Corbett National Park, set amidst the foothills of Himalayas, houses a variety of flora and fauna including rare ones such as tigers and is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.
The oldest National Park in India, Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park and is home to the critically endangered species of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas and along the banks of Ramaganga River, it is home to around 50 species of trees, 580 bird species and 50 species of animals along with 25 reptile species spread over an area of more than 500 sq km covering riverine belts, hills, marshy depressions, lakes, streams and grasslands. The Park is divided into 5 zones namely Bijrani, Dhikala, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanandi and all of them have different gates. A visit to Corbett National Park is incomplete without a jungle safari, so make sure you go for a safari.
Tiger Spotting at Corbett-National-Park
December - May
The headquarters of Project Tiger, Ramnagar offers many accommodation centes ranging from budget hotels and adventure camps to mountain and jungle resorts. Most of these hotels also offer facilities for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations. Lodgers at Dhikala and Bijrani can also enjoy films on wildlife which are screened in evenings and have educational content on wildlife. Dhikala also has a well-stocked library covering a lot of topics on wildlife. For the updated tarrifs and timings, please check out http://www.corbettnationalpark.in/corbett-tiger-reserve-tariff.pdf
The best option for food in Corbett tends to be the hotels and resorts here. They offer rich and delicious North Indian, Chinese, Mughlai, Continental, Kumaoni and local cuisine. Don't miss the Chicken, Kebab and other barbeque delicacies here. However, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited inside the park. The local cuisine offers a number of delicacies with Bhaang Ki Khatai, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potato dish), Rus ( a preparation of many dals) being just some of the popular items here.
Jeep and elephant safaris are some of the best ways to delve into the wilderness.
In order to increase you chance of seeing a tiger, take on more than one safari. Morning safaris are generally said to give you higher chances of spotting a tiger.