Corbett National Park
Quick Facts About Corbett Tiger Reserve
Where is Corbett National Park :
Ramnagar, Uttaranchal( 256 kms north east of Delhi)
Park Area :
520 square kms (approx.)
Best time to Visit :
Between late autumn, that is November, and mid summer, June. Closed from 15 June to 15 November.
About Jim Corbett National Park
Located at about a distance of 260 km from Delhi, is a paradise for the wildlife lovers
and a perfect destinations to see big wild cat. This is Corbett National Park for you.
Known to be India's first 'National Park' Corbett is a real treat for those who want to
give their holidays a sense of wildness.
Established in 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett tiger reserve is a sheer effort of Jim Corbett
(who established the park), the Government and the wildlife lovers to conserve the Royal
tigers. Ever since 1973 with the help and support from World Wildlife Fund the park was
the first to come under the Project Tiger and hence the protective lands for the elegant
big cats was secured.
Flora At Corbett Park
Spread across the area of 520 square km out of which 330 square km
is the core area of the park where the travelers can see the wild
animals along with natural vegetation. The dense Savannah grasslands
formed by the decidous and sal forests is simply a treat for the eyes.
Even the Himalayan
low lands that sees a
number of water bodies flowing through helps the vegetation to grow thick at many places. The
dense vegetation in its turn provides an excellent cover to the predators supported by the park.
In all there are about 110 plant species, found at large in the park area.
Fauna At Corbett
A total of 50 mammalian species, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species roam
around in the park. A number of nocturnal and diurnal species are found in Corbett
National Park. The park is also rich with the game and includes various species
of deer and wild boars. Other members of the great cat family include leopards
and jungle cats. Besides Tiger, Elephants also thrive in good numbers here.
Marsh crocodiles called as Muggers and Gharials (Indian alligators) are found
in the swamps of the park. Jackals, wild dogs and sloth bears are also found in
Tiger happens to be the center of attraction.
What To Do In Corbett:
Its true that even though in a wildlife reserve you can not indulge
in watching the animals all day long. There is so much else to do in here.
Lets have a look a different options to make this trip more exciting.
Jeep Safari in Corbett National Park :
Horse Safari in Corbett National Park :
- Jeep Safari provides an opportunity to cover large distance in short intervals of time.
- To take you to the deepest part of the jungles, jeep safari is the best option. The open roof of the jeep gives you a good view as well as the security in the wild territory.
- Jeeps can be hired from the headquarters or from the town. But before setting off one has to get the jeep permission from the headquarters.
Elephant Safari in Corbett National Park :
- Horse Safari is one of the best wildlife safaris available in Corbett National Park.
- Of course, Jeep Safari is the most convenient way to travel within the park, but Horse Safari has its own distinctive charm.
- Horses are available on rent in the forest department office and a trained guide will also accompany you during your safari.
- Always maintain a safe distance from wild animals like Tigers, as they may attack your horse.
Elephant Safari is another way to track wild animals in Corbett National Park. Infact, there is
nothing quite amazing like sitting on an elephant�s back, it is an above the world experience.
Camping in Corbett National Park
Camping is the favorite accommodation option for any die-hard wildlife enthusiast. In Corbett,
camping options are offered by the Forest Rest Houses located inside the park. If you want to
stay in camps of the Corbett National Park, book these well in advance as there are limited
number of camps.
Corbett's main camps are located at Dhikala Forest Lodge, Bijrani Forest Rest House and the Sarapduli Forest Rest House.
Accommodation at Corbett National Park
Places to stay at Corbett can be categorized as lodges, rest houses and log houses. One has to get
the permission from the headquarters based at Ramnagar. Rest houses, lodges and log houses can be
booked there on.
Jim corbett books
Many writers have described the wild world of the park in their books. Here is a list of few of them.
How To Reach Jim Corbett Park
By Air :
- Man-eaters of Kumaon
- The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag
- Jungle Lore
- Tree Tops
- The Temple Tiger and more man-eaters of Kumaon
The nearest domestic and international airport are at Patanagar
and Delhi. Patnagar Airport is only 50 kms far from the national park, where as international
airport is about 300 kms.
By Train :
Access by train is available up to Ramnagar. However to reach the
Corbett National Park one has to cover the distance from the town by road. From Delhi catch
the Ranikhet Express Train.
By Road :
Long distance bus service is available from a number of stations.
From Delhi deluxe and semi deluxe buses can be boarded. Other cities and town providing the
service include the town of Ranikhet, Nainital and Lucknow.