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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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Birding and Much More at Bharatpur

Rajasthan, apart from being loaded with rich heritage and colorful culture, is also home to a variety of birds. The famous Keoladeo National Park is one such place that is home to many bird species and also plays host to thousands of rare and exotic birds during different time of the year. Bharatpur is a great place to have the true birding experience. Here are some interesting things to know about if one is planning to visit Keoladeo National Park.

1. Keoladeo Ghana National Park became a protected area in 1971 and was enlisted as a national park in 1982. It falls under the Criteria X Natural type of UNESCO World Heritage Site.


2. Keoladeo National Park is located in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan and thus was (and sometimes even now) called the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

3. This park is also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park and is named after a temple of Lord Shiva (Keoladeo) that is located inside Ghana (meaning dense) forest.


4. Keoladeo Ghana is famous for its bird population as 366 different species of birds can be found in the park. Out of this, 250 species are resident.

5. It is said to be the best place in Asia for bird-watching. The rich environment of Keoladeo Ghana also offers great opportunities for wildlife photography.


6. Besides tourists, one can find a large number of naturalists, wildlife photographers, bird watchers and ornithologists exploring different parts of the park.

7. Keoladeo Ghana is a man-made wetland and serves many other purposes like grazing land for cattle for nearby villages, controlling floods and breeding grounds for migrating birds.


8. The wetlands of Keoladeo Ghana were previously used as hunting grounds by the Maharajas of Bharatpur.

9. Blue bull, cattle, spotted deer, sambar and wild boar are some of the mammalian animals that can be spotted inside the park.


10. One can visit Keoladeo during any time of the year. Visit the following link to know more details like climate and best time to visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Into the Wilderness of Bandipur National Park

The Bandipur National Park in the Karnataka state of India is a home to many endangered species of wild animals. It was established in 1974 as a national park by the government of India. This park covers an area of about 874 square km and is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The dry deciduous forests of Bandipur are listed as a protected area under the Project Tiger. Here are some interesting facts about the wilderness of Bandipur National Park.

1. Bandipur National Park is located in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka and was declared a national park under Project Tiger in 1974.

2. It lies at the point where the Western Ghats merges with the Nilgiri Hills and is dominated by dry deciduous forest.


3. Bandipur National Park along with neighboring Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary forms the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is the largest protected area for wildlife in southern India.

4. Before gaining the status of a national park, the forests of Bandipur served as the hunting ground for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore.


5. The Kabini River flows on the northern side and the Moyar River on the southern side of the park. Another river, Nugu, flows through the park and thus, providing plenty of water supply.

6. The main wildlife attractions of the park are the Royal Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants and the Chittals. The best time to visit Bandipur National Park is between April and October.


7. Over 200 species of birds can be found in Bandipur National Park. This makes it quite famous for observing birds among bird-watchers and wildlife photographers.

8. It is a major wildlife weekend getaway destination from Ooty and Mysore, the two major tourist destinations in southern India.

9. Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is the highest peak located inside the core area of the park and is a great place to spot elephants. There is a temple on the hilltop, which is a famous tourist attraction.


10. Traffic moment is banned from night to early morning for the safety of the nocturnal animals inside the park.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Bandhavgarh – The Land of Tigers and Legends

Bandhavgarh National Park in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh was established in 1968 to protect the tiger population. This National Park is home to a wide variety of wild species of animals and plants. It is a popular destination for wildlife tourism in central India. Also known as the land of tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park is related to many legends. It has much more to offer to its visitors both in terms of wildlife and tourist attraction. Here are some interesting facts about Bandhavgarh.

1. Bandhavgarh National Park derives its name from an ancient fort called the Bandhavgarh (in Sanskrit) which literally means ‘brother’s fort’. It is located in the centre of the park on a hill top.

2. This park was established in 1968 by the Government of India under the Project Tiger.


3. Before it was established as a national park, the forests of Bandhavgarh and its surrounding areas were used a gaming preserve (hunting ground) for the kings of Rewa kingdom.

4. Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest density of tigers among all the other National Parks in India.

5. It is also the first place in India where the rare white tiger was found.


6. The Bandhavgarh Fort, now in ruins, inside the park is said to be the oldest fort in the world that dates back around 2000 years.

7. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ram gave this fort to his brother Lakshman after the epic battle with Ravan, to keep a watch over Lanka. Lord Ram is the seventh avatar of the God Vishnu.


8. There are many ancient caves in and around the fort with amazing carvings and sculptures.

9. Sita, of the tigress that lived in the forest is said to be the most photographed tiger in the world and also appeared on the cover National Geographic magazine.


10. Besides tigers, Leopards, Chital, Sambar, Barking deer and Nilgai are some of the wild creatures found in this park. Bandhavgarh National Park also has a sound population of bird species, both resident and migrating.