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Corbett National Park
The Corbett National Park is located at the foothills of the majestic Himalayas in the state of Uttranchal in India. The Corbett National Park inhabits a wide variety of flora and fauna. Corbett is world renown for its wild population of Tigers, Leopards and Elephants. Once a popular hunting ground of the British, the Corbett National Park was named in the honour of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter-naturalist turned author and photographer, who spent most of his years in this area and contributed in shaping the park.
Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936, as the Hailey National Park. With the help of the World Wildlife Fund, Project Tiger was launched in Corbett National Park in the year 1973 and this park was one of the first such tiger reserves in the country.
Best Time To visit : Best time is from November to June.
Location : Near Ramnagar in Uttranchal.
Wildlife Species : Leopard, Tiger and Crocodiles.
Area : 318 sqkms.
Project Tiger : Launched in 1973.
Corbett National Park
India's first national park and the first sanctuary to come under Project Tiger, Corbett National Park exhibits a variety of vegetation making it the ideal habitat for the Tiger and its prey. The varied topography comprises hilly and riverine areas, temporary marshy depressions, plateaus and ravines. In the Jim Corbett National Park are found 110 tree species, 50 mammals species, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.
The Corbett National Park is located in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas in the state of Uttranchal in India. The Corbett National Park is home to a variety of flora and fauna. It is famous for its wild population of Tigers, Leopards and Elephants.
The Flora in Corbett National Park
A majority of the vegetation in Corbett consists of Sal trees (Shorea robusta), mainly in the lower regions. The higher regions have a larger variety of plants and trees. Some of these are the Chir (Pinus roxburghii), anauri (Legestroemia paruiflora) and Bakli (Anogeissus latifolia). Also found in various parts of the park are many different varieties of bamboo. One plant, (actually a weed) which is a major irritant to the park authorities and is widespread in the jungle is the Lantana.
The Fauna in Corbett National Park
Corbett is a haven for Tigers as well as its prey, which include four kinds of Deer, Wild Boar and some lesser-known animals. Apart from Tigers, Elephants, Leopards / Panthers, Jungle cats, Royal Bengal Tigers, Fishing Cats, Leopard cats, Himalayan black bears, Sloth bears, Jackals, Martens, Dholes, Civets, Mongooses, Otters, Hares, Porcupines, Chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, Hog deer, Barking deer, Ghorals, Wild Boars, Pangolins, Macaques, Langurs and Blue Bulls (Nilgais) are some of the species which are found here.
Major wildlife attractions in Corbett :
The wildlife population of the park includes about 50 mammal species, 25 reptiles, and 580 bird species. The tree species of the forest number around 110. The forests of this region have always been known for their tiger population. Jim Corbett National Park is also one of the first 9 tiger reserves declared at the launch of Project tiger and plays an important role in the conservation of Indian wildlife. Tigers are, therefore the main attraction of this National Park. Besides tigers, the other major animals that are generally spotted here include Elephants, Himalayan black beer, sloth beer, leopard, jungle cat, deer, bison, langurs, and rhesus monkeys. The Gharial and mugger crocodile can be spotted on the banks of the Ramganga River.
Sal and Sheesham are the major trees found all over the forest. Bushes, shrubs, and grasslands are also found at many places.
The large bird population of Corbett includes resident species like darters, cormorants, herons, and the black necked stork. Winter is the best time to visit the migratory birds that include graylag, bareheaded goose, snipe, grepe, sandpiper, gull and wagtail.
The national park offers incomparable experiences for adventurous, experimental as well as serious-minded wildlife-buffs, photographers and anglers. It is advantageous to have one's own vehicle here. Walking in some areas is permitted, but only when accompanied by a guide. Elephant rides for wildlife viewing, in the mornings and evenings, can be booked in the Dhikala complex.
the nearest international airport is in Delhi at a distance of 300 kilometers from Corbett National Park.
the nearest railway station is at Ramnagar. Moradabad is the nearest major railhead form where trains to various major cities can be boarded.
tourists looking to travel by road can avail of the semi deluxe services operated by the Delhi Transport Corporation. The other options include private buses and taxis from Delhi, Nainital and Ranikhet to Ramnagar.
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