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INDIA’S FIRST HERITAGE VILLAGE PRAGPUR.

Introduction

The scenic view Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh is no stranger to heritage and history, by a notification dated 9th December 1997 the State Government has classified Pragpur as a “Heritage Zone.”

India’s first village Pragpur is ideal for Village land nature Tourism and is being promoted as an example of community involvement in tourism. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage jointly with the government of Himachal Pradesh is developing and preserving Heritage Village Pragpur.

History of the village

This village was established in the memory of princesses Parag Devi of the Jaswant royal family at that time by Kuthiala Sood.
Parag pur village has been appreciated for its cultural roots that still hold with them since 1997, with its winding cobbled lane, mud-plastered walls, and slate-roofed houses, give an authentic look to the village. That you will not see anywhere else.

As per the folk story that the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community arrived and settled here in Parag in the early 19 century. These merchants travel all over the world that is why you see a lot of architectural significance techniques from, Rajput, British, Portuguese, and even Italian, they build mansions, schools, and hospitals in architectural styles that matched what they observed during their visits.

How the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community had developed in this village?

While per the folk story that the wealthy Kuthiala Sood community arrived and have settled here in Parag, in the early 19 century. these merchants had traveled all over the world that is why you see a lot of architectural significance style inspired by, Rajput, British, Portuguese, and even Italian, they built mansions, schools, and hospitals in architectural styles that matched what they observed during their visits.
Best Places of interest heritage village Paragpur.
Village Tour: Heritage Village Pragpur is ideal for Village land nature Tour and is being promoted as an example of community involvement in tourism. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage jointly with the government of Himachal Pradesh is developing and preserving Heritage Village Pragpur.
Jwalaji Mata: this temple is a famous religious place, 23 km from Pragpur.

Bagulamukhi temple; Devoted to the goddess Bagulamukhi. President of India Sh. Pranav Mukherjee has also paid his obedience to this temple.

Baba Sidh Chano temple: Sidh Chanu Temple: a famous pilgrimage place in Pragpur.

Dehra: A small town situated near Pragpur.

Chhinmastika Dham: also known as Chintapurani Mata Mandir; a famous religious place; 27 km from Pragpur.

Nearby markets: Garli, Dhalihara, Neharan Pukhar.
Accommodation in Pragpur village.
The Judges Court is a resort built in a typical Anglo-Indian style of architecture. It stands in 12 acres of greens and is just a short walk from the village core and the Taal. Apart from the Judge’s Court, which was built in 1918, Mr. Lal has restored his 300-year-old ancestral house.
The Judge’s Court’s elegant accommodation comprises 10 Double Rooms 3 of which are suites inclusive of the cottage in the ancestral courtyard.

The property is classified as “Heritage” and this makes it India’s first classified Heritage Country Manor with an ambiance reminiscent of the turn of the 20th Century.
Climate through out the year.
Spring Season: About mid-February to mid-April; the winter starts losing its bite around mid-February.

Summer Season: mid-April to the end of June; it is hot in summer and light cotton is recommended.

Rainy season:
July to September; still quite warm and humid; lots of rain.

Autumn Season:
October to November; days are pleasantly warm; nights are cool; one may need light woolens at night or early mornings.

Winter Season:
December-January; it is quite pleasant during the day and one may get by with one layer of woolens; the winter nights are cold and an extra layer of woolens is required.
How to reach this beautiful heritage village?
By Air: Pragpur is well connected by air, rail, and road. Gaggal is the nearest airport, around 55 km away. Pathankot is another airport, about 100 km away.

By Train: It is connected by the narrow gauge Kangra Railway, which starts at Pathankot. Nearest rail hubs are Guler or Jwalamukhi, both about 20 km away.

By Bus: 6 km from Kalhoa on National Highway 70, connecting Amb to Hamirpur.

Pragpur is well connected with all the advanced communication networks. BSNL and all other network companies have their network here. Nationalize banks, India post has their branches here. Many local administrative offices also situated here.

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Valley of Flowers Heaven on Earth

Introduction

This article is about the Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in North  Chamoli and Pithoragarh, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora.
Valley Of Flower

About The National Park

Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in North Chamoli and Pithoragarh, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora and rare animals.

