Corbett National Park o cSITUATED ALONG THE VALLEY of the Ramganga river and fringed by the Himalayan foothills in the north, Corbett is considered one of India’s finest wildlife sanctuaries. The 1,318-sq km (509-sq mile) reserve was originally a hunter’s paradise during the British Raj. In 1936, it became India’s first national park, largely due to the efforts of the great British hunter-turnedconservationist Jim Corbett, after whom the park is named. The park encompasses varied terrain, from savannah grasslands to hilly ridges of deciduous forests with chir pine and sal (Shorea robustq). Corbett is renowned for its remarkable variety of wildlife, notably tigers, elephants, chausingha (four-horned antelopes) and an astonishing 600 species of birds,
COUCAL OR CROW PHEASANT
this striking black and brown all over northern india its loud and resonat call echoes over the vally and forest in and around corbett
vast savannab (chaurs) ideal for viewing deear ans other wildlife surround dhikala, the parka’s hub located by the ramganga Reservoir.
The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a species that can be seen on the banks of the Ramganga Reservoir (formed by a dam on the Ramganga river). The reservoir also attracts a variety of water birds such as geese, ducks, grebes and storks.
The lifeline of the park’s wildlife, the ramganga river is surrounded by tall elephant grass (nall) and scrub.
The highlights of atrip to corbett are the sunrise and sunset elephant safari availabe from dhikala and bijarni. Apart from the breds wild elephant and dear, it sometimes possible to encounter a long tiger or leopard.
corbett has about 140 tiger it became india’s first tiger Reserve in 1973, under the aegis of project tiger.