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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular places to see in and around Ramnagar?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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Though Ramnagar is a small destination, the area in and around has enough to keep you occupied for a good 2 to 3 days. Include the following in your itinerary and ensure you make the most of your trip:


  • Corbett Museum

Once the Bungalow of the famous hunter Jim Corbett, this museum is at a distance of 3 km from the National Park. He was revered as a saint who saved the villagers of Garhwal and Kumaon who were leading sleepless nights because of the man eaters in the area. This ferocious hunter went on to become a protector of the wildlife. He voiced the need for protection of wildlife - fauna and flora. The Jim Corbett National Park is named after him. You’ll find his weapons, sketches, manuscripts and even some of his personal belongings at this museum. There is also the Dhangarhi Souvenir Shop for you to pick a few handicrafts and books on  Colonel Jim Corbett.


Entry: INR 10 for Indian nationals, INR 50 for Foreign Nationals.


Timings: 8 am to 6 pm

Address: Kaladhungi

Corbett National Park

Ramnagar

Uttarakhand

India


  • Seeta Bani Temple

About 20 km from Ramnagar is the Seeta Bani Temple dedicated to Devi Sita. Some say that Sita entered the earth here after handing over her children to Lord Rama at this very spot where they temple stands today. It is said that she spent her exile days here. This is one of the very few places you’ll spot a solo statue of Sita without Rama. The surrounding forest is safe to venture around. You only spot a few deers and some monkeys. This temple celebrates Ramanavami (around April) rather extravagantly. There is another temple in the vicinity that has a rare Hanuman statue displaying several heads.


Address: 20 km from Ramnagar

Corbett National Park

Ramnagar

Uttarakhand

India


  • Dhikala

This is a core forest area in the Corbett National Park where you are most likely to spot the tigers and elephants. This is a stunning forest. Perhaps the reason why the tigers and the elephants picked it as their home. The Dhandi Gate is the entry point to Dhikala where you’ll be asked to show your permits. So keep all necessary documents and an identity proof at hand. The Dhikala Forest Lodge is at an hours drive from here. Since it is located right at the centre of the forest, a nights stay here amidst the forest noises would add a quirky charm to your tour. This place is usually full and you need to plan way ahead of time to get a room. But there are several tours that will get you the most of Dhikala. The gorgeous Ramganga, dense Sal forests, barking deers (don’t bite) and if you are lucky maybe a tiger or two - all await you at Dhikala.


Entry: Free


Address: Dhikala

Corbett National Park

Ramnagar

Uttarakhand

India


  • Garjia Devi Temple

A stunning structure placed carefully above a mighty rock, Garjia Devi Temple is where the Goddess rests. Garjia is another name for Parvati, who is believed to be the daughter of the Himalayas. Legend goes that this temple floated to its present spot. Not only is the place popular with the locals but couples visiting this places do pay a visit to the Goddess before they leave. The reposeful ambience with the Kosi resting alongside is brightened up during festive occasions like on Kartik Purnima, Navratri, Shivratri, to name a few. There is also a shack in the vicinity where you can enjoy some chai and maggi. Don’t venture into the river during rains as the flow is fast and the chances of a flood are higher.


Address: 14 km off Ramnagar

Corbett National Park

Ramnagar

Uttarakhand

India


  • Corbett National Park

Hop onto an open gypsy and let the jungle air get your heart pounding! As you spot the rare gigantic trees, look closer, there maybe a shy deer hiding behind it. The monkeys of course will tease you all through the way but its the elephants, boars, deers, Himalayan Palm Civets, Jungle Cats, Fishing Cats, Indian Gray Mongoose, Blacked-naped hare, Porcupines, Baboons, Monkeys, Sloth Bear and Black Bear that you need to look out for. Your guide will point out some stunning spots where you can capture the nature at its very best. He’ll also show you some pugmarks and make you notice the birds calling at a distance. The Corbett National Park gets its name from the mighty British hunter Jim Corbett who was also an author and a naturalist. It is one of the oldest parks in India and showcases some of the rarest varieties of fauna and flora.


A permit from the Tourist Office will be required at the gate to view the park. You can ask your hotel staff for assistance on this.


Timing:  Morning: 6 am to 10 am, 2 pm to 6 pm


Entry: INR 3500 per jeep, with a seating capacity of 6 persons.


  • Corbett Falls

Corbett Falls is a gorgeous sight to explore. The beautiful blue waterfall amidst the tall mountains looks like a painting in an art gallery. Even the huge crowds of people taking pictures around the area won’t be able to break the serenity this place flaunts of. Here, no fee is required to enjoy nature’s bliss. There aren’t any food stalls here, so you could carry your own bags or chips and snacks. But be careful and don’t litter the place.

When you set out to explore the place, remember there will be a lot of riding in open gypsies and walking around in store for you. Wear comfortable clothing, shoes and avoid contact lens. The dust and dirt may disturb the lens in your eyes. Also carry along binoculars and sun glasses.

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