Uttaranchal, in the northern part of
Major Attractions :
Tigers, Leopards, Crocodiles
Area Covered :
Ideal Time to Visit the Park :
From November 15 to June 15. Corbett
remains closed between June 16 and November 14, during the monsoons.
Nearest Attractions :
Ramnagar (fishing base camp), Lohachaur (15
km) - good place for anglers,
Some Major Accesses :
Dhikala is about 300 km from Delhi, 145 km
from Lucknow and 51 km from Ramnagar.
Things to Know
Where is the Corbett National Park?
The Corbett National Park is located in the foothills of the majestic
Himalayas in the state of Uttranchal in India. The Corbett National Park is
home to a variety of flora and fauna. It is famous for its wild population
of Tigers, Leopards and Elephants.
Once a popular hunting ground of the British, the Corbett National Park was
named in honour of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter-naturalist
turned author and photographer, who spent most of his years in this area and
contributed in setting up the park.
The Climate the Corbett National Park
Temperature in winter's can go down to 4 degrees centigrade at night and
the entire jungle is extremely dry in the summer months as the temperatures
reach as high as 44 degrees centigrade. Rainfall: 1400mm-2800mm.
Important Dates in the Corbett's History
Corbett National Park was established in 1936, as the Hailey National 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.
The Ecological System in the
Corbett National Park
India's first national park and the first sanctuary to come under Project
Tiger, Corbett National Park exhibits a variety of vegetation making it the
ideal habitat for the Tiger and its prey. The varied topography comprises
hilly and riverine areas, temporary marshy depressions, plateaus and
ravines. In the Jim Corbett National Park are found 110 tree species, 50
mammals species, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.
The Flora in Corbett National Park
A majority of the vegetation in Corbett consists of Sal trees (Shorea
robusta), mainly in the lower regions. The higher regions have a larger
variety of plants and trees. Some of these are the Chir (Pinus roxburghii),
anauri (Legestroemia paruiflora) and Bakli (Anogeissus latifolia). Also
found in various parts of the park are many different varieties of bamboo.
One plant, (actually a weed) which is a major irritant to the park
authorities and is widespread in the jungle is the Lantana.
The Fauna in 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. Apart from Tigers,
, Leopards /
Panthers, Jungle cats, Royal
, Fishing Cats, Leopard cats, Himalayan black bears,
Sloth bears, Jackals, Martens, Dholes, Civets, Mongooses, Otters, Hares,
Porcupines, Chital (spotted deer),
, Hog deer,
Barking deer, Ghorals, Wild Boars, Pangolins, Macaques, Langurs and Blue
Bulls (Nilgais) are some of the species which are found here.
The Avifauna in the Corbett National Park
Herons, Darters, Cormorants, Lapwings, Paradise Flycatchers, Munias, Weaver
birds, Fishing eagles, Serpent eagles, Spotted Eagles, Black throated Payas,
Mynas, Indian Roller
Jungle Fowl, Vultures, Thrushes, Barbets, Peacocks, peahens, Kingfishers,
migrant Gulls, Moorhens, Ducks, Geese, Sandpipers, Nightjars, Cuckoos,
Woodpeckers, Wagtails, Black winged Kits, Drongos, Doves, Plovers, Black
necked Storks, Parakeets, Sarus
, Owls, Chir Pheasants, Kalij Pheasants, Grebes, Grey Lags,
Snipes, Harriers, Ospreys, Minivets, Babblers, Hornbills, falcons and Stone
Curlews. Corbett has nearly 600 bird species officially recorded in it's
The Fish in the Corbett National Park
Goonch, Mahaseer, Trout and many other smaller species are found here.
The Reptiles in the Corbett National Park
Gharials (fish eating Crocodiles), Mugger Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards,
turtles, Cobras, Pythons and the Sal forest Tortoise.
Safaris in the Corbett National Park
Jeep and Elephant Safari in Corbett
The Jim Corbett National Park endorses Jeep Safari, Horse Safari, Bird
Safari, Elephant Safari, Fishing safari and the Nature walk. Take an early
dawn elephant back safari with an authorized mahout guide.
Jeeps Safari, is the most convenient and comfortable way to travel within
Corbett National Park. Jeep rides can be arranged at the Tourist Centre.
Although jeeps penetrate deeper into the forest than elephants, they cannot
get nearly as close to the wild animals. The jeeps can be rented for the
park trips from Ramnagar, from the KMVN Tourist Lodge and other travel
Jim Corbett National Park Travel
Delhi - Agra - Jaipur -Pangot
(Nainital) - Corbett National Park - Rishikesh
How to Reach Corbett National Park?
Phoolbagh, Pantnagar at a distance of 50 km is the
nearest airport. Delhi at a distance of 300 km is the nearest international
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 of India change at Moradabad.
Dhikala is 300 km from Delhi, 145 km from Lucknow
and 51 km from Ramnagar. Ramnagar is served by frequent buses to and from
Nainital and Ranikhet, 112 km north. Buses arrive every half hour or so
after the eight hour trip from Delhi; Delhi Transport corporation also runs
semi deluxe services.