Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand

One of the oldest and most lush forests of India, Corbett Tiger Reserve perfectly captures the diverse wildlife and breath-taking landscapes of the area. Having officially been formed in 1936, it is the first national park established in Asia, and is named after noted hunter-turned-conservationist, James Edward Corbett.

Located in the state of Uttarakhand, over 1,288 square kilometres, Corbett Tiger Reserve has vibrant landscapes, dense plants, and beautiful streams across its terrain. The park is known for the Bengal tigers and Asiatic elephants that reside there, as well as the extensive species of birds. If you’re lucky and patient you might be able to catch a herd of elephants bathing, or tigers attacking their prey.

This can be a great educational trip if you’re going with young children. A bird watching walk and elephant ride can further amuse the young ones.

Best time to visit: Spotting tigers and other rare animals in winter is far easier than in the summer. Choose a travel date between November and April for best possible sightings.

How to get there: The nearest airport is Dehradun, which is 171 kilometres from Corbett. However, it’s best to drive down to the forest reserve from Delhi, which is 250 kilometres away.