Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wildlife and Glamour in Corbett National Park

The Jim Corbett National Park is located in Uttarakhand’s Nainital district and is a major tourist destination for wildlife tours. It is located in the outer foothills of Himalayas and is a biosphere of a variety of plants and animal species. It is one of the best places in north India for tiger tours. But, the natural beauty of the park has attracted many others than just wildlife tourists. Corbett Park has caught the eye of the glamorous Bollywood in the recent years. Here are few interesting things to know about Corbett National Park.

1. Established in 1936 with an area of 520 sq. km, Corbett National Park is thus, the oldest national park in India.

2. Edward James Jim Corbett was a renowned British hunter who later turned a conservationist. He played a crucial role in the establishment of this park.

Edward James Jim Corbett
Edward James Jim Corbett
3. The initial name of this park was Hailey National Park, which was then changed in 1955 to Ramganga National Park. It was finally named Jim Corbett National Park in 1956.

4. With its sub-Himalayan geographical and ecological characteristics, one can find an amazing 488 different species of plants and 110 tree species throughout the park.

5. Corbett National Park is home to around 580 species of birds, 50 mammal and 25 reptile species respectively.

Jeep Safari-Jim Corbett National Park

6. It was the first park in India that came under Project Tiger.

7. The main attractions of the park are the Asian elephants and the Royal Bengal Tigers.

Elephants in Jim Corbett National Park

8. In 2005, a Bollywood horror movie named ‘Kaal: The Jungle’ was shot inside the park.

9. Also, the 5th season of an Indian television reality show called MTV Splitsvilla was shot near the Corbett Park. This show was aired on MTV India channel.

10. The Ramganga Dam inside the park is an amazing place for bird-watching.

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