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Corbett National Park

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Corbett Tiger Reserve has three distinct topographic zones within it; from the Shivaliks in the north to the bhabar tract of the Patlidun valley and the swampy Terai in the south, the reserve has an elevation ranging from 400m to 1200m, thus having a rich diversity of flora, fauna and habitat.

While Corbett is justly famous for its healthy population of large mammals including the Indian Tiger and the Asiatic Elephant, it is as famous for its birds with over 500 species recorded from the area. Lesser Fish Eagle, Cinereous Vulture, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Tawny Fish and Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Hodgson’s Bushchat, Bright-headed Cisticola, Rosy Minivet, White-tailed Rubythroat are just some of the species that are regularly seen in and around the park.

Besides birding, one can opt for tiger safaris in 4WD and on elephant backs. Mahseer angling is best on Ramganga river. Wildlife enthusiasts would satiate the appetite with a long list of mammals such as tiger, leopard, elephant, wild boar, jackal, 4 sp. of deer and many more.

Stay: Tiger Camp (Cottages); Riverine Woods (the wildest jungle lodge and also a fishing lodge); Tarangi Resort (spa); Forest Rest Houses (basic but deep within the jungle). Nights: 3-5 nights as one can then visit different biotopes of the park for varied species.

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