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Jim Corbett National Park – A Wildlife Legacy

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Guided by the experiences of the legendary naturalist, Jim Corbett, many explorers and wildlife seekers from around the world are drawn to the Jim Corbett National Park, put on the map by his celebrated book ‘The Maneaters of Kumaon’. A wildlife haven, Corbett is home to some 50 different species of mammals with the most famous residents being the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and the Asiatic Elephant. The most easily spotted species are the chital, sambar, hog deer, leopard, jackal, langur, sloth bear, wild boar, nilgai, wild pig, fresh water dolphin, turtles, marsh mugger and gharial crocodiles. Less commonly seen are bharal, goral, serow, barking deer, Himalayan tahr and black bear. Not to forget Corbett’s 600 species of birds, including great pied hornbill and the rare ibisbill that make for an awe-inspiring sight.

My happiness, I believe, resulted from the fact that all wildlife is happy in its natural surroundings.

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Overview

  • Destination: Uttarakhand
  • Location: Jim Corbett National Park
  • Nearest City (Airport): Pantnagar/New Delhi
  • Nearest City (Railway Station): Ramnagar/Uttarakhand
  • Dates: On request
  • Months: October to May
  • Level: Easy
  • Children Friendly: Yes
  • Guide: Available
  • Price: On request

Experience

The Corbett Tiger Reserve extends over 1288 sq km, including a core area of 521 sq km named Jim Corbett National Park. Established in 1936 as India’s first national park, Corbett supports nearly 200 tigers, one of the highest tiger densities in the world, thanks to Project Tiger and other conservation efforts.
Located in the Himalayan Foothills on the Ramganga River, Corbett encompasses a diverse array of habitats from wet and dry to plain and mountainous, from gentle and rugged to forests and grasslands, representing Himalayan as well as plains ecosystem, which uniquely support a rich and varied flora and fauna. The park is classified into six ecotourism zones – Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Durgadevi, Sonanandi and Dhehla.
We have curated a sustainable wildlife experience for all ages and for different interests through constant partnership with the park administration and the local community. Following is a sample itinerary that could be customized based on request.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at the resort, preferably by noon. After a refreshing welcome drink and a platter of home-baked delights and fresh fruits, assemble for orientation. Later, head out on a nature trek of 2-4 hours to discover the flora, fauna, wildlife, birds and the ways of the forest like identifying sand marking and tree marking by the tiger, etc. Our expert naturalist will accompany you with a pair of binoculars, guide books, water and light snacks. Return to the resort for dinner around a campfire. Cook (if you wish to), share food, stories, and lots of laughs under the starlit sky.
Day 2
An early morning wake up with a cup of freshly brewed tea/ coffee before setting off on a full day exploration of the park. You can head out for the entire day with packed lunch or have a game drive in the morning, return to the resort for hot lunch, and head out again in the afternoon. Game drives are undertaken in jeeps, normally with four passengers per jeep. The drive will take you through the Bijrani and Jhirna zones of the park where you will be able to spot a huge array of wildlife, besides the elusive tiger. Together with the beautiful scenery the drive makes for exciting photo opportunities along the way. After a long but fascinating day at the park, return to the resort for a sumptuous dinner.
Day 3
Your next day in the Corbett starts with an early morning elephant safari, an experience that you will never forget. The safari will cover previously unseen areas of the reserve with many up and close encounters with the animals passing by. After the elephant ride, you may have breakfast/brunch at the park or back at the resort. In the afternoon, post high tea, assemble for briefing about birds and their habitats, followed by a birding field trip of 2-3 hours along with our expert naturalist who will help you with bird sighting and identification, and will provide binoculars, bird reference books, water and light snacks. You could instead, opt for a fishing excursion in Kosi or Ramganga rivers to experience the thrill of angling. On a lucky day, you’ll be able to spot the famous golden ‘Mighty Mahseer’ the fighting fish. Later, you could visit the Corbett Falls and then Kalagarh Dam for some bird watching at dusk, returning to the resort for dinner.
Day 4
After a leisurely breakfast, the day's adventures are open to you. Cycle through the local villages to temples, museums, local markets and houses of the local farmers, or pedal into the woods on a guided excursion, or indulge in some active adventures like rappelling, flying fox, Burma Bridge and bridge falling. The choice is yours! For a peek into the local way of life, there is a must-do complimentary program filled with experiences like farming on the vegetable patch, honey extraction from the apiary, plucking fruits and bundling them (seasonal), cow milking in the adjacent dairy, egg collection from the coups, planting a sapling in a pot (you can take away as souvenir) and preparing compost. You could also visit the gypsy settlement within the forest and share a meal with them. Return to the resort by noon. Depart from the resort with amazing discoveries and wonderful memories.

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