Well we decided to visit Corbett on a weekend getaway. We booked our stay in Corbett inn resort to relax and enjoy the nature. The resort was indeed very beautiful and very green.There we thought what else can be done in Corbett apart from the usual Jungle safari. We talked to our resort staff if there was any place worth seeing nearby. He told us that just few hundred meters away there is a river which is popular among the tourists. It was about 3-4pm and he asked us to return back from there before dusk because of the wild animals that visit river site around evening.
We decided to make our visit worth it because I was always very crazy about seeing a river and playing with its water. We took our car from hotel's parking and headed straight to the river site which was really close to our resort.
When we reached there we found a lot of college girls and boys thronging that place. We parked our car near and began walking up to the river which was little down the slope from the parking area.
There at the slope we came across a small vendor selling tea and Maggi. We enquired from him the name of the river and he said ,"It's river Kosi". I thought to myself, "So this is the river Kosi about which I read a lot in Geography books during my General studies classes. So this trip is actually useful." Since this was my first trip to a river since I could remember, I was very excited.
We went down the slope and saw a thin stream of river passing along a vast stretch of land covered by pebbles, cobbles and boulders. The river stream was shallow there and we could easily see the river bed because of the clear water. People there were enjoying themselves and playing with the water, throwing water on each other and posing for those perfect pics... The river definitely blew off my mind and wondered "How beautiful it is." We don't get to see these beautiful creations of nature , so fresh air and so peace in our buzy metro life. City life is so mundane and all view you get to see there is of the tall buildings occupying the cityscape. What we breathe is polluted air and forget peace because there is always a hullabaloo with people running to offices and screeching sound of the horns blaring in the never ending traffic jams. In sharp contrast to that metro life, here is a life so simple yet so beautiful and peaceful.. The river bed and stream meandering on the bed was definitely a heavenly sight for me.. On the other bank of the river was a hill which was partly covered with trees and partly looked to be eroded.
Over the river at one side there was a bridge probably used locals for crossing over from one hill to another.
The view was majestic and breathtaking. The white pebbles and cobbles were a treat to eyes. Site was no doubt beautiful but what really pissed me off was how the tourists had littered plastics etc at the site. Had these crap not been littered here and there in the stream , I too would have loved playing with the river water more.
Since it was about to be evening time, the air was cold. And we remembered what the resort staff told us,"Return before dark". So we started to head back to our resort. We went upslope and clicked few pics too.
On way back we decided to have Maggi from that vendor. While he was making Maggi, I thought to engage him in some casual conversation. "Do wild animals come here", I asked. He said,"yes, Your car is parked right at the place which comes in the path used by the tiger for coming to the river in the evening". "What!", I exclaimed completely shaken. "Few days back he came just on the upslope Infront of my stall", he added. Although we were not sure whether the vendor was telling truth or was just telling some made-up stories for thrill. But still we decided to not take any chance. We immediately moved our car from that spot to another one. We chatted with him For some more time while having Maggi. And after that we bid goodbye to the sparkling waters of river since it was getting dark. Overall the place was really scenic and definitely worth a visit. And this was one experience that would linger in my memories for a long time. The beauty of the landscape and that sound of the sparkling clear waters still resonates in my thoughts which makes me crave for a visit to a river.
My overall ratings for the River Kosi trip
Beauty and visit worthiness of place- 4.5/5
Tips to keep in mind while visting the River Kosi site
Where to eat
Near the river kosi site there is a small vendor and a small shop selling biscuits, snacks and maggi. If you want to have a full fledged then there are many restaurants in the Dhikuli at a distance of about 1 km from the river site.
What i wore
We visited this place this February which is the spring time here. Still since it is on the Himalayan foothills, expect chilly breeze so pack a pullover or a jacket while coming here. Early mornings and nights are cold and a jacket is a must. I wore my classic navy blue Levis jeans, a brown polyster top i bought online from www.jabong.com and my black puffer Ginger jacket. I preferred comfortable beige loafers that i had bought from a Crocs stores in New Delhi. These shoes were so apt for exploring the river bed and yet looked so cool.
Other Tourist attractions near River Kosi site, Dhikuli
Best time to visit this place
November to June is the best period to visit this place because all parts of the Jim Corbett park are open to tourists at this time. After June due to monsoons many roads are washed away so only a small portion of park is open during that time. If you want to avoid the hot weather then November to March is the best time to come here.
About Jim Corbett National Park
It is the first national park of the mainland Asia and is located in the Ramnagar town of the Nainital district in the Uttarakhnad state of India. Its located between the Shivalik Himalayas and the Terai region. This national park is famous for its wildlife especially the Royal Bengal Tiger and Asiatic Elephant. Hungle safari is a good way of seeing the wildlife here.
About River Kosi and Dhikuli
River Kosi is a perennial river draining the Eastern boundary of the park but it doesn't enter the Jim Corbett National park. Its course is very erratic. The river Kosi site that i visited is in Dhikuli which is a small place located in Ramnagar in Nainital District .
How to Reach Dhikuli, Jim Corbett National Park
Nearest airport is the domestic airport of Pantnagar located at a distance of about 50 km from the park. The nearest international airport is Delhi at a distance of about 300 km. The park is very well connected by roads. There are also many overnight trains from New Delhi to Ramnagar