National Parks in India

Jim Corbett National Park

About the Park Jim Corbett National Park

One of the most renowned and the oldest national parks in India, the Jim Corbett National Park is best known for the tigers' paradise. Established in the year 1936, the Corbett National Park in Nainital district of Uttarakhand is best known as the initiator of the Project Tiger in India to protect the most endangered species and the royal of India- the tigers.

Spreading across an area of 1288 sq km with the core areas of 521 sq km, the zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve is filled with variant flora and fauna species for an amazing wildlife experience to include the neighboring areas of Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and reserve forest.

Corbett remains open for shooting the wildlife (not in the literal sense), especially the royal tigers during the period of 15th November to 15th June; with rest of the year being closed due to heavy downpours as a result of which the roads are just flushed away. Post-monsoon period is engaged in repair works and it is the month of November that the roads are back in their motorable condition.

History

Tiger in Jim Corbett National ParkEarlier known as Hailey National Park, Corbett is an ideal place for the nature and wildlife lovers being established by the noted conservationist Sir Edward Jim Corbett. The area which was once the property of the local rulers during the British rule and exploiting the natural resources was the sole activity in the area. It was only in the year 1958 that Major Ramsay initiated the conservation project to improve the condition of the forest and then some strict issues and orders were regulated that followed banning and licensing in the area.

Later in the year 1907, Sir Michael Keen proposed an idea of converting the forest into a game sanctuary to the forest department and then in 1934, Sir Malcolm Hailey, the governor of India supported this proposal to make it a reserve forest by the Chief Conservator of forest. Two years later, the United Province National Park Act was enforced to the park in consultation with Major Jim Corbett to make the reserve forest as the first national park of India. It was aptly termed as Hailey National Park after its founder Sir Malcolm Hailey.

Earlier, the park was measured as 323.75 sq kms but to accommodate the wild animals finely the area was expanded into 521 sq km in the year 1966. The year 1973 was the time when wildlife preservationist and naturalists from around the world launched PROJECT TIGER, the most prestigious and biggest total environmental conservation project ever undertaken. The Jim Corbett National Park got the distinction of national park under this project and was selected as the venue for its inauguration.

Wildlife in Park Wildlife in Corbett National Park

With tigers and elephants ruling this area, Corbett Reserve is the area where the abundance of wildlife can be found with the majority of finest species like Leopard, Himalayan Gorals, wild Boars, Langurs, Himalayan Black bears, Indian pangolins, Porcupine, Sambhar & Chital, Barking, Indian Grey Mongoose, yellow-throated martens, otters, ghoral (goat-antelopes), Hog Deer and more. Some of the birds commonly seen here are Osprey, Black Winged Kite, Shikra, Crested Serpent Eagle, Pallas' Fishing Eagle, Spotted Eagle, Babblers, Minivets and Shrikes etc.

Flora

This is the most amplifying area in the whole Uttarakhand where the visitors can find around 110 species of trees, 51 species of shrubs, 27 species of climbers and 33 species of bamboo and grass. The dominant floral species is Sal in Corbett with other giant strands of Haldu Adina cardifolia, pipal Ficus religiosa, Rohini Mallotus philipensis and mango to bring more greenish ambience in a wildlife tour.

Safari Types Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett National Park

Corbett National Park means enjoying safari in the area. The area which is filled with too much natural beauty complemented with tremendous wildlife species, a safari experience is a must. Since the Corbett area is being determined with different safari zones namely- Bijrani, Dhikala, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanadi, the safari tour can be completely experienced at these zones. The Corbett Tiger Reserve brings three fascinating safari experience and that are: Elephant, Canter and Jeep Safari.

Attractions of Corbett :

Corbett Museum : 3 kms away from the main town of Kaladhungi, the Corbett area is blessed with one of the most influential man-made infrastructure which is called the Corbett Museum, dedicated solely to the most renowned hunter and wildlife conservationist Edward Jim Corbett. More interestingly, the house of this legendary hunter is being converted into the museum to preserve his belongings, weapons and pictures of his chivalry acts. Besides, many attractive things made in the form of tiger shades can also be found in the museum.

Dhikuli : located at the fringes of the Patli Dun Valley, Dhikuli is a well known destination to visit. The presence of a hundred years old rest house is the major attraction that itself attracts the Kanha ridge to form its backdrop and the visitors coming from Dhikala region can enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of Patli Dun Valley.

Treks : However, the tourists are not allowed to walk inside the park, but can only go for trekking around the buffer area (sometimes core area) in the company of a guide. The winter season is cold, so tourists should make proper arrangements for their clothing, preferably when they are traveling in the winter season.

Kalagarh Dam : Watching the beautiful Kalagarh Dam is yet another fascination in Corbett circle which is located in the south-west of the wildlife sanctuary. This is among the best places for a bird watching tour where tremendous migratory waterfowl can be witnessed during winters.

