WILDLIFE- CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
The Corbett National Park is a beautiful area of heavily forested valleys and hills, roughly 250 kms. North east of Delhi. These jungles are part of the Himalayan foothills and are named after the famous naturalist and hunter, Jim Corbett. The home of numerous animals and birds, the park has always been famous for its Tigers, though to see one of these magnificent creatures usually involves considerable planning, not to mention a slice of good luck! More often seen is the Indian Elephant of which there are several herds in the park. Tuskers and family groups are found close to forest roads, and not infrequently on them.
Other animals include Leopard, Sloth Bear, Leopard Cat, Porcupine, Sambhar, Chital, Kakar (barking deer), Hog Deer, Otter and many others. Varieties of birds include Red Jungle Fowl, Pheasants, Peacock, Crested Serpent Eagles, Minivets, Orioles, Flycatchers, Kingfishers, Indian Roller, Black Partridge, Weaver Birds, to mention but a few. In the deep pools of the Ramganga river live Gharial ( Fish eating ), and Mugger Crocodiles. Over 50 mammals,580 birds, and 25 reptiles of different species have been observed in the park.
All told the Corbett National Park has a tremendous variety of flora and fauna with superb scenery to match.
Our trips to Corbett are designed to allow at least two to four full days in the Park. Accommodation is in government or forest rest houses either in, or adjacent to, the Park (note. There is no private accommodation allowed in the sanctuary).To make sure you are comfortable, we supply extra bedding and sheets as well as food. Transport and park fees ( not camera fees ) are covered in the price. Blaze A Trail will try to arrange an elephant ride for you, but otherwise Wildlife viewing is done by Jeep, an experienced guide accompanying each vehicle. Please try to book early as this allows us more time to make the best arrangements.
HORSE SAFARI AND WILDLIFE ADVENTURE IN THE KUMAON HIMALAYA
A visit to the Corbett National park and then Riding through pristine and unspoilt jungle terrain in the foothills of the Kumaon Himalaya and along high ridges overlooking the snow-capped Himalayan Peaks.
The jungle ramble starts with a horse safari near the Corbett National Park. The trail passes through thick Sal forests, interspersed with small streams and riverbeds. We camp in unspoilt and quiet jungle locations, rich in flora and fauna. The birdlife is spectacular and there are great chances of spotting the elusive big cats- The Tiger and Leopard, as well as their prey species- Chital ,Sambar, Kakar, wild boar etc.
The trail then meanders uphill , into Oak and Rhododendron Forests, at an altitude of approx.6500 feet, where we start our trek along the ridges.
Pony Trekking in these mountains gives the traveller an opportunity to experience local cultures and traditions and ways of the simple hillfolk. While trekking you pass isolated villages spread over terraced fields and grassy meadows along hillsides. There are areas of dense Oak and Rhododendron forest and in places mountain streams and waterfalls. The trails are through thick forests and along high ridges which provide panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Apart from the views, which are spectacular, there is much to do. The forests contain a variety of flora and fauna; animals include Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Yellow Throated Marten, Red Fox, Sambhar, Kakar (Barking Deer), Leopard Cat and Ghoral (Mountain Goat). There are also many birds such as Kaleeje, Chir and Koklas Pheasants, Minivets, Orioles, Redbilled Blue Magpie, Whitecrested Laughing Thrush, and Spotted Forktail. Birds of Prey include the majestic Golden Eagle as well as the Himalayan Griffon and fabulous Lammergeier…to name a few.