Tiger Trail In Jim Corbett

The Corbett National Park, where Project Tiger was launched in 1973, is India's finest national park and its major attractions are the Tiger, Indian Elephant and Leopard. Corbett national park is located besides the Ramganga river, the dam at Kalagarh forming a huge lake to the west of the national park. The park is essentially a large low valley.

A range of hills runs through the middle of the national park, roughly east to west. The forests are moist deciduous, with Sal as the dominant tree. Chir Pine trees are to be found on the higher ridges of the hills. On the low-lying areas riverine forests, with Shisham and Khair trees, are intermixed with grasslands known locally as 'Chaurs'.

Project Tiger (Corbett National Park)

The average area of the park was 520-sq-kms in 1986, and a proposed extension of 588-sq-kms is under consideration. Project Tiger, which was set up with the help of the World Wildlife Fund, was launched at Dhikala, in the Corbett National Park on April 1, 1973. This project was aimed at saving the Indian tiger from extinction. Over 50 mammals, 580 birds and 25 reptile species have been listed in the Corbett National Park. The insect life is also astounding, noticeably specially after the monsoons. But undoubtedly, the jewel of the Corbett is the Indian tiger. It was estimated that in 1984, the tiger population was 90 in this national park.

General Information

» Best time to Visit : November - June.

» Accommodation : Dhikala Rest House and Tiger Camp.

» Nearest Town : Ramnagar.

» How to get there : Rail - Delhi to Ramnagar; Air - Delhi (7 hours drive).