The Corbett Tiger Reserve is believed to have captured attention of wildlife lovers. The Corbett National Park is also famous for some of the amazing landscapes. The Corbett National Park is well known after the famous huntsman named James Edward Corbett who later turned as a conservationist of the area. The ambitious conservation project ‘Project Tiger’ was launched in the year 1971 and was successful.
The Corbett National Park covers an area of 521 sq km and alongside the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve Forest Areas forms the Corbett Tiger Reserve in region of Uttarakhand. The wet and dry habitats of the plain and mountainous region, rugged and gentle, grasslands and the forests also support numerous flora and fauna which actually represents the Himalayan ecosystem belt.
Corbett is a home for the most famous Royal Bengal Tiger and some of the Asiatic Elephants. In addition to this, there are over 550 avifauna species in the Corbett National Park which is one of the richest bird regions of India. This region is also declared as an ‘Important Bird Area’ (IBA) by the Birdlife International and is maintained under strict surveillance.
The Corbett National Park attracts tourists from different parts of India and abroad at a huge number. The significance is that there are a whole lot of flora and fauna variety alongside 500 different variety of avifauna which includes some of the most beautiful migratory birds as well as resident avifauna species. Grapevines are also to be marked as some of the major attractions of the region. The fauna in this region marks the presence of leopards, barking deer, hog deer, sambar deer, chital, sloth, Indian grey mongoose, Himalayan black bears, yellow throated martens, otters, Indian pangolins, Himalayan gorals, rhesus macaques and langur.
Whereas the Corbett National Park is also famous for its rich floral diversity too which also includes more than 500 different species of plants which are witnessed amongst the thick Sal, Sissoo and Khair groves. Chir pine, Banj Oak, Kanju, Date Palms, Jamun, Amla, Bel, Kusum, Mahua and Bakli. There is also a number of flowers such as the big red blooms, flame of the forest, bright orange flowers, madaar or the Indian coral, scarlet red flowers and amaltas found in this National Park.
The Corbett National Park is located in the Ramnagar district of Nainital, Uttarakhand.
Nainital is well connected to different parts of North India especially Delhi via railways and roadways. The Ramnagar town is the headquarters for the Corbett National Park. There are overnight trains from Delhi to Ramnagar. There are also available trains from Lucknow, Allahabad , Kanpur and Varanasi to Ramnagar. Hiring a taxi after reaching Ramnagar is a prominent way to visit the National Park. Dehradun and Haridwar are also well connected to this region via roadways and railways.
The best time to visit the National Park is from Mid week of November to Mid week of June.
The Forest Department of the Jim Corbett National Parks maintains different Safari Zones. The Jeep Safari Zone covering Bijrani is open from 15th October to 30th June .Jhirna is open from 15th October to 14th October and Durgadevi which is open from the 15th of November to 30th of June. Meanwhile the Canter Safari Zone which covers the Dhikala region is open from the 15th of November to 30th of June. There are fixed timings scheduled for each of the zones and is divided into the morning and the afternoon hours.
From October to March, the safari starts from 6 am in the morning and the afternoon safari starts from 1.30 pm. From the months of April to June, the morning safari starts from 5.45 am and the afternoon timings are from 2.30 pm. Safari in the Dhikala region the safari timings are from 11.30 am onwards in the Months of November to March and from April to June the scheduled time is 12.30 pm on accordance to the afternoon session.
Jeep Safari for Indians: 3600-4000 Rs for maximum 6 people.
Jeep Safari for Foreigners: 7000-10000 Rs for maximum 6 people
Elephant Safari for Indians: 3500 Rs for 4 people in one elephant.
Elephant Safari for Foreigners: 4500 Rs for 4 people in one elephant.
Open Bus Safari for Indians: 1500 Rs for each person (Maximum of 16 people allowed in one open bus)
Open Bus Safari for Foreigners: 2500 Rs for each person (Maximum of 16 people allowed in one open bus)
There are certain rules and regulations to be maintained inside the Corbett National Park. The prior rules and regulations display that the vehicles need to go slow inside the park and blow no horn. There should be not get out of vehicles anywhere any time except some of the scheduled areas. Playing Music is strictly prohibited inside the National Park. Keeping safe distance from wild animals is advised. Photography is allowed inside the park without using the flash light. Do not litter any wastage inside the Park. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the Park.
Here are some of the finest attractions nearby the Corbett National Park:
Sattal – The town where the seven interconnected fresh water lakes is located. The town is a paradise for bird lovers. The best thing to do in Sattal is a boat ride or kayaking in the lake during the sunset and also trekking.
Lansdowne – Lansdowne is a nearby place which marks boating in the Bhulla Lake, bird- watching, camping and nature walks as some of the main attractions. The beautiful St. Mary’s Church is also located in Lansdowne.
Rishikesh – Rishikesh is also termed as the Adventure Capital of India which is famous for its activities such as bungee jumping, river rafting, mountain biking, fire-fox etc. Rishikesh is also famous for its Beatles Ashram which was visited by the Band Beatles once upon a time. There are also some of the Hindu ritualistic ghats and temples named as the Triveni Ghat, Geeta Bhavan, Kunjapuri Temple, Rishi Kund, Ram Jhula and the Laxman Jhula.
Nainital – The famous hill station in North India is covered with abundant natural beauty. In Nainital the main attractions are Boat Ride on Naini Lake, Snow View Point, Tiffin Point and the Ropeway ride.
Bhimtal - is famous for boat ride and fishing, paragliding, rock climbing, rappelling are also some of the activities. There is also a Butterfly Research Centre, India’s fourth largest butterfly and moth collection.
Naukuchiatal - is famous for the Escape Festival of Art and Music which is a festival held to provide platform to various artists. It is also famous for the Naukuchiatal Lake. There are also some of the amazing adventure activities such as parasailing, paragliding and boating in Naukuchiatal.
Ranikhet - is famous for its Golf Ground Ranikhet, one of India’s best 9 hole hill golf courses. Trekking and Fishing are also some of the popular activities of Ranikhet.