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The Jim Corbett National Park encourages monsoon visitors, because although some zones are closed during the rain, prices are better and the whole space is quieter, hence more serene. Madhu, a spokesperson for the Jim Corbett National Park, says it is a beautiful time to visit, but warns that much of the park is off limits in this season except for Jhirna and Dhela. “You can take elephant safaris, unless there are torrential rains, in which case they are cancelled; walk to the River Kosi and spend time by the rivulets that are in full flow, and watch the clouds from the comfort of resorts,” she says. “The forest comes alive in the rains and it is a good time for animal sightings.”

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