Popular Hill Stations to visit near Corbett National Park
A sense of thrill, a little bit of anxiety and unbound imagination grip us whenever the name Corbett National Park crops up. Presenting the best possible location of wildlife sighting in India, this national park attracts global tourists. But while the attention showered on Corbett is justifiable, there are many other attractions near the park which are no pushovers. Moreover, the tourists left with long vacation would not find it enjoying the same location for more than three days. To help you out with planning your most awaited wildlife tour we have sorted out the details of the most Popular Hill Stations near Corbett National Park.
Nainital: Land of Eye Shaped Lake
A hill station that attracts all your attention for its natural lake, Nainital is one of the must visit hill stations in Uttarakhand which falls under the Kumaon region. Located at an altitude of 1938 m above sea level this exotic tourist spot is around 66 km from Corbett National Park. An ideal summer break getaway for the city dwellers, this small city experiences salubrious weather in summer and experience snowfall during winter. The city is enclosed by lofty hills with thick alpine trees covering the meadows.
Ranikhet: The Queen’s Meadow
One of the most revered hill stations in north India, Ranikhet is a Cantonment town in Almora district of Uttarakhand. Located at an elevation of 1829 m above sea level, this wonderful getaway presents panoramic views of the Himalaya. Rolling green hills are dotted with tall coniferous trees and a significant number of wildlife resides on this hills. Apart from a military museum, this popular tourist spot presents trails for peaceful walks, views of snowcapped hills, and encourages you to arrange a small get together on its breathtaking picnic spots.
Pangot: The Favourite Hangout of Fun Loving Birds
A village in Kosiyakutoli tehsil of Nainital district in Uttarakhand, Pangot is a hill station for birders, photographers and naturalist. 15 km from Nainital city, this small hamlet is populated by several species of wildlife including a significant number of migratory birds. Almost 150 species of birds are reported in Pangot and its surrounding areas among which lammergeyer, Blue-wingedminla, Himalayan Griffon, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, khalij pheasant and a variety of thrushes are the most prominent species.
Bhim Tal: A Retreat for the Solitude Lovers
A part of the ancient silk route of China, Bhimtal is a blissful tourist spot in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Famous for its magnificent island enclosed by blue water, this nature’s delight is located at an elevation of 1370 m above sea level at a distance of around 84 km from Corbett. The lake is set at a scenic location surrounded by emerald greenery of Himalayan Mountain. On the banks of the lake there is an ancient temple called Bhimeshwara Mahadeva Temple which is believed to be built during the period when the Pandavas were in exile.
Naukuchiatal: The Land of a Mystical Lake
Ideal for a short break from the mundane clamour, Naukuchiatal is a small lake town in Nainital District. Surrounded by lofty mountains from all sides, this mystical lake comprises 9 corners and encloses enormous species of shrubs and herbs in its surrounding areas. Apart from the usual rowing, paddling or yachting facilities on the lake, the vicinity also has options for angling and bird watching. During the month of May an Escape Festival is held in the lake vicinity which is a must-behold sight.
Sattal: Cluster of Mysteriously Connected Lakes
One of the most popular places to visit in Nainital, Sattal is a group of seven fresh water lakes that are interlinked. 23 km from the city of Nainital, it is a small hill station with untouched natural beauty. The lake vicinity is a paradise for migratory birds and enhances the possibilities of birding and photography as well. The lake is set amidst thick forest dotted with pine and looks excellent during the months of monsoon.
Mukteshwar: The Town of Coniferous Forest and Orchards
A picturesque town with serene environs, lush greenery and thriving orchards, Mukteshwar is a religious spot in Kumaon region of Nainital. Located at an elevation of 2285 m above sea level, this town got its name from Mukteshwar Mahadev temple. Apart from the religious aspect, the temple vicinity also attracts people for presenting breath-taking views of stunning Himalayan range.
Almora: City Escapists’ Delight
Located in a magnificent natural setting in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, India, Almora is a placid hill station. Rejuvenating weather, magnificent wildlife, delicious cuisine, and the wide range of handicrafts impress visitors prompting them to prolong their stay or even visit the place a second time. An ideal location to rejuvenate your stressed mind or to get mingled with bare nature, Almora is located at a height of 1,638 m above sea level and spread across a 5 km ridge atop Kashyap Hill. Meditate, linger or pay homage at famous temples like Jageshwar, Kasar Devi or the temple of Katarmal, which is believed to be an 800 year old Sun Temple.
Binsar: Get Poetic amidst Implausible Vista
An ideal place for solitude lovers, poets or even romantic couple Binsar is a sleepy hamlet in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Located at an elevation of 2,412 m above sea level, this small town offers excellent views of Kumaon hills, Almora Town and greater Himalayan Valley. One of the major attractions of Binsar tour is the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary that offers brilliant opportunity of getting closer to bare nature and allows capturing the best possible pictures of different wildlife loitering in their natural habitat. For bird lovers, the sanctuary is a delight as around 200 species of birds are reported to be found here. Visit Khali Estate, the former royal palace or Gananath Temple, the holiest shrine in this region.
Jageshwar: Seek Blessings of ‘Nagesh’ Mahadev
The estwhile centre of Lakulish Shaivism, Jageshwar is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Almora district of Uttarakhand. There are around 124 large and small temples in this complex and here the central deity is Shiva. The temples in this complex date back from 9th to 13th century. Among all these abodes of the deities, Mrityunjaya temple is known to be the oldest and Dandeshwar is regarded as the biggest of all. Jageshwar Monsoon Festival is celebrated in the month of Shravana (from 15th July-15th August) with great pomp and gaiety.
Apart from these popular hill stations, there are several other places to visit near Corbett National Park. Udham Singh Nagar, Haldwani, Dhanaulti, Rampur are some of the most popular among them. Moreover, Kalagarh Dham, Siatabani, Garija Devi Temple and Kaladungi are among the attractions closest to Corbett National Park.