Located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand at the foothills of the Himalayas, Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was named after the legendary Jim Corbett who wrote the famous ‘Man-eaters of Kumaon’ and played a key role in its establishment. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the most endangered species – Bengal tiger, Corbett was the first park where Project Tiger was first launched in 1973. The park is known for its population of the fearless master predator and offers a realistic chance to catch a glimpse of the Tiger. Sheltering a healthy population of tigers, it also provides spectacular elephant sightings. The magnificent Ramganga River brings a continuous supply of water which results in an abundance of fauna and flora. This unique tiger territory has captured the imagination of many with its diverse wildlife and splendid, magical & breathtaking landscape.
Aside from jeep safaris, nature watch and wildlife viewing can also be done on elephant back which is one of the most exciting and ‘genuine’ elephant safaris in India. The most famous of Corbett’s wild residents are the Bengal Tiger and the Asiatic Elephant, but with about 600 species of avifauna, Corbett is one of the richest bird regions of India. If you love bird watching then Corbett is virtual haven for you. Corbett and its adjoining area is home to more than 600 species of residents and migratory birds. It is among the few tiger reserves in India that allows overnight stays in the lap of the National Park. Situated at the border of the extensive Patil Dun valley, Dhikala is the place where one can stay in the lodge. It is the most popular destination in Corbett because of its superb location and sheer abundance of wildlife present.
Fauna & Flora
The whole area comprises of hills, marshy depressions, grasslands, lake and vast dense forests of Sal trees. Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary has over 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, nearly 600 bird species including high altitude Lammergeirs and Steppe Eagles, and 25 reptiles including Gharial and the fresh water mugger.
Major mammalian species found in the region are chital (spotted deer), sambar (Indian stag), chinkara (Indian gazelle), pada (hog deer) and muntjac (barking deer), jungle cat, leopard cat, striped hyena, dholes (wild dogs), sloth bear, the mighty Indian gaur and the rare fishing cat, wild boars, and ghorals (mountain goats).
Some of the prominent avian residents of the park include the barbet, bulbuls, minivet oriole, wagtail, munia, myna, collared scops, waterfowl, parakeets, flycatchers, babblers, cuckoos, robins, warblers, finches, blue kingfisher, Indian and Great Pied hornbills, among other variety of animals which can be commonly seen adorning the skies of Corbett.
Day 1: Delhi/Ramnagar – Corbett Tiger Reserve
On arrival at the Delhi airport/ railway station or Ramnagar railway station for this wildlife journey. After reaching, you will be taken to Corbett, which is around 300 km from Delhi and takes around 6 hours to reach and 50 km from Ramnagar and takes around 1-2 hrs to reach. After reaching, you will be check-in at the pre-booked FRH and take some rest. After lunch, you will leave for a safari ride into the jungles of Corbett Tiger Reserve. After the safari, back to the FRH, Have dinner. Overnight stay at FRH.
Day 2 – 3: Corbett Tiger Reserve
We will leave for the morning safari, early morning safaris have more chances for sighting the animals. You explore the fauna and flora of the National Park. This safari lasts for around three hours, then return to the FRH. Then freshen up, have breakfast, and rest for a few hours. After lunch, you will leave for another afternoon safari. After the safari, return to the FRH to relax. Enjoy the delicious dinner and overnight stay at the FRH.
Day 4: Corbett – Delhi Airport/Railway Station or Ramnagar Railway Station
We will leave for the morning safari then return to the FRH. Then freshen up, have breakfast. Check out and drop you at Delhi Airport/ railway station/Ramnagar Railway Station to board the train /flight for your home. Trip Ends
By Air: The nearest Airport to reach Corbett is New Delhi (300 kms)and 5-6 hours drive.
By Rail: The nearest Railway station are Ramnagar (13 kms) & Kathgodam (55 kms)
By Road: You can reach Corbett by road is from Delhi (300 kms, 5 – 6 hrs drive), From Kathgodam (55 kms, 1 -2 hrs drive), Nainital (65 km, 2 hrs drive).
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