Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park is India's first and finest park spread over 520 sq kms along the banks of the Ramganga, Kosi and Sonanadi River. This piece of beauty in the foothills of the Himalayas was established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honors of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces. In 1957, it was finally named Corbett National Park in honour and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries. Corbett is regarded as one of the true and best bird parks of the world. Out of the 2,060 species and subspecies of birds recorded in the Indian subcontinent, over 600 species/subspecies of birds have been seen in this park at some or the other time.
This number is greater than the total number of bird species found in Europe and represents around one fourth of the available diversity found in India. Out of the 69 species of raptors found in India, 49 can be seen in Corbett making it a striking element of the local avifauna. The reserve, which covers 520 sq kms is not less than a paradise for bird-watchers.
It is quiet, relaxing and haunting – qualities that make it a perfect safari spot for everyone in need of a rejuvenating vacation.