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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the options for exploring wildlife in Nainital?

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Surrounded by the most pristine natural beauty, wildlife in Nainital is always within easy reach for you to explore. Watch birds, predators, reptiles, et al in their most natural habitat, going about their usual business. Get ready to be mesmerised by Nainital’s magnificent wildlife at the following places:

  • Jim Corbett National Park

    India’s first and oldest national park, it is named after the famous Englishman, Jim Corbett, who lived in Nainital for a good part of his life. Legend has it that Jim was an avid hunter, but after seeing his friends massacre water-fowls, he grew an aversion to hunting and swore never to kill an animal without reason. Just 63 kms from Nainital, this national park offers Jeep Safari’s, including ones at night, for a wild, wild experience of nature. Spot some Tigers, King Cobra, Elephants, Neelgai, Sambhar Deer, etc, other than of course, a wide variety of exotic birds. Jim Corbett National Park also has camping facilities which allow you to stay in a tent, or a more comfortable cottage, inside the national park.

    There are three major zones within which the national park is categorised, namely Dhrikala, Bijarani and Jhrina. Jhrina is open to visitors throughout the year. Bijarani remains shut between 15 June and 15 October and Dhrikala, core zone in Jim Corbett between 15 June and 15 November, due to roads being non-motorable during the monsoon season. This makes 15 November to 15 June the best time to visit Jim Corbett.

    Telephone: +91-97192-51997
    Official Website:http://www.jimcorbettnationalpark.com/corbett_home.asp

  • Pt. GB Pant High Altitude Zoo

    Home to a variety of endangered animals and a wide variety of flora, this zoo is the perfect way to explore wildlife without getting, well, too close to it. Watch rare species, like the Khaleej Pheasant, Siberian Tiger, Snow Leopard, Goat Antelope-Ghooral and Serao, among several others. Most of these are kept according to their natural habitat, ensuring that they feel right at home.

    Entry: INR 10 for children, INR 30 for adults
    Timings: 9.30am to 4.30pm (Monday closed)
    Telephone: +91-5942-237927
    Official Website:
    http://www.nainitalzoo.org.in/index.htm

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