(Picture above is from Corbett National Park‘s official website)
I am going to be doing some brief research and write about each of the 53 Tiger Reserves in India from now on. They are governed by Project Tiger, which is administered by the National Tiger Conservation Authority of India.
Project Tiger was established in 1973 to “ensure a viable population of tiger in India for scientific, economic, aesthetic, cultural and ecological values and to preserve for all time, areas of biological importance as a natural heritage for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the people.”
The first Tiger Reserve we are going to look at is Jim Corbett National Park, which is the oldest national park in India as well as the first part to come under the Project Tiger initiative. Located in Nainital disctrict of Uttarakhand, Corbett National Park is the most famous for the endangered Bengal tigers that reside here. Aside from the Bengal tigers, the park also is known for having an incredibly diverse species of plants and fauna, including 500 different types of trees, shrubs, grass, and bamboo as well as leopards, Asian elephants, peacocks, Woodpecker, Indian Crocodiles, and King Cobra among many other numerous animals.
Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2. area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grass lands and large lake. The elevation ranges from 400 m to 1,200 m. The best time to visit the park would be from October through February, which is ideal for bird watching as well as sighting of the Bengal tigers. This is the winter season, yet animals are easily spotted since they like to come lay out in the sun during the day.