Corbett Tiger Reserve is situated in the Terai region and the lower Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand in Northern India. Corbett is the oldest national park of India, established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. The diverse fauna and splendid landscape of Corbett Tiger Reserve makes it a famous destination for tourists and wildlife enthusiast from all over the globe. The Corbett Tiger Reserve has a varied landscape which includes hills, rivers, grasslands, dense forests etc. This rich habitat and the variation in altitude have contributed in making Corbett a heaven for varied fauna.
The Corbett Tiger Reserve is home to the asiatic elephant and the bengal tiger. Many species of deer like the sambar deer, chitals, and the rare hog deer also make this park their home. Other animals which can be seen in Corbett are himalayan black bears, sloth bears, wild boars, jackals, hanuman langurs, rhesus macaques etc. Corbett Tiger Reserve is also home to the rare and endangered gharial. The avifauna is astounding and Corbett boasts a species count of over 550 species of birds which include birds like long-tailed broadbills, collared falconets, Tawny fish owls, several species of flycathers, babblers and warblers etc.
Corbett TR offers so many surprises for all the seasons. Be it the migratory bird species in winters or the jumbo congregation in Dhikala chaur in summers or the sudden tiger spotting round the year, Corbett makes sure that the visitors are on their toes at all the times. And not to forget the varied landscapes on offer, from lofty mountains to the terai grasslands to the swirling Ramganga river. Best way to enjoy Corbett is by staying inside the park in one of the numerous Forest Rest Houses, a facility which is not available in many other Tiger Reserves. To have a good wildlife experience and make brilliant photographs in Corbett, it is recommended to stay inside the park. 5 zones are open to tourists, namely Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanadi. Day visits are allowed in Bijrani, Jhirna and Domunda by Gypsys and in Dhikala by Canters. Day visits in Corbett, however, are not recommended for serious wildlifers and wildlife photographers.
The nearest railhead to Corbett Tiger Reserve is Ramnagar which is connected to Delhi by 2 trains, one overnight and one day train. The road condition between Ramnagar and Delhi is also very good and offers a nice drive through the green countryside. A 3N/4D visit is highly recommended to have a proper insight of Corbett TR and come back with bag full of photographs to cherish for the lifetime!Next