Corbett National Park : Corbett National park is famous the world over as the
'Land of the trumpet, roar and song'. In Corbett National Park apart from tigers some of
the other cats which can be seen are leopards, jungle cats and leopard cats. Large herds
of elephant are also found near Ramganga.
The Park has a spectacular
bird diversity. Over 500 species of resident and migratory birds have been recorded here.
Peacock, kaleej pheasant, block partridge, pallas's fishing eagle, white collared
falconet, storkbilled kingfisher, wall creeper, brown fish owl, brown eared and block
bulbul and several species of woodpeckers & parakeets ore some of the attractive birds
found within Corbett National Park.
In 1966 an additional area was added to Corbett National Park bringing it to its present
area of 520.82 sq. kms. Corbett Tiger Reserve is spread over 1318.54 sq. kms. and includes
apart from Corbett National Park, additional areas of Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and
Reserve Forest buffer zone .
Corbett is the home of 580 species of birds including water fowl, 17 types
of woodpecker, raptors like the Pallas fishing eagle, harries and kites, peafowl, kalij
pheasant, the rare chir pheasant, red jungle fowl, minivets, shrikes, cuckoos, drongos and
barbets. A fine reservoir on the river formed with the building of a dam at Kalagarh now
attracts diverse species of water birds - both local and migratory. With its avian for
bird watchers also.
Dhikala at the heart of
the core area is picturesquely located at the edge of a grassy plateau perched high above
the Ramganga reservoir and set into a bend in the river.
This is a favourite
viewing area. The Chaur and surrounding forest support the highest density of tigers in
the country-about one every 5 Sq. km. Splendid herds of chital, hog deer and elephants are
also to be seen here. There are viewing tower as well as elephant rides for visitors,
every morning and evening. This is perhaps the best way to see wildlife for it is possible
to go deep into the Park on elephants, to get close to the animals in an unobtrusive
manner and to get a clear view of them.