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Vacations in Corbett ~ Wilderness and Thrill

November 21, 2013

When it is about forest surrounded by enchanting sceneries of Kumaon hills from where River Ramganga emerges facilitating survival of the lives on its bank, it most certainly belongs to Corbett Tiger Reserve.

With a history that goes back to the British Era in India, Corbett boasts of being the oldest National Park in India, established in 1936. The efforts of hunter-turned-conservationist Jim Corbett got translated into this reserved land of 520 sq km. Over the time, it gained more area as a buffer zone totaling to 1288 sq km, in order to accommodate increasing numbers of forest residents including tigers.

Controlling and augmenting the count of these ferocious fields were the primary aims of Project Tiger when it was implemented back in 1974. Nothing has much changed, except for the fact that now the park is proud of its achievement of successfully implementing the project in the total expanse, including the buffer zone contributed by Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.

Extending a wild welcome
If the homework on Corbett National Park is done right, a visitor is familiar with the idea represented by the conserved wilderness. While entering Nainital district from New Delhi, Nature starts manifesting itself in the national park which is renowned for its enormous size, exquisite flora and fauna (including tigers) and ultimate Elephant Safari experience.
Tourists planning vacations to the tiger reserve can start with booking an accommodation, either in the Dhikala Forest Lodge- for a genuine forest feel with bare minimum amenities or in Corbett Leela Vilas- for tasting luxury set in the rough and rugged wilderness. Many other options are available for a refuge, but the above two represent the two extreme ends that wildlife lovers in Corbett can indulge into, crafting their kind of jungle vacations.

Five zones, (viz. Bijrani, Dhikala, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanadi) with their entry gates (namely, Amadanda, Dhangari, Khara, Durgadevi and Vatanvas resp.) take visitors inside a unique world of woodland. Each zone can comprise of a new surprise. The animal you might locate in the bushes or bird fluttering over your head always carries a charm of catching you off-guard; and every zone is ready to give you assorted moments to reflect upon.

Understanding Corbett’s Flora and Fauna
The Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand is unique in a sense that it comprises of marshes, lake, river belt, mountains, streams, ravines, plateaus, valley, ridges, etc. Pine and deciduous forests are characteristic of this area due to Upper Gangetic Plains and Himalayan Subtropical region respectively.

The climate of the landscape also facilitates the survival of these lives even more. A typical humid and highland climate is to be expected with varying degree of temperature in different seasons as well as at different hours of a day. Together they make perfect home accommodating numerous various species of plants, animals, birds, insects, reptiles, etc. In addition to tigers, endangered crocodiles, birds, etc. can also be of interest to the visitors. Help of field-book and guides can be taken to locate them, depending upon the density of their population in any particular area.

For embarking on the ‘Wild Joy’!
Tourists should make a note of the timings of the park which vary in the different zones and in different seasons as well; October and February are considered best, especially for tigers and avifauna spotting.

What are your plans of the joy in wild?

Author Bio: Jessica Frei is a wildlife enthusiast and travelogue. She loves to explore the wildlife destinations across the world. Recently she visited Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand. In the above article she is sharing her experience of vacations in Jim Corbett.




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