Witnessing wildlife in the midst of natural surroundings is an experience that many nature lovers would like to have. A visit to any of the wildlife national parks of North India can be a great opportunity to explore a wide range of flora and fauna, while enjoying a pleasant environment that such places offer. A huge variety of endangered species have found their comfortable habitat in these heavily forested surroundings. Some of the North Indian national parks are set against the backdrop of Himalayan peaks, which offers beautiful views for tourists. Fertile soil of such places support the growth of a large variety of plants and trees. This is the reason behind a dense cover of greenery in most of these North Indian national parks.
Major Ramsay, a British officer, who was in charge of the forest areas of Tehri Garhwal during the nineteenth century, began the efforts to protect this region by prohibiting cultivation and large-scale felling of trees. Process for demarcation to set up a national park started in early twentieth century with the assistance of Jim Corbett, a legendary British hunter-turned-conservationist. In its earlier days, this wildlife reserve was known as Hailey National Park; named after Sir Malcolm Hailey, who was the Governor of United Provinces. It was eventually renamed as Corbett National Park during 1955-56, honouring the contribution of Jim Corbett towards conservation of wildlife in this region. He played an important role in its creation, as he had persuaded the provincial government to establish it as a national park. In the year 1974, Corbett National Park was selected as the location for launching an ambitious and immensely popular project for wildlife conservation known as 'Project Tiger'.
Primary objective of this national park is to protect its wildlife, but there has been a lot of focus on ecotourism in recent times. The attractions in Corbett National Park include Dhikuli, a popular destination located at the outer part of Patli Dun valley. Tourists can enjoy beautiful views of the valley from this location, set against the backdrop of Kanda ridge. Corbet Falls is yet another beautiful attraction, which is surrounded by a serene atmosphere and dense forests. Visitors are not allowed to walk inside Corbett National Park, and this is the reason why Jeep Safaris are used for touring the park's interiors. Bird-watchers would find Kalagarh Dam very exciting, especially during the winter season, when plenty of Waterfowls arrive at this place.