Corbett Falls : The most alluring spot for the adventure as well as nature lovers to discover natural transcending in a more unique way gaining the superfine name of the Corbett Falls at a height of 20 m (66 ft), situated 25 kms (16 mi) from Ramnagar, and 4 km (2.5 mi) from Kaladhungi, on the Kaladhungi- Ramnagar highway. This waterfall is surrounded by dense forests and the most scintillating natural silence at the vicinity.

Tourist Places near Park

NainitalNainital : Most adorable spot for the vacationers to enjoy weekends and to discover nature's splendors at an altitude of 6837 ft above the sea level. The place ideal for number of picturesque lakes and outstanding hills to exemplify nature's wonders in a magnanimous form, Nainital brings the most demanding hill station for the honeymooners, nature lovers and vacationers, just 142.1 kms from Corbett Reserve.

Ranikhet : Yet another matchless hill station and cantonment area in Almora district near Corbett at the distance of 197.7 kms, Ranikhet attracts tremendous tourists at this fascinating 'Queen's Meadows'. The area which is best known for the awesome climate and richness in flora and fauna is a must watch for the Corbett visitors at an average elevation of 1,869 m.

Bhimtal : 165.4 kms away from the Corbett Paradise, the area of Bhimtal is determined by the famous Bhimtal Lake. It's an ancient place known since the age of Mahabharata to discover different ancient Hindu temples including the most ancient Bhimeshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Binsar (Wildlife Sanctuary) : for the tourists in a mood to explore another wildlife sanctuary, the area of Binsar will create all the thrills for them. At a distance of 239 kms from the Corbett Tiger Reserve, the area of Binsar and the sanctuary is filled with natural beauty and faunal attractions. The area which is popularly known for the zero point where one can easily find the Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trishul and Nanda Devi is yet another favorable destination in Uttarakhand.

Safari Timings

Timings for Jeep Safari Zones

ZONES DATE Safari  Entry Timing  

MORNING

EVENING

BIJRANI 15TH OCT TO 15TH NOV  6:00 AM 1.30 PM
16TH NOV TO 15TH FEB 6:30 AM  1.00 PM
16TH FEB TO 31ST MARCH 6:00 AM 1.30 PM
1ST APRIL TO 15TH MAY  5:45 AM 2.30 PM
16TH MAY TO 30TH JUNE 5.30 AM 2.30 PM
JHIRNA 15TH OCT TO 15TH NOV  6:00 AM 1.30 PM
  16TH NOV TO 15TH FEB 6:30 AM  1.00 PM
  16TH FEB TO 31ST MARCH 6:00 AM 1.30 PM
  1ST APRIL TO 15TH MAY  5:45 AM 2.30 PM
  16TH MAY TO 30TH JUNE 5.30 AM 2.30 PM
  1st JULY TO 14th OCT 6:00 AM 2.30 PM
DURGADEVI 15TH NOV TO 15TH FEB 6:30 AM  1.00 PM
  16TH FEB TO 31ST MARCH 6:00 AM 1.30 PM
  1ST APRIL TO 15TH MAY  5:45 AM 2.30 PM
  16TH MAY TO 30TH JUNE 5.30 AM 2.30 PM

Timings for Canter Safari Zone

ZONE PERIOD SAFARI  TIMINGS
DHIKALA ZONE 15TH NOV TO 15TH FEB MORNING : 6:00 AM  AFTERNOON :11.30 AM       
  16TH FEB TO 31ST MARCH MORNING : 6:00 AM  AFTERNOON:11.30 PM
  1ST APRIL TO 15TH MAY MORNING:  5:45 AM AFTERNOON : 12.30 PM
  16TH MAY TO 30TH JUNE MORNING : 5:30 AM AFTERNOON :12.30 PM

How to Reach

By Air : 50 kms from Corbett, the Phoolbagh, Pantnagar area has the nearest airport for the wildlife tourists. Besides, coming from Delhi is also a good option that takes the distance of 300kms towards Corbett.

By Rail : Ramnagar, the nearest village at Corbett vicinity has a broad gauge track from where the easy road transport facilities can be availed to reach the park.

By Road : Dhikala zone is 300 km from Delhi, 403 km from Lucknow and 51 km from Ramnagar and so is easily accessible through road routes. The route from Delhi includes the major areas of Hapur-Murababad-Ramnagar. The reaching point is some 7 km beyond Muradabad to the left, marked by a small board. The route from Lucknow includes Bareilly. Kichha- Rudrapur- Doraha- Kashipur.

Hotels at Corbett Reserve

Definitely, Corbett is meant for the tiger tours and if taken for a complete Corbett tour, we bet a single day tour will be insufficient for the wildlife lovers. This is the reason; the area of Corbett is being plush with tremendous amount of residing options right from the lavishly defined exotic resorts; to luxury hotels and lodges. These hotels and resorts in Corbett is being placed at different safari zones of Corbett National Park to bring the most accessible and comfortable staying near the royal tigers. Enjoy the roaring of the jungle beings amidst the dense natural surroundings with mangroves with your choice of resorts and lodges.