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Jim Corbett National Park is the largest national park in India expanding across the Shivalik hills of Uttarakhand near Ram Nagar.The national park has 5 zones namely Dhikala,Jhirna,Bijrani,Durga Devi and Sonanadi Safari zones.Each of these zones has five gateways that requires separate entry passes for travellers and wildlife enthusiasts to survey them.
I managed to survey only two of the zones,Jhirna and Dhikala considering the safari timings which is mostly in the early morning hours and another in the late afternoon hours since I had only one spare day left in the Kumaon trip.There are safari jeeps available to convoy the entire area covered under forests but it would be great to make a stay of a day or two to sight all species found in the jungle.Entry into the core areas of the forest is strictly prohibited and requires special permission from the forest officials and authorities.
The early morning sun rising at 6 am in the morning throws light into the area and the chirping sounds of the birds echoes around the mountains providing a completely different angle to vigil the region with surprise and bewilderment.The peaks of the Inner Himalayas excite travellers and the light of the morning sun dazzles creating a halo around the region and a bright radiant glow to the surroundings.The national bird peacock was the first one in my list to be sighted with its enigmatic charm and look after which we stepped into the drier areas of the jungle to find zebras,sambar deer and other species of deer found in the timber land areas.
There are provisions of stay for wildlife enthusiasts and naturalists inside the jungle and elephant safaris are also available into the shielded areas to catch glimpses of tigers and lions.The jeeps are opened and there is no covering which can be a frightening phenomenon for kids and teens if there is any wild attack.Different species of birds are found inside the jungle premises and it's a matter of luck and triumph to catch sight of all.Coming to the animal survey,I found some deer,tigers,elephants into the camouflaged areas of the forest.The jeep had to wait for long hours to catch sight of tigers which did not come out to the open roadside due to tourist congestion.Overall it was a riveting experience for me and my companions for the weekend voyage in Kumaon and a memorable empiricism to last for lifetime.