Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve (PCR)
Pawalgarh was made prominent in the literary world in the book “Man Eaters of Kumaon” by Jim Corbett for his biggest tiger, “The Bachelor of Pawalgarh” …… that was some time in the late 1920’s
Fast forward to 2015 and you would see the beauty that is Pawalgarh…..
Lush green forests of the Himalayan foothills adorn Pawalgarh with River Kosi to the west and River Dabka in the eastern part of the reserve. The Khichdi River bisects the reserve from the north to south and flows into the Dabka River. The Siwalik ranges bound the northern side and to the south lie the natural boundary of villages of Pawalgarh, Mankanthpur, Kyari, Bailparao, Gaibua & Chhoi that are connected by the Ramnagar Haldwani highway.
PCR is a very strategic part of the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) and the Siwalik Elephant Corridor flanked by Corbett National Park on the west and Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary to the east.
Best time to visit this forest is September to November and April to June the time perfectly coincides when there is less tourist traffic
PCR has some 137 species of trees 58 species of shrub 27 species of climber 52 species of herbs and 71 species of grass and bamboo they in turn help thrive 32 species of mammals such as tiger, leopard, elephant, leopard cat, barking deer, spotted deer and mountain goat
In addition PCR has over 350 species of birds – Ibis Bill, great Salty Woodpecker (15 other type of woodpecker) Red Breasted Parakeet, Green billed Malkoha, Common green Magpie, Long tailed Broadbill, White bellied Erpornis and White Rumped Needletail are some of the popular birds here…