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Corbett National Park

Place : Uttaranchal, in the northern part of India
Major Attractions : Tigers, Leopards, Crocodiles
Area Covered : 1,200 sq-km.
Ideal Time to Visit the Park : From November 15 to June 15. Corbett remains closed between June 16 and November 14, during the monsoons.
Nearest Attractions : Ramnagar (fishing base camp), Lohachaur (15 km) - good place for anglers,
Some Major Accesses : Dhikala is about 300 km from Delhi, 145 km from Lucknow and 51 km from Ramnagar.

Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936. Named after the famous conservationist, Sir Jim Corbett who also played a key role in its establishment, this park is the oldest national park in India. Situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand; the Corbett National Park acts as a protected area for the critically endangered Royal Bengal tiger of India. This sanctuary was the first one to be taken up under Project Tiger initiative by the Government of India.

The Jim Corbett National Park has forever been a heaven for the adventure seeker and wildlife lovers. It contains 488 different species of plants and a variety of fauna that is spread across an area of 520.8 sq. km. Around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species can be found in Corbett.

Winter nights in Corbett National Park are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September. Flora in Corbett National Park is hugely varied. A total of 488 different species of plants have been recorded here. Tree density inside the reserve is higher in the areas of Sal forests and lowest in the Anogeissus-Acacia catechu forests. Total tree basal cover is greater in Sal dominated areas of woody vegetation.

Fauna Over 585 species of resident and migratory birds have been found here that includes the crested serpent eagle, the blossom-headed parakeet and the red Junglefowl. At the same time about 33 species of reptiles, 7 species of amphibians, 7 species of fish and 37 species of dragonflies have also been recorded.

Thick jungle, the Ramganga River, and plentiful prey make Corbett an ideal habitat for tigers. Leopards are found in hilly areas but may also venture into the low land jungles. Smaller felines in the park include the Jungle cat, the Fishing cat and the Leopard cat. Other mammals include four kinds of Deer (Barking, Sambar, Hog, Black buck and Chital), Sloth and Himalayan Black bears, Indian Grey Mongoose, Otters, Yellow-throated Martens, Ghoral (Goat-Antelopes), Indian Pangolins, Langur and Rhesus Monkeys. Owls and Nightjars can be heard during the night. In the summer, elephants can be seen in herds of several hundreds. The Indian python found in this reserve is a dangerous species which is capable of killing a chital deer.

How to Reach Corbett National Park?
Air : Phoolbagh, Pantnagar at a distance of 50 km is the nearest airport. Delhi at a distance of 300 km is the nearest international airport.
Rail : Ramnagar is on the broad gauge track from where the road transport options have to be availed to reach the park. For faster trains and connections to other parts of India change at Moradabad.

Road : Dhikala is 300 km from Delhi, 145 km from Lucknow and 51 km from Ramnagar. Ramnagar is served by frequent buses to and from Nainital and Ranikhet, 112 km north. Buses arrive every half hour or so after the eight hour trip from Delhi; Delhi Transport corporation also runs semi deluxe services.

“Thanks Dharmendra, for arranging such a nice and memorable Trip'.... ” John Alex, USA