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'''[http://www.jimcorbettnationalparktour.com/ Corbett National Park]''' is in the State of [[Uttarakhand]] in the [[Himalayan North]] region of [[India]]. The park is open to visitors from mid-September to mid-June.
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'''[http://www.corbett-national-park.com/ Corbett National Park]''' is in the State of [[Uttarakhand]] in the [[Himalayan North]] region of [[India]]. The park is open to visitors from mid-September to mid-June.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Once inside the park, one gets to enjoy a spectacular panorama of the jungle, reminding one of Kipling's Jungle Book. Apart from this, one can see, observe, and photograph several many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, flora, etc.The [http://www.jimcorbettnationalpark.org.in/ Corbett National Park] has been the hot favorite getaway for the tourists, wildlife fans, and adventure seekers since many years. However, only a few selected regions of the Corbett Tiger Reserve are open for the tourists to explore its spectacular scenery and the varied wildlife. In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park from India and other countries.
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Once inside the park, one gets to enjoy a spectacular panorama of the jungle, reminding one of Kipling's Jungle Book. Apart from this, one can see, observe, and photograph several many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, flora, etc.. The Corbett National Park has been the hot favorite getaway for the tourists, wildlife fans, and adventure seekers since many years. However, only a few selected regions of the Corbett Tiger Reserve are open for the tourists to explore its spectacular scenery and the varied wildlife. In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park from India and other countries.
  
 
===History===
 
===History===
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===Flora and fauna===
 
===Flora and fauna===
  
Flora: There are almost 488 different types of species of plants in the park; some of the main species found here are Bel, Chbilla, Dhak, Bakli, Pula, Bamboo,Semal, Khingan, Sal, Khair, Sissoo, Ber, Kuthber,  Kharpat, Rohini.
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Flora: There are almost 488 different types of species of plants in the park; some of the main species found here are Bel, Chbilla, Dhak, Bakli, Pula, Bamboo, Semal, Khingan, Sal, Khair, Sissoo, Ber, Kuthber,  Kharpat, Rohini.
  
 
Fauna:  This Park has almost 33 different species of reptiles, 7 different species of amphibians, around 7 different species of fish and 37 different species of dragonflies.  
 
Fauna:  This Park has almost 33 different species of reptiles, 7 different species of amphibians, around 7 different species of fish and 37 different species of dragonflies.  
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==Fees/Permits==
 
==Fees/Permits==
 
At the office in [[Ramnagar]] you can buy the tickets to get into the park.
 
At the office in [[Ramnagar]] you can buy the tickets to get into the park.
One can also enter the park through kotdwar which is situated on the other  
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One can also enter the park through Kotdwar which is situated on the other  
side of the park.one can travel on his own vehicle from kotdwar towards  
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side of the park.one can travel on his own vehicle from Kotdwar towards  
 
Jim Corbett .
 
Jim Corbett .
  
 
===Safari===
 
===Safari===
While in side the park, better not to use your own vehicle because only a trained professional have the idea where about to go. and Best to hire a Taxy(Gypsy) which is fully open. and it cost about Rs 1800.00-2500.00, depends upon the negotiation for two days.
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While inside the park, better not to use your own vehicle because only a trained professional have the idea where about to go. And Best to hire a taxi (Gypsy) which is fully open. And it cost about Rs 1800.00-2500.00, depends upon the negotiation for two days.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==See==
 
==See==
Keep in mind that in order to actually see a tiger, you will need to plan on taking more than one day of safari, because there aren't that many tigers. chances of sighting tigers can be significantly raised by staying at Dhikala Forest rest house & leaving early morning for Safari, as Dhikala is rest house is in the core area of jungle.
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Keep in mind that in order to actually see a tiger, you will need to plan on taking more than one day of the safari, because there aren't that many tigers. Chances of sighting tigers can be significantly raised by staying at Dhikala Forest rest house & leaving early morning for Safari, as Dhikala is rest house is in the core area of jungle.
  
