Corbett National Park is the land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song.  This first National Park of India is sprawling in an area of 525 sq.km and represents a scene of remarkable beauty nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas. Corbett is a broad flat valley, where the bubling rushing water of the river Ramganga and Kosi meander through the hills and dales. The beautiful streams , water holes and lakes inside, with its scenic charm has added to the beauty of the park. Many species of the water birds both migrants and non migrants frequent its waters, Crocodiles and the long snouted fish eating Gharials have found new homes here and their numbers have increased. The park offer different kinds of vegetation all along its vvaried topography.....110 species of trees, 51 species of shrubs and over 33 species of bamboo are found here.  In addition, there are  trees such as palas (Butea monosperma, the flame of the forest), which sets the forest alight with the bright orange red color, offering a spectacular sight to park's visitors. Over 50 mammals, 580 birds and 25 reptile species have been listed in the Corbett which is known as Heaven for Tigers. Other animals which add to its attraction are Leopards, Jungle cats, fishing cats, Himalayan bears, yellow throated morten, Elephant, porpcupine, spotted deer, barking deer, Hyenas, Sambars, mongoose, antelopes, wildboars,  hog deers etc. The India Python, Viper, Cobra, Krait and King Cobra the largest of the poisonour snakes also inhabit Corbett,  as do monitors and other lesser lizards. Some of the birds commonly seen are Osprey, Crested serpent eagle, black winged kite, Shikara, Pallas's fishing eagle, spotted eagle, minivets, shrikes, babblers, Peacock, Jungle Fowl, partridge, Kaleej Pheasant, crow, vulture, parakeet, Laughing Thrush, oriole, kingfisher, drongo, dove, woodpecker, duck, teal, stork,  and seagull  etc.

Corbett had the proud distinction of being chosen as the venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the foothills of the Central Himalayas both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna is found in the Reserve.

Rajaji National park  in a 820 sq km area is a magnificent eco system nestled in the foot hills of the Himalayas in the shivalik ranges of Uttarakhand state and the beginning of the vast Indo-Gangetic Plains. Vegetation of several distinct zones and forest types like reverie forests, broad leaved mix forests, scrub land and grassy pasture land. Sal (Shores Robusta) is the characteristic dominant tree species. It possesses as many as 23 species of mammals and 315 species of birds. Shivalik are the gold mine of biodiversity and the national park is very richly endowed with the wild life of mountains and plains. The park is home of Asian Elephants, Tiger and King Cobra which are highly endangered species.  The Park has got the largest area representing Shivalik Eco-system. 23 species of mammals- including tigers, leopards, elephants, deer, jungle cat, wild boar and sloth bear- and 315 species of birds are found in Rajaji.  The park has the largest population of elephants in Uttarakhand. It also has a healthy population of tigers and leopards.

The most prominent avian species include pea fowl, woodpeckers, pheasants, kingfishers and barbets, supplemented by a number of migratory species during the winter months. Besides that, the rivers which flow through the park harbour fish such as trout and mahseer.

Rajasthan is sparse as expected in the desert land. Due to its proximity to the Thar, the region receives very scanty rainfalls and so the vegetation in the park mainly comprises of the dry deciduous type. It has a small range of slow-growing thorny trees, shrubs and grasses that has adapted itself to the harsh conditions.The National Parks of Bharatpur and Ranthambore have nearly 280 and 306 species of plants respectively including herbs that have medicinal values. The most noticeable tree in the Ranthambore National Park is the 'Dhok' (Anogeissus pendula). The leaves of the Dhok trees form a favorite diet for the Deer, Nilgai and Antelope. Another most prominent trees in the park are the Banyan (Ficus bengalensis) and Pipal. The largest Banyan tree of India stands just behind the Jogi Mahal, the hunting lodge in Ranthambore National Park. The Neem (Azadirachta indiaca) tree, which is universally known for its medicinal properties, grows abundantly in the Ranthambore National Park. Among the fruit trees found in the Ranthambore National Park, the most prominent include the Mango (Magnifera indica), Jamun (Syzygium cumini) also known as the Indian blackberry, Ber (Zizyphus mauritania), and Tamarind (Tamarindicus indica- popularly called Imli) known for its pulpy fruit used in the preparation of pickles.The aquatic flora in the Ranthambore National Park includes a variety of lovely flowers such as lotus and water lilies.  Ranthambore National Park has six man made lakes and many perennial streams, there is a plenty of water available to support a variety of flora and fauna in the Ranthambore National Park.

