The twigs rattle as you walk over them. The Bronzed Drongo perches above you. The feel of vibrations on the earth instantly tells you about the close approaching Elephants, resting your back onto the Sal tree you hold your breath and wait. In the meantime you smell the combined aroma of several flowers, plants, shrubs and trees around you... If you are wondering were you can live this situation, it’s got to be a tour to Corbett National Park
. See the wild nature wild, without facing any threats from it!
The Forest of Freedom
Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, spread over an area more than 500 sq km and India’s 1st wildlife reserve is the Corbett National Park. This national park was started in the year 1936 with the name Hailey National Park. In 1955 it was changed to Ramganga National Park. After the Death of the great hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett, Ramganga National park was renamed as ‘The Corbett National Park’ to honor Jim. The park is also called as the “forest of freedom”, since several hundred species of animals, plants, birds, trees and reptiles consider it home.
You can reach Corbett National Park from Ramnagar Railway Station or Pantnagar airport. Ramnagar is the closest railway station to Corbett National Park. Besides, Ramnagar is well connected with most of the major cities. Taxi travel from Ramnagar railway station to Corbett which is about 60km would cost around 1000 INR. Pantnagar happens to be the closest airport to Corbett national park. From Pantnagar a cab to Corbett National park would cost about 900 INR. Semi deluxe and deluxe bus tours from Delhi
to Corbett National Park are also available.
Once you get to Corbett you’ll have a tough time choosing which resort to stay. There are many good resorts you would want to try. Corbett offers you from super luxury resorts to Budget resorts. Corbett International and Corbett Kingdom are suggested budget hotels, stay for 3 days and 2 nights for a couple would cost around Rs 7000. Most of the resorts have multi cuisine restaurants and all types of foods are available on Corbett tours in North India
Planning Your Trip
The best time to book Corbett holidays in Uttaranchal
is mid June to mid November. It is at this time all the migratory birds make Corbett their home! There are more than 500 species of birds and November is the Birding season in the Corbett National Park. The weather also is pleasant during this time of year. You can plan your trip for 3 days. The best way to start your first day is by hoping onto a jeep ride! You will be able to see wild animals at close proximity, observe their behavior and listen to the sounds they make! The park is a home for many fading species. Don’t forget to click pictures of the rare Indian pagolin, they are difficult to spot. You can also see owls, drongos, babblers, rollers, warblers, forktails, cuckoos, robins, hornbills, chats and many more birds! Animals you’ll find on land are the majestic tigers, barking deer, hog deer, wild boar, elephants, jackal, sambar, langur, rhesus monkey, wild pig etc.
Jeeps won’t be able to take you deep down the forest but elephants will! Experience the exhilarating elephant ride on the second day. Elephants well tamed by experienced mahouts are the best guides of Corbett national park. They will take you deep down into the forests where you can spot the rarest of the rarest animals, birds and reptiles. Corbett National has rich aquatic life. The enormous Mahseer fish can be seen in the waters of Corbett National Park.
No travel ends without souvenir shopping! Do souvenir shopping on the third day. Before you leave make sure you visit the Tiger camp and The Souvenir Shop. Here you can buy literature about the park and its conservational activities. Don’t forget to buy the special bags, t-shirts, hats, toys, masks, and key rings having animal picture prints on them, they are very good souvenirs. You’ll find plenty of other petite cute stuff that you can buy for your friends and family. Also include a trip to Nainital
when in Corbett.
All in all, trip to Corbett would cost you around Rs 10000. Oh yeah! Don’t forget to pack your safari boots and camera, the adventure is on!