Corbett National Park

Corbett National Park

Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is about a 5 hour drive from New Delhi and similar by train as well. Corbett National Park is named after the well known British hunter and author Jim Corbett who in the dusk of his life turned a conversationalist. It is also the oldest Tiger reserve in the country.

The park is home to various species of animals and plants. It has the largest population of tigers in one sanctuary in India. The best time to visit the park is between November and June when the main sections of the national park are open. During the other months it closed to visitors due to the monsoon. However, the resorts around the park are open throughout the year and excursions into the neighbouring forested areas are possible.

The park has a healthy population of wild elephants as well. It also offers along with jeep safaris the possibility of elephant safaris. You do have to book in advance and show up early. Talking to the mahuts (the elephant handlers) is a fascinating experience. A lot of the elephants in the park are locally trained and in the evenings can be seen roaming openly in the park, so much so that most people can’t differentiate between a wild and tamed elephant.

Corbett is waiting with its arms wide open. Will you answer its call?