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About Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary
Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in India. The park, which is home to a number elephants, tigers and leopards, is spread over an area of 322 sq km (core area). Jim Corbett National Park was set up in 1936 and was once the hunting ground of the British. Jim Corbett National Park was declared a tiger reserve in 1973 under the Project Tiger, which was aimed at ensuring the safety and growth of tigers.
Corbett National Park is characteristic of the Himalayan mountain system. Corbett's northern areas are lined by the Lesser Himalayan chain, which extends from Pakistan, through Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal, Uttaranchal, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and to Arunachal.
Among some of the very special attractions of Corbett National Park, Ramnagar is a very popular place. This is famous for it fishing past-time. People come here from far off places to try their skills at fishing in the troubled water. There is, however, one thing that you should keep in mind. Take the permission for fishing from the Project Tiger office at Ramnagar. Watching wild animals is also a very good way of spending the day and you surely will have the opportunity to see some of the most exotic animals in the wild. Jeep Safari is a very convenient way of touring the Corbett National Park. You can cover a lot of distance in this way.
About Flora & Fauna in Corbett National Park:
The vastness of the flora of this region indeed reflects the vastness of habitats that this region provides.The zoological diversity and constant biological evolution in this region is perhaps due to the intricate natural variations in this region. Sal is the dominant tree species in Corbett with Jamun, Shisham, Khair, Mahua, Flame of the forest (Palash), Silk Cotton tree (Simal) etc. being the other tree species.
Bird Watching in Corbett National Park:
Corbett National Park is a Paradise for Bird Watchers.It has over 580 species of birds. Most of the water birds are migrant, and arrive in winters. Some of these are the Greylag, Bar-headed Goose, Duck, Grepe, Snipe, Sandpiper, Gull and wagtail. The residents include Darters, Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, the black-necked Stork and the spur winged Lapwings.
Corbett Wildlife Attractions:
Tigers are the main attractions of this sanctuary. Apart from tigers, leopards and elephants forms the major attractions. There are more than 50 species of mammals in the park. Leopards are mostly found in the hilly areas of the park. Some nocturnal cats found here are the Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat and Fishing Cat. Sloth Bear is found in the lower regions of the park while the Himalayan Black Bear is seen in the higher hills only. Some of the smaller residents of the park are Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Gray Mongoose, Common Otter, Blacknaped Hare and Porcupine. Along the Ramganga River shores, one can spot the long-snouted, fish-eating Gharial Crocodile and the ‘Mugger’ Crocodile. Also seen on the rocky hillsides is the Ghoral or Goat Antelopes. The Langur and Rhesus Monkeys are well distributed through out the park and warning the whole Jungle with alarm calls when they see either a Tiger or Leopard from tree-top perches.
How To Reach Corbett National Park
By Air: At a distance of 80km. lies the nearest airport Phoolbagh, Pantnagar. Delhi is the nearest international airport. Delhi is well-connected to all the major Indian international cities through a number of daily flights.
By Rail: The nearest railway station, Ramnagar can be accessed from Delhi which is a mere 6-7hrs. journey.
By Road: Dhikala is 300km from Delhi, 145km from Lucknow and 51km from Ramnagar. The route from Delhi spans Hapur-Murababad-Ramnagar. The route from Lucknow spans Bareilly. Kichha. Rudrapur. Doraha. Kashipur.
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