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Deep in the Jungle: Corbett National Park

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A June 2011 trip to Ramnagar by phileasfogg

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Quote: One of India’s largest and best-known wildlife sanctuaries, the Corbett National Park lies about 6 hours’ drive from the national capital, Delhi. It’s a good place to relax, unwind, see deer, elephants, monkeys, birds – and, if you’re lucky, maybe a tiger too.

Corbett National Park

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Attraction | "Corbett: the Park"

Corbett National Park Photo, Uttarakhand, India
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India’s first national park was set up in 1936, under the aegis of the then governor of the United Provinces, Malcolm Hailey. Among the people who pushed for the creation of the park, helped in its establishment, and played an important role in demarcating the boundaries of the park, was Jim Corbett. A little over two decades later, in 1957, the park was renamed in his honour – today, it’s the Jim Corbett National Park, one of Northern India’s most popular wildlife preserves and an easy weekend getaway from Delhi.Some important facts, now.To begin with, the vital stats:Corbett National Park covers over 1,300 square kilometres of territory in the state of Uttarakhand. This inclu...Read More

Corbett National Park

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Corbett National Park

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Attraction | "Corbett: the Man"

Corbett National Park Photo, Uttarakhand, India
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Ask an Indian who Jim Corbett was, and it’s highly unlikely that anybody will say "Boxer". The more educated and well-read, or the people of the hills (especially the villagers of Garhwal and Kumaon) are almost certain to say, "Hunter". Because Jim Corbett was born Edward James Corbett in 1875, in Nainital (the capital of the district of Kumaon, now in Uttarakhand state, but back then part of the United Provinces). From a very young age, Corbett was fond of roaming the dense forests of the area around where he had grown up. He was very comfortable in the jungle, and remained in touch with the wild side of India even after he had grown up and joined the Indian army.As a colonel in the army, Corbett ...Read More

Corbett National Park

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The Corbett Hideaway (Corbett Park)

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Hotel | "Lovely locale, iffy Housekeeping"

Corbett Hideaway Photo, Ramnagar, India
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When we were planning our trip to Corbett, we decided to check with my cousin – who worked for many years with Worldwide Fund for Nature (the WWF) and is very familiar with Corbett – on where we should stay. Though my cousin told us the best places to stay were inside the park (the Dhikala and Bijrani FRHs), he also warned us that these places were terribly difficult to book, because they’re so popular that bookings have to be done months in advance. He suggested, as an alternative, the Corbett Hideaway – it’s one of the private hotels nearest the park, and its standard is higher than that of most other hotels and resorts in the area.The Corbett Hideaway is part of the Leisure Hotels chain. It’s a ...Read More

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The Corbett Hideaway (Corbett Park)
Zero Garjia Dhikuli
Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715

Corbett National Park

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Attraction | "A little disappointing - and then not"

Corbett National Park Photo, Uttarakhand, India
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No private vehicles are allowed inside the Corbett National Park. And since you can’t walk inside the park – it’s too dangerous, what with tigers, leopards and elephants roaming the park – the one way of really getting deep inside the area and seeing some of the local wildlife is by jeep. There is a small tourist bus, too, which the forest department operates. It begins from the Dhikala gate and does a 5-hour circuit of the park. Per person rates for a seat in the bus are Rs 1,125.We weren’t keen on going in the bus – the people at the Corbett Hideaway resort, where we were staying, had told us that a jeep safari was recommended and could be booked through them. What’s more, when we visited the Cor...Read More

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Corbett National Park

Uttarakhand, India
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Corbett National Park

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Attraction | "Little wildlife spotted - yet good!"

Corbett National Park Photo, Uttarakhand, India
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While a jeep is a good way to cover a fair bit of ground within a short while, it does have the disadvantage of making rather a lot of noise – which, of course, drives away a lot of the more shy wildlife. A better alternative is to explore Corbett on elephant back. Elephants, since they don’t need to stick to roads, can penetrate deeper into the jungle, which raises your chances of getting a glimpse of wildlife. Also, since elephants don’t make obtrusive sounds, their tramping through the forests is taken mostly as a matter of course by other animals.When we phoned the Corbett Hideaway to book our room, we were asked if we would also like to book an elephant safari. Since I’ve been on elephant safa...Read More

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Corbett National Park

Uttarakhand, India
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Corbett Museum

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Attraction | "Not a museum to visit"

Corbett Museum Photo, Ramnagar, India
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I have one memory of the Corbett Museum: years ago, in the late 1980s, when I was a teenager, I’d visited Corbett National Park with my parents and sister. On our way out of the park – after a very fruitful trip – we’d stopped by to have a look at the museum. It was unbelievably seedy. This time, when my husband and I stopped to visit my parents on our way to Corbett, my father said: "Very mouldy stuffed animals." Ah. So I wasn’t the only one with those memories.This time, even though I’d warned my husband that the museum was nothing great, we decided to visit it anyway – simply because Corbett is rather short of sights to see during the afternoon hours when animals take themselves off into cooler ...Read More

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Corbett Museum
Inside Dhikala Gate, Corbett National Park
Ramnagar, India