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CORBETT NATIONAL PARK

One of the finest habitats of the tiger in India, the Corbett National Park nestles in the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttar Pradesh, in the area known as South Patlidun. With its varied topography, diverse flora and fauna and the natural splendor of its landscapes the Park is a precious heritage.

AREA OF RESERVE: 520 sq. km  ALTITUDE: 400 to 1100  Mts.
 
Temperature: Summer Max 43.0C  Min 19.0C, Winter Max 25.0C  Min 3.0C

BEST SEASON: Mid-November to Mid-June.

*CLOTHING: Summer-Cottons, Winter- Light Woolen,

*Preferably 'khaki', olive green, Grey or other inconspicuous clothing which does not alert or scare away the animals.
 
REACHING CORBETT NATIONAL PARK:
 
Air
: Nearest airport is at Pantnagar, 110 Km.
 
Rail: Nearest railhead is Ramnagar, 51 Km. Nearest point on the meter gauge is Haldwani.
 
Road: Access to the Park is via Ramnagar to the two main entry points - the Amdanda and Dhangarhi gates. Regular state transport buses ply directly from Delhi, Haldwani, Moradabad, and Nainital to Ramnagar. Local buses are available from Ramnagar to the gates of the park. A regular bus takes visitors from Ramnagar to Dhikala every evening and returns to Ramnagar the next morning. Jeeps and vans can also be hired from private agencies in Ramnagar.
  
Routes: The road route from Delhi goes via Hapur-Moradabad - Ramnagar (after Moradabad turn left at the 7 km bifurcation). The route from Lucknow goes via Bareilly-Kichha-Rudrapur-Doraha-Kashipur-Ramnagar.

Distances:
Dhikala-Delhi 294 Km 182 miles
Dhikala-Lucknow 145 Km 90 miles
Dhikala-Ramnagar 51 Km 32 miles

History: Established in 1936, this reserve was known as the Hailey National Park. It was later renamed after Jim Corbett the famous hunter, author and pioneer conservationist who helped set up this wildlife sanctuary.

Extending over a tract of 520 sq.km. the Park is a large valley with forested ridges running through it. The magnificent Ramganga River winds through its entire length in a south - south westerly direction and the numerous forest streams and rivulets that flow into it carve up the area into little ridges and ravines. Dense stands of sal and mixed deciduous forests are found throughout the Park while the 'Chaurs' or the grasslands in the valleys - about one tenth of the core area, offer visitors a better view of the wildlife.

With elevations in the Park ranging from 400m to 1210m there is a rich diversity in habitat. Animals of the Himalayas and those of peninsular India can both be seen here and over 50 manual and 25 reptile species have been recorded at Corbett. Among the predators are the tiger, leopard, diverse species of lesser cats and the dhole-the wild dog.

There are antelopes (nilgai and ghoral) varieties of deer (hog deer, sambhar, chital or spotted deer and barking deer), the primates (rhesus and langur) and other animals like jackals, foxes, civets, wild boar, sloth bear, black bear and a range of reptiles including the cobra, python and two species of crocodile. Corbett is a marellous location for bird watchers also.
 
With Project Tiger launched in 1973, for the total environmental protection of this endangered species, Corbett has seen an increase  in the tiger population, This nocturnal predator is not often spotted during the day through its pug marks are commonly seen along the road sides and forest trails. With a bit of luck visitors do occasionally catch a glimpse of this majestic animal as they drive through the park to the Dhikala complex.

Moving around in the Park & interesting spots:  There are viewing towers as well as elephant rides for visitors, morning and evening. This is perhaps the best way to see wildlife for it is possible to go deep into the Park on elephants, to get close to the animals in an unobtrusive manner and to get a clear view of them.

Dhikala Chaur, Sarpduli, Sultan, Paterpani, Gairal, High Bank are important pockets for wildlife sighting. The best  time is March-April when the weather encourages wildlife movement. Kalagarh Dam is another scenic spot. The museum at Dhangarhi Gate and the Corbett Museum at Kaladhungi are open throughout the year. 

Fishing can be done only in areas outside the National Park and Sonanadi Sanctuary and only from 1st October to 30th June. Fishing permits are issued for one week at rates fixed by the government.
 
Visiting the Park:Through the Dhikala complex is out of bounds to non resident visitors, Bijrani via the Amdanda Gate is open for tourists staying outside the Park. Upto 100 people per day are permitted to visit Bijrani with its facilities for wildlife viewing - on a first cum first serve basis.

Indian Foreigner
Entry
Per person for first 3 days Rs. 15 Rs. 100
For additional day Rs. 10 Rs. 15
For students Rs. 5 N.A.
Heavy Vehicles Rs. 100 Rs. 100
Light Vehicles Rs. 50   Rs. 50
Photography
Camera Fee
Still Rs. 50
Video Rs. 100 Rs. 500
Movie Rs. 100 Rs. 500
Travel Tips:
Obtain entry permit at the Reception/Gates.
Walking or trekking within the park is strictly prohibited.
Cooking is not allowed within the Park and at Dhikala and Birjani Complexes. In other resthouses visitors can cook within the provided space.
Official guide is compulsory on excursions.
Carrying of fire arms of any kind is not permitted within the Tiger Reserve.
Driving inside the park after sunset is strictly prohibited.
Wildlife Tours to Corbett Park

Delhi-Corbett National Park Delhi- U.P. State Tourism Development Corporation and Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, organize conducted tours to Corbett Park from Delhi. The tours are run on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays of every week from U.P. Tourism Office at Chandralok Building 36, Janpath, New Delhi. The tours offered are of 2 nights and 3 days (Tour A) and 3 nights and 4 days (Tour B) duration

Frequency Tariffs Tour-A Tour-B
Tuesday Foreigner Adult Rs. 2000 Rs. 2500
Friday Child Rs. 1800 Rs. 2000
Sunday Indian Adult Rs. 1500 Rs. 1700
Child Rs. 1300 Rs. 1500
The package rates include transportation by deluxe coach, 'A' class shared accommodation on a twin sharing basis, toll taxes, entrance fee, elephant rides and guide services.

For Reservation and Further information Contact:
 
Ramnagar-Field Director, Project Tiger, Corbett National Park, Ramnagar(Nainital)-244715. Phone: (05946) 85489, 85362, 85276
 
Lucknow-Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), 17, Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow-226 001. Phone: (0522)283902

New Delhi-Tourist Office, U.P. Tourism, 36, Chandralok Building, Janpath, New Delhi-110 001. Phone: (011) 3322251 Fax: 3711296

Mumbai-38, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Colaba. Phone: (022) 2185458

ACCOMMODATION -CORBETT

Forest Rest House, Dhikala.
Cabin No. 1 abc, 3 AB, and 4 ABC, Dhikala.
New Forest Rest House and Annxe 1 to 6, Dhikala.
Tourist Hutments 1 to 5, Dhikala
Log Hut, Dhikala
Corbett Riverside Resort, Garjia, P.O. Dhikuli, Nainital.
The Claridges, Corbett Hideaway, 'zero' Garjia, Dhikuli, Ramnagar, Dist. Nainital.
Tiger Tops Corbett Lodge, P.O Dhikuli, Ramnagar, Dist. Nainital.
Quality Inn Corbett Jungle Resort, Kumeria Reserve.
Shergaon Tiger Village
U.P. Tourism Accommodation- Tourist Rest House (KMVN), Ramnagar, Tel: 853225

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