Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park, is along the banks of River Ramganaga in the Uttrakhand State of India. Aptly this park is called as the "Land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song". Corbett is the oldest and the First National Park of India. Corbett National Park comprises an area of 1,318.54 square kilometres including 520 square kilometres of core area and 797.72 square kilometres of buffer area. Jim Corbett National Park has numerous ravines, ridges, minor streams and small plateaus with varying aspects and degrees of slopes.
The park encompasses the Patli Dun valley formed by the Ramganga River. The different habitat types of Corbett Park i.e. mountains, Sal forests, grasslands, khair-sissoo forests, and rivers have their distinct assemblage of plants. The most visible trees found in Corbett Park are Sal, Sissoo and Khair.
Corbett National park is very rich in terms of its bio-diversity and the fauna sightings in Corbett include
Mammals – Tiger, Elephant, Leopard, Jungle Cats, Fishing Cats, Himalayan Black Bears, Sloth Bears, Martens, Jackals, Dholes, Civets, Mongooses, Hares, Porcupines, Deers, Wild Boars, Pangolins, Macaques, Langurs, Blue Bulls etc.
Birds – Daters, Herons, Lapwings, Cormorant, Paradise Flycatchers, Manias, Weaver birds, Fishing eagles, Spotted Eagles, Serpent Eagles, Jungle Fowl, Vultures, Thrushes, Bar bets, Peahens, Migrant Gulls, Kingfishers, Ducks, Moorhens, Sandpipers, Geese, Night jars, Woodpeckers, Cuckoos, Wagtails, Black winged Kits, Plovers, Parakeets, Grey Lags Snipes, Grebes, Harriers, Ospreys, Babblers, Mini vets, Peacock, pheasant, pigeon, owl, hornbill, barbet, lark, myna, magpie, partridge, sunbird, bunting, oriole, kingfisher, drongo, dove etc.
Reptiles – Crocodile, gharial, king cobra, common krait, cobra, Russel’s viper, python, Monitor lizard etc.
How to reach Corbett National Park?
By Road – Corbett National park is around 300 kms from Delhi. It takes approx 6 hrs to reach Dhikala from Delhi. Route from Delhi is – Delhi - Hapur – Garhmukeshwar - Moradabad - Thakurdwara - Ramnagar – Dhikala, Corbett National Park
By Train – Ramnagar is the nearest railhead to reach Dhikala. Dhikala entry gate is around 32 kms from Ramnagar railway station. Ramnagar station code is RMR.
By Air – Pantnagar is the nearest domestic airport to reach Dhikala, Corbett National park. It is only 50 km away from Corbett Park. Delhi is the nearest International Airport at a distance of 300 km.
What to wear by season?
Nov – Mid Dec – If you are planning to visit Dhikala from Nov to Mid Dec must carry light woollen clothes.
Mid Dec – Feb – If you are planning to visit Dhikala from Mid Dec to Feb, must carry heavy woollen clothes, especially jackets, mufflers, hand gloves & cap (woollen).
March – April – If you are planning to visit Dhikala from March to April, must carry light jackets, sweaters etc.
May –June – If you are planning to visit Dhikala in May or June, must carry loose cotton clothes which absorb sweat very easily. Also carry sunscreen lotions, sunglasses & caps for protection from sun.
General Do's and Dont's
Please enter the Jim Corbett National Park after taking the necessary permits. Please accompany a Nature Guide for spotting the wildlife and the scenic landscapes. Drive slowly in the National Park. Enjoy the elephant and jeep safari but avoid the disturbance to the wildlife. Stick to the known and guided roads and trails. Driving off track would tamper the daily activities of animals and the growth of the trees. Maintain a safe distance from the animals and keep their life undisturbed. Please do not put on your car stereo or transistor. The quieter you are, more is the possibility of your watching the wildlife. Wear less bright clothes as the bright clothes distract the animals attracting their attention. or strong perfumes. Do not try circling or standing around an animal by yourself or in a group. Children should never be encouraged to approach, pet or feed wildlife. Always keep children in immediate sight.