Corbett Tiger Reserve:Facts and Figures
Uttarakhand Basic Information
- State Capital: Dehradun
- Languages: Hindi, Garwhali, Kumaoni, English
- Population: 8,479,562
- Mountain Cover: 93%
- Forest Cover: 65%
- Currency: Indian Rupees (INR)
- Winter: November to February (Minimum temperature 0 degrees Celsius and maximum 28 degrees Celsius)
- Summer: March to June (Minimum temperature 18 degrees Celsius and maximum 40 degrees Celsius)
- Monsoon: June to October (Minimum temperature 14 degrees Celsius and maximum 40 degrees Celsius, humidity however can go above 80%)
- Rainfall: 1400 – 2800 mm
Corbett National Park
- Area: 1288 sq. km (combining core and buffer forest)
- Altitude: 400 to 1110 m above mean sea level
- Vegetation: Moist deciduous, Tropical dry deciduous, Subtropical Conifers
- Corbett National Park stays open as follows:
- Jhirna zone- year round.
- Bijrani zone- 1st October till 30th June.
- Durgadevi, Dhikala & Halduparao- 15th November till 15th June
Major towns in the vicinity
The Head Office of Corbett Tiger Riserve is based in Ramnagar, which is the biggest town near Corbett Tiger Reserve. Other nearby towns includes Almora, Nainital and Ranikhet.
Long distance telephone, fax and internet cafes are available in Ramnagar. Mobile phone service (GSM) is provided by Cell One, Airtel, Hutch (Vodafone), Idea.
All basic health care facilities and medicines are available in Ramanagar town.
In terms of diseases and personal health issues we strongly advise you to consult your local doctor about standard routine vaccinations (tetanus, hepatitis and so on).
Other Points to ponder:
Climate and Clothing
Dress according to the season, bringing appropriate clothing and equipment. Try and wear neutral colours such as green, brown, beige or khaki. Preferably conservative clothes, as scantily clad people , particularly women are a cultural shock for the local rural community.
Essential items to bring:
- Binoculars (8×40 are reasonable for the jungle)
- Personal laptop
- Walking shoes
- Sandals for wading in the river
- Sleeping bag
- Pen and paper
- Medicines (mosquito repellents, anti diarrhoea, pain killer, etc)
- Water purification tablets and filter
Recommended reading includes:
- Man-eaters of Kumaon Omnibus Part 1, Jim Corbett – Oxford University Press
- Man-eaters of Kumaon Omnibus Part 2, Jim Corbett – Oxford University Press
- Any of the books by Jim Corbett
- Birds of Northern India, Richard Grimmett & Tim Inskipp
- A Field Guide to the Mammals of the Indian Subcontinent, KK Gurung & Raj Singh
- Snakes of India the Field Guide – Romulus Whitaker & Ashok Captain