Saturday, January 30, 2010

Corbett National Park


Located in Nainital, Pauri Garhwal,Almora and Binjore districts of Uttaranchal,the jim corbett national park is one of the greatest and the oldest national park in India. The corbett national park is also the part of the corbett tiger reserve that lies in the foothills of the Himalayas.The total circumference of the corbett tiger reserve is about 1300 sq. kms of which 500 sq.kms forms the core area and 800 sq. kms forms the buffer area. the core area covers the corbett national park and the buffer area captures the sonanadi wildlife santuary and the reserve forests.The sparkling Ramganga river, a tributary of ganga flows east-west through the paths of the reserve. The corbett national park is The natural hub for tigers, leopards, deer and elephant.

The jim corbett national park has rich and vibrant history. Initially the park was established as' Hailey national park' in 1936 in the memory of Sir Malcom Hailey, the governor of United kingdom at that time. After independence The park was renamed as the 'Ramganga National Park' in 1952. Finally in 1957, the park derived its name as the 'Jim Corbett National Park' in honour and memory of the famous legendary hunter turned conservationist, author and Photographer who spend most of his years in setting up this park. Jim corbett national park is also designated with the crown of being one of the nine tiger reserves at the launch of the project tiger reserve in 1973. Dhikala is the place in corbett natinal park where the inauguration of the project tiger reserve was launched.It is also the most suitable accomodation for the visitors.

The varied topography of the park including the dense grasslands,hilly landscape, riverine areas,plateaus, and marshy depressions gives a vast bio-diversity of the land.The Ramganga river is the source of water supply for the animals and some waterbody species.The altitude at corbett national park ranging from 400 metres to 1200 metres above sea level gives a better environment for the animals.About 90% of the park is covered by moist deciduous forest accompanied by sal trees that form the majority of the park.Other types of trees such as haldu, khair, bamboo,rohini and peepal are also seen in the park. Only 10% of the area is packed with grasslands that cover the valleys.There are about 110 species of trees in the park.


Corbett national park has rich diversity of wildlife that includes 50 species of mammles, 580 species of birds and 25 species of reptiles.It is apefect and unique habitat for tigers, elephants, hog deer,leopard, Indian pangolin and many other species.Tigers form the centre of attraction of the park and are the most celebrated carnivore in the corbett national park. Leopards are most commonly seen in the hilly areas of the park. Apart from leopards, the other carnivores found in the corbett park are the jungle cat,fishing cat,jackal and wild dogs.In the lower regions of the park, sloth bear can be seen and in the higer regions himalayan black bear are found in abundant.Other wildlife attraction includes the elephant, himalayan palm civet, Indian gray mongoose, common otter, porcupine,blacknaped hare, chital,flying fox, sambar, nilgai,king cobra, muntjac, wild boar,common musk shrew and hedgehog.The Mugger crocodile and teh gharials are well seen spotting along the Ramganga river.The rocky areas of the park are covered with ghoral or the goat antelopes. Rhesus monkey and the Langur are seen jumping from one branch to the other branch and play the role of a warner in informing the animals at the arrival of a tiger or a leopard.Among the birds the most common seen are peacock, jungle fowl. patridges, crow, vultures, king fishers, woodpeckers, teals, storks and seagulls.

BY AIR: The nearest international airport is in Delhi that is about 300 kms from Dhikala. A small domestic airport is also located at a distance of 50 kms in Phootbagh, Pantnagar.

BY RAIL: The nearest raiway station is Ramnagar which is 14 kms from the park. The Ranikhet Express is the daily train connecting Ramnagar and Delhi. Moradabad is the nearest destination from where tourist catch their trains to all parts of India.

BY ROAD: Most of the people prefer to travel by road as this journey is enjoyable and relaxable too. Dhikala is 300 kms from Delhi and Luchnow and Ramnagar are 145kms and 51 kms from respective place. The route from delhi covers hapur, moradabad and ramnagar.Dhangarhi, 19 kms from ramnagar ranikhet road is the main entrance to the park. Dhikala is 35 kms from Dhangarhi.

Kaziranga National Park


Kaziranga national park is situated in the Golaghat and nagaon disticts of Assam in India. Designated as the world heritage site by the UNESCO in 1985, the park boasts the world's two-third of the great one-horned rhinoceros.Covering an area of 430 sq kms, the park is bounded by Brahmaputra river in the north and the Mikir hills in the south. It is the oldest park in Assam. Kaziranga was declared a national park in 1974.Kaziranga national park hosts the highest population of tigers among the protected areas in the world and was declared a tiger resrve in 2006.The topography of Kaziranga includes landscape bearing sheer forest,tall elephant grass rugged reeds, marshes and shallow pools.


Kaziranga is famous for its vast and diverse variety of wildlife. It has largest density of one-horned rhinoceros.The great indian one-horned rhino weighing more than two tonne and with its 24" long horn that actually is not a horn but compressed hair is the centre of atrraction of the whole park. Apart from being the natural hub for the rhinoceros, Kaziranga is also home to many other wildlife species such as wild buffaloes, asiatic elephant, indian bison, wild boars,barasingha, leopards, jackals, tigers, hoolock gibbon,capped langur,civet cat,hornbills,rock pythons and monitor lizards.

kaziranga is also known for its birding population. there are more than 450 species of birds of which 18 are globally threatened.The most commonly seen birds in the Kaziranga park are green backed heron,egrets,river tern, black necked storks,bengal florican,spot billed pelican,pied horn bill, fishing eagle,patridges and falcated teals.

Elephant rides are also available to view the rhinoceros at closer range. The elephant ride last hor an hour and starts from 5.30 am. to 6.30 am.


BY AIR: The nearest airport is Jorhat which is 97 kms from the park. The other means of transport by air is from Guwahati airport which is 239 kms from the santuary but it takes a long time.

BY RAIL: The nearest railway station is Furkating which is 75 kms from Kaziranga national park.
BY ROAD: NH-37 is the nearest national highway from the park. The highway leads to Guwahati (239 kms) and Jorhat(97 kms) to the respestive destination. Private buses and taxis are also availablefrom these towns.

Wildlife India Tours

The sky is wide,the water is depthless, and the constellations of the stars declare that the universe is near, here. The beat of a wing, the rustle of branches,the cry of a beast, the rushing and sparkling rivers,the chirping of birds, the singing of a Nightangle-all resemble that you are in a jungle among wild beast and animals.Imagine that you are in an open gipsy wandering through the dusty tracks of the forest,listening to the chattering of the monkeys that warn you of the existence of a tiger nearby.Your heartbeat seems to run fast and you start breathing at a greater speed. As the environment in the forest goes calmer and quieter, your eagerness and excitement to see the "king" of the jungle goes higher.You silently keep watching through your binoculars in search of the beast and at a glance appears a faint image of yellow and black stripes crossing through the lush green fields.You become stunned and your eyes keep on staring the wild beast. As you move forward through the forest floor, you see a herd of elephants bathing in the river and splashing water from their trunk to one another. You see a array of birds sitting on the branches of the staggering trees.Such is the experience of the wildlife in a wildlife santuary or a wildlife park.

So, from sightingseeing and adrenaline-pumping adventure to endless scenic beauty and enjoying the flauna and flora,you are sure to get all this in Indian wildlife. Come experience the natural beauty, charm, culture and topography of Indian wildlife, where fun never ends.Where time stands still and happiness is the state of mind.Come, explore the indian wildlife to rejuvenate your mind and body.