Area: 1318.54 sq km
Major Attractions: Royal Bengal tigers, Irrawaddy dolphins, mangroves
Best Season to Visit: September - March, October-February
About Jim Corbett National Park
Nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas, Jim Corbett national park is quintessentially one of the perfect place to spend a memorable holiday with your family. At present the park area includes within it two national parks like Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Kalgarh Reserves Forests. The rich hunting grounds was first protected by Major Ramsey, who in 1958, banned farming and cattle grazing in the lower patlidun Valley, which today forms a large portion of Corbett Tiger Reserve. This protection was extended and strengthened in 1879 when the Forest Department declared it a Reserve Forest. Several attempts were made during the early 20th century to make this into a game park, which finally happened in 1936 when Governor Malcom Haiely created India's first National Park. In 1973 Corbett became the first sanctuary to be counted under Project Tiger. The terrain is hilly ranging from 600-1,100m above the sea level, consisting of mixed deciduous forests of seal and seesham trees and the ubiquitous lantana bush , and open grassy pastures known as chaurs. With total area of 520 sq. Kms, it is covered with beautiful hilly ridges and seal trees. Major species include 582 species of birds, 26 species of reptiles, 7 species of amphibians and 50 species of mammals.
Fauna Species in Jim Corbett National Park
Tigers are the buzzword at Corbett. You may spot them and you may not but whatever time of the year you visit you will of course find deer, elephants, crocodiles, and a whole host of other animals including wild boars, otters, mongoose and snakes- to see and hear, as well as the year-round, ever-changing natural beauty of the scenery to enjoy.
Tiger Spotting in Jim Corbett National Park
Travelling inside the park by jeep offers you the best chance to spot tigers, since you are able to cover much wider area in the time available. Your guide is also well-versed in listening for warning cries and gouging the habit of the animals.
Elephant Rides in Jim Corbett National Park
Taking an elephant ride is an experience in itself and even though the chance of seeing an tiger from an elephants back is much less, the thrill is even greater if by chance, you do. There is nothing quiet like sitting on elephant's back, with nothing-no steel, no wheels, no glass and no engines -between you and nature's one of the most magnificent carnivores. You simply feel much closer to nature. As you sway along your Vehicle's lazy rips a tree branch off as as she lumbers along to munch her food.
Angling at Jim Corbett National Park
Ramnagar makes an ideal fishing base camp. At Lohachaur, 15-kms north along the River Kosi, good anglers dream is to reach the Mahseer, a majestic River Carp. Permits to have a go must be sought from the Project Tiger office in Ramnagar; most resorts also arrange all inclusive fishing trips.
Wildlife Viewing at Jim Corbett National Park
An Elephant Safari in this exemplary park will give you the chance to view some of the most exciting wildlife. Chital, Sambar, and various other deer species find refuge in the Savannah grasslands and Tigers are occasionally drawn in looking for prey. Tiger-sightings are few and far between, but you may be rewarded with fresh pug marks.
Although walking is not allowed within the park itself, the reserve forests around the tiger reserves are ideal for gentle treks. Stout and comfortable walking shoes are a must, and if you have binoculars, bring them along. Temperatures in the winter can go down to freezing, so jacket or waterproof coats to keep out the chilly winds. Try to blend in, as far as possible, with natural surroundings.
Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett National Park
Jeeps Safari, is the most appropriate way to travel within Corbett national park. Explore the lush green forested region of Jim Corbett and feel close to it's conducive wildlife. This safari will stimulate your senses with exotic wildlife such as Elephants, Leopards, Hyenas, Jackals and Wild Dogs. There are also some magnificent animals like Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Sambhar, Chital and Bears, both Sloth and Himalayan.
Bird Species in Jim Corbett National Park
The Park is home to over 580 species of avifauna and birdwatchers can have a field day spotting some of its more unusual denizens such as bright headed cisticola and red avadavat. If you had ever read any book or Salim Ali's classic book it would work as a bible.
How to Reach Jim Corbett National Park
- The nearest railhead is Ramnagar Station. Ramnagar is the entry point to Corbett and is approximately 280 kms by road from Delhi.
- Wildlife Forest Dept Office: The Director, Corbett Tiger Reserves, Ramnagar-2444715, Dist Nainital
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