Oct 20, 2013

Corbett National Park India


Jim Corbett National Park
Email : info@corbetttigerreserve.com,   Phone : +91 87250 22280


Jim Corbett National Park is located in the foothills of Himalaya in the closest proximity of Ramnagar an small Town. Corbett National Park is the oldest national park of India, Situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand State. 

Altitude: 385-1100M Above MSL.
Rainfall: 1400mm-2800mm
Temperature: 4 degrees C to 42 degrees C

Dhikala Zone in corbett national park

Corbett Tiger Reserve today holds probably the second largest population of free living tigers in the world.The reserve is thus one of the last remaining strong holds, which holds a potentially viable population of this majestic and critically endangered field.

Gariyal in Dhikala Zone of Corbett National Park

Nearly 600 Asian elephants (Elephas maximums) also have a home in Corbett tiger reserve,and can be seen wondering leisurely along its length and breadth.Corbett National Park, along with the Raja ji National Park also represents the North-western most limits of Tiger and Elephant Distribution in the Indian subcontinent.


Jim Corbett National Park is also home of about 600 species of resident and migratory birds. This amazingly rich avifaunal diversity represents nearly 6% of the total birds species represented in the world and is more then the total bird diversity of Europe.

Grassland in Dhikala Zone of corbett

The 49 species of diurnal raptors found here are characteristic elements of this avifauna. The avifaunal diversity is at its peak during winters in Jim Corbett National Park India.

History 

Sir Adward Jim Corbett PictureJim Corbett National Park (the first National Park of India) was established in 1936. Name of park in 1936 was Hailey National Park named in the honor of Sir Hailey, the governor of united provinces. After independence the name of Corbett National Park was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. Name of Corbett National Park was finally changed to Jim Corbett National Park in 1957 named after the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer 'Edward James Corbett'. 

Jim Corbett had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries. Corbett National Park is India's first national park and the first sanctuary to come under Project tiger in 1973 with the help of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The area of Jim Corbett National Park was increased in 1991 when the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary was added to the park.


Climate

The weather in Jim Corbett National Park is temperate compared to most other protected areas of India. The winter season in Corbett National Park lasts from November to February. The temperature may vary from 5 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius and some mornings are foggy. The summer season in Jim Corbett National Park lasts from March to June. 
Barati Raw a water fall in corbett

Summer temperature normally do not rise above 40 degree Celsius. The rainy season in Jim Corbett National Park covers the rest of the month. Rainfall ranges from light during the dry season to heavy during the monsoons. The summer rain cause flooding in the park. The annual rainfall in corbett national park ranges between 1400mm and 2800mm.

Get There

'Ramnagar' a small town forms the headquarter of Corbett Tiger Reserve. It is well Connected to important places by road and rail.
By Road : Ramnagar is connected by road to Delhi, Moradabad, Bareilly, Nainital and etc. State transport buses runs regularly from and to Delhi, Moradabad, Jaipur, Panjab, Haldwani, Nainital, Almora Dehradoon etc.

The approach routes are :
Delhi - Gajrola - Moradabad - Kashipur - Ramnagar (240 Kms)
Bareilly - Kichchha - Haldwani - Ramnagar (160 Kms)
Chandigadh - Saharanpur - Haridwar - Nageena - Kashipur - Ramnagar (450Kms)

By Train : A direct Train from Delhi to Ramnagar and Ramnagar to Delli runs daily.
Alternatively, one can come up to Haldwani/Kashipur/Kathgodam and Come to Ramnagar By road.

See

It Found 100 tree species, 50 mammals species, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species in Corbett National Park. Royal Bengal Tiger (although Copious) are not easily spotted due to exuberance of camouflage of thick jungle in the Corbett Tiger reserve. Dense forest, Ramganga and Kosi rivers with copious prey make Corbett tiger Reserve an ideal habitat for Tiger.

jeep safari in corbett

Tigers in Jim Corbett National Park also known to kill much bigger animals as Blue Bull (neel gai) or buffalo and even sometimes elephant for food but it happens in a rare case of food shortage. The most used pray of tiger are four kind of Deer (Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer,Barking Deer and Hog Deer), Wild Boar and some lesser known animals.

Jim Corbett National Park has enormous wild boars,weighing up to 80 Kgs, who provide a match for the tiger as a enormous male wild boar is competent of killing a tiger.

