|Corbett National park
Highlights: Ramnagar, Wildlife Viewing, Jeep Safari
How To Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport from Corbett National Park is Phoolbagh, Pantnagar at a distance of 50 kilometers.
By rail: Ramnagar is nearest railway station from Corbett National Park.
Road: Dhikala is 300 kilometers from Delhi, 145 kilometers from Lucknow and 51 kilometers from Ramnagar. From Ramnagar you can approach the Park in local buses.
Spread over area of 600 square kilometers, Corbett National Park is located at an altitude of 400 to 1200 meter above sea level. It was set up in 1936 with the consultation with Mr. Jim Corbett, a great hunter and conservator. Now it has grown considerably with the inclusion of Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.
Ramganga River flows from west to southwest with its distributaries vivisecting the land into numerous ridges and vales. The river pullulates with gharial, mahseer, mugger and flocks of Phalacrocorax carbo (cormorants).
The vegetation at Jim Corbett Park comprises of sheesham, sal and long grasses. The Park is abundant with leopards, black bear, sloth bear, jackal, Himalayan palm civet, dhole, yellow-throated marten, common otter, Indian grey mongoose, porcupine, black naped, Indian python, viper, cobra, krait and king cobra and elephants. There are four species of deer found in the Park namely the well known spotted deer chital, kakkar, para, and the barking deer. In all there are 50 mammals, 577 birds and at least 25 reptiles at the park.
The migratory birds found in this region are bareheaded goose, graylag, duck, grepe, sandpiper, gull, snipe and wagtail. Residential birds are cormorants, the black-necked stork darters, herons, egrets, and the spur winged lapwings.
The National park is a heaven for nature and wildlife lovers. Recently a movie based on Project Tiger named 'Kaal' was shot in this park. The movie starring Ajay Devgan, John Abraham and other famous stars of Bollywood stressed on the attitude of local people regarding reasons for killing the animals and imparted the message of conserving these rare species.
The best time for visiting Jim Corbett is in winter from November to February, summer from March to June. The authorities close the Park from June 15 to November 15 every year.
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