CORBETT NATIONAL PARK

     

    Corbett has been a best destination 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. In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park. Corbett National Park is one of the thirteen protected areas covered by the World Wide Fund For Nature under their Terai Arc Landscape Program.  The program aims to protect three of the five terrestrial flagship species, the tiger, the Asain Elephant and the great one-horned rhinoceros, by restoring corridors of forest to link 13 protected areas of Nepal and India, to enable wildlife migration. The park has Sub-Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characteristics. An ecotourism destination. it contains 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna. The increase in tourist activities, among other problems, continues to present a serious challenge to the park's ecological balance.


    HISTORY:
    Prior to the years 1815-20 of the British Rule, the forests of the Jim Corbett National Park were the private property of the local rulers. Though the ownership had passed into the British hands, the government paid little or no attention to the upkeep of the park. The sole aim was to exploit the natural resources and extract as much profit as possible from the jungle. 

    It was only in the year 1858 that  Major Ramsay drew up the first comprehensive conservation plan to protect the forest. He ensured that his orders are followed strictly and, by 1896 the condition of the forest began to improve. Ramsays plan reflected the deep thought he had given to the science of forestry. In 1861-62 farming was banned in the lower Patlidun valley. Cattle sheds were pulled down, domestic animals were driven from the forest and a regular cadre of workers was created to fight forest fire and secure the forest from illegal felling of trees. Licenses were issued for timber and count of trees was undertaken. In 1868, the Forest department assumed responsibility for the forests and in 1879 they were declared reserved forest under the forest Act. In a letter dated January 3,1907, Sir, Michael Keen for the first time referred to the possibility of turning these forests into a game sanctuary however the proposal was turned down. It was years later in 1934. In a letter dated January 3,1907, Sir, Michael Keen for the first time referred to the possibility of turning these forests into a game sanctuary however the proposal was turned down. It was years later in 1934 the governor, Sir Malcolm Hailey, supported the proposal for the sanctuary and wanted the enactment of a law to give it protection. To overcome the delays that legislation would entail the area was made into a reserve forest by the Chief Conservator of forest. Later in consultation with Major Jim Corbett, the boundaries of the park were demarcated and in 1936 The United Province national Park Act was enforced and this reserved forest became the first national Park of India. And it was aptly named Hailey National Park after its founder Sir, Malcolm Hailey 

    Initially the park measured merely 323.75 square kilometers, but to accommodate wild animals like Tigers and Elephants, it was expanded to its present area of 520 square kilometers (core area) in 1966. The year 1973 was a landmark in the field of wildlife preservation. It was in this year that wildlife preservationist and naturalists from around the world launched PROJECT TIGER the most prestigious and biggest total environmental conservation project ever undertaken. The Jim Corbett National Park has the distinction of having been chosen the venue for the inauguration of this project.

     


                                                                             

    WILDLIFE IN CORBETT


    Corbett National Park is rich in vegetation, with different kinds of trees and shrubs. The lower reaches of the Park, where the land is flat compared to the upper reaches, consists of tall and slender sal (Shorea robusta) trees. Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo) and khair (Acacia katechu) trees are found in the middle reaches, while the upper reaches of the mountains are full of bakli (Anogeissus latifolia), chir (Pinus roxburghii), gurail (Bauhinia racemosa) and bamboo trees. The Park is dotted with lantana shrubs, a species that is a great cause for concern. Imported years ago from America, the lantana shrub ensures that nothing else grows near it. In the Park are 110 species of trees, 51 species of shrubs, and over 33 species of bamboo and grass that are mostly found in chowds, or meadows.
    Corbett National Park has more than 50 species of mammals, 585 species of birds and 25 species of reptiles, but the Park is known for its elephants and leopards, not its tigers. Many kinds of deer, namely chital (spotted deer), sambar (Indian stag), chinkara (Indian gazelle), pada (hog deer) and muntjac (barking deer) abound in the Park. Tiger sighting is rare, in spite of a lot of alarm calls from monkeys and deer. Elephant herds comprising tuskers, females and calves are commonly seen. However, an elephant herd with calves is perhaps the most dangerous encounter in the wild, for elephants are very possessive of their young and do not hesitate to charge at intruding human beings.

    Leopard sighting is even rarer than that of the tiger, and these spotted cats confine themselves to the higher reaches of the Park. Other feline species found in the Park are leopard cats, jungle cats, the rare fishing cat, and caracal, to name a few. Sloth bears, wild boars, monkeys, dholes (wild dogs), jackals and ghorals (mountain goats) also inhabit the Park.

