Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park is located in the foothills of
the Himalayas. Corbett National Park was established
in 1936, as the Hailey National Park. Corbett
National Park was the India's first national park.
With the help of the World Wildlife Fund, Project
Tiger was launched in Corbett National Park in 1973
and this park was one of the first such tiger
reserves in the country. Corbett National Park was
earlier a popular hunting ground of the British.
This park was named in honor of the late Jim
Corbett. Jim Corbett was the naturalist turned
author and photographer who spent most of his years
in this area and also contributed in setting up of
this park. In 1966 an additional area was added to
Corbett National Park bringing it to its present
area of 520.82 square kms.
Tiger Reserve is totally spread over an area of 1318.54
square kms and includes apart from Corbett National Park,
additional areas of Sonanadi wildlife sanctuary and Reserve
Forest buffer zone. The topography in this park comprises of
hilly and riverine areas, temporary marshy depressions,
plateaus and ravines. The lower areas are populated by Sal
trees. In this park there are about 110 species of trees, 50
species of mammals, 580 species of birds and 25 species of
Wildlife attractions in the Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park supports a variety of vegetation and
thus provides the ideal habitat to various wildlife animals.
The major wildlife animals found in this park are Tigers,
Leopards, Elephants, Deer, Wild Boar, Leopard Cat, Jungle
Cat, Fishing Cat, Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Dhole or
Wild Dog, Langur, Rhesus Monkey, Himalayan Palm Civet,
Indian Grey Mongoose, Common Otter, Blacknaped Hare,
Porcupine and Jackal. Along the banks of the Ramganga River,
one can also spot the Crocodiles.
Besides various wildlife animals about 580 species
of resident and migratory birds are also found here.
Peacock, Kaleej pheasant, Harries, Kites, Water fowl,
Black Partridge, Pallas fishing eagle, White collared
falconet, Storkbilled Kingfisher, Brown fish owl, Red
jungle fowl, Minivets, Shrikes, Cuckoos, Drongos,
Barbets, Bulbul and several species of woodpeckers and
parakeets are found within Corbett National Park.
Jungle Safari in the Park:
You can visit the park either by having an Elephant or
a Jeep Safari. A guide will always accompany you
during the safari in the park. There are watchtowers
inside the park from where you can view the animals at
a very close distance.
Best time to visit
The best season to visit the Corbett National Park is from
November to June. During the monsoon season that is from
July to October this park is closed.
How to get there
The nearest airport is located at Phoolbagh, Pantnagar at a
distance of about 50 kms. The nearest international airport
is located at Delhi, which is about 300 kms.
Ramnagar is the nearest railway station located on the broad
Corbett National Park is connected by road with Ramnagar,
Lucknow, Nainital, Ranikhet and Delhi.