Corbett is the first national park of India and is one of the finest too. Corbett was the first wildlife sanctuary which became the tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1973. It became the national park in 1936. Corbett is situated in Himalayan foothills and is a home of various flora and fauna. Corbett Tiger Reserve has very good numbers of tigers, elephants and leopards. It has got rich greenery which makes it a perfect destination for the big cats and other wild animals. Corbett was a very popular hunting reserve during the British period. It is named as Corbett national park to show the honor to Jim Corbett a hunter turned naturalist, photographer and author. Jim Corbett contributed a lot to set up Corbett Wildlife Park. There are few rivers in Corbett which are ideal for Mahaseer angling and to see the crocodiles.
The diverse landscape includes mountainous and riverside areas, short-term muddy depressions, flat terrain and narrow valleys. The lower regions of Corbett national park are almost totally inhabited by grand Sal plants. In Jim Corbett National Park 110 different tree races are found along with 50 species of mammals, 580 species of various birds and also 25 species of reptiles.
Corbett is truly a paradise for tigers along with deer, wild boar and various other wild animals. Leopards are mainly spotted in the mountains. Few night-time cats are seen in the reserve as Leopard Cat, Fishing Cat and Jungle Cat. In the lower areas, one may see the Sloth Bear whereas the Himalayan Black Bear is found in the higher mountains only. The Dole or Wild Dog resides in the southern region of Corbett and the same is with Jackals. Few more wildlife of the park includes Himalayan Palm Civet, Common Otter, Indian Gray Mongoose, Porcupine and Black napped Hare. Elephant is the major attraction of Jim Corbett Park. On the shores of Ramganga River, one may see fish-eating Gharials Crocodile along with ‘Mugger’ Crocodile. On the Rocky Mountains Ghoral or Goat Antelopes are found. The Langur and Rhesus Monkeys are throughout the wildlife sanctuary.
Located in the wealthy farm strap of Terai region and is on the southeastern outer edge of the huge jungles. Ramnagar has the market which is full of activity and is the major administrative point for Corbett Tiger Reserve and National Park. Ramnagar is also base camp for fishing. Lohachaur, which is just 15 KMS north from Ramnagar located besides the River Kosi has good Mahaseer angling chances.
Chital, Sambhar, Spotted Deer and different other species of Deer family take shelter in the grassland of Savannah known as plains or Maidan. Even sometimes, tigers are also seen coming here for prey. Couple of hour’s elephant ride here will give the opportunity to discover this grass ocean grass.
Jeep Safari in Corbett Tiger Reserve
Jeeps Safaris are the most suitable mode to explore the Corbett national park. These jeeps are accompanied by a naturalist and a trained driver. At least 04 jeep safaris are recommended in the national park in-order to have a nice wildlife sightseeing.
The best time to visit Corbett National Park is from November to June. It remains closed in the monsoon period.
Air: Delhi airport is located 275 KMS from the park.
Train: Ramnagar railway station is just 10 KMS away from the park connected with express trains to Delhi. Morababad has more trains from major cities of India is only 90 KMS far.
Road: Nainital 65 KMS, Ranikhet 75 KMS, Almora 125 KMS, Kausani 150 KMS, Haridwar 225 KMS, Rishikesh 250 KMS