If you wish to be surrounded by nature and escape from the honking city buzz then Jim Corbett National Park has the key to unlock your wishes. This famous wildlife holiday hotspot in Uttarakhand is a gem for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Surrounded by jaded greens and grasslands, this wildlife sanctuary is blessed with varieties of flora and fauna. This park is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand and it is the First Tiger Reserve in India. Something most people would not know is that, during the year 1936 Corbett National Park was formally known as Hailey National Park.
Ever since the park has increased its geographical radius, it has become home to a plethora of wildlife species out which some are even endangered. Covering an area of 520 square kilometres this wildlife sanctuary & tiger reserve is home to 488 different species of plants and 600 species of birds, leaving aside several species of mammals and reptiles. Thus, this makes Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary one of the most visited national parks in the country.
Corbett is an exhilarating wildlife destination. Beautifully occupied by lush green hills, reverie belts, waterholes and grasslands, Corbett makes an ultimate animal kingdom and a picture perfect habitat for wild animals. Nonetheless, you can get a chance to see the star attraction of the park, the magnetic Royal Bengal Tiger. Corbett Tiger Reserve is perhaps one of the most sought after destination to visit and to catch a glimpse of the endangered Bengal Tiger. As you make your way in the depths of the forest during your jungle safari, you can also see some beautiful mammals like Rhesus Macaque, Langur, Sambar, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Asian Elephants, Jackal and Leopard.
The list does not end here, apart from the mammals, the park houses beautiful yet dangerous reptiles such as crocodile, Python, King Cobra, Russels viper and Monitor lizard, including the beautiful fishes like Kalabasu, Kalimuchi, Mahaseer, Chilwa and Goonch. The Corbett Wildlife Preserve is also known for best place for bird watching. Birding in this national park allows the bird watcher to study, inspect and admire the beautiful chirping of birds like Jungle fowl, Peacock, Partridge, Kaleej pheasant, Dove, Woodpecker, Drongo, Duck, Teal, cormorant, Stork and Seagull.
This travel guide helps you explore every aspect of the wildlife sanctuary, from adventure activities to the sightings in its varied zones, making it a memorable wildlife holiday tour. Surrounded by six different zones, namely, Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhikala, Durgadevi, Sitabani including a newly introduced eco-tourism zone Dhela; the park offers an incredible opportunity for wildlife safari tours. Each zone provides the visitors with lush atmosphere and good forest lodges to dwell in if you feel adventurous. However, apart from forest lodges you don’t need to worry about lodging as the park provides budget to luxury accommodations. Some of the popular hotels & resorts in Corbett National Park are Corbett Hideaway, Corbett Leela Vilas, Infinity Resort, Corbett Den Tiger Resort, Wild Crest Resort and Corbett River View. This wildlife sanctuary doesn’t restrict you with only wildlife safaris but also challenges you with numerous adventure activities around it. If you feel partaking in some adventure activities then one can enjoy activities like River Rafting, Angling, Rock Climbing, Bridge Slithering and Rappelling. There are also a few religious places like the famed Garjia Temple that one can pay homage. Corbett Falls and Corbett Museum are yet the other two distinct tourist attractions around the park.