 
'''Dhikala:'''
 
'''Dhikala:'''
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'''Bijrani:'''  
 
'''Bijrani:'''  
  
Bijrani area was once formed part of a shooting block. This shooting block area covers the entire in and around area of Bijrani.  This place was most famous during the British time for hunting. Bijrani terrain is drier in comparision to Dhikla and it also has more diverse vegetation then Dhikla
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Bijrani area was once formed part of a shooting block. This shooting block area covers the entire in and around area of Bijrani.  This place was most famous during the British time for hunting. Bijrani terrain is drier in comparison to Dhikla and it also has more diverse vegetation then Dhikla
  
 
'''Jhirna:'''
 
'''Jhirna:'''
  
Jhirna is a rest house which lies inside the south area boundary of the park.  This rest house is located on the road from Ramngar to Kalagarh. Landscape in this area is drier than Dhikla.  Jhirna was one of the farming village till 1994 and after that it was taken under project tiger.
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Jhirna is a rest house which lies inside the south area boundary of the park.  This rest house is located on the road from Ramngar to Kalagarh. The landscape in this area is drier than Dhikla.  Jhirna was one of the farming village till 1994 and after that it was taken under project tiger.
  
 
'''Corbett Museum:''' Tourists can know about the life history of Mr. Jim Corbett and see some of his belongings in the museum.
 
'''Corbett Museum:''' Tourists can know about the life history of Mr. Jim Corbett and see some of his belongings in the museum.
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==Do==
 
==Do==
  
'''Elephant Safari:'''  Elephant ride is the major attraction in Jim Corbett National Park.  Tourists feels like a royal person, while sitting on an elephant and going into the grasslands and jungles in search of tigers or wild elephants. This safari is arranged twice in a day which starts from Dhikala, once early in the morning and once late in the afternoon.  
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'''Elephant Safari:'''  Elephant ride is the major attraction in Jim Corbett National Park [https://www.facebook.com/corbettnationalpark 1].  Tourists feel like a royal person, while sitting on an elephant and going into the grasslands and jungles in search of tigers or wild elephants. This safari is arranged twice in a day which starts from Dhikala, once early in the morning and once late in the afternoon.  
  
 
You can go for an elephant ride, see documentaries at Dhikala, visit the museum or just soak in the wild environment.
 
You can go for an elephant ride, see documentaries at Dhikala, visit the museum or just soak in the wild environment.
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
 
===Lodging===
 
===Lodging===
Few guest houses are available. Dhikala and Gairal being the most sought after. Advance booking can be done at tourism office at Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. On the spot booking can be done at Ramnagar. Stay is very reasonable. around Rs.2500 is charged for double bed room with all basic facilities.(At Dhikala forest rest house). This rest house is high in demand so it is always advisable to book well in advance. Maximum stay of 3 nights at a time is permitted. Electric fences are present around the housing area.
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Few guest houses are available. Dhikala and Gairal being the most sought after. Advance booking can be done at the tourism office on Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. On the spot booking can be done at Ramnagar. The stay is very reasonable. Around Rs.2500 charges for double bed room with all basic facilities. (At Dhikala forest rest house). This rest house is high in demand so it is always advisable to book well in advance. Maximum stay of 3 nights at a time is permitted. Electric fences are present around the housing area.
  
 
===Camping===
 
===Camping===
 
There are several camps you can choose to stay at. The facilities in these camps are in surprisingly good condition: Hot buckets, nice food, and good beds.
 
There are several camps you can choose to stay at. The facilities in these camps are in surprisingly good condition: Hot buckets, nice food, and good beds.
CORBETT JUNGLE CLUB RESORT 3''*
 
I WOULD NEVER ADVICE ANYONE TO GO TO THIS RESORT . NOT ONLY THAT THE TRAVEL AGENCY LIKE YOURS SHOULD NOT SPOIL YOUR IMAGE BY BOOKING SUCH HOTEL FOR YOUR CLIENTS.
 
