Location : 63 Kms southwest of Nainital, Uttaranchal
Area : 1,200 sq. kms
Prime Attractions : Tigers, Leopards, Crocodiles, Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Dhole, Jackal, Yellow Throated Martem, Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Grey Mongoose. Tiger, Corbett
How to Reach: Nearest airport is Phoolbagh (Pantnagar), Ramnagar is the nearest railhead. One can reach the park by bus, taxi or car.
Where to Stay: Plenty of accommodation options are available at Dhikala. Tourists can stay in forest rest houses, huts, tents and dormitories. Ideal Time To Visit : The park is close for visitors between 15th June to 15th November. Ideal time to visit the park is February to May.
Corbett National Park - The Hunting Preserve of the Erstwhile Rewa Rulers
Situated in the foothills of Kumaon ranges, the Corbett National Park is the first national park of India. Today the park is regarded as one of the finest wildlife parks in the world. Established by Jim Corbett in 1936, the park was formerly known as the Hailey National Park, which was later changed to Corbett National Park. Once the hunting preserve of erstwhile Rewa rulers, Corbett was declared a Tiger Reserve on April 1,1973. The project was started with the help of WWF (World Wildlife Fund) to save Indian tigers. The park is known for its White Tigers, but it also houses several other endangered species. The beautiful landscape is mainly a low valley is crossed by river Ramganga, with mountain range running east to west.
Fauna of the Park
Corbett National Park is home to several faunal species which include Tiger, Leopard, Elephant, Deer, Himalayan Palm Civet, Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Dhole, Jackal, Common Otter, Yellow Throated Martem, Indian Grey Mongoose, Hare, Crocodile, Turtles, Tortoises, Cobra, Krait, Python and Viper etc. Besides, the park houses above 600 avian species which include resident as well as migratory birds. Most famous migratory birds which visiting the park are Sandpiper, Greylag, Duck, Bar-headed Goose, Snipe, Grepe and Wagtail. The resident birds found in the park include Egrets, Black-necked Stork, Parakeets, Herons, Darters, Cormorants, Babblers, , Orioles, Rollers, Flycatchers, Warblers, Hornbills and Kingfishers.
Flora of the Park
The topography of the park consists of hilly and riverine areas, valleys, plateaus and ravines. The park area mostly dominated by the deciduous forests, has 110 tree species. Lower areas are mainly populated by Sal, Pine, Shisham and Khair trees.
The Jeep Safari is the best and the most convenient option to explore the wildlife of the park. It can be arranged from Ramnagar, from the KMVN Tourist Lodge and other travel agencies.
Elephant Safari is an amazing experience to closely watch the wild animals. The journey usually starts in the early morning with an authorized mahout guide. While on Elephant Safari one can spot Chital, Sambar, Deer species and even a tiger.
Ramnagar is the main administrative centre for Corbett National Park and Project Tiger. The busy market town is the base camp for fishing. Permits are required for fishing. These permits can be taken from the Project Tiger Office in Ramnagar.
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