Corbett National Park
Attractions: Wildlife sanctuary
Best Time to Visit:October to June
Known to be one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries of the country, Corbett National Park was established in 1936 by Jim Corbett, who was a hunter turned conservationist. Corbett National Park is situated at the foothill of the Himalayas, in Uttarakhand. This national park covers a total area of 1318.54 sq. km while some of its buffer areas form the reserve forests.The flat valleys, hilly ridges, continuous grasslands of this park,enthral the tourists who visit this place and enjoy the beauty of the rich ecosystem.Apart from the captivating beauty of this park, it also serves as the mainstay for about 160 tigers,the numbers of which are quickly decreasing. The thick cover of the forest is also home to other species of fauna and the park is also one of the ideal destinations for bird watching with around 600 species of them present here. Also, trees such as sal, khair and sissooform an integral part of the park with many other herbs, shrubs, ferns, bamboo, climbers, etc. In order to know more about this national park, read on.
In order to sustain such a huge area of the national park, it is important to have enough water to cater to the wide array of flora and fauna. Hence, the Ramganga River supports the functioning of the national park, which is accompanied by other tributaries such as Mandal, Palain and Sonanadi rivers.
Corbett National Park offers its visitors an enchanting experience, because it houses a wide range of rich, wildlife species. Here you will be able to spot tigers, spotted deer, elephant, leopard, rhesus monkey, barking deer, sambar, nilgai, wild boar, etc.
The common reptiles found here are the Indian marsh crocodile, king cobra,russels viper, monitor lizard, python, gharial, etc.
The Corbett National Park is home to around 600 species of birds.The common ones found ones here are pigeons, peacocks, barbets, larks, magpies, patridge, hornbills, woodpeckers, ducks, sunbirds, buntings, eagles, storks, bulbuls, flycatchers, falcons and many more.
Depending upon the interests of visitors, you can either book for the jeep safari from the morning itself and enjoy it the entire day or just take the evening jeep safari. Elephant safaris are also available in the Corbett National Park for which you can make a prior online booking in its site.
The park also provides adventure activities such as rock climbing, river-crossing, rappelling, slithering, rafting and hot-air balloon.
How To Reach
Phoolbagh Airport in Pantnagar is the closest airport to Corbett National Park, which is located at a distance of 50 km.If you are travelling from Delhi, the park is located around 300 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport.
From Bus Stand
If you are coming from Delhi, there will be numerous bus services to Uttarakhandplying on the Hapur-Murababad-Ramnagar route. The roadways are well connectedto different parts of Delhi and there is access fromall major cities to the park.
Ramnagar Railway Station is the closest option and is at adistance of 60 km from the park. After disembarking at the station, you have to either hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the park. The taxi fare would come up to Rs.1000/-.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit the park is from October to mid-June. This period is the best season as you can catch a glimpse of all the species in the park and you can also explore the park on foot or opt for a safari ride. Also, all the tourism sections of the park are open during this time.
Though this park was established with the motive to safeguard the endangered species of the Bengal Tigers, it also gifts its visitors a chance to witness the rich spread of flora and fauna. Enjoy the best of India’s biodiversity while in this park.