The valley was declared a national park in 1982 and now it is a World Heritage Site.

Valley of Flowers, located at 12,000 feet, was accidentally discovered in 1931, by mountaineers Frank S SmytheEric Shipton, and  RL Holdsworth, while returning after an expedition to Mount Kamet.  Smythe returned later and wrote the book The Valley of Flowers in 1938.

The Himalayan valley that has long been acknowledged by renowned mountaineers, botanists, and in literature.

It has been recognized internationally for over a century and is referenced in the Hindu religion Local people have visited the valley since ancient times.

Indian yogis are known to have visited the valley for meditation. 
Famous for its exotic varieties of medicinal herbs, it is also believed that Hanuman brought Sanjivani to the ailing Lakshmana from the valley of flowers

The Valley of Flowers has many different colorful flowers, taking on various shades of colors as time progressed.

Unique about the Valley of Flowers.

The Valley of Flowers is famous for its outstanding natural beauty, endangered animals, and endemic alpine flowers.

This valley comes under the national park category of India. It is spread over an area of around 88 km². Beautiful waterfalls, landscapes, and meadow add more stars to the beauty of Valley of Flowers.
Valley of Flowers National Park

Is Valley of Flowers safe?

It is always safe while you travel in Uttarakhand as locals are humble and polite.
As Valley of Flowers trek is quite demanding, therefore tourists should be physically and mentally fit for the trek.

How do I plan a trip to Valley of Flowers?

The best idea is to reach Joshimath or Govindghat and stay at night. Morning can start tracking from Govind ghat to Ghangria (Around 18 KM) and again stay at night. One can choose horse riding and save energy for the next day ( tracking in flower valley) .

 Is the Valley of flowers worth visiting?

The Govindghat to Ghangariya and the Hemkund Sahib treks can be quite putting off to those looking for peace and quiet and cleanliness.

The name given to it the Valley of Flowers is very true as there are flowers and flowers during summertime. In winter one will find snow and only snow here.
Ghangaria Village

Places To Visit In Valley Of Flowers

Valley of Flower National Park:-

A World Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers is probably one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The spread of colorful flowers against the snow-capped mountains during spring is a must-see.

Fauna and Flora:-

The Himalayan snow leopard is the major attraction of Nanda Devi National park amidst the valley of flowers and mountain ranges. Other animals found here are the endangered Asiatic black bear, blue sheep, and brown bear.

Ghangaria Village:-

Ghangaria is arranged at the intersection of the streams Bhyundar Ganga and Pushpawati, which shapes Lakshman Ganga, which later meets the waterway Alaknanda at Govindghat. It is the last human residence in the Bhyundar valley.

This place is typically utilized by voyagers as a base camp to visit Hemkund and Valley of blooms.

Hemkund Sahib

Well, known journey site for Sikhs which is around 6 km from here, and the Valley of Flowers, a national stop known for its assortment of blossoms around 3 km from here. It is situated in the northern Himalayan reaches an elevation of 3049 meters in the Uttarakhand territory of India.
Hemkund Sahib

Best Time To Visit Valley of Flowers.

The valley opens on June 1 each year and shuts in October. The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is between July to September when you can see the valley at this bloom with flowers. August is the best time to see the flowers bloom; however, it might get difficult to reach there due to landslides and heavy rainfall. 

How to reach valley of flowers?

The closest you can get to The Valley of Flowers by road is Govind Ghat. This requires around an 11 hour drive to Joshimath from Dehradun, then another one hour to Gobindghat. From Gobindghat it is a 13-kilometer (8.1 miles) trek along a steep, narrow, but well-defined mountain trail to base camp at Ghangaria.

Conculison Of this beautiful post

My suggestion to all my readers you have to visit this famous Valley of flower national park and explore the naturally beautiful garden made by God. Famous for its exotic varieties of medicinal herbs, it is also believed that Hanuman brought Sanjivani to the ailing Lakshmana from the valley of flowers.

Not- Be a responsible tourist and do not leave anything behind in the valley. Do carry back all the packaging material/ waste and wrappers along with you and dump it at Ghangaria

Valmiki Tiger Reserve National Park Bihar

Valmiki Tiger Reserve

Valmiki National Park is among the most prominent tiger reserves in India. Located near the Indo-Nepal border in West Champaran district of Bihar, the tiger reserve is spread over an area of about 880 sq km.