###  LOCATION --- THE RESORT IS LOCATED ON THE ROAD OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF THE ACTUAL FOREST GATE (DHANGARI & JHIRNA GATES). IT IS 13 KM AWAY FROM RAMNAGAR (AND THE BOOKING OFFICE)ON NAINITAL ROAD  AND THAT TOO 2 KM FROM THE MAIN ROAD WHERE THE ROAD LEADING TO THE RESORT IS IN A SHABBY & PATHETIC CONDITION AN THAT MAY TAKE A TOLL OF YOUR VEHICLE AND ALSO DIFFICULT TO FIND..
 
### APPEARANCE---IT WAS NOT A RESORT BUT A SLUM BUILT BY THE OWNER OF A LITCHEE FARM IN HIS FARM TO EXTRACT & GENERATE EXTRA INCOME FROM HIS REMOTE FARMLAND.
 
### BOOKING & FRONT OFFICE---THERE WERE NO ATTENDANT ON THE COUNTER.THE MANAGER WAS SUCH THAT YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THAT HE IS THE MANAGER EVEN IF TOLD SO.THERE IS NO ONE TO ATTEND TO YOUR PHONE CALL EITHER FROM OUTSIDE OR FROM INTERCOM IN CASE YOU WANT TO MAKE AN ORDER OR CALL FOR A SERVICE.
 
**FURTHERMORE IF YOU CALL FOR ONE OR 2 TIMES YOUR INTERCOM MAY GET DISCONNECTED BY THE MANAGEMENT. FURTHERMORE THE ROOMS ARE FAR AWAY FROM THE RECEPTION SO THAT IF YOU HAD TO SAY SOMETHING TO THE MANAGEMENT YOU HAVE TO WALK ALL THE WAY TO THE ALREADY VACANT RECEPTION.
 
### SERVICE---THIS WAS THE WORST HOTEL I HAVE EVER VISITED. EVEN A THIRD CLASS GOVT. HOTEL WOULD BE BETTER THAN THIS. THERE WAS NO ROOM SERVICE.
 
***IF YOU REQUEST FOR WATER IT WOULD COME THE NEXT DAY & THAT TOO AFTER CALLING FOR SEVERAL TIMES AND IF YOUR INTERCOM IS KEPT IN WORKING CONDITION .WE HAD TO GET DRINKING WATER BY OURSELF . FURTHER MORE THE DRINKING WATER PROVIDED TO US WAS FROM SIMPLE TAP WITHOUT ANY PURIFIER AND THAT TOO IN MINERAL WATER BOTTLES USED AND THROWN BY TOURIST ( THERE WERE NO JUGS FOR WATER) .
 
***THE TOILET WAS IN BROKEN & PITIABLE CONDITION .THE HOT WATER GEYSER WAS NOT WORKING IN ANY ROOMS (WE HAD CHANGED ROOM THRICE AND ALSO STAYED IN A ROOOM DESPITE PAYING FOR COTTAGE) .
 
***THE AC's IN THE ROOM WERE OF VERY LOW CAPACITY INCOMPATIBLE WITH ROOM SIZE AND NOT WORKING IN SEVERAL ROOMS AS COMPLAINED BY MANY.
 
***WE COME TO CORBETT FOR A JUNGLE SAFARI BUT WE HAD A SAFARI IN OUR HOTEL ROOMS ITSELF WHERE WE LIVED WITH LIZARDS SLEEPING  WITH US OR FALLING ON US IN THWE BED.T
 
***HERE WERE A LOT OF MOSQUITOES IN THE ROOM BUT THE MOSQUITO REPELLENT  WAS EMPTY AND THE HOTEL DID NOT HAVE THE COURTESY TO REPLACE IT DESPITE REQUESTING FOR SEVERAL TIMES.
 
