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Corbett National Park in India

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Corbett National Park IndiaCorbett National Park, named in honour of the famous naturalist late Jim Corbett, is in Uttaranchal State in India and lies in the Nainital, Pauri Garwhal and Bijnore Districts of the State. This park is the first national park in India. The park extends over an area of 1318.54 sq. km. including 520.82 sq. km. of core area and 797.72 sq. km. of buffer area. The buffer area consists of 496.54 sq. km of reserve forests and the nearby 301.18 sq. km Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.

Corbett National Park History

Corbett national ParkOnce a popular hunting ground of the British, plans began in 1858 by Major Ramsay to save the wild life and protect the forest. Ten years later the forest department took control and in 1879 the area was declared reserve forest under the Forest Act. Years later in 1936, under the ‘The United Province National Park Act’ the reserve forest became the first National Park of India. In honour of its founder Sir Malcolm Hailey,the park was given the name Hailey National.After Independence it was renamed as Rsmganga Nstional Park and later in 1956, renamed again to as Jim Corbett National Park. The year 1973 was a proud time for the park authorities, not only to them, but, to the whole India as with the help of the World Wildlife Fund, the park was selected to launch ‘Project Tiger’ and became the first of such reserve in India.

Corbett National Park Flora and Fauna

Even though dense stands of Sal cloak the higher ridges, mixed deciduous forests can be seen throughout the park. The park has got more than 110 varieties of trees, over 33 kinds of bamboo and grasses and around 51 North India Wild Corbett National Parkspecies of shrubs along with 50 species of Mammals, 580 species of Birds and 25 species of reptiles. Fish eating crocodiles and marsh crocodiles are also present in the park and can be seen along the banks of river Ramganga. The river is rich in kind of fish known as Masheer. The Ramganga flows from East to West through the Park nourished with lots of little forest streams. A dam was built across it at Kalagarh and the reservoir thus created has got an area of 40 sq. km. Popular for its wildlife population of Bengal Tigers, Leopards, and Asian Elephants, the park is visited by a large number of foreign as well as local tourists every year.
The hog, samber, chital and barking species of deer, wild boar etc. supports the life of the predatory animals. The park also has the Himalayan black bear in the higher elevations, sloth bear, wild dogs and a wide range of bird life.

Corbett National Park Season

The best time to visit the park is from November to June.

Corbett National Park - Getting There

The nearest town and the nearest railway station is Ramnagar which is 51 KMs away. The nearest airport is at Pantnagar which is 110 KM away. Accommodation can be obtained in the jungle resorts.
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