The oldest national park of Asia, Jim Corbett National Park, was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. Later in 1955/56, its name was changed to Ramganga National Park and finally it got its name Jim Corbett National Park for the key role played by Indian born British hunter-turned-conservationist Mr. Edward James Jim Corbett. In 1920s, during the British rule, Mr. Corbett was popular for hunting man-eating tigers and leopards in the Kumaon and lower Garhwal. Corbett’s house in Kaladhungi is now a museum dedicated to his life and contribution.
From 385mts. to 1100mts above sea level, Jim Corbett National Park lies in the Nainital district in Kumaon and Pauri Garhwal district in Garhwal division of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. With an area of 521 square Km. Jim Corbett National Park combines with Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve forest areas to form Corbett Tiger Reserve with 1,288 square km.
Jim Corbett National Park Tourism
Tiger, elephant, chital, sambar, nilgai, gharial, king cobra, muntjac, wild boar, hedgehog, common musk shrew, flying fox, Indian pangolin and more than 600 species of birds are the main wildlife found in Jim Corbett National Park making Corbett one of the richest birds regions in India. As per the statistics, 110 species of trees, 50 species of mammals, 580 species of birds and 25 species of reptiles reside in the park. Jim Corbett National Park is also house to the endangered Bengal Tiger. 488 different species of plants have been recorded in Jim Corbett National Park. To talk about the flora, Jim Corbett Park has higher density of trees in Sal forest and lowest in Khair forests. Sal, haldu, papal, rohini and mango are the trees found in dense moist deciduous forest covering 73% of the park. 10% of the area is grassland.
Wildlife Safari is allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve and people amuse themselves with the marvelous landscape and diverse wildlife of the national park. Every year, Jim Corbett National Park witnesses more than 70 thousands visitors from India and outside. You can have wonderful experience of hills, river belts, and muddy wave like structures, grass lands and large lake within the park area.Corbett Tiger Reserve has been divided into five tourism zones:
- Dhikala Zone
- Jhirna Zone
- Bijrani Zone
- Durga Devi Zone
- Sonanadi Zone
Jim Corbett National Park | Best time to Visit
Dhikala Zone of Jim Corbett is open for tourists from 15th November to 15th June because roads get washed away during the monsoon and it takes till November to complete the reconstruction. Annual rainfall is 1400 to 2800mm. Temperature ranges from 4° C in winter to 42°C in summer. Bijrani is open from 30th October till 30th June, Jhirna is open throughout the year. You have the choice to decide where you want to go and how you want to enjoy the wildlife Safari.
Jim Corbett Park is an ideal destination for spiritual practices or adventure activities like Masheer fishing, angling and river rafting in Kosi river that flows parallel to the Corbett Tiger Reserve.
November to June is considered as the best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park.
Jim Corbett National Park | How to Reach?
Jim Corbett National park, being one of the most popular wildlife reserve in India, is easily accessible from different parts of the country. Here we discuss on how to reach Corbett Park from nearest airport or railhead:
- By air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar in Udham Singh Nagar district, 50Km away from the park. One can take flights from Pantnagar to major cities of India. Tourists can hire taxi or car from the airport to reach to the park.
- By rail: Nearest railway station is at Ramnagar. Ranikhet Express operates from Delhi to Ramnagar, and trains are easily available at Ramnagar to reach major cities of India.
- By road: Jim Corbett National Park has good road network with regular buses from Delhi, Lucknow and Ramnagar. Tourists can also hire taxi from the place they want to start their journey and drive through different places enjoying the nature and its beauty.
Route to Jim Corbett National Park
- Dehradun – Rishikesh – Haridwar – Najibabad – Nagina – Afzalgarh – Sonanadi Jim Corbett National Park
- Nainital – Kathgodam – Haldwani – Lalkuan – Bazpur – Kashipur – Nandpur – Ramnagar Jim Corbett National Park
- Nainital – Bhowali – Patli – Chaubattia – Mohaan Jim Corbett National Park
Places Nearby : Udham Singh Nagar District | Nainital hill station | Nainital district | Ranikhet hill station