Irrespective of its unfriendly terrain, Rajasthan gives shelter to a variety of animals and birds. Antelopes and gazelles are widely available in the Jodhpur district where they are worshipped by the Bishnoi tribes. The nilgai or the bluebull or bluecow are abundant on the open plains and in the foothills of the Aravalli. The Tiger once found along the Aravalli can now be seen only in the Ranthambore and Sariska National Parks while the leopard with its original residence in the rocky crags of the Aravalli can also be found in parts of Jaipur and Jodhpur districts. The jungle cat and the Indian desert cat are widely spread in the Keoladeo Ghana National Park and the Thar Desert respectively. Rajasthan also abounds in jackals, desert foxes, gerbils, bandicoot, langurs, rhesus monkeys, bats, boars, bears, mongoose, jerboa, voles, mice, hares, wide variety of insects and reptiles, seems no one is missing from the animal world. Other kinds of cats found in Ranthambore are Leopard, Caracal, Leopard cat, Fishing cat and Jungle cat. The other large predators include Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Jackal, Desert fox, Palm civet, common mongoose, crocodile, python etc. Some interesting resident species of birds at Ranthambore  are large Cormorant, Painted Spurfowl, Sarus Crane, Bronzed winged Jacana, Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Nightjar, Painted Sandgrouse, Great horned owl and many more regular winter migrants which come from their nesting ground north of Himalayas to Ranthambore and surrounding areas.

Around 450 species of birds have been identified in Rajasthan, which include the birds of forests, wetlands, grasslands and the desert. The most vcommon brids foudn here are orioles, hornbills, kingfishers, swallows, mynas, parakeets, robins, warblers, flycatchers, doves, quails, drongos, barbets, peacocks, and woodpeckers among others. Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary is India’s most important bird sanctuary and includes the wetlands of eastern Rajasthan. Migratory species like the spoonbills, herons, cormorants, storks, openbills, ibis and egrets pay a visit in the winter. Waterfowls here include common marbled, falcated and Baikal teal, pintail, gadwall, shoveler, coot, wigeon, bar-headed geese and greylag geese. The Siberian cranes are the winter guests while the sarus are the permanent inhabitants of the park. Resident species of the park are the moorhens, egrets, herons, storks and cormorants. Several types of birds of prey also find their home in the sanctuary. They include the eagles (greater spotted, steppe, imperial, Spanish Imperial, fishing), vultures (white-backed and scavenger), owls (spotted, dusky horned and mottled wood), pallid, sparrowhawk, marsh harrier, goshawk and kestrel.

Accommodation & jungle safari: We stay in comfortable Jungle resorts where at times it is possible to hear the animals from the forest. The chirping of the birds appears as if a natural musical concert is going on!! We leave our resort for the forest very early morning and in the  afternoons  till sunsets by the open Jeeps and spend few hours watching the forest activities. These are the times when forest seems to be very lively .  Every Safari Jeep is escorted by a Naturalist who explains the flora and fauna making the safari even more interesting. Our naturalists and jeep drivers are trained to guide you for birding walks, natural history activities, jungle visits for animal viewing and tiger-tracking.  However, while in the forest there are certain rules to be followed and the most important rule is to maintain the silence so that the animals are not disturbed.  In Rajasthan though the Jungle safari's are done by using the big open trucks. At Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur  we either walk in the forest or use the Cycle Rickshaw for bird watching which is an extraordinary experience.


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