The Valmiki Tiger Reserve comprises of the Valmiki National Park and the Valmiki Wild Sanctuary. It is the 18th tiger reserve in the country and with 10 tigers ranks fourth in terms of tiger population.

In 1978, the reserve had an area of 464 sq km. In 1989, the national park and wildlife sanctuary was added to the area of the reserve and in 1990 the total area of the reserve was increased to the existing 880 sq km area.

Best months to see the Valmiki wilderness:

October to March is the best time to visit the sanctuary. The winter months (December to mid-February) are colder and the minimum temperature goes down to 7 – 8 degrees Celsius.
Heavy warm clothing is desired in winter.

Floral Diversity:

The mixed moist deciduous vegetation along the alluvial plains of the Gandak River is dominated by sal (Shorea robusta), Rohini (Mallotus phillipensis) and sihor (Strebulus asper). Terminalia tomentosa, Terminalia belerica, Adina cordifolia, Dalbergia latifolia, Mitragyna parviflora, Ehretia laevis, Angeissus latifolia are some of the important associates of Sal forests.
The natural forests are interspersed with plantations of teak (Tectona grandis), bamboo, semal (Salmalia malabarica), shisham (Dalbergia sissoo) and khair (Acacia catechu).

Faunal Diversity:

Diverse habitats of the Sanctuary support a variety of faunal life forms. Tigers, Leopards and Indian Wild Dogs are the large predators. Leopard cat and fishing cat are also found in patches. Deer species are represented by spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and hog deer. Indian bison (Gaur), Nilgai and wild boar are other ungulates found in these forests. Rhesus macaque and common Langur are primates of the sanctuary. Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has recorded fifty three mammal species in the sanctuary.

Python, crocodile, king cobra, krait, monitor lizard, hill turtle are some common reptiles. The ZSI has recorded 10 species of amphibians, 27 species of reptiles and 75 species of insects.

Accommodation

 Valmiki Vihar, a tourist lodge of State Tourism Development Corporation Hotel is located at the picturesque site at Valmiki Nagar.  

There are ten (10) eco-huts of double bed occupancy located at Valmikinagar (two), Naurangia Done (two), Manguraha (2) and Gobardhana (four). Besides, one tree-hut is located at kotraha for altitude lovers.

Forest Rest Houses (two double-bed rooms in each) are located at Kotraha, Madanpur, Naurangia Done, Gobardhana, Manguraha, and Manpur. Four double-bed rooms at Ganauli is a wooden forest rest house. This building has the potential to get heritage status.

Tickets and Surcharges

Booking for accommodation can be done only 60 days in advance and only for 4 days at a stretch.

Eco hut- Gobardhana: INR 1500 (Maximum two persons allowed in a room)
Eco hut- Kotraha: INR 1500 (Maximum two persons allowed in a room)
Eco hut- Naurangia : INR 1500 (Maximum two persons allowed in a room)
Eco hut- Manguraha: INR 1500 (Maximum two persons allowed in a room)
Treehut- Gobardhana : INR 1500 (Maximum two persons allowed in a room)

Safari Details and Charges

Gypsy/ Jeep Safari (4 persons) for 2 hours 30 minutes – INR 600 per group
Rafting (8 persons) for 3 hours – INR 2000 per group
Boating (4 persons) for 3 hours – INR 500 per group
Nature Walk (4 – 6 persons) for 3 – 4 hours – INR 100 per person
Border Trek (10 – 15 persons) for 10 – 12 hours – INR 500 per person
Jungle Camp (4 – 6 persons) for a night – INR 200 per person
Tiger Trail (4 – 6 persons) for 3 – 4 hours – INR 200 per person
Cycling – INR 20 per hour

Places of Interest at Valmiki National Park

The place is dotted with temples, shrines and historical monuments. Some of the prominent and must-visit attractions of Valmiki National Park include-
1. Bheriyari Watch Tower

This one is located in the Bheriyari Grassland region and is ideal for bird watching several exotic bird species at play and viewing the herbivores in the natural habitat.

