Jim Corbet Park and staying options. 

Staying in forest.

To those who live in urban concrete jungle, spending time near nature is a dream come true. While New Delhi has it’s share of forest in the form of Ridge forest in central Delhi but being inside the forest and on the banks of a river or its tributary is a different experience. Watching nature from very near is a different experience. This is a Monitor Lizard, we met last month inside Jim Corbet National Park:

moniter-lizard

Jim Corbett National Park, which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The magical landscape of Corbett is well known and fabled for its tiger richness. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett has the glory of being India’s oldest and most prestigious National Park.

We were at Jim Corbet Park a fortnight or so ago for a weekend. It is 130 Miles from Delhi. However it is not advisable to visit this place during rains. The main Park remains closed at this time. Check its official site for more details: http://corbettonline.uk.gov.in/

We kind of wandered off on a whim without caring about planning. We stayed in a Government owned and maintained Guest house which was quite good and rather economical. Since Park was closed due to rains, the only animal we could see is the lizard above who has a habitat near the Tourist Lodge we were staying in.  In fact the lizard parred through our steps on a hunting expedition. This tourist lodge is uniquely developed inside natural forest. Various huts have been built at a distance from each other maintaining privacy for all. Continue reading