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National Park Corbett
 


The Corbett national park was established in 1936, as the Hailey National Park, India’s first national park and the first sanctuary to come under Project Tiger; it supports a variety of vegetation making it the ideal habitat for the Tiger and its prey. In 1973 Corbett National Park was the first to be designated as a Project Tiger Reserve. Situated at a distance of 260 kms from Delhi and 128 kms from Nainital, the Corbett National Park is best known for its big cats, especially the tiger. Despite the efforts of conservationists, the tiger population of India is decreasing rapidly, and Corbett National Park is one of the few parks where the tiger can still be seen. Corbett national park was established in 1936, as the Hailey National Park. The Park is named after Jim Corbett, who lived in the region, knew the language of the jungle, and who metamorphosis from hunter to ardent conservationist.

There are around 50 tigers in Corbett, besides other wildlife like leopards, several lesser cats, the wild dog, porcupines, jackals, civets, sloth bear, black bear, wild boar and a few hundred elephants. The park has a high density of tiger population. The Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Dhole, Jackal, Yellow Throated Martem, Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Grey Mongoose, Common Otter, Porcupine, Clack-taped Hare are the other attractions of this area. It is possible to see elephants all over the park too. There are four species of deer residing over here. These are the Chital, the well-known Spotted Deer, Para, Kakka, and the Barking Deer. The Goat Antelopes are represented by the Ghoral.

 
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There is a lot for the bird watchers in this park. It has over 580 species of birds. Most of the water birds are migratory birds, 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.
Reptiles, which are residents of this area, are the Gharial, the rare Fish eating, long - nosed Crocodile, and a few species of Turtles and Tortoises. The Indian Python, Viper, Cobra, Krait and King Cobra also inhabit the Corbett National Park.
The magnificent Ramganga River flows through the entire length of the Park and little forest streams tumble through the ravines. While dense stands of Sal cloak the higher ridges, mixed deciduous forests are found throughout the Park and over 110 varieties of trees, 51 species of shrubs and over 33 kinds of bamboo's and grasses are seen here. The sparkling River Ramganga is the life source of the park. The vegetation is dense mixed deciduous with a wide variety of trees including the stately Sal, and creepers, shrubs, bamboos and grasses. It is a beautiful pristine park, the air full of tangy fragrances - and expectation. You enter it with humility knowing that you are in someone else's home.
Time to Visit in Jim Corbett National Park
The Corbett National Park is out of bounds during the monsoons- usually from about June 16th till November 14th. Once the park reopens after the rains, the best time to visit is between January and mid-June. In the winter months from December till February the Ramganga reservoir is full of migratory birds. Summer is the best season to view wildlife, especially the tiger that come out of the deep forests for water.
The best visiting season of Corbett is from November 15 to June 15. Corbett remains closed between June 16 and November 14, when the monsoons flood the river beds and cut the fragile road links.
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