2. Bhikhna Thori

Located exactly on the Indo- Nepal Border, this is the north- eastern end of the sanctuary. This is a popular route to Tibet across Nepal. History tells us that it was the common resting place called ?thaur? in the native language, for the Buddhist monks and hence it is called “Bhiktchuk thaur” or “Bhikhna thori”. King George Vth rested here on his way to Nepal and it has been a popular picnic and leisure spot ever since.

3. Rohua Nala

Rohua Nala is a tributary of River Gandak and is situated in the Mandalpur range. The region is a beautiful combination of wetlands, forests, swamps and cenebrakes. The region has been declared as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by the Indian Bird Conservation Network. Besides several beautiful sightings of exotic birds, the place also facilities boating activities in traditional Shikara boats. You can also spot rhinoceros in the region.

4. Kapan

Kapan is a major perennial river originating from the Raghia Range. Walking northwards along the river, you can witness one of the most beautiful trails of the Park with forest on the side and the trailing river in the centre. You can also spot kingfishers, green pigeons and Indian bisons here.

5. Lalbhitiya

Lalbhitiya is a most beautiful vantage point in the area providing an alluring bird’s eye view of pure- sal forests. The highlight of the place are the mesmerising sunrise and sunset views. On clear days, you can also see the snow white pearly peaks of the Himalayas from here. The place is a common favourite among solace seekers, nature wanderers and bird watchers.

6. Manor Trek

Manor Trek is a comparatively easy trek of 1.5 kms which the tourists can undertake on their own. The trail passes along the forest to the Manor watchtower which provides majestic views of the adjoining snow clad Himalayas and beautiful panoramas of the river manor below.

7. Parewa Dah

Parewa Dah is considered the most beautiful spot of the Valmiki Natural Forest and a trip to the park is considered incomplete without a visit to this place. Parewa means ?pigeons? and ?dah? means water- bodies and put together, Parewa Dah means a place where both these factors co-exist. The area is replete with water doves,pigeons and bee-eaters swarming the emerald blue waters. The water is so clear that you can even see the fish swimming at shallow levels.

8. Someshwar Peak

Perched at an elevation of 2884 meters, Someshwar Peak is the highest peak in the region which can be reached through a trek of 14 km from the base camp. Although the tiring trekking pays off at the top which offers sweeping views of the forest below in the backdrop of the mighty mountains of the Himalayan Range. The path has several stop points like the Titanic Point and Hill Top etc. On the border is located Someshwar Temple dedicated to Shiva and Kali. At the base of the temple are the ruins of the hermitage of Baba Bhatrihari.

9. Valmiki Nagar

Valmiki Nagar is the adjoining tiny town of Valmiki Nagar on the banks of river Gandak at the Indo – Nepal border. The Gandak Barrage has a viewpoint that offers magnificent views of the Triveni and other nearby areas. The area also offers rare sightings of gharials, dolphins, crocodiles, turtles, and other rare and endangered birds, etc. Besides the serene landscape and tranquility, you can also experience river rafting in the area.
Valmiki National Park

Activities at Valmiki National Park

1. Nature Walk

The rich wildlife and the diverse topography makes for wonderful nature walks through the forests. The volunteers are taken on a guided walking tour spanning 4 – 5 km to give them an idea of the flourishing ecosystem of the forests. These groups of 5 – 6 people are guided by professionals and children below the age of 15 years are not allowed. It is a must-experience activity when at the sanctuary to witness the plenteous flora and fauna, and to be awed at the grand and cozy forests brimming with wondrous bounteous nature.
2. Border Trek

Located at the brink of the India- Nepal border with the Someshwar Range as the border between the two countries, the wildlife sanctuary provides facilitates beautiful treks in the region. From the top of the hill peaks, one can take a mesmerizing bird’s eye view of the tiger reserve and the national park, in addition to the parallely located Chitwan National Park in Nepal. The trek is a day-long activity, conducted from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Besides testing your fitness agility and grit, the trek takes you through a wonderland of steep slopes, settling riverine, meandering streams, and along with narrow passes in the forests. The package includes packed meals en-route. This trek is conducted in groups of 10 – 15 people led by a professional guide. Children below the age of 15 years are not allowed.
3. Jungle Camp

