Only 300 kilometers from Delhi is a nature preserve where tigers, leopards and other wild cats still thrive. Located in the Himalayan foothills, Jim Corbett National Park is India's oldest national park. The park provides habitat for 580 species of birds, 50 species of mammals and 25 species of reptiles. Two species of crocodile, the Mugger and Gharial, inhabit the Ramganga River. Bird specialties include the tawny fish owl, black-chinned babbler and black-throated accentor.
You can explore Corbett by taking an organized tour or by renting a jeep in Ramnagar. Park staff also offer elephant rides into the savannah. If you journey into the forest, you may spy rhesus and langur monkeys in the trees. Within Corbett's protected forest reserve, you can stay at Forest Rest Houses maintained by the government.
The park closes during monsoon season and is open only between November 15 and June 15.