Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is the oldest national park of India. The park was set up with an intention to protect the endangered Bengal tiger and is befittingly called as the ‘paradise of tigers’. The place is named after the renowned tiger hunter Jim Corbett who later turned into a naturalist and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the park. This famous wildlife destination is located in the Nainital district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
The park was initially named as Hailey National Park during the time of its establishment. After India’s independence the park was renamed as Ramganga National Park and it was in the year 1956 that the place got its present name. The Corbett National Park is an incredible blend of high hills, green meadows, swamps and River side belts and is spread over an area of 522 kilometres. Located on the foot hills of the magnificent Himalayas, the place is a perfect destination for wildlife adventure lovers. Jim Corbett Park is visited by tourists from all over the world to get an amazing peek into the untamed wilderness.
Attractions at the Park
There are plenty of safaris zones present in the Corbett National Park. The important ones are discussed below.
The Corbett Waterfall is located at 86 kms from Ramnagar. The water falls here from a height of 60 feet and is surrounded by lush greenery. It is a perfect site for bird watching, picnicking and camping. The Corbett Waterfalls with its tranquil ambience promises tourists a beautiful and pleasurable tryst with nature.
Jhirna is a popular tourist attraction located in the southern part of the Corbett National Park. A densely wooded and grassland locale, it is ideal for excellent bird viewing. Visitors can easily sight the Great Hornbills here. Jhirna is also home to wild elephants and sloth bear besides the growing population of big cats. This place in the park is also prey base of smabhar, nilgai and cheetal, making it an attractive area for the tigers.
Bijrani is an extremely popular forest ranges famous for tiger viewing. This forest range is bordered by Sal trees in the upper side and has a wide network of jungle roads. Located in the eastern boundary of Corbett National Park, Bijrani was once the part of shooting block.
Durga Devi forest range in Corbett National Park is renowned for bird viewing and also fishing the large fish species of Mahasheer. Located in the north-east corner of the Jim Corbett National Park, at Durga Devi visitors can spot some rare species of birds like little forktail, great headed fishing eagle and maroon orile to name a few.
Elephant Ride is a very popular attraction for tourists at Corbett National Park. The rides take you to the buffer and core zones of the park where you can observe the abundance of wild flora and fauna. The elephant ride is conducted by skilled professionals using tamed elephants to give visitors a lifetime experience.
Visitors can also enjoy the thrilling river rafting at the beautiful River Kosi inside the Corbett National Park. The river is considered to be a safe zone for rafting. The site is surrounded by picturesque cliff, mountain ridges and lush greenery. There are resorts located close to the place that provide necessary rafting equipment. Besides, visitors can also enjoy other adventure sports like rappelling, river crossing and