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Wildlife in India

Corbett National Park (Tiger Reserve)


Total Coverage Area : 1,318.54 sq. km/1,31,85,400 hectares.

Established in : 1936 as a National Park 1973 as a Tiger Reserve

Declared As : 25 kms form the town of Ramnagar in Nainital and Pauri Garhwal district of Uttaranchal.

Description

Corbett National Park, 'the land of the trumpet, roar and song' where Project Tiger was launched in 1973, is regarded as one of India's finest national park. The major wildlife boasts Tiger, Asian Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Sambar, Hogg Deer. Corbett is drained by the Ramganga river, the dam at Kalagarh forming a huge lake to the west of the park. The park is essentially a large low valley.

A range of hills runs through the middle of the park, roughly east to west with an elevation varying from 400 - 1,200 mtrs. The forests are moist deciduous, with Sal as the climatic climax. Chir Pine trees are to be found on the higher ridges of the hills. On the low-lying areas riverine forests, Shisham, Khair and Haldu trees, are intermixed with grasslands known locally as 'Chaurs'.

The park is conveniently located and it is one of the most visited parks of India with varying standards of accommodation found in the different ranges of the park.

Visiting Season

November-Mid June, the best period being February-April.

Access

Corbett National Park lies some 300 km to the northeast of Delhi.

By Air : Phoolbagh, Pantnagar at a distance of 50-kms is the nearest airport. Delhi at a distance of 300-kms is the nearest international airport.

By Rail : Ramnagar(21 kms) is on the broad gauge track from where one can reach the park. For faster trains and connections to other parts one can avail form Moradabad.

By Road : Dhikala is 300-kms from Delhi, 145-kms from Lucknow and 51-kms from Ramnagar. The route from Delhi spans Hapur-Murababad-Ramnagar. The turn off is some 7-kms beyond Muradabad to the left, marked by a small board. The route from Lucknow spans Bareilly-Kichha-Rudrapur-Doraha-Kashipur. Ramnagar is served by frequent buses to and from Nainital and Ranikhet, 112-kms north.

Temperature

Months Maximun Minimum
Nov-Feb 25-30 º celcius 0-2 º celcius
Mar-Apr 30-35 º celcius 10-15 º celcius
May-Jun 38-40 º celcius 15-20 º celcius

Annual Rainfall : 1535 mm

Park Safari Timings

The park normally opens at 0600 hrs in the morning and is open till about 1100 hrs in the morning. In the afternoon the park timings usually are from 1430 to 1730. However depending on the season the timings change locally which the forest authorities of Corbett notify.

Accommodation and facilities

There are many accommodation facilities at Ramnagar as well as at the Corbett National Park. Being one of the most frequently visited parks in the country, the forest department and other agencies have their hotels, lodges, rest houses, log huts for the visitors.

Forest rest houses, log huts etc at Dhikala, forest rest houses at Sarapduli, Bijrani, and Ghairal offer some of the best stay in the region. There are many resorts along the periphery of the park which take the load off the governments accommodation facilities. To stay at the government hotels, rest houses etc make sure that reservations are done well in advance as the pressure is really high during the tourist seasons.

INFINITY RESORTS (FORMERLY TIGER TOPS CORBETT LODGE)

A Government approved as a three-star hotel, Infinity Lodge is located 8 kms from Ramnagar Railway Station & Downtown area. This Lodge has a Swimming Pool, Indoor Games, Library and Jogging Trek. Each air-conditioned bedroom has a private bathroom and/or shower and toilet and telephone.

QUALITY INN CORBETT JUNGLE LODGE

Internationally franchised wildlife resort, 18 different rooms in stone cottages, wood panelled with fire places , set amidst a 13 acre riverside forest. Unique river swimming pool and beach. 9 kms. From Corbett National Park.

Mammals

Rhesus Macaque Hanuman Langur Golden Jackal
Red Fox Dhole Asiatic Black Bear
Sloth Bear Yellow-throated Marten Eurasian Otter
Small Indian Civet Spotted Linsang Common Palm Civet
Masked Palm Civet Indian Grey Mongoose Leopard Cat
Jungle Cat Tiger Indian Elephant
Wild Boar Indian Muntjac Chital
Hog Deer Sambar Nilgai
Common Goral Indian Pangolin Northern Palm Squirrel
Red Giant Flying Squirrel Indian Porcupine Indian Hare

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