Uttar Pradesh Tourism Information
Jim Corbett National Park
The National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary of India, offer a visitor a wonderful spectacle of life. In its full diversity that encompasses a wide range of spectrum of existence on land, in the sky and in water. Corbet National Park is one of the most fascinating specimens of nature’s bounty. This park, situated in the foothills of the Shivalik Range along the banks of meandering Ram Ganga, is the paradise of wildlife. At an altitude from 400 to 1 ,000 meters and covering an area of 525.8 sq. km, this park was founded in 1935 as Haley National Park, after the name of the then Governor Sir Malcolm Haley, Later, it was changed after the name of the famed hunter, author, conservational list and naturalist Jim Corbett who spent a major part of his life in the Kumaon region. Under the Project Tiger it has now been made a Tiger Preserve. The Park abounds in tiger panther, bear, gharial, barking deer, ghural, porcupine, python boar, hyena, rhesus monkey and a large variety of birds. For the angler there are huge masher, trout, and goonch. It is also rich in vegetation with flaming forests, lofty hills, dales and gushing streams. Fishing permits are available from Assistant Warden, Dhakila, at a nominal fee but shooting with firearm is strictly prohibited.
This famous hill station of UP and the erstwhile summer capital of the province, is named after the Lake on the shores of which stands the Temple of Goddess Naina Devi. The emerald mountain lake at a height of 1,938 meters is sacred to the people. Comfortably cool in summers this hill station has the following spots of tourist interest.
Naina (Cheena) Peak
2,611 meters in height, Naina Peak is most favored picnic resort. It offers a panoramic, soul-captivating view of the Himalayas. A charming view of the town and the lake is also obtainable from the peak.
This second highest peak around Nainital (2,481 m.) also provides a magnificent view of the snow-capped Himalaya ranges and the suburban lake area.
This scenic spot at a height of 2,118 meters offers a wonderful view of Khurpa Tal and terraced fields below on the hill side.
This spot at an altitude of 2,292 meter, has a memorial to an English lady named Dorothy. Who is believed to have been killed here in an air-crash. The spot provides a sectional view of the town and nearby region.
This holy place (2,118 m.) has a Hanuman Temple, which attracts the devout Hindus in thousands. It also provides the pilgrim with a glorious sunset of the Himalayas.
Not far from Hanumangarhi, the Observatory (1 .951 m.) is famous among other things for optical trekking of earth satellites.
It is a forest place (2,194 m), quiet and serene, best for a peaceful weekend. Tiffin Top, with a telescope is another picnic spot. Nearby lie the following spots; Bhowali (1 1.27 km.) Bhirn Tal (22.53 km.), Nankuchia Tal (26.27 km.), Sat Tal (20.92 km.), Mukteshwar (57.49 km.) andJeolipote (17.70 km.) are better known spots for their bracing environs, scenic beauty, fishing, etc.
The nearest railhead for Nainital is Kathgodam, about 35 km. away. It is very well connected with Nainital with an all-weather metalled road on which buses ply regularly. It is 322 km. from Delhi by bus. Nainital has a wide range of hotels, Tourist Homes, Youth Hostel, Inspection House, Cottages, YMCA, YWCA Hostels and a number of very good restaurants.
Altitude : 1829 meters
This all weather hill resort is famous for its salubrious climate, natural beauty and snow capped hills around it. Situated at a height, of 1,646 meters on a 5 km. long saddle shaped ridge, Almora is a quiet hill station and the district headquarter. The name of Almora is a corrupt form of Kilmora, which means red sorrel (an herb of Genus Rumex) which grows here in abundance. Because of its so peaceful and healthy environs it has attracted many persons of international standing in the fields of art, science and religion. It is also famous for hiking, trekking and expedition facilities it offers the visitors. It is 127 kms, away from Pantnagar Airport and 90 km. from the nearest railway station at Kathgodam. The distance between Delhi and Almora is 387 km.
53 km. away from Almora, Kausani, at a height of 1,890 meters, is a celebrated scenic spot, favorably compared with Switzerland. The wonderful and captivating views of the snowy Himalayas, which Kausani offer, can inspire even a great pessimist and down-cast with hope and enthusiasm. Kausani, the best place for those who want to be far from the madding crowd and sick hurry of modern life.
Trekking in Uttarakhand
With many famous stations and shrines, this region also offers ideal trekking conditions. The best season is May-June or September-October. Further information regarding trekking and equipment on hire, etc., can be obtained from Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, Rajpur Road, Dehradun or from Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd; Secretariat Building, Nainital. Foreign travelers desirous of trekking, hiking or mountaineering in this part of the Uttarakhand, comprising Badrinath, Kedarnath, Pindari Glaciers and other places close to the borders should obtain special permits from the Ministry of Home Affairs. North Block, New Delhi. The following places offer ideal trekking conditions: Pindari Glacier; Milan Glacier; Yamunotri Dodital Uttarkashi; Gangotri-Gomukh-Nandan van Tapovan; Roopkunda Lake. For more details the desirous persons should contact the various Vikas Nigams of the region.
With many holy shrines and Teerthas pasited in the region, Uttarakhand has been a pilgrims’ paradise. Pilgrimage to Badri-Kedar, Yamunotri-Gangotri has been a cherished ambition of the devout. The desirous must contact the concerned offices for getting more details about these holy journeys. For more details about such journeys we have given a sketch chart depicting Gangotri, Yamunotri and other such holy places for the convenience of the pilgrims.
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