States of India
Jim Corbett National Park
India's first National Park is cradled in the foothills of the Himalayas and spreads over an area of 520 sq. kms., along the bankds of the Ramganga river. The dense Sal forests of the Himalayan foothils and the tall grassy neadows make it one of the richest areas of northern India for the habitation of the big mammals. Situated in the hilly districts of Pauri Garhwal and Nainital, the park was first establishd in 1936 by the then Governor Sir Malcolm Hailey and was named Hailey National park. After independence, the park was renamed Corbett national park in honour of the late Jim Corbett, who helped in demarcating the park's boundaries and stting it up.
Among the reptiles, the long snouted, fish-eating gharial and mugger could be seen basking in the sun on the sand banks. Sporting fish such as the mahseer and malee thrive in the lake and in the river, offering grea fishing to the anglers. The tiger is the biggest attraction of this park. Other carnivores include the leopard, elephant, bear, hog, sambar deer, muntac and fox. The park has more than 300 species of birds.