Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger.Located in the district of Nainital, Corbett National Park is a perfect place for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. It is a wonderful place in India considered as a hub of excitement and thrill. Spread over an area of 520 square kilometers, the park is a complete package for wildlife buffs.
Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife. Uttarakhand State is known worldwide for its richness in wildlife treasures. It has enough in store for those who love to see, travel and experience the various face of Indian wildlife.
Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2 (201.1 sq mi) area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands and a large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 to 4,000 ft (400 to 1,220 m). Winter nights are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September.One of the most popular wildlife attractions is Jim Corbett National Park.
Dense moist deciduous forest mainly consists of sal, haldu, peepal, rohini and mango trees. Forest covers almost 73% of the park, 10% of the area consists of grasslands. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.
Flora of the Park
Jim Corbett National Park is also enriched with flora. Sal forests cover more than 75% of the total area of the park. It has 600 species of plants including grass, ferns, climbers, herbs, shrubs, trees and bamboos. A total of 488 different species of plants have been recorded in the park.Tree density inside the reserve is higher in the areas of Sal forests and lowest in the Anogeissus-Acacia catechu forests.Total tree basal cover is greater in Sal dominated areas of woody vegetation.
Fauna of the Park
More than 586 species of resident and migratory birds have been categorised, including the crested serpent eagle, blossom-headed parakeet and the red junglefowl — ancestor of all domestic fowl.33 species of reptiles, seven species of amphibians, seven species of fish and 36 species of dragonflies have also been recorded.
Leopards are found in hilly areas but may also venture into the low land jungles.Small cats in the park include the jungle cat, fishing cat and leopard cat.Other mammals include barking deer, sambar deer, hog deer and chital, sloth and Himalayan black bears, Indian grey mongoose, otters, yellow-throated martens, Himalayan goral, Indian pangolins, and langur and rhesus macaques.Owls and nightjars can be heard during the night.
In the summer, Indian elephants can be seen in herds of several hundred.The Indian python found in the reserve is a dangerous species, capable of killing a chital deer.Local crocodiles and gharials were saved from extinction by captive breeding programs that subsequently released crocodiles into the Ramganga river.
The weather in the park is temperate compared to most other protected areas of India. The temperature may vary from 5 °C (41 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F) during the winter and some mornings are foggy. Summer temperatures normally do not rise above 40 °C (104 °F). Rainfall ranges from light during the dry season to heavy during the monsoons.
jungle cat,fishing cat,leopard cat,barking deer, sambar deer, hog deer and chital, sloth and Himalayan black bears, Indian grey mongoose, otters, yellow-throated martens, Himalayan goral, Indian pangolins, and langur and rhesus macaques.
Brown Fish Owl,rare Tawny Fish Owl, Hen Harrier, Red Avadavat, Bright-headed Cisticola, Chestnut-capped Babbler and Grass Owl. In winters, the Ramganga Lake is full by waders, herons, ducks, and egrets in large numbers.
Gharials (fish eating crocodiles), Muggers (another species of crocodiles), Monitor Lizards, Turtles, Cobras, Pythons, Sal forest Tortoise, Russell’s viper and kraits.Gharials (fish eating crocodiles), Muggers (another species of crocodiles), Monitor Lizards, Turtles, Cobras, Pythons, Sal forest Tortoise, Russell’s viper and kraits.
The park is accessibility by a road to Dhikala- Ramnagar and from there to other parts of the state. Other centres within the park are connected by fair-weather tracks. From Dhikala: Delhi is 290 km; Lucknow 503 km; Ranikhet 114 km.
The park can be entered from following
- By Air Nearest airport is Pantnagar, 133 km.
- By Rail Nearest railhead is Ramnagar, 50 km from Dhikala.
- By Road Dhikala is connected by a road to Dhikala- Ramnagar and from there to other parts of the state. Other centres within the park are connected by fair-weather tracks. From Dhikala: Delhi is 290 km; Lucknow 503 km; Ranikhet 114 km.
- By Local Transport Coaches and jeeps can be hired from the National Park office at Ramnagar. Elephants are available for wildlife viewing at Dhikala, Khinanauli and Bijrani. Elephant rides conducted every morning and evening.
Prices for Jim Corbet National Wildlife Safari Park
Price Structure for above Individual/Group package
|Open Zipsy Cab for 1-6 people||2000||2000|
|Fix Road Tax on Zipsy upto 6 people||500||500|
Timings for Jim Corbet National Park
Morning: 06:00 AM to 12: 00 PM, Evening: 12:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Morning: 05:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Evening: 12:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Rules to visit Jim Corbet National Park Wildlife Safari
Keep silence for better chance to view animals. Shouting, teasing & chasing animals is prohibited. Do not get down from
your jeep except designated points.Plastic is prohibited in park.
How to reach Jim Corbet National Park
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