Corbett Tiger Reserve
UttarakhandDriving through the cathedral-like arches of ancient sal trees, the meadows of Dhikala, or watching fish-eating gharial crocodiles hunt mahseer at Champion’s pool, all overlooked by the blue vistas of the Kumaon Hills, Corbett is, not surprisingly, one of the first parks that comes to mind when thinking of Indian wildernesses to visit. Named after the famous hunter, naturalist and author Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment, Corbett is the oldest National Park in India and it was here, on April 1, 1973, that Project Tiger was launched. The 1,300 square kilometre park is in the sub-Himalayan belt and the park’s altitude ranges from 400 metres to 1,600 metres. Corbett is often called the ‘land of roar, trumpet and song’, but it is best known for the numerous opportunities to watch large families of elephants. With a bird count of an astounding 550 species, it is an ideal place for avid bird watchers. It holds India’s densest tiger populations, o...ver 200 individuals across its entire range. The park is divided into three distinct geographical areas, with hilly areas of deciduous mixed forests, low lying grassland with ravines and vast dense forests of sal trees. The magnificent Ramganga River flows through the heart of the park bringing a continuous supply of water even in the hot summer months, attracting a host of predators and prey alike. The park is divided into five tourism zones namely Dhikala, Jhirna, Bijrani, Sonanadi and Domunda (Lohachaur).
How To Book
Your lodge or tour operator can book a safari for you, or you can book online.
Winter: Morning: 06:30 am to 11:00 am Evening: 02:30 pm to 05:30 pm Summer: Morning: 05:35 am to 09:45 am Evening: 02:45 pm to 06:45 pm For Canters in Dhikala Zone: (only 2 canters with 16 seats allowed per day) Winter: Morning: 06:30 am to 11:30 am Evening: 11:30 am to 04:30 pm Summer: Morning: 06:00 am to 12:00 pm Evening: 02:00 pm to 06:45 pm The park is closed from July to October due to heavy rains.
Getting Around the Park
You can hire a jeep or go in a larger open bus that seats 16. Each comes with a trained guide and driver. Elephant rides are also an option from Bijrani and Dhikala forest rest houses. These go out morning and evenings for approximately 2 hours.
R 200 for Indian Nationals R 900 for Foreign Nationals Gypsy: R 250 per Gypsy for Indian Nationals R 500 per Gypsy for Foreign Nationals Elephant Ride: R 300 per person for Indian Nationals R 1,000 per person for Foreign Nationals
By Air: New Delhi (240 km), Dehradun (250 km), Lucknow (247km). Pantnagar airport is just a 2-hour drive from Ramnagar. You can hire cars or drive your own vehicle to the lodge. By Rail / Road: Nainital is 62 km away. Ramnagar Railway station (2 km) has services to and from major cities. Transport can be hired on arrival.
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