A place which is like a real forest for wild life enthusiast
One such forest where you can enjoy watching the wild life animals in their natural habitat is Jim Corbett national park. It is one of the oldest and largest national parks in India covering an area of 520 square kilometers. If you are a bird lover, than to let you know this is a home for more than 650 species of residents and migratory birds. It is among the few tiger reserves in India that allows overnight stays in the lap of the National Park. You could watch and enjoy all sorts of wild life animals such as black bear, sloth bear, Yellow throated marten, Otters, Sambar, Hog Deer, Walking Deer, Royal Bengal Tiger, Elephants and much more. To get the complete list of animals found in Jim Corbett National Park visit jimcorbettnationalpark.com.
This park actually represents the scenic beauty of a dense forest where the wildlife is quite rich and varied which is difficult to be found in any other national parks of India. You can also enjoy picturesque landscape, pleasant climate and verdant natural greenery in the Corbett. The major attraction of the park is Bengal tiger as most of the people think that to witness the Bengal tiger in its natural habitat is one of the greatest wildlife experiences. According to a survey, Corbett reveals the highest density of population of tigers in the country with 20 tigers in every 100 sq km of area with total 164 numbers of tigers and 600 elephants (source: corbettnationalpark.in ). People with great photographic passion would enjoy here most, while taking pictures of rarely seen wild animals and tigers. Elephant safari is also available in Jim Corbett Park, where you can ride on the elephant and enjoy everything from there.
But be aware as the tiger may attack you. Here is a video showing a real attack by tiger on a person, sitting on the elephant in the Jim Corbett National Park. But when guns are fired tigers run away.
How to reach Corbett National Park?
Corbett Park is located in a small town called Ramnagar, which comes under Nainital district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand and Dehradun Airport is the nearest airport to Ramnagar. There is no any airport in Ramnagar or Nainital. If you are an international tourist take a flight to New Delhi (capital city of India) and then book another flight from New Delhi to Dehradun. You can book online on sites like makemytrip.com. Once reaching to Dehradun, Ramnagar is just 214 km away and that can be covered using a bus or private taxi. The minimum time a bus takes to reach Ramnagar from Dehradun is 5h 09m. The fastest way to reach Ramnagar from Dehradun takes you 4h 16m, which is to hire a taxi from Dehradun to Ramnagar.
But the way mentioned above is complicated and its better to reach Ramnagar by taking a train from New Delhi and that would take only 4h 40min of time. Rail distance from New Delhi to Ramnagar is 248 km. Here are two trains from New Delhi to Ramnagar.Hope that helps.
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Written by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )