About 300 km north-east of Delhi, in northern Uttar Pradesh province. Ramnagar is the nearest town and railway station. The main accommodation center inside the park is at Dhikala, about 50 km from Ramnagar.
Corbett National Park at the foothills of the Himalyas was established in 1936 as the Hailey National Park, India's first National Park and the first to come under Project Tiger.
It is one of the best wildlife reserves in Asia, famous for its wide variety of wildlife and its beautiful location. The highlight of any visit is an elephant safari into the jungles and grasslands looking for tiger or a herd of wild elephants.
Spread over 520 sq km Corbett is characterised by dense forest interspersed with broad open grasslands (called "chaurs") and the ever present river Ramganga, winding its sinous way through the sanctuary - ideal country for the tiger and its natural prey.
The Park is named after the famous hunter and naturalist, Jim Corbett, who popularised this land and its animals in his book "The Man-Eaters of Kumaon". Corbett recounts many fascinating tales of hunting down man-eating tigers. Always a nature lover, he helped set up a sanctuary called Hailey Park in 1936. Eventually, an all India initiative for the protection of the Tiger was launched from here. The park has a high density of tiger population.
Corbett National Park has more than 50 species of mammals, 585 species of birds and 25 species of reptiles, but the Park is known for its elephants and leopards, not its tigers. Many kinds of deer, namely chital (spotted deer), sambar (Indian stag), chinkara (Indian gazelle), pada (hog deer) and muntjac (barking deer) abound in the Park. Tiger sighting is rare, in spite of a lot of alarm calls from monkeys and deer. Elephant herds comprising tuskers, females and calves are commonly seen. However, an elephant herd with calves is perhaps the most dangerous encounter in the wild, for elephants are very possessive of their young and do not hesitate to charge at intruding human beings.
Leopard sighting is even rarer than that of the tiger, and these spotted cats confine themselves to the higher reaches of the Park. Other feline species found in the Park are leopard cats, jungle cats, the rare fishing cat, and caracal, to name a few. Sloth bears, wild boars, monkeys, dholes (wild dogs), jackals and ghorals (mountain goats) also inhabit the Park.
The aquatic reptile population in the Park consists of mugger (Crocodylus palustris) and gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) crocodiles, while Indian rock pythons, Russell’s vipers, cobras, king cobras and common kraits are some of the snakes found in the Park. Bird life includes parakeets, flycatchers, babblers, cuckoos, robins, bulbuls, Indian and Great Pied hornbills, warblers and finches, to name a few.
Entry fee/person (valid 2 nights) : Rs 350
Jeep Entry fee : Rs 100
Movie Camera : Rs 5,000
Still Camera free
Nature Guide/Jeep (upto 4 hours) : Rs 100
Elephant Ride at Dhikla (aprox 2 hours) : Rs 100
Dorm accommodation/night at Dhikala : Rs 100