Corbett

Corbett National Park

About Corbett

Corbett National Park, India’s first National Park is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful wildlife and nature park in India. The Park was established in August 8, 1936, and named after the Governor of the United Provinces, Sir Malcolm Hailey, as Hailey National Park. In 1952, the Park’s name was changed to Ramganga National Park. In 1957, the Park was renamed yet again, this time after Jim Corbett, the famed hunter-author-photographer-naturalist. Corbett National Park is also the venue from where Project Tiger was launched on April 1, 1973.

The Park is situated in the Himalayan foothills, amidst forested mountains that range from 400m (1,312ft) to 1,210m (3,970ft) in altitude. Through most of the Park flows the Ramganga River, on the banks of which lived a community in ancient times. It is believed that these people cleared away a tiny part of the forest, and made the area their home. Evidence in the form of terracotta figurines and ruined temples further corroborate the fact that the Ramganga valley was the home of an ancient civilization.

Total Area

1288.32 sq. km
Corbett National Park: 520.82 sq. km
Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary 301.18 sq. km

Reserve Forest:  466.32 sq. km
Altitude:  400 mt. – 1200 mt.

Main Flora

Sal, khair, ber, kuthber, bel, chbilla, dhak, semal, khingan, kharpat, rohini, bakli, pula, bamboo.

Main Fauna

Mammals:
Tiger, leopard, elephant, spotted deer, sambar, nilgai, hog deer, barking deer, sloth bear, wild boar, ghural, langur and rhesus monkey.

Birds:

Peacock, pheasant, pigeon, owl, hornbill, barbet, lark, myna, magpie, minivet, patridge, thrush, tit, nuthatch, wagtail, sunbird, bunting, oriole, kingfisher, drongo, dove, woodpecker, duck, teal, eagle, stork, cormorant, falcon, bulbul, flycatcher, red start and gull.

Reptiles:

Indian marsh crocodile or mugger, gharial, king cobra, common krait, cobra, Russels viper, python and monitor lizard.

Best Time to Visit :

As with the rest of the country, there are three well-defined seasons at the Corbett National Park-winter from November to February, summer from March to June and the rainy season the rest of the year. Corbett is closed for public from June 15 to November 15.

Access:

The Corbett National Park is accessible via all the common modes of transportation. Information on accessibility to the Corbett Park is provided below:

Accessiblity:

Air: Nearest airport is Pantnagar, 133kms.
Rail: Nearest railhead is Ramnagar, 10 kms

How To Reach –

Delhi – Ghaziabad – Hapur bypass – Garmukteshwar – Moradabad – Kashipur – Ramnagar – Corbett

Distance Chart:

Delhi: 260 Kms.
Agra: 340 Kms.
Nainital: 75 Kms.
Dehradun: 250 Kms.

Places of Tourist Interest:

• Bijrani
• Jhirna
• Durga Devi
• Dhikala
• Sitabani
• Garjia Devi Temple