This is one of the most thrilling activities at the camp which is conducted in the anti-poaching camps or in one of the watchtowers. The package includes beds, spotlights, and night vision devices. Special care is taken not to disturb the natural habitat of the plants and animals. Midnight creeks and howls of the wild animals are sure to get up your adrenaline rush. In a group, 2 – 4 people can be accommodated and children below 15 years are not allowed.
4. Tiger Trail

One of the most exciting highlights of Valmiki National Park is the Tiger trail activity. The trek starts early at dawn in the supervision of the tiger trekkers where you follow the trails walked by the king of the forest- Bengal tigers. In case it is your lucky day, you might get to see a kill or the spoils of the tigers. The trek is also very informative where the participants are taught how to identify various pugmarks, scratches, and scents. The group consists of 4 – 6 participants and children below 15 years are not allowed.
5. Watchtowers

There are several wooden watchtowers housed in the forests from where the tourists can take a peek into the privacy of the wildlife. Besides the towers offer enchanting views of the rivers, the confluence, and the majestic Himalayan ranges. These watchtowers are also installed at Thori, Bajani, Singha Sonbarsa, Bherihari, and Bhaluthapa.

How to Reach

Through Railways:

 The sanctuary is situated on Gorakhpur–Muzaffarpur (via Narkatiganj) rail route. Direct trains are available from major cities of the country to reach the sanctuary. Daily/weekly trains are available from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Siliguri, Dehradun, and Amritsar to arrive at Bagaha (to reach the western part of the sanctuary) and Narkatiaganj (to reach the central and eastern part of the sanctuary). Muzaffarpur and Gorakhpur are the nearest major junctions to get passenger/mail/express trains for Bagaha and Narkatiaganj. The Field Directorate located at the district headquarters of West Champaran at Bettiah, about 70 km from the sanctuary, is also on the same rail route.
Road Approach:

 The sanctuary is about 275 km from Patna, the capital city of Bihar; 200 km from Muzaffarpur, major city and railhead of North Bihar; 70 km for Bettiah, district headquarters of West Champaran; and 125 km from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, by road. Vehicles can be hired from these places to reach the sanctuary.
Nearest Airports:  

Patna, Kolkata, and Gorakhpur.

Rules and Regulations

Valmiki National Park observes a vast set of rules and regulations.
Liquor consumption or visiting under the influence of liquor is strictly prohibited.

Teasing or disturbing animals in their natural setting is prohibited.
Damage to any plants or trees is not allowed.

Smoking or carrying any inflammable material is not allowed.

Playing any kind of music or any musical instrument during any treks or safaris is prohibited.

Carrying and consuming food in the forests is not allowed.
Carrying ammunition or any arms is strictly prohibited.

Pros & Cons. –

Pros: Clean, unexplored, well maintained Eco huts and helpful staff of the forest department.

Cons: Connectivity and availability of any conveyance. (U have to depend on the vehicle of forest Department) Lack of trained guide. Non-availability of Jungle Safari at Naurangia Done.

Rating: 1 out of 5.
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SUPER Strongest BULL YUVRAJ OF INDIA.

Introduction Of Super Strongest Bull Yuvraj

Yuvaraj is a Murrah bull the, best of the 13 recognized buffalo breeds in India. Inderjeet Singh, chief of India’s Central Institute for Research on Buffalow, describes Yuvraj as a Super Strongest breeding bull.
Yuvraj is not like an ordinary bull and he is the father of lakhs of calves. His owner earns lakhs from his one ejaculation.

About The Strongest Yuvraj Bull

Yuvraj, named after an Indian cricket star, produces 45000 doses of semen every year, and each dose costs around Rs 250.
The bull weighs 1,500 kg and is 5 feet 9 inches tall. It produces 45000 doses of semen every year and each dose cost around Rs 250.
Yuvraj is no ordinary bull. Its seed fetches its owner Mr. Indeerjet Singh Rs 150,000 for one ejaculation.

Daily Diet Plan For Yuvaraj Bull.

Yuvraj is 5 feet 9 inches in height, drinks 20 liters of milk, gobbles 300 eggs, 5 kg of apples and 15 kg, 5 kg each of three types of crops and pulses, along with dry fruits every day.

