Exploring Northern India
Uttarakhand is an intriguing tourist destination situated in the Northern India. The picturesque beauty due to the proximity of the mighty Himalayas makes Uttarakhard a treat for tourists’ eyes. This natural bounty is also known as the Land of Gods. Here, a tourist can experience sacred journeys, exhilarating adventure sports, and cultural trips. The state is full of the tourist attractions. Here are the two most famed:
Nainital is a famous tourist spot that attracts swarms of the domestic and foreign tourists throughout the year. Located in the Kumaon region at an altitude of 1,938m above sea level, the city derives its name from the beautiful Naini Lake. The climate here is temperate; the maximum temperature goes up to 27 degrees and the minimum a pleasant 10 degree Celsius.
Besides the Naini Lake, there are many attractions worth considering. Naina Peak offers an awe-inspiring view of the snow capped Himalayas. The famous Hanumangarh Temple has an observatory close to it, which provides a gorgeous night view of the moon. One should definitely visit Bhim Tal, Sat Tal and Naukuchiya Tal. Bhim Tal is the largest lake around the city and located at a distance of 23kms from it. Naukuchiya Tal derives its name from the nine corners of the lake. It is located at a distance of 27kms from the city. Sat Tal, located at the distance of 21kms from the city, is a huddle of seven small lakes. A few other attractions around this hill station are Khupratal, Kainchi, Kausani, Kilbury, Almora and Ranikhet.
The hill station offers a range of amusements to the tourists, of which horse riding is the most popular. In Nainital, there are some of the finest hiking routes of the Great Himalayas. A tourist can enjoy mountain biking, mountaineering, boating, trekking and skiing in the valleys of this beautiful hill station.
Jim Corbett National Park is situated around 60kms from Nainital. Abundant with nature’s beauty, the park has diverse wildlife and amazing panoramic views in its 1318sq km area. Corbett is the first tiger reserve in India, and is a pioneer in preserving rare wildlife species. It protects some of the most exotic species like Snow Leopards, Bharals, Thars, Brown and Black Himalayan Bears, Leopards, Serows and many more.
There are over 600 species of trees, bamboos, climbers, grasses, ferns, herbs and shrubs in the park. There is an outstanding range of both the local and migrant species of birds as well. The migratory bird species that you can spot here are Plumbous, Brown Dipper, Wallcreepers, White-Capped Water Redstarts, Gray-Headed Fish-Eagle and numerous species of Wagtails.
There are three zones (gates) in the park. Jhirna zone remains open for the tourists throughout the year while the other two zones Bijarani and Dhikala remain closed in monsoon season. The climate of the park is more temperate than any other protected area in the country. Entry is prohibited in the evening, therefore, no night driving is allowed here.
Uttarakhand also offers great rafting at Rishikesh and a well-known pilgrimage at Haridwar; in short, Uttarakhand has all the makings of a great destination.
Jessica Frei is a wildlife lover and travel enthusiast. This write-up is based on her discoveries on a recent adventure-focused trip to Nainital and Jimm Corbett.