Wild Saga of Corbett
Wild Saga of Corbett
Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. It is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment. The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative. It contains 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna.
Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife. In recent years, the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park from various and different regions to have a look on the beauty of nature through outstation cab rentals.
Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2 (201.1 sq mi) area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grass lands and a large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 to 4,000 ft (400 to 1,220 m). Winter nights are cold, but the days are bright and sunny. It generally rains from July to September.
Dense moist deciduous forest mainly consists of sal, haldu, peepal, rohini and mango trees. Forest covers almost 73% of the park, 10% of the area consists of grasslands. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.
Though the main focus is the protection of wildlife, the reserve management has also encouraged ecotourism. Summer (April–June) to be the best season for Indian tourists to visit the park while recommending the winter months (November–January) for foreign tourists.
There are various best places to spend our precious time in looking after the natural beauty of the park and some of them are as follows. Anyone can visit here by affordable cab booking or cheap taxi fares. This is the best place for all those who love wildlife or those who has the passion of photography.
- Dhikala is a well-known destination in the park and situated at the fringes of Patli Dun valley. There is a rest house, which was built hundreds of years ago. Kanda ridge forms the backdrop, and from Dhikala, one can enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the valley.
- Jeep Safari is the most convenient way to travel within the national park; jeeps can be rented for park trips from Ramnagar.
- Treks: Tourists are not allowed to walk inside the park, but only to go trekking around the park in the company of a guide. The winter season is cold, so tourists should make proper arrangements for their clothing if they are traveling in the winter season.
- Walking Safaris are possible in the buffer zone areas – and very rewarding with Corbett having a very healthy and lush, rich buffer zone around; look for lodges around with trained staff for the same.
- Kalagarh Dam is dam located in the south-west of the wildlife sanctuary. This is one of the best places for a bird watching tour. Lots of migratory waterfowl comes here in the winters.
- Corbett Falls is a 20 m (66 ft) waterfall situated 25 km (16 mi) from Ramnagar, and 4 km (2.5 mi) from Kaladhungi, on the Kaladhungi–Ramnagar highway. The waterfalls are surrounded by dense forests and pin drop silence.
- Garjiya Devi Temple is sacred to Garjiya Devi and is mostly visited by the traveller during the Kartik Poornima (November – December). It is a prominent temple located on the bank of river Kosi, amidst the hilly terrains of Uttarakhand, nearby Garjiya village, at a distance of 14 km. from Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India.
- Route: –Corbett National Park is situated in Ramanagar in the district of Nainital, Uttarakhand. The town of Ramnagar is the headquarters of Corbett Tiger Reserve. There are overnight trains available from Delhi to Ramnagar. Also, there are trains from Varanasi via Lucknow and Allahabad via Kanpur to Ramnagar. Reaching Ramnagar, one can hire an affordable or make low fares taxi booking to reach the park and Dhikala.
The total distance between Delhi to Jim Corbett national park is 229.2 km (4h 53 min).
Do’s and don’t
- Drive slowly in the National Park. Enjoy the elephant and jeep safari but avoid the disturbance to the wildlife.
- Stick to the known and guided roads and trails. Driving off track would tamper the daily activities of animals and the growth of the trees.
- Maintain a safe distance from the animals and keep their life undisturbed.
- Please do not put on your car stereo or transistor. The quieter you are more is the possibility of your watching the wildlife.
- Wear less bright clothes as the bright clothes distract the animals attracting their attention or strong perfumes.
- Do light campfires or smoke in the forest.
- Feel free to take snaps.
- Consumption of non-vegetarian food and alcohol is strictly prohibited inside the national park.
- Never forget to bring your binoculars.
- Do not make any noise. Listen to the silence and the symphony of the forest. Talk, only if necessary, in whispers.
- Please enter the Jim Corbett National Park after taking the necessary permits.
- Please accompany a Nature Guide for spotting the wildlife and the scenic landscapes.
- To reserve an online taxi service for your own wild saga to Corbett, use AHA Taxis.