" The steel blue of the fern-fringed pool where the water rests a little before cascading over rock and shingle to draw breath again in another pool more beautiful than the one just left - the flash of the gaily-coloured kingfisher as he breaks the surface of the water, shedding a shower of diamonds from his wings as he rises with a chirp of delight, a silver minnow held firmly in his vermilion bill - the belling of the sambur and the clear tuneful call of
the chital apprising the jungle folk that the tiger... is out in search of his dinner. These are things that will ... draw me back to that beautiful valley, as yet unspoiled by the hand of man"
~ Excerpts from Man-eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett
Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve lies 280 km north-east of New Delhi in the Nainital and Pauri Garhwal districts of Uttaranchal. Named after the celebrated hunter turned naturalist, Jim Corbett who immortalized the area through his famous books, Corbett is India's first national park and was established in 1936.
Encompassing 1318 sq kms of foothills of the Western Himalayas and the adjacent terai region Corbett contains a wide range of habitats between 400 and 1200 meters. The thick Sal forests in the
bhabar zone and the
chaurs (or open grassland) are intersected by river valleys and streams ~ tributaries of the Ramganga and Kosi rivers creating primeval forests which are a hotspot of bio-diversity.
While Corbett is justly famous for its healthy population of large mammals including the Indian Tiger and the Asiatic Elephant, it is as famous for its birds with over 500 species recorded from the area. Lesser Fish Eagle, Cinereous Vulture, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Tawny Fish and Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Hodgson's Bushchat, Bright-headed Cisticola, Rosy Minivet, White-tailed Rubythroat are just some of the species that are
regularly seen in and around the park.
by Narayan Raman
I visited Corbett with Bikram Grewal for a week in mid April 2004 and Sujan Chatterjee visited the Park a week before. The
following pages document 76 images of birds and mammals shot by us during our visit. Bikram and I saw over 230 species of birds and all the key mammals over a 7 day period covering most of the park. The Trip Report and Trip List is attached.
How to reach: Ramnagar, the entry point to Corbett is 280 km by road from Delhi via Moradabad. Buses are available from New Delhi and take 6-8 hours to reach Ramnagar. The town can also be approached from Naini Tal by road. Ramnagar has a railway station with overnight service from N Delhi.
Where to stay:
Inside the reserve: Tourist complex at Dhikala and Forest rest-houses at Bijrani, Malani, Kanda, Gairal, Khinanauli, Sarapduli and Sultan. Booking prior to arrival is required.
For bookings contact:
Corbett Tiger Reserve
Ramnagar – 244 715
Distt. Nainital (Uttaranchal) INDIA
Park Reception – 251489
Fax: +91-5947-251489, 251376
Email : email@example.com
Outside the reserve: Various resort-type establishments outside the park, mainly on the road along the eastern side of Corbett on the banks of the Kosi river. The following are recommended for birders:
Infinity Resorts: Classy place with great naturalist support and super view of the river.
Tel: New Delhi: +91(011) 6691209; Mumbai: (022) 2350100;
Tiger Camp: Lovely resort with trained birding guides.
Tel:+91 (0120) 2551963; 2524874, 2524878
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Forktail Creek: Rugged tented accommodation. Great location and naturalist support.
Tel: 91-11- 26891738/ 230989880
Strategy and Tips:
Walking is not permitted inside the reserve.
Plan to spend some time at Dhikala or one of the Forest rest-houses. Permits and prior bookings are necessary and your hotel or travel agent can arrange this. Entry to Dhikala is regulated at the Dhangarhi gate which closes at 16.30. Travel inside the Dhikala sector is on elephant back or jeep. This part of the park is closed between 11.00 and 16.00 hrs and after 19.00 hrs to 6.00 hrs.
Not all parts of the reserve are accessible from resorts outside the park. Most visitors enter the park from the Amdanda gate visit the Bijrani sector. Jeeps and elephants are available for transport inside the park.
Large areas outside the park are suitable for birding and walking is permitted. The area around Mohan and Marchula can be very rewarding.
Longitude: 7805' E to 7905' E
Latitude: 29025'E to 29040'N
Best Season: December to April; Winters are cold (Low: 30c)
A view from the top ~ by Mark Dhruv
The Corbett Foundation
Wildquest India by Manoj Sharma, the most knowledgeable birder from the area. Contains a checklist of birds.