A lot of tourists across the world often like to explore a natural environment in an attempt to understand the essence of conservation of wildlife as well as its relative significance. Threatened, yet exotic species of flora and fauna stir not only an interest among the people who understand the importance of ecology, but also ensue a sense of appreciation toward the harmony that nature essentially exhibits. Probably owing most to such a rationale, Corbett, more elaborately known as Jim Corbett National Park, is one of the most sought-after ecotourism destinations in India. Hotels in Corbett are packed to the fullest because of the visiting tourists during the peak seasons. It can be easily understood by the fact that every season around 70,000 tourists visit Corbett.
Corbett is the oldest national park of the country and it was established in 1936 in Uttarakhand’s Nainital region. It was known as Hailey National Park at that time and was brought into existence to ensure the safety of the endangered Bengal tigers. This park was later covered under the Project Tiger which was initiated in 1973 by the government to provide a natural habitat for Bengal tigers so that they could sustain with a viable population and thus retain their biological significance. This project also involves protection of tigers from poachers and rehabilitation. The project has reduced the risks for the Bengal tigers and resulted in a considerable increase in the number of the tigers over the years.
Corbett encompasses a huge area of about 200 sq. miles which includes hills, riverbelts, marshlands, grasslands, and a large lake. It mostly has dense deciduous forests where you would spot trees like mango, jamun, peepal, saal, etc. Overall, Jim Corbett National Park has about 488 species of plants, 25 species of reptiles, 50 species of mammals, and 600 species of birds. Some other attractions at Corbett park are Dhikala that has a rest house which offers a highly contrasting stay in comparison to 5 star hotels in Corbett, jeep as well as walking safaris, Kalagarh dam, Corbett falls, and Garjiya Devi temple. Trekking options are also available around the park. Best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park is between November and June. Especially during summers, when the trees shed leaves and the forest cover is considerably scarce, sighting tigers and other wild animals is easier as these roam around in search of water. The park is situated in the foothills of lower Himalayas and the Ramganga river flows through the place, making it appear even more beautiful and serene. From otters to deers to jackals and crocodiles, you would see plenty of different sorts of wild animals and birds to make your day. While visiting the park, you need to carry mosquito repellents, mineral water, and preferably a pair of binoculars (also available on rent at the entrance) for safety and convenience. You can take accommodation in one of the hotels in Corbett or choose the overnight stay in the rest houses provided by the park authority. Booking your safari and accommodation in advance is the right way to get started.