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Location : Uttaranchal, Nearest Access: Ramnagar, Main Wildlife Found: Tigers, Leopards, Crocodiles
Coverage Area: 1,200-sq-kms.

About Corbett National Park
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas is the majestic Corbett National Park. Home to a variety of flora and fauna, it is famous for its wild population of Tigers, Leopards and Elephants. Corbett national park was established in 1936, as the Hailey National Park. 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.

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. 

Flora In Jim Corbett Park
The varied topography comprises hilly and riverine areas, temporary marshy depressions, plateaus and ravines. The lower areas are almost completely populated by Sal trees. In the Jim Corbett National Park are found 110 tree species, 50 mammals species, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.
 
Major Wildlife Attractions - 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. Leopards are mostly found in the hilly areas of the park. Some nocturnal cats found here are the Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat and Fishing Cat. Sloth Bear is found in the lower regions of the park while the Himalayan Black Bear is seen in the higher hills only. The Dole or Wild Dog, though they can be seen in the southern areas of the park along with the Jackal. 

Some of the smaller residents of the park are Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Gray Mongoose, Common Otter, Blacknaped Hare and Porcupine. Elephants are among one of the main attractions of Jim Corbett Park. Along the Ramganga River shores, one can spot the long-snouted, fish-eating Gharial Crocodile and the 'Mugger' Crocodile. Also seen on the rocky hillsides is the Ghoral or Goat Antelopes. The Langur and Rhesus Monkeys are well distributed through out the park and warning the whole Jungle with alarm calls when they see either a Tiger or Leopard from tree-top perches.

Best Time to Visit - Jim Corbett National Park
The best visiting season of Corbett is from November 15 to June 15. Corbett remains closed between June 16 and November 14, when the monsoons flood the river beds and cut the fragile road links. 

How to Get there

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. 

Rail : Ramnagar is on the broad gauge track from where the road transport options have to be availed to reach the park. For faster trains and connections to other parts change at Moradabad.

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. Buses arrive every half hour or so after the eight hour trip from Delhi; Delhi Transport corporation run a semi deluxe service, and most of the alternatives are pretty basic. 

Elephant Safari at Corbett National Park

Duration : 5 Nights / 6 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Corbett - Delhi

Day - 1 : Delhi - Corbett National Park
Depart early from New Delhi to arrive for lunch at the wildlife resort. Take a nature walk accompanied by a naturalist, along the Kosi River. This area is a bird watcher's paradise. In the evening watch a slide show on the flora & fauna present in the Corbett area. 

Day - 2 : Corbett National Park
Jeep Safari in Corbett National Park for tiger tracking. Drive along the Ramganga, to look for some fish-eating Gharial and Marsh Crocodiles. If you are lucky enough, you will possibly see the some species of Kingfishers, Pallas & Himalayan Greyheaded Fishing Eagles, Osprey, Crested Serpent Eagle and of course the Mammalia. Later on arrive at Dhikala, where the natural setting will take your breath away. Have lunch and rest for while, enjoying the panoramic view of the grassland area and its abundant wildlife. The elephant ride from Dhikala provides the opportunity get a close view of the Himalayan wildlife. Jeep ride back to the lodge for overnight stay. 

Day - 3: Corbett National Park
Early morning Jeep Safari in the Ghairal area and into the awesome wilderness of the Corbett national park. Arrive at the wildlife resort. Drive in a jeep to get to the start-off point of the Elephant safari. Enroute visit Kanda situated at an elevation of 1,020m, where Jim Corbett shot the Kanda Man-eater. After having a picnic lunch, start the Elephant Safari in the Himalayan foothills. Arrive, after enjoying the leisure ride, at the forest rest house, built in British bungalow style for overnight stay in the wilderness. 

Day - 4 : Corbett National Park
Start a full day wildlife expedition on an Elephant back, stopping enroute at a picturesque spot for breakfast. Stop by again for rest at a forest rest house and letting the elephant also some break as well as bath in the stream. After rest, start the Elephant safari for the Sonanadi sanctuary, going along the Rocky Plain River, the forested areas and the scenery is spectacular over here. Arrive at the Halduparao Forest Rest House, built in 1892 it was broken down by the Wild Elephants and abandoned. The Sonanadi Sanctuary was included in the Corbett Tiger Reserve and this Forest Rest House was restored, a few years ago. After a hot water bucket wash, get together at a campfire. Overnight stay at the forest rest house.

Day - 5 : Corbett National Park
Wildlife enthusiasts can also choose option of either going for an elephant ride or Jeep Safari or go for a forest trail with an armed guard in the Sonanadi Sanctuary area, for wildlife viewing. After having breakfast, depart by Jeep with packed lunch via Sendhikhal / Saneh / Morghatti / Kalagarh / Jhirna / Dhela / Ramnagar, reaching the resort by late evening. 

Day - 6 : " Corbett National Park / Delhi / Onward Destination
After breakfast depart for the onward journey from the Corbett national park.

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