Yuvraj is taken for a 5-km walk every day and is also given a mustard oil massage twice a day.
SUPER STRONGEST BULL YUVRAJ OF INDIA.

About Owner Of This Super Bull.

Owner, Karamveer Singh, a 47-year-old third-generation farmer in Haryana state, India. Singh lives in the village of Sunarion in the district of Kurukshetra.

The hard-working farmer Singh owns a herd of two dozen cows and buffaloes, runs a business, and deals in property. He lives with his wife, half a dozen cars and tractors, and a retinue of household servants. One of his sons is studying for an MBA in Australia; the other is studying computer science in Rajasthan.

How The Owner Of This bull Earned Crore Of Rupees?

Yuvraj is not like an ordinary bull and he is the father of lakhs of calves. His owner earns lakhs from his one ejaculation. Its seed fetches its owner Mr. Indeerjet Singh Rs 150,000 for one ejaculation.
SUPER STRONGEST BULL YUVRAJ OF INDIA.
Karamveer earns Rs 1.12 crore every year by selling the semen of Yuvraj Known worldwide for its high yield, the Murrah buffalo produces up to 32kg of milk a day, almost double than that of an ordinary buffalo. Karamveer earned millions of rupees by selling the semen of Yuvraj. People across the country approach him to buy the semen. Yuvraj is 24 times National Livestock Champion.
His semen is now possibly the most expensive in India, costing up to 350 rupees ($5.65; £3.75) a dose – possibly more than 10 times the average.

Emotional Attachment Towards His Bull Yuvaraj

“Yuvraj is nine years old Murrah breed bull. Once a farmer offered us Rs 9 crore to buy Yuvraj but we are emotionally attached to Yuvraj and moreover, our entire family loves the bull.” the owners love their bulls and they are reluctant to sell them at any cost.

Interesting Fact About Yuvraj Bull

#) India’s super bull Yuvraj father of 150000 calves.
#) Every month his owner pays a big amount of Rs 25000 for the Maintenance of the super-strong bull.
#) If you want to buy this bull you have to pay Rs 9 Crores.
#) Owner Karamvir Singh, who has brought him up “like a son”, says he doesn’t really need the money. “I earn close to Rs 50 lakh a year from Yuvraj,” he smiles.

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Wildest Toilet Museum In India

Mahatma Gandhi’s unfinished task to restore human rights and dignity to the untouchables while providing affordable sanitation facilities to masses throughout the country.

Its vision is to create a healthy and hygienic India, free from the practice of open defecation and fecal pollution of the environment.
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in Delhi is a museum run by Sulabh International, which is dedicated to the global history of sanitation and toilets.
According to Time magazine, the museum is one of the weirdest museums among the “10 museums around the world that are anything but mundane”.
It was established in 1992 by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, a social activist, founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement, recipient of national and international awards including the Stockholm Water Prize in 2009.
His objective in establishing this museum was to highlight the need to address the problems of the sanitation sector in the country, considering the efforts made in various parts of the world in this field since the third millennium BC.
Unique museums, which has a rare collection of facts, pictures and objects detailing the historic evolution of toilets from 2500 BC to date and provides a chronological account of developments relating to technology, toilet-related social customs, toilet etiquettes, prevailing sanitary conditions and legislative efforts of the times.
50,000 volunteers Innovations include a scavenging-free two-pit pour-flush toilet (Sulabh Shauchalaya); safe and hygienic on-site human waste disposal technology; a new concept of maintenance and construction of pay-&-use public toilets, popularly known as Sulabh Complexes with bath, laundry, and urinal.
To interrupt the transmission, environmental sanitation can act on reducing exposure to infectious agents by limiting contact to wastes or polluted media, and by changing hygiene and socio-cultural practices.

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WEEKEND GATEWAY to JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK.

About Jim Corbett National Park

It is the oldest national park in India was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger.

It is located in Nainital District and Pauri Garwal of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett a well-known hunter and naturalist. The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative.

The park has sub – Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characteristics. An ecotourism destination, it contains 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna. The increase in tourist activities, among other problems, continues to present a serious challenge to the park’s ecological balance.

Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its landscape and wildlife. In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park.

Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2 (201.1 sq mi) area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands, and a large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 to 4,000 ft (400 to 1,220 m).

Winter nights are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September. Dense moist deciduous forest mainly consists of sal, haldu, peepal, rohini and mango tree. Forest covers almost 73% of the park, 10% of the area consists of grasslands. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.

What to wear in JIM Corbett Park

When you want to plan for the weekend, I think two days are sufficient to view Jim Corbett Park.

If you are going Jim Corbett national park sometime in April or June – Light cotton shirts and light pants or shorts are recommended. Khakis and Cargos go well.

Take along a dark pair of sunglasses and don’t forget your safari hats to complete the look (and for the functionality of it).

Take your children to Jim Corbett is safe.

To be very precise, Yes you can take your children to Jim Corbett Safari. The forest management team takes great care of the forest and maintains the path for jungle safaris and the drivers are well trained and know-How to solve a difficult problem that might happen during the safari tours.

Inside accommodation in Jim Corbett Park

Dhikala Forest Lodge

Jim Corbett National Park is the sole national park in India that offers night stay inside its Jungle. Dhikala forest lodge is a historic structure, have been built over hundreds of years ago by Britishers. This old rest house is very much popular among tourists.

There a lot of good hotels available under you budget if you are not getting a room in the Dhikala forest lodge.
Food & Alcohol In Jim Corbett
The best option for food in Corbett tends to be the hotels and resorts here. They offer rich and delicious North Indian, Chinese, Mughlai, Continental, Kumaoni, and local cuisine.
Don’t miss the Chicken, Kebab, and other barbeque delicacies here. However, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited inside the park.

The local cuisine offers a number of delicacies with Bhaang Ki Khatai, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potato dish), Rus ( a preparation of many dals) being just some of the popular items here.

You can carry Alcohol with you in your luggage into Jim Corbett. Just don’t drink it within the park!
Best option inside Corbett own car or hire Gypsies.
The Corbett website : Tourists can drive their own cars inside Corbett or can hire private Jeeps/Gypsies from Ramnagar.

It is advisable to refuel vehicles before entering the park because there is no fuel station beyond Ramnagar.

According to Sightings Index by WildTrails, the best zones to visit for tiger sighting and safari tour in Jim Corbett National Park are the Bijrani safari zone, Dhikala Safari Zone and Dhela Safari Zone.

The jeep safari tours are allowed in two shifts inside the 
Corbett tiger reserve in all of the tourism zones.
Best time to visit Jim Corbett
Corbett lets you visit the Park all year long, but the best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park is between November and February i.e, during the winter season when all the zones are open, and you can spot the most animals. Summers, though hot, isn’t unbearable.
As long as tourists obey the rules of the park they are visiting, it is absolutely safe to go on an open vehicle safari.
Top Places To Visit
The top sightseeing places in Corbett national park are Jungle Safari in Corbett National Park, Elephant Ride in Corbett National Park, Corbett Waterfall, River Rafting in Corbett National Park, Garjiya Devi Temple, Corbett Museum.
How to reach Jim Corbett National Park by road
By Road

Connected with the NH34 and a wide network of roads with the nearby cities, Roadways is one of the most preferred options for the tourists to travel down to Jim Corbett. Instead of a private taxi, jeeps are widely popular amongst tourists to explore Jim Corbett, for the convenience it gives in the area. Many buses, ranging from Government to Private and AC to Sleeper, ply down to Corbett from Delhi, Ramnagar, Dehradun, Gaushala, and Kotdwar, the major connecting links to Corbett. Roadways are the most direct way to make it to Jim Corbett.

By train
The three major railheads located in the proximity of Jim Corbett are Ramnagar, Gaushala, and Kotdwar at a distance of 86 km, 69 km and 110 km respectively. Some trains from several adjoining areas come down to these stations, thus offering better connectivity to the tourists for reaching Jim Corbett. Regular bus services and taxi/jeep services are available from these cities to help visitors travel down to Jim Corbett quickly.

Local transport in Jim Corbett National Park
Jeep and elephant safaris are some of the best ways to delve into the wilderness.

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