Apart from Tigers, Elephant, Leopard/Panthers, Leopard Cats,Jungle Cats, Fishing Cats, Himalayan Black Bears, Sloth Bears, Martens, Jackals, Dholes, Civets, Mongooses, Hares, Otters, Porcupines, Four kind of Deers, Wild Boars, Pangolins, Macaques, Langurs, Blue Bulls (Nilgai) are some other species which are found in Corbett tiger reserve India.

Leopards the next Predator after Tiger are encounter in hilly or hill touched areas of Corbett National Park India. In summers, Elephants are seen in large tuft of several hundred near the Ramganga River. Pythan is also a remarkable species found in Corbett Tiger Reserve India which is capable to kill a Spotted Deer.


Along the Ramganga River shores of Jim Corbett National Park, you can spot the long-snout ed fish eating Ghariyal crocodile and the 'Mugger' crocodile. Langur and Rhesus Monkeys are well distributed through out the jungle and the whole park chime with their alarm calls every time a predator is around. Owls and Night jars can be hark during Night in Jim Corbett National Park.



A rich diorama of colors exuberant the jungle of Jim Corbett National Park in the form of its sundry colorful species of birds. Corbett Tiger Reserve India is also home to Daters, Herons, Lapwings, Cormorant, Paradise Flycatchers, Manias, Weaver birds, Fishing eagles, Spotted Eagles, Serpent Eagles, Black throat-ed Payas, Jungle Fowl, Mynas, Vultures, Thrushes, Peacocks, Bar bets, Peahens, Migrant Gulls, Kingfishers, Ducks, Moorhens, Sandpipers, Geese, Night jars, Woodpeckers, Cuckoos, Wagtails, Drongos, Black winged Kits, Doves, Plovers, Black Nacked Storks, Parakeets, Owls, Chir Pheasants, Kalij Pheasants, Grey Lags Snipes, Grebes, Harriers, Ospreys, Babblers, Mini vets, Horn bills and Stone Curlews etc.


Safari Adventure

Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Horse Safari, Bird Safari, Fishing Safari, Trek & Camp and Nature Walk - all you can enjoy during your visit to Corbett National Park India. Although jeeps covers more area in the Jungle than elephant, it can't get nigh as close the wild animals. 

Accompanied by mahout and Guide, Elephant Ride is sure to be informative.
On other hand one can enjoy Flying Fox, River Crossing, Rope stunts, Repelling, Rock Climbing, Bridge fall etc. adventure activities under the guidance of expert adventurists in Corbett National Park. For all above it needs a permits from Jim Corbett National park administration center at Ramnagar.

What More 

Museum at Dhangarhi Gate and the Corbett museum at Kaladhungi are open throughout the year. They are a must see places for visitors who want to get a feel of the bygone era when man eating tigers were hunted here and life was much different from what it is today.
Chhoti Haldwani (the heritage village), Corbett Fall, Barati Raw (fall), Gularsiddh Temple (short Trek), Garjiya Temple and Kalagadh Dam are the other worth seeing places with unforgettable scenic beauty.

Where to stay

A number of self contained Resorts in Corbett beside the Kosi and Ramganga River are springing up on the fringes of Jim Corbett National Park, providing a higher standard of accommodation at a price as well as guides for expedition in the forest, which can be as rich in wildlife as the Jim Corbett National Park, without the restrictions. 


Below is a list of top Resorts you can choose according to your budget. Click the resort for pictures and tariff of resort.
1. Wood Castle Resort & Spa
2. Infinity Corbett Wilderness
3. The Corbett Hide way Resort
4. Manu Maharani Resort
5. Tiger camp
6. Tarangi Resort
7. Corbett Riverside Resort
8. Corbett River view Retreat
9. Country Inn Resort
10. Quality Inn Resort
11. Ramganga Resort
12. Salluna Resort
13. Quality Inn
14. Wild Trail
15. Tarika Jungle Park
16. Economy Resorts in Corbett
17. Economy Hotels in Corbett

There are, in addition, Forest Rest Houses at Sultan, Sarapduli, Gairal, Khinanauli, Dhikala, Kanda, Bijrani, Malani, Dhela, Jhirna ........etc. For detail keep reading below.......

MOST PREFERRED FOREST REST HOUSES OF TOURIST ZONE OF CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
Presently, CTR (Corbett tiger reserve) has five Tourism Zones. Of these the Dhikala Tourism Zone of Jim Corbett National Park has been the most preferred for many visitors. Entry to this Tourism Zone is Through the Dhangadhi Gate, located 18 km ahead on the Ramnagar-Ranikhet road. Access to this tourism zone of Corbett National Park is restricted to visitors holding permit for stay in one of the Tourism Complexes/ FRH in the Zone OR to visitors taking a conducted Tour organized by Corbett Tiger Reserve. REST HOUSES detail is following:-  

Sultan

This is the first FRH to lie on the Dhangadhi-Dhikala road, at a distance of 5 km from the Dhangadhi Gate of Corbett National Park.The FRH has only Two Rooms. IT is specially suited for visitors looking for solitude.