*** THE SEAT OF THE TOILET COMMODE WAS BROKEN .
 
### FOOD AND DRINK----THEY WERE BELOW PAR.THE SAFARI TIMING IN THE MORNING WAS SUCH THAT WE HAD TO MISS OUR BREAKFAST BUT THE HOTEL DID NOT CARE TO PACK IT FOR US NOR EXTEND THE TIMING .WE HAD BEEN TO KANHA (MP) NATIONAL PARK WHERE  THE HOTEL MANAGEMENT (BAGHIRA LOGHUTS ,KISLI) USED TO KEEP OUR BREAKFAST READY AND PACKED IN OUR JEEP BUT HERE THERE IS NO ONE TO ATTEND TO ANYTHING TILL 8 AM .
 
### ACTIVITIES --- THERE ARE NO ACTIVITIES IN THE RESORT AS HIGHLIGHTED ON THE HOTEL DESCRIPTION .
 
***EVEN A SEWER INA NY PLACE WOULD BE BETTER THAN THE SWIMMING POOL IN THE RESORT .THERE WAS NO FILTRATION PLANT OR CHLORINATION PLANT IN THE SWIMMING POOL .YOU ARE VERY LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM SEVERAL DISEASES IF YOU USE THE SWIMMING POOL.( I AM DOCTOR AND I AM SERIOUSLY SAYING SO .
 
***        FURTHERMORE THE MANAGER HIMSELF IS A BIG CHEAT . WHEN WE ASKED FOR A CANTER SAFARI BOOKING IN THE MORNING HE TOLD US THAT THE MORNING CANTER WAS FULL AND THAT WE WILL HAVE TO BOOK AN EVENING CANTER URGENTLY AND THAT IT COSTS INR1600 PER ADULT & INR 800 FOR CHILD . BUT WHEN WE WENT TO THE BOOKING OFFICE THE CANTER WAS AVAILABLE AND IT COSTED INR 1125 FOR ADULT & 1NR 280 FOR CHILD BELOW 6 YEARS.
 
WE WERE SO DISHEARTENED BY THE RESORT THAT WE HAD TO ASKED FOR A REFUND BUT THEY REFUSED . HAVE A LOT TO SAY AND DESCRIBE BUT THE WORST OF THE WORDS WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH TO DESCRIBE THE RIDICULOUS HOTEL AND PEOPLE . IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO REPENT ON YOUR MISTAKES DO NOT EVER EVER GO TO THIS RESORT AND POSSIBLY ANY RESORT MANAGED BY MUKUT HOTELS ( I WAS LUCKY NOT TO BOOK HOTEL ANAMIKA IN NAINITAL- ONE OF THE SISTER CONCERNS OF CORBETT JUNGLE CLUB RESORTS
 
  
 
===Backcountry===
 
===Backcountry===

Revision as of 00:52, 6 February 2013

Corbett National Park is in the State of Uttarakhand in the Himalayan North region of India. The park is open to visitors from mid-September to mid-June.

Contents

Understand

Once inside the park, one gets to enjoy a spectacular panorama of the jungle, reminding one of Kipling's Jungle Book. Apart from this, one can see, observe, and photograph several many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, flora, etc.. The Corbett National Park has been the hot favorite getaway for the tourists, wildlife fans, and adventure seekers since many years. However, only a few selected regions of the Corbett Tiger Reserve are open for the tourists to explore its spectacular scenery and the varied wildlife. In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park from India and other countries.

History

The park was originally named the Hailey National Park after Governor Hailey and was created on August 6th 1936. It was India's first National Park. After independence, the park was renamed, this time after the Ramganga River, and was hence called the Ramganga National Park. The park was renamed again in 1957. It was named after James E. Corbett who helped to set up the park and spent most of his life in the area.

The area of the park was increased in 1991 when the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary was added to the park.

Landscape

Flora and fauna

Flora: There are almost 488 different types of species of plants in the park; some of the main species found here are Bel, Chbilla, Dhak, Bakli, Pula, Bamboo, Semal, Khingan, Sal, Khair, Sissoo, Ber, Kuthber, Kharpat, Rohini.

