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Jim Corbett National Park

About Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park, plced in Nainital district of Uttaranchal, is the oldest national park, which has been renamed after Jim Corbett in 1952. Jim Corbett was the hunter turned conservationist, author and photographer who played vital role in the development of the national park. Located in the area of 520 sq. kms, the national park was founded in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park to mark respect to Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces. In the year 1952, the name of the park was changed to Ramganga National Park.

Corbett National Park is located at a varying altitude ranging from 400 mts. to 1210 mts. above sea level. The park has more than 50 mammal and 25 reptile species. It has 488 different species of plants. The tree density is highest in Sal forests and lowest in the Anogeissus-Acacia catechu forests.

Corbett National Park holds the key part in the Indian government’s wildlife protection initiative which is seriously aimed at protecting the critically endangered Bengal tiger species.

Corbett National Park is regarded as one of the greatest and awesome bird parks of the world, ideally holding 600 species/subspecies of birds, of the total 2,060 species and subspecies of birds recorded in the Indian subcontinent. The number of birds found in the park exceeds the number of bird species found in Europe, and equals approximately ¼ th of the bird diversities.

Species in Jim Corbett National Park

Furthermore, out of 69 species of raptors, Corbett National Park houses 49 species. Truly speaking, the park offers a prolific view to the bird-watchers during winters. Different bird species can be seen at different places in and around the park. The banks of River Ramganga on the outskirts of Corbett Park has abundance of Brown Fish Owl, Himalayan Kingfisher, Brown Dipper and Plumbeous/White-Capped Redstarts, Little/Staty backed Forktails and Mountain/Rufousbellied Hawk-Eagles. Deep inside of the Corbett National Park, one can easily find Blue Whistling Thrush and Red Jungle Fowl Oriental White-eye, Jungle Owlet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Himalayan Swift let, Lesser Fish-Eagle, Great Thick-knee, Stork-billed Kingfisher etc.

Mammals

Once the tourists gain entry to thicker parts of Corbett National Park, mammals such as Tiger, Indian Elephant, Chital, Sambhar, Muntjack (Barking Deer), Hog Deer and Common Langur can be easily sighted.

Corbett National Park’s main entry point is from Dhangarhi, and mid November to mid June are considered as the ideal tourist seasons. What’s more, Corbett National Park also offers safari trips to the foreign as well as Indian tourists.

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