Jim Corbett National Park - The Destination
One of the greatest National Parks of Asia, the majestic Corbett National
Park is home to the wild population of tigers, leopards and elephants. India's
first national park and the first sanctuary to come under Project Tiger, Corbett supports a variety of vegetation making it the
ideal habitat for the Tiger and its prey.
Five hundred and twenty acres of forests, hills and grasslands, fed by a sparkling river, a bio-diversity that is rich, rare and
precious, the varied topography comprises of hilly and ravine areas, temporary
Corbett - Facts at a Glance
marshy depressions and plateaus. The lower areas consist of mixed deciduous and sal forests and stretches
of savannah grasslands where antelope, chital, hog deer and sambar graze. The Rhesus monkey and common langur are ubiquitous, while
the long-snouted gharial, marsh crocodile, cobras and pythons can be seen on the mud banks of the Ramganga. The Ramganga reservoir,
in the main Dhikala camp area of the park, has over 600 species of birds, including the pied kingfisher, crested serpent eagle,
fishing eagle and Himalayan grey headed fishing eagle. The river is also home to the famous river carp mahseer, a favourite catch
Corbett National Park was the first to be designated a Project Tiger Reserve in 1973. Located in the foothills of the
Himalayas, the park is best known for its big cats, especially the tiger. Despite the efforts of conservationists, the tiger
population of India is dwindling rapidly, and Corbett National Park is one of the few parks where the tiger can still be seen.
There are around 50 tigers in Corbett, besides other wildlife like leopards, several lesser cats, the wild dog, porcupines,
jackals, civets, sloth bear, black bear, wild boar and a few hundred elephants.
||520.82 sq. km (Corbett National Park)|
1318.54 sq. km (Corbett Tiger Reserve)
||Min 4 C, Max 42 C|
|Best Season :
||October to June|
| |History of Corbett National Park
Once a popular hunting ground of the British, this 201 square mile park was named in honor of the late Jim Corbett, the
legendary hunter-naturalist turned author and photographer who most of his years in this area and contributed in setting up the this 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 established in 1936, as the Hailey National Park. In the foothills of the Kumaon
Himalayas, close to Ramnagar, lies the Corbett National Park founded mainly through the efforts of Jim Corbett, the conservationist. Corbett
lived throughout his childhood in the area of Kaladhungi between Nainital and Ramnagar. He had a deep insight into the ecology of the area, and
in later years he was called upon by the locals to shoot down man-eating leopards and tigers that stalked the villages. Locally referred to as
Carpet Sahib, he turned to photography and writing, authoring books on wildlife, like "My India
" and "Man-eaters of Kumaon