INDIA TRAVEL - TWO MOST EXCITING BUT LEAST EXPLORED PLACES OF UTTARAKHAND



Hi friends! Today I take you to a journey of two of the most enchanting, beautiful and yet largely unexplored places in Uttarakhand, India. Situated in the lap of nature and whether you are adventurous or spiritual kind, you would love to travel to these places. For wildlife lovers, this is paradise. Situated in most beautiful surroundings, you can do trekking, bird watching, wildlife spotting or indulge in some spirituality.

I am talking about Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve and Kanvashram near Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

1. JHILMIL JHEEL CONSERVATION RESERVE - A TREAT FOR WILDLIFE LOVERS

Located near the holy city of Haridwar, between Haridwar Nazibabad highway and the left bank of holy river Ganges, this is a unique 155 hectares ( 383 acres) site. It is very close to Rajaji National Park.
A very well situated watchtower provides a panoramic view.


Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve
WATCHTOWER AT JHILMIL JHEEL CONSERVATION RESERVE
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The area provides stunning scenery with short and long grasslands. It is a corridor for the transfer of wildlife from Rajaji National Park. Its rich wildlife variety includes five species of Dear ( Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, and Swamp Dear). Elephants, Nilgai, Common Leopard and sometimes Tigers can also be sighted.

Jhilmeel Jheel wildlife
WILDLIFE AT JHILMIL JHEEL
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Also, a large number of resident and winter migratory birds can be seen here.

Birds at Jhilmil Jheel
A MIGRATORY BIRD AT JHILMIL JHEEL
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Ample space in the midst of the dense forest is available for camping tents, along with two suites. It also boasts of an interpretation center cum hall for meetings, workshops, etc. Apart from this, the area near suites has a large space for outdoor activities, where you can indulge in adventure and outdoor activities.
You will find a breathtaking view and peaceful time in nature's lap.

Forest at Jhilmil Jheel
THE DENSE FOREST
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HOW TO REACH

Air - Nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun, which is about 35 km(22 mi) from Haridwar. Regular direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai and indirect flights from other major cities are available for Dehradun. From here you can hire a taxi to reach Haridwar.

Train - The nearest railway station to Jhilmil Jheel CR is Haridwar, which is very well connected to all the other major cities of the country. Depending on the type of train, it takes 4-6 hrs to reach Haridwar from Delhi. The fastest train connecting Delhi and Haridwar is the Shatabdi express.

Road - Haridwar is well connected by a good road network to all parts of the country. You can take state-run buses or private luxury coaches from Delhi to reach Haridwar which is at a distance of around 225 km(141 mi). Private taxis are also available from Delhi to reach Haridwar.

Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve is about 20 km(12.5 mi) from Haridwar at Najibabad road. A 4x4 power vehicle is required to visit the jungle.
There is no time limit to explore it but usually, a 3 days/2 nights tour is fine. 

WHERE TO STAY - You can stay at Rasiyabad Forest rest house or nearby Chidiyapur Forest Rest house, by taking permission from DFO, Haridwar forest Division. There are dharamshalas and all kind of hotels in Haridwar. 



ACTIVITIES - You can do the following activities at Jhilmil Jheel CR :
1. Jungle safari on Gypsy
2. Bird Watching: River Ganges has a wide span in which a lot of migratory birds, along with pied kingfishers, crested kingfishers, etc., provide perfect scenery.
3. Visit Crocodile point
4. Visit the leopard tree in the jungle to spot a leopard.

Animals at Jhilmil Jheel
A LEOPARD TAKING REST
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5. Staying at FRH, you can witness a lot of wild animals like spotted dears, swamp dears, Monkeys, wild Boars Foxes, etc. These animals roam freely around the campus and spotting them is surprisingly easy.

2. KANVASHRAM - FOR SPIRITUALLY INCLINED/ SOLITUDE LOVING/ADVENTUROUS


Situated at a distance of 14 km from Kotdwar, on the banks of river Malini, Kanvasram has serene forest surroundings. It has a legend attached to it.
It is believed that sage Vishwamitra used to meditate at this place. The king of sub Gods, Indra, feared Vishwamitra's intense meditation and so wanted to disturb him. He sent a very beautiful heavenly damsel Menka for this purpose.
Menka succeeded in distracting Vishwamitra and a daughter was born as a result of their union. She was named Shakuntala. Her parents left her in this ashram in the care of Rishi Kanva, who also meditated there. Shakuntala, later on married King Dushyant of Hastinapur. She gave birth to a son, who was named Bharat. By virtue of this name, India came to be known as Bharatvarsh or Bharat.

Kanvashram at Jhilmil Jheel
KANVASHRAM
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Kanvashram offers different things to different people. For those, spiritually inclined or seeking solitude, it provides a relaxing atmosphere amidst serene and forested surroundings.

For adventurous kinds, it provides a number of short and long trekking routes. And you can reach Sahastradhara falls after one hour trek from here.
And for not so adventurous, a simple walk to Malini barrage will surely be a great experience.

Beauty of Kanvashram
BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF KANVASHRAM
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Kanvashram Gurukul
GURUKUL AT KANVASHRAM
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You can visit Gurukul also. Gurukul is a traditional school for boys. It conducts yoga classes and a lot of Ayurvedic medicines are also available here.
For boarding and lodging, comfortable facilities are available here. You can even stay at Gurukul also. Or you can stay at GMVN rest house.



HOW TO REACH - Kanvashram is 14 km from Kotdwar and is well connected by road. The nearest rail station is Kotdwar and the nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun, which is about 86 km away. Kotdwar is well connected by road with other parts of the country. State-run and private buses, as well as taxis, are available from Delhi to reach Kotdwar. Distance between Delhi and Kotdwar is around 225 km(141mi)




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