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The Corbett Tiger Reserve extends across three districts namely Almora, Pauri, and Nainital in Uttarakhand and comprises of the National Park and Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary. The entire area of Jim Corbett National Park is blessed with natural diversities that help to keep the tourist busy and happy. The park is a proud shelter of 50 mammal species, 25 reptile species, 600 bird species, and 110 tree species. The topography of the park contains variation which offers the tourist a chance to enjoy Nature’s creativity. You will come across riverine areas with ridges interweaving the terrain, hilly and plateau areas and temporary swampy-marshy areas. The binary of dry and wet, rugged and gentle, grassland and forest, plain ecosystem and mountain ecosystem, etc. is worth watching.
River Ramganga is the primal source of water of the park which is fed by its tributaries Palain, Mandal and Sonanadi. You will also find the Kosi River flowing past the park to increase its beauty. The park is popular for their fantastic flora collection of Sal, Bel, Semal, Khair, Kuthber, Ber, Dhak, Khingan, Rohini, Bamboo, Pula, Kharpat, Chbilla, Bakli etc.
The park enjoys a fluctuating climate through the calendar with annual rainfall ranging between 1400-2800 mm. The temperature drops down to 4-degree centigrade in winter and rises to 44 degrees in summer.
The Tourist Zones In Jim Corbett National Park.
Bijrani Zone: This is a spot amidst the park popular for seeing a variety of creatures. You will have to enter this from the ‘Amdanda Gate' which is just one km away from Ramnagar city. Here the open grasslands meet with the thick forest of Sal trees to create a serene view. A lucky you will be able to see deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Monkeys, Langoor, Krait, Cobra, Lizard, King Cobra, Jungle Cat, Royal Bengal Tigers, Martins, etc. You can also get a chance to explore the depth of the park through elephant or jeep rides.
In order to have fun, one must never forget about safety and keeping that in mind, the Park remains closed during monsoon. The condition of the weather and rain harms the roads and washes it away, which can only be restored and repaired after the rainy season. Various zones remain closed during various periods for a day visit and night stay. The period between 15th November and 15th June is the best time to wander in the wilderness of this park without any restriction and fear.
The Jim Corbett National Park is equally popular for its bird reserve where numerous migratory and resident fowls grace the tourists with their presence. Any bird watcher would thoroughly enjoy his/her time here by watching the feathered beauties. You can spot Great Slaty Woodpecker, Pin-Tailed Green Pigeon, Racket-Tailed Drongo, Lineated Barbet, Broadbill, Collared Falconet, Red-headed Vulture, Great Hornbill, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, and Palla's Fishing Eagle.
This zone is known to be the largest and most loved place of the tourists. It offers them the golden chance to see endless animals and creatures with the fun and excitement of night stay at the forest lodge. The Dhangari gate is the entrance to this zone which is 18 km from the Ramnagar city. You will be able to enjoy Open jeep, Open bus (Canter with sixteen seats) and elephant rides. Here you can spot Hog deer, Leopards, Alligators, Crocodiles, Trouts, Birds, Otters, Wild elephants, Royal Bengal Tigers and many more.
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