distance of 80 km from the park.

The nearest railway station to Corbett national park is Ramnagar, which is 19 km from Corbett. The most convenient way to get there by train is by Ranikhet Express.

Ramnagar, the entry point to Corbett, is approximately 280 km by road from Delhi, via Kashipur-Moradabad-Ghaziabad. From Lucknow, Ramnagar is 432 km, via Kashipur-Rampur & Bareilly............

Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli is a picturesque Himalayan destination located in Chamoli district within the hill state of Uttarakhand in India. Situated between altitude range of 2, 500 - 3, 050 meters above the sea level, Auli offers breathtaking 180 degree views of surrounding higher Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi (7, 817 m), Kamet (7, 756 m), Mana Parvat (7, 273 m) and Dunagiri (7, 066 m).

Auli, cradled in snow white Garhwal Himalayas, is amongst the most well known skiing resorts of India. The skiing slopes of Auli are comparable to the best in the world. Besides, the natural splendor of coniferous high altitude vegetation that dresses its slopes is sure to compel anyone to fall in love with Auli.

During the months of January - March, Auli is packed with skiing enthusiast. National championships apart from the various skiing courses are conducted here. The entire skiing resort of Auli is maintained by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN), an autonomous body of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand state.

The beautifully snow blanketed sopped of Auli are dotted with coniferous vegetation that cut wind velocity to a minimum, thus promising the skiers a thrilling experience. Skiers at Auli, enjoy almost 20 km of virgin slopes, which provide excellent opportunities for cross-country, slalom and down-hill events.

Places to See:

Trishul Peak

One of the most ski-friendly ranges of Auli, the legendary Trishul peak is 23,490 feet high. Even before the ski resort tourism marked its debut on the slopes of Auli, the Trishul and other Auli peaks were used by the ski-equipped patrolling officers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force as a training ground. It is said that in a 1958 expedition to scale the Trishul Peak, it took the mountaineers four days to climb and just 90 minutes to ski down to their base camp. There is a lake, Roopkand, at the bottom of the slopes of Trishul Peak. It is also known as the mystery lake because over 600 skeletal remains of humans and horses were discovered from here.

Winter Ski Resort

Auli is a famed winter ski resort. In winters, the slopes of Auli are clad with a snow carpet as deep as 3 meters. The skiing season in Auli ranges from January to March every year. Skiing on 10-20 kms of clean stretches of slopes thickly coated with snow in Auli snow is as good as an international skiing experience. Auli offers world class facilities for experienced skiers and beginners can also sign up for one week or two week long skiing courses. Everything from lodging to boarding facilities is easily available for skiers.


The revered sage Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have wandered and gained enlightenment in Joshimath. There are two famous temples, Narsingh and Garuda temple, to visit in Joshimath. Another attraction is the Amar Kalp tree which is believed to be some 2,500 years old. One can also check out the hot springs of Tapovan located at a distance of 14 kms from Joshimath and 32 kms from Auli.

Nanda Devi National Park

The Nanda Devi National park is located at a distance of 41 kms from Auli. Adorned with beautiful environs and abundant flora and fauna including Brahma- kamal and Bharal, it is a major attraction four tourists who come to Auli. Not more than two groups of visitors are allowed to move in the park in a day. The maximum limit for a week is four groups of visitors. Visitors are accompanied by a registered guide. The terrain is hilly and tough, so, visitors should take care to take all the precautionary steps.

What Activities to do...........

What Activities to do in Auli


Skiing is one of the foremost activities tourist can look forward to when in Auli. With the snow capped mountains and the snow-bedded ground ready for you to take a plunge, all you need to do is fasten yourself to the ski board and fly off. The ski lift system is also available in Auli, which makes its easier for skiers to reach the top.


For those who would like to explore Auli on foot instead of ski board, indulging in trekking would be an ideal option. There are number of trek options launched from Auli. Tourist can either engage themselves in short treks that last for a few hours or go for the longer ones. Some of the trek options that can be completed in a single day are:
Auli - Gorson (7 km)
Gorson - Tali (6 km)
Tali - Kuari Pass (11 km)
Kuari Pass - Khulara (12 km)
Khulara - Tapovan (9 km)


If you have a religious bent of mind, Auli would serve your quest beautifully. This blissful hill station has a number of temples which make it a heaven for pilgrims. For those who didn’t know, the deity of Lord Badri Vishal that rests in Badrinath is brought to the temple at Joshimath, during the time when the temple in Badrinath remains closed for 5 - 6 months. Apart from this, there is also a Hanuman temple which is believed to have been the resting ground for Lord Hanuman, when he was on his way to pick the ‘Sanjivani’ from the Sanjivani Mountain in Himalayas, to save the life of Laxman.

Cable Cars

For those who are scared of skiing and do not want to go for trekking as well, Auli has just the right option for you - cable cars. A ride high up in the sky is sure to leave you absolutely thrilled and delighted. Stretching to about 3 kms, the rope way would help you capture the captive beauty of the snow covered peaks, the alpine forest and the bracing climate............
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