    The aquatic reptile population in the Park consists of mugger (Crocodylus palustris) and gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) crocodiles, while Indian rock pythons, Russell's vipers, cobras, king cobras and common kraits are some of the snakes found in the Park. Bird life includes parakeets, flycatchers, babblers, cuckoos, robins, bulbuls, Indian and Great Pied hornbills, warblers and finches, to name a few.


    CLIMATE:
    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 monsoon.

     

    HOW TO REACH
    BY AIR - Phoolbagh, Pantnagar at a distance of 50 km is the nearest airport. Delhi at a distance of 300 km is the nearest international airport. 

    BY RAIL - Ramnagar is on the broad gauge track from where the road transport options have to be availed to reach the park.

    BY ROAD - Dhikala is 300 km from Delhi, 145 km from Lucknow and 51 km from Ramnagar. The route from Delhi spans Hapur-Murababad-Ramnagar. The turn off is some 7 km beyond Muradabad to the left, marked by a small board. The route from Lucknow spans Bareilly-Kichha-Rudrapur-Doraha-Kashipur.

     

    TOUR PACKAGE FOR CORBETT NATIONAL PARK


    NAINITAL – PANGOT – CORBETT TOUR


    ITINERARY
    DURATION: 01 NIGHT / 02 DAYS

     

    Day 01: Delhi – Nainital – Pangot

    Pick up from Delhi & drive to Pangot, enjoy boating in the naini lake. Upon arrival check into the camps, (The camp site is 200mtrs away from the road and a nature walk leads to the camp), enjoy the camp activities (Trekking, Flying Fox, Repelling, Barma Bridge, Valley Crossing, Jummaraing, Jungle trek. Overnight at Pangot Camps.  

    Pangot is famous for bird watching, wildlife and it has been popular with naturelovers, photographers and birders. You can see different kinds of migratory birds at Pangot. Birds from the upper himalayan region fly down to the lower himalayas to escape the harsh winter season. One can see variety of Himalayan species here such as lammergeyer, Himalayan griffon, blue-wingedminla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, vaeirty of thrushes etc. Almost 150 birds species have been recorded at Pangot and in its surroundings.

     

    Day 02: Pangot – Corbett – Delhi

    Morning after breakfast checkout from the camps & drive to Corbett, enjoy your pre-booked afternoon jeep safari inside the Corbett national park.

     

    Package Cost à Rs. 5,850/- per person (Based on 06 pax)

    Cost Includes:-

    1. Transportation by Innova car throughout the tour
    2. Welcome Drink on Arrival
    3. 01 night stay at camps in pangot on Triple sharing basis
    4. 01 Morning Tea
    5. 01 Veg. breakfast
    6. 01 Veg. Lunch,
    7. 01 Evening tea with Biscuit / Pakodi
    8. 01 Non Veg. Dinner
    9. Music and Bonfire
    10. Any 03 activities out of listed in the itinerary
    11. All applicable taxes

     

    Kindly Note:-

     

      • Some Points to Keep in mind prior bookings for camping
      • Camping is NOT a Luxury Suite. Just simple tents or mud hut cottages some with attach toilets or some with common toilets. With very limited room service or NO room service, but nothing fancy as expected.
      • No air conditioning or fan since it is a bit cooler when you are inside the jungle.
      • If you are serious about Nature and adventure then camping is the right activity for you. But not the place for those seeking a luxurious relaxing holiday.

       

CAMP PHOTOGRAPHS

 

CORBETT DHIKALA TOUR PACKAGE

Duration: 1 Night / 2 Days

Day 1: Dhikala- Corbett National Park

Arrival Corbett national park. Board your waiting gypsy and start your journey inside the jungle via Dhangari gate of Corbett national park. Reach your forest rest house passing through the dense sal forests and grasslands inhabiting wide range of wildlife at Corbett national park. Lunch at rest house. In the evening go for jeep safari around Dhikala zone of Corbett National Park. Dinner and overnight stay at rest house.

Day 2: Depart Dhikala- Corbett National Park

Early morning start for morning jeep safari in the grasslands of Dhikala, Corbett national park. After breakfast move out of jungle via Dhangari gate. On the way visit crocodile point and high bank. Drop at Ramnagar. Depart with sweet memories of the tour of Corbett national park.

Note – Children above 5 years will be treated as adults in case of foreign nationals

 Package Inclusions (For Indian and foreign nationals)

  • Accommodation in forest rest house inside Corbett national park (Dhikala / Gairal / Sarapdduli / Sultan) as per itinerary
  • 2 jeep safaris as per the itinerary at Corbett national park in exclusive gypsy
  • Gypsy charges
  • Guide charges
  • entry fees, vehicle entry fees and permit charges
  • housekeeping and clearance charges
  • All government formalities
  • All applicable taxes

 

Package excludes

  • Laundry, phone calls or item of your personal nature
  • Any meals
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

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