Corbett National Park

Corbett is India’s oldest park established in 1936 and named after the legendary hunter-naturalist and one of India’s first conservationist, Jim Corbett. Unlike Africa, the forest is dense and game more spread out, thus animals are searched as if on a hunting safari.

Corbett National Park

There are butterfly wings

In the spurt of the river

The tailorbird sings

The fog sets in

I quiver.

The park comprises a mix of deciduous forests of Sal and Sheesham tree and the vast open grassy pastures known as “chaurs”. It is the habitat of around 580 bird species, 50 mammals and at least 25 varieties of reptiles including the krait, cobra and the Indian python. The park’s primary water body and lifeline is the Ramganga River and its tributaries. Another river, the Kosi, runs near the park enough to also be a significant source of water.Located in the Ramganga Valley, Corbett National Park lies mainly in the hilly districts of Nainital, Almora and Garhwal. Founded in 1935 under the name of Hailey national Park, CNP, under Project Tiger (1973) became India’s first Tiger Reserve.

Tiger Spotting and Elephant Rides:

Take a jeep safari through the park for your best shot at sighting a tiger. You’ll be accompanied by a guide well-versed in understanding the animals’ habitat and skilled at identifying their warning cries.

For a different kind of adventure, sway through the park on elephant back. Although it is less likely you’ll spot a tiger this way, most of the park’s other inhabitants are less circumspect of the elephant than they are of the jeep’s roar.

Trekking & Bird watching:

Reserve forests around the Tiger Reserve provide the ideal terrain for easy trekking. Make sure you wear the right kind of walking shoes and enough warm clothes to counter the freezing temperatures in the winter and keep it in mind to wear colours that bend in with your surroundings. Don’t forget to carry your binoculars, the Corbett National Park houses a variety of birds and is a birdwatchers’ paradise.

Angling:

Sustainable angling can even be beneficial to the conservation of this and many other fish species and is allowed, with a special permit, in the Ramganga, Kosi, Mandal and Kothri rivers. Try your hand at the mighty Mahseer which is considered to be one of the most prized fish for anglers world over.

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