Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936. Corbett National Park first name was Hailey National Park. After 1956, it has been Ramganga National Park. And finally it becomes Jim Corbett National Park in Honor of the legend hunter Jim Corbett. Jim Corbett was a great hunter and environmentalist. He was known for hunting man-eating Leopards and Tigers in the Garhwal and Kumaon region.
Jim Corbett National Park is a well-known national park named after the hunter and wildlife conservationist Jim Corbett. The park, originally known as Hailey National Park is situated in the Nainital, which is in the district of Uttarakhand. The project tiger campaign is under way at the Corbett National Park for protecting the endangered Bengal tiger of India.
Thick cover of moist deciduous forests like sal, haldu, pipal, rohini and mango trees make most of the vegetation in the Corbett National Park.10 per cent of the national park area comprises grasslands. Statistics put that it houses approximately 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and around 25 reptile species.
Safari Zone of Corbett Park
Corbett National Park is classified into four major safari zones viz-a-viz Dhikala Safari Zone, Bijrani Safari Zone, Durga Devi Safari Zone and Jhirna Safari Zone. Each of these safari zones has the popularity amongst the tourists.
Corbett Dhikala Safari Zone
The entrance to Dhikala safari zone in Jim Corbett National Park is called Dhangari gate. The safari zone is an unspoiled area, where your heart, mind, body and soul come in unison with Mother Nature. The zone is where wildlife befriends tourists, welcomed by the melodies of bird chirping and rich and unique aroma of alpine vegetation.
Tourists can look for jeep safari in a day, and twice in the open Jeep. Maximum of 6 persons can be accommodated in Jeep. Canter Safari facilities also available with Canter pickupfrom the Ramnagar 7.30 in the morning. Maximum of 18 passengers can be accommodated at point of time. Evening safaris not allowed by CTR.
Corbett Bijrani Safari Zone
Bijrani Tourist Zone in Corbett National Park is amongst the first choices to make by the tourists. The entry to safari zone is via Amanda gate which around 1 km walking distance from Ramnagar. Further traveling 5kms through the buffer zone, tourists will reach the Bijrani campus, where the actual safari ride begins. In case you are planning for morning safari, make sure to go for advance booking. For evening safaris, the spots are reserved on the basis of first cum first serve basis. You will always be escorted by a guide and a driver. Evening safaris not allowed by CTR.
Corbett Jhirna Safari Zone
Jhirna safari zone is located in Corbett national park at a distance of 16 km. from Ramnagar. You need to get the permit which is issued by the Corbett Tiger Reserve before proceeding to Jhirna. The Safari Zone area is fraught with natural beauty and is a common sight for its wild beers that the tourists can spot just any time during their safari tour. You will always be escorted by a guide and a driver. Evening safaris not allowed by CTR.
Corbett Durga-Devi Safari Zone
Durgadevisafari zone in Corbett national park is at a distance of approximately 28 kms. from Ramnagar.You need to get the permit which is issued by the Corbett Tiger Reserve before proceeding to Jhirna. It is a hilly safari region situated along the banks of Ramganga River, and is also a popular fishing site. Ramganga River has good quantity of Mahashir fish in the river waters.Tourists can look for jeep safari in a day, and twice in the open Jeep. Maximum of 6 persons can be accommodated in Jeep. Evening safaris not allowed by CTR.
Establishment year of Jim Corbett National Park: 1936
Corbett Area in square kms: 1288.32 sq.
1) Corbett National Park : 520.82 sq. Kms
2) Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary : 301.18 sq. Kms
3) Reserve Forest : 466.32 sq. Kms
Altitude: 390-1190 m above sea level
Temperature range: 42°C during summer to 4°C in winter
Annual rainfall: 1420-2820 mm.
Main river in Jim Corbett National Park: Ramganga, Mandal, Palain, Sonanadi
Wild Animals in Jim Corbett National Park
Birds: Over 550 types of bird in Corbett
Fishes: Mahaseer, Trout, Goonch
Mammals: Tiger, Leopard, Wild Elephants, Jungle cat, Sambhar, Cheetal, Hog deer, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Slothbear, Civet, King Cobra, Muntjac, Elephant, Nilgai, Gharial, Common Musk Shrew, Flying Fox, Indian Pangolin, Hedgehog many more.
Reptiles: Gharial, Mugger, Crocodile, Python, King Cobra
Best Time To Visit
Mid-October to Mid-June is the ideal time for visiting Jim Corbett National Park.
How To Reach
By Road: Jim Corbett National Park lies close to Ramnagar. The town of Ramnagar has good land connectivity with Lucknow, Nainital, Ranikhet, Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi.
By Train: There is direct train to Ramnagar which runs from New Delhi. The tourists can also board train to Haldwani/Kashipur/Kathgodam and afterwards travel to Ramnagar by road.