Fauna: This Park has almost 33 different species of reptiles, 7 different species of amphibians, around 7 different species of fish and 37 different species of dragonflies.

Climate

There are three well defined seasons in the winter season which lasts from November to February, the summer season which lasts from March to June, and the rainy season which covers the rest of the month. The summer rains cause flooding in the park. The temperature in the Winters can go down to 4 degrees centigrade at night and the entire jungle is dry in the summer months as the temperature goes up to 44 degrees centigrade. The annual rainfall in the park ranges between 1400mm and 2800mm.

Get in

It is normally accessed from the town of Ramnagar, and is a two hour drive to the north.

The main areas (Dhikala and Bijrani) of Jim Corbett National Park are closed from 16 June - 14 Nov for the monsoon season. Jhirna & Sitabani (Buffer Zone)remain opened all year round.

Fees/Permits

At the office in Ramnagar you can buy the tickets to get into the park. One can also enter the park through Kotdwar which is situated on the other side of the park.one can travel on his own vehicle from Kotdwar towards Jim Corbett .

Safari

While inside the park, better not to use your own vehicle because only a trained professional have the idea where about to go. And Best to hire a taxi (Gypsy) which is fully open. And it cost about Rs 1800.00-2500.00, depends upon the negotiation for two days.

Get around

In Ramnagar you can organize a 4WD with a driver.

See

Keep in mind that in order to actually see a tiger, you will need to plan on taking more than one day of the safari, because there aren't that many tigers. Chances of sighting tigers can be significantly raised by staying at Dhikala Forest rest house & leaving early morning for Safari, as Dhikala is rest house is in the core area of jungle.

Dhikala:

It is one of the most popular destinations in Jim Corbett National Park for tourists. Dhikala, located near to Patil Dun Valley, offers an amazing and uninterrupted view of the valley. There is a watchtower near Dhikala, which gives more imposing view of the valley.

Bijrani:

Bijrani area was once formed part of a shooting block. This shooting block area covers the entire in and around area of Bijrani. This place was most famous during the British time for hunting. Bijrani terrain is drier in comparison to Dhikla and it also has more diverse vegetation then Dhikla

Jhirna:

Jhirna is a rest house which lies inside the south area boundary of the park. This rest house is located on the road from Ramngar to Kalagarh. The landscape in this area is drier than Dhikla. Jhirna was one of the farming village till 1994 and after that it was taken under project tiger.

Corbett Museum: Tourists can know about the life history of Mr. Jim Corbett and see some of his belongings in the museum.

Do

Elephant Safari: Elephant ride is the major attraction in Jim Corbett National Park 1. Tourists feel like a royal person, while sitting on an elephant and going into the grasslands and jungles in search of tigers or wild elephants. This safari is arranged twice in a day which starts from Dhikala, once early in the morning and once late in the afternoon.

You can go for an elephant ride, see documentaries at Dhikala, visit the museum or just soak in the wild environment.

Jeep Safari: This is one more way to explore the beauty of this national park. Jeeps to visit the park can be taken on rent from the Ramnagar, from the various travel agencies.

Buy

You can buy souvenirs and books at the canteen at Bijrani.

Eat

Finger licking food is available at canteens in Guest Houses ( Dhikala, Gairal, etc) and also at the entrance gates (Dhangari).

Drink

Drinking alcohol is prohibited inside the park.

Sleep

Lodging

Few guest houses are available. Dhikala and Gairal being the most sought after. Advance booking can be done at the tourism office on Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. On the spot booking can be done at Ramnagar. The stay is very reasonable. Around Rs.2500 charges for double bed room with all basic facilities. (At Dhikala forest rest house). This rest house is high in demand so it is always advisable to book well in advance. Maximum stay of 3 nights at a time is permitted. Electric fences are present around the housing area.

Camping

There are several camps you can choose to stay at. The facilities in these camps are in surprisingly good condition: Hot buckets, nice food, and good beds.

Backcountry

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