 
Alternatively, the visitor has the option of driving to any other areas within this Tourism Zone of Corbett National Park. Catering facilities are not available. However, visitors can cook their own food in the FRH.

Gairal

This Tourism Complex of Corbett National Park is also situated along a bend in the Ramganga River. The old FRH with two bed rooms and the New FRH with Four bedrooms along with hutments are available. 


The FRH enjoys a tranquil environment of great beauty. A Crocodile Pool is situated at a short distance. Gairal FRH of Corbett National park is excellent for wildlife viewing and Bird-watching. It is also convenient for relatively large groups. Canteen facilities are also available. 

Sarpduli

This FRH is located at one of the best sites in Corbett Tiger Reserve, overlooking the Ramganga and a steep ridge across the river. It is well suited for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Tiger and Elephant movement is fairly high in the area and offer good chance of sighting these animals. 


A conveniently located watchtower nearby adds to the charm. Mugger can be often seen on the sandbanks while Goral are sighted along the hill slope. Catering facilities are not available. However, visitors can cook their own food in this FRH of Corbett National Park.

Dhikala

Dhikala FRH of Corbett National Park is renowned for its panoramic landscape of breath taking beauty. The accommodation here a varied and includes the historic Old FRH- built well over a century ago, New FRH, Cabins, Hutments, Log huts and Annexe. 


Excellent facilities including a Restaurant and Canteen are available for visitors. Elephant rides, a well stocked wildlife library and audiovisual shows are also available. Accommodation in Dhikala Forest Lodge of Corbett National Park is generally extremely difficult to obtain.

Other Forest Rest Houses in Jim Corbett National Park India :
1. BIJRANI & MALANI, ENTERANCE FROM -AMDANDA GATE.
2. KHINNANAULI, ENTERANCE GATE -DHANGADHI.
3. LOHACHAUR, RATHUADHAB,& KANDA ENTERANCE GATE- DURGADEVI.
4. HALDUPARAO ENTERANCE GATE- VATANVASA.
5. JHIRNA ENTERANCE GATE -KHARA.

Note : Bring Binoculars,remain quiet and don't wear bright colors or strong perfumes.

Best Time to Visit - Jim Corbett National Park

The best visiting season of Corbett National Park is from November 15 to June 15. Jim Corbett National Park remains closed between June 16 and November 14, when the monsoons flood the river beds and cut the fragile road links. However one part of Corbett National Park i.e. Jhirana opens 

round the year (but you can't book in advance) and Bijarani opens for the public on October 15 (it also depends upon weather conditions).

Tourism Zones

For the convenience of tourists and streamlining tourism management, Corbett national Park has been divided into five mutually exclusive tourism zones. Each zone has its separate gate for entry. 


Tourism zone
Gate
Bijrani
Amadanda
Dhikala
Dhangari
Jhirna
Khara, Kalagarh
Domunda
Durgadevi
Sonanadi
Vatanvasa

The distance to various places of Jim Corbett national park from Ramnagar are :
Place
Distance (km)
Amdanda Gate
2
Bijrani
11
Malani
23
Dhangarhi Gate
18
Sultan
23
Gairal
36
Sarpduli
38
Khinanauli
46
Dhikala
51
Durgadevi Gate
26
Lohachaur
43
Rathuadhab (via Durgadevi)
70
Kanda (via Durgadevi)
63
Vatanvasa Gate

Halduparao
95
Khara Gate

Jhirna
25
Kalagarh
45
Kaladhungi
28
Nainital (via Kaladhungi)
63

Corbett isn't just about Nature.
It is not just about wildlife too.
Corbett National Park is also a rich treasure of history and cultural heritage.
The park has a long tradition of conservation.
 The fact that Corbett is the oldest National Park of the Asia and India's first Tiger Reserve itself symbolize that Corbett is a pioneer in efforts at preserving our natural heritage.

For any further information and queries please feel free to contact us.
Hope we'll meet soon here in Corbett.
 
"In the jungle there is no risk , at the same time there is nothing fix !"
With best regards
Koustubh Pandey
Tel: 91 - 87250 22280


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