Jim Corbett National Park was the first Tiger Reserve Project in India located in the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttaranchal. Named after the legendary hunter cum naturalist Jim Corbett this National Park hosts an appreciable number of predators like Tigers and leopards along with their preys like deer, wild boar and some nocturnal animals like Leopard cat, Jungle Cat, Fishing cat. It is also the home of Sloth Bear found in the low hilly regions and the Black Bear found in the higher hills.
Elephants also form a major attraction of this national park while the crocodiles or Gharials, the long snout fish eating crocodiles are found lazing along the shores of the river Ramganga. Goat Antelopes, Rhesus monkeys also are important members in this park. Due to its diversified wild species and the thick marshy riverine vegetation, this park is ideal for exciting forest trails.
Tiger Trail in Corbett National Park
After stepping in a jeep for the long desired tiger trail armed with cameras and binoculars gives a thrill of meeting the majestic predator. As the jeep trails deep into the forests overlooking the curious gaze of other animals towards the Durgadevi gate, the excitement heightens. The camera goes on clicking photogenic features of the forest and other animals. Even if one misses to meet the predator, the charm of the Himalayan forests doesn’t leave the visitor unsatisfied. The absolute silence prevailing in the forest save the chirping of the birds and crickets the whole ambience leaves the tourists in awe.
The trail on elephants takes the visitors to those places inaccessible by the jeeps. The journey of a stretch of 16 kilometers passing the Ramganga Valley takes to Lohachur, an old forest rest house. On the way the fern thickets and the mossy patches catch the tourists' admiration. Led by well trained mahouts the tiger can be viewed safely from a height of 10 feet. Other wild animals also catch the attention of the visitors.
Another trail by jeep takes to Rathuadhab forests from where a safari on elephant takes to Maidavan Chowki. A drive in the jeep later in the day takes to Kanda which is the highest forest reserve located on the ridge of the Sivaliks. There is a fair chance of coming across the leopards that appear all of a sudden taking the visitors by surprise.
A safari ride on jeep takes to Haldupardao forest rest house inhabited by herds of elephants and it is exciting to watch these herds along with other wild life. A game drive to Sonanadi wild life sanctuary is also worth visiting.
After another trail along the Palain valley and the river, the forest trail ends on return to the Jim Corbett Forest Lodge.
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