Sitabani Wildlife Reserve Sitabani Temple

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Timings : 24 hrs

Time Required : 1 - 2 days

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

Sitabani, Nainital Overview

Covered with a huge number of Sal and Oak trees, Sitabani is situated at the foothills of the majestic Himalayan range. Sitabani is a place of great historical significance and houses splendid temples. The main attraction of this place is the myriad flora and fauna which makes the place look more colourful and lively. This place is a perfect weekend getaway to unwind and will provide solace from the pell mell of the city. The lush green trees will lure you and the dense forests will beckon you to explore its mysteries. This offbeat and hidden gem amidst the Himalayas is great to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the nature.

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Best Time To Visit Sitabani

The best time to visit Sitabani is between the months of November and June. The weather is pleasant and cool during this time period.

Things to Do

1. Bird watching

Bird watching is a fun activity to indulge in to explore and learn more about the different types of birds. The various birds you can spot perched on the trees are emerald dove, white bush chant, oriental-pied, red wattle lapwing and rested kingfisher. All of them are a treat to eyes.

2. Safari

The best thing about the Sitabani wildlife reserve is that you can take your own car inside the reserve and enjoy a safari ride in it. But to do so you will have to take a permit in advance from the Forest Department of this place. You can also book an elephant or a Jeep Safari that give you the opportunity to explore and learn more about the different types of birds and animals.

Sitabani is a serene place which is untouched by industrialization and replete with natural beauty. This place is ideal to relax and spend some time amidst nature. You are bound to feel as if you are living in the lap of nature full of wild animals and beautiful birds.

Other Places to Visit

1. Sitabani Temple

Located at a distance of 30 km from Sitabani, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Sita and lies deep inside the woods surrounded by verdant trees. This is an ancient temple which is visited by a large number of people every year. This temple is situated where it is believed that Sita gave birth to Luv and Kush. This place is full of colourful birds, deers and monkeys. The temple provides picturesque beauty of the nature and is a must visit.

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2. Valmiki Temple

Dedicated to Valmiki, this temple is located near the Sitabani Temple. This is believed to be the place where Earth absorbed Goddess Sita. This temple is surrounded by lush green trees on which colourful birds can be seen perched. This temple is visited by a large number of people who come not only to pray but to witness the beauty of this place.
Timings: 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3. Sitabani River

Sitabani River is a pristine and serene river that flows in Sitabani. This river provides picturesque views that will leave you mesmerized. The river is surrounded by verdant trees which makes is a perfect place to relax and spend some peaceful time amidst nature. The pleasant breeze flowing will calm you and by dipping your feet into the cold water, you will feel rejuvenated.

Flora and Fauna

Sitabani is replete with a large variety of flora and fauna. The whole place is a safe haven for a large number of animals. Some of them include Royal Bengal Tigers, leopards, Black Bear, elephants, jackal, sambhar, spotted deer, nilgai and wild boars. Trees filled with juicy and ripe fruits such as Jamun, Wild mango, Jackfruit and Rohini can be seen. A large number of rare and colourful birds can be spotted either fluttering their wings or chirping. Some of them include emerald dove, white bush chant, oriental-pied, red wattle lapwing and rested kingfisher.

Sitabani Wildlife Reserve in Sitabani

Sitabani Wildlife Reserve is abundant in flora and fauna. This wildlife reserve is spread prolifically and is a place where you will discover the hidden wildlife in the dense forests of Sitabani. The place is surrounded by lush green trees and the picturesque beauty of this place will leave you enchanted. The melodious chirpings of many colourful birds echoes throughout the forest. The beauty of this wildlife is such that it will beckon you to explore its mysteries. The fresh air in the forest will help your lungs finally breathe and feel refreshed. The animals that can be spotted lazing around in the Sitabani Wildlife Reserve include elephants, jackals, sambhars, spotted deer, nilgai and wild boars. The various beautiful birds that inhabits this wildlife sanctuary are emerald dove, white bush chant, red wattle lapwing and kingfisher. You can even indulge in a safari ride to explore the wildlife sanctuary to the fullest and witness the beauty of as many birds and animals as possible.

Cost: No Entry Fee
Timings: Monday to Sunday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Etymology

This place is named after Goddess Sita who is believed to have spent her exile days during her Agnipariksha. She even gave birth to her two sons, Luv and Kush, in this place. This is also the place where mother Earth absorbed Goddess Sita.

How To Reach Sitabani

By Air: The nearest airport to reach Sitabani is Pantnagar Airport which is located at a distance of 121 km. Taxis are easily available from the airport that will take you to Sitabani.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to reach Sitabani is Ramnagar Railway Station which is located at a distance of 86 km. Rental cars are easily available from the railway station that will take you to your destination.
By Road: Sitabani is located at a distance of 320 km from Delhi. You can either rent a car or take your car to reach here. The scenic beauty on the way will leave you mesmerized. You can even hire a cab from Nainital which is located at a distance of 281 km. Buses at regular interval run from Ramnagar which is located at a distance of 20 km from Sitabani.

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