Named after legendary hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett, Jim Corbett National
Park is the old national park in India. The park was initially set up as Hailey National
Park in 1936. Located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, this mesmerising park is
reckoned as the protected area for the critically endangered Bengal tiger of India. The
Project Tiger especially running at this park is known across the world as one of the most
successful wildlife projects in recent times.
Corbett’s amazing climatic conditions and other features make this place really fantastic.
The sub-Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characteristics of this park are truly
superb. Hailed as the most superior ecotourism destination, Corbett boasts of 438
different species of plants and wide array of fauna. In spite of a huge number of people
coming to this park, the ecological balance of this park has remained superb.
Over the years, Corbett has been a first choice for wildlife lovers and tourists across the
world. In order to keep the jungle habitat in its truest forms, only certain sections of park
has been opened for the tourism. With the advent of Internet and several tour operators,
Corbett is enjoying escalating popularity worldwide. As per Wikipedia, every season
over 70,000 visitors flock into the park from India and other nations.
Corbett is no less than a heaven for adventure lovers and wildlife admirers. Ranging from
filmmakers to conservationists, Corbett national park is loved by all. Spread in an area of
520.8km2 area, Corbett is blend of hills, riverine belts, grass lands, marshy depressions
and huge lakes. The elevation varies from 1,300 feet to 4,000 feet. The most amazing
thing about Corbett is its weather, which is normally great around the year. Winter nights
are bit cold however days are very bright and sunny. July-September is generally called
as off season only because of rainy season.
Corbett is densely populated with flora which is inclusive of sal, rohini, haldu, papal and
mango trees. These trees cover over 73 per cent of the park. The remaining 10 percent of
the area is grasslands. The park has over 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580
bird species and 25 reptile species.
The main highlight of the park is however Bengal tigers, which are not easily spotted.
Ramganga River along with lush greenery offer plentiful prey for tigers. Apart from the
tigers, you can spot leopards, which are found in plenty. Smaller felines in Corbett are
inclusive of jungle cat, fishing cat and leopard cat. Deer species inclusive of sambhar,
hog, black buck and chital, Sloth and Himalayan black bears, Indian Grey Mongoose,
otters, yellow throated martens, ghoral (goat-antelopes), Indian pangolins, and langur and
rhesus monkeys also stay here. In summers, don’t forget to catch up herds of elephants.
Seeing hundreds of elephants of taking bath together is simply amazing. Crocodiles and
fishes like Mahaseer are also some of the main highlights over here.
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