Corbett National Park, Utter Pradesh
Time To Visit
The most famous park for tiger, now rare
throughout the India but saved from extinction by India's
successful Project Tiger. Other wildlife include Chital and
hogdeer, elephant. leopard, sloth bear and muntjac. There
are numerous watchtowers, but only daylight photography is
allowed. The park has magnificent scenery, from sal forest
(giant, teak-like hardwood trees) to extensive river plains.
The Ramganga River offers tranquil settings and good fishing.
A bit touristy, but worth visit.
Nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Corbett National
Park extends over an area of more than 520 sq km. With the
inclusion of the Sonanadi wildlife sanctuary to the west,
Corbett has grown from 520 to 1318 sq km. Varied topography
and vegetation gives Corbett a rich diversity in habitats
and natural beauty. Flat valleys are interspersed with hilly
ridges and the Park's rolling grasslands known as Chaurs provide
an excellent view of its wildlife.
The magnificent Ramganga river flows through the park. While
the dense cover of sal cloaks the higher ridges, mixed deciduous
forests are found throughout the park, over 110 varieties
of trees, 51 species of shrubs and over 33 kinds of bamboos
and grasses are also to be seen here.
This national wildlife reserve is named after a famous British
hunter-- Jim Corbett. Corbett, who had written the famous
book, The Man-Eaters of Kumaon was greatly revered by the
local people for hunting down tigers that had developed a
liking for human flesh. He was instrumental in setting up
the reserve and eventually 'shot' more wildlife with his camera
than with is gun.
Corbett has the highest density of Tiger in the country--
approximately one every 10 sq km and it was here that the
prestigious "Project Tiger" was launched in 1973. Four species
of deer -- hog deer, sambar, chital and barking deer and other
prey like the wild boar, are fodder for the tiger.
Besides the tiger, Corbett is a haven for 50 mammals, 580
kinds of birds and 25 reptile species. The park has elephants,
the Himalayan black bear in the higher elevations, sloth bear,
varieties of lesser cats, dhole the wild dog and an entire
spectrum of colourful birds including water birds, pheasants,
jungle fowl and the Indian hornbill.
Basking along the banks of the Ramganga are the slender snouted
Gharial and the mugger or marsh crocodile. The river is rich
in the magnificent mahaseer-- a fine sporting fish prized
by anglers, though angling is not permitted inside the national
park. Other varieties fish found here are the goonch and the
Time to Visit :
The Corbett park is from mid-November to mid-June. The park
is open to visitors between November and June. The best time
to visit depends upon the interest of the visitor -- summer
is best for observing the larger mammals and winter, for water
There are many accommodation facilities at Ramnagar as well
as at the Corbett National park. Being one of the most frequently
visited parks in the country, the forest department and other
agencies have their hotels, lodges, rest houses, log huts
for the visitors.
Forest rest houses, log huts etc at Dhikala, forest rest houses
at Sarapduli, Bijrani, Ghairal offer some of the best stay
in the region. There are many resorts along the periphery
of the park which take the load off the governments accommodation
facilities. To stay at the government hotels, rest houses
etc make sure that reservations are done well in advance as
the pressure is really high during the tourist seasons.
The nearest airport to the Corbett park is the Pantnagar airport.
The nearest railhead is that of Ramnagar. It is 51 kms from
Dhikala. Entry to the forest is just outside Ramnagar. Ramnagar
is on the Moradabad - Ramanagar branch line. Again from Ramanagar
one has to take the road to access the park.
Ramnagar, headquarters of Project Tiger is an obligatory point
for going to the park. Here, besides regular bus services,
govt. mini buses are also available.
For More Information :
Field Director, Project Tiger, Corbett National Park, Ramnagar,
Dist. Nainital, Uttar Pradesh (India) - 244715.
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