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Corbett Nationalpark
Best Season: November - May (closed from June til mid November)

Corbett National Park is a beautifully rugged park set in the himalayan foothills about 200 km north east of Delhi in the state of Uttar Pradesh.  It has the distinction of being India’s first ever national park and the world’s third. 
Back in the 1930’s tiger shooting was in vogue and so many were shot that even some of the hunters became concerned.  One of these men was the Governer of the United Provinces, Sir Malcolm Hailey and on August the 8th, 1936, the Hailey National Park was born.  In 1952 the park was renamed the Ramganga National Park after the great life giving river that flows through the park.  Jim Corbett was a hunter turned naturalist whose famous books ‘The maneaters of Kumaon’ and ‘The maneating leopard of Rudrprayag’ potrayed his hunting adventures for maneaters in and around the area that is now the park (both books are highly recommended for pre or during holiday reading).  He also helped in setting up the park and it was in his honour that the park was renamed in 1957.


By the 1970’s the tiger’s plight was being realised and in 1973 ‘The World Wildlife Fund’ launched Project Tiger at ‘Corbett’ the first of 8 that were initially opened.  Today there are 23 tiger reserves in total and the tigers’ future, though precarious, is a little more assured.
In 1972 it was estimated that around 40 tigers lived within the park.  This figure has risen to well over a hundred and despite poaching problems the tigers are doing well.  However, the often dense habitat of Corbett, which means lots of ambush points for the tiger also means more difficult viewing for the visitor so it is best to spend at least a few days in the park if you want to see one (or two).  Other cats apart from tigers include leopards, jungle cat, civets and the fishing cat.  Bears and porcupines are regular sightings but after the tigers the park is best known for its population of Asian elephants which are often found in the Terai geasslands though the elephant is not an animal that tends to spend too
much time in any one given place.  Another attraction of the park, though this time reptilian, is the very endangered gharial a long nosed crocodile that specialises in catching fish. 
If you are a keen ornithologist Corbett is probably one of the best places in India to go.  Over 600 species have been recorded.  In the winter the dammed section of the Ramganga attracts many migrant waterfowl, raptors are common and among the woodland birds no less than 17 types of woodpecker occur!

The park is open from November to June and safaris are well organised with jeeps and elephants which go out early morning and late afternoon for your best chances of seeing some Indian wildlife in one of India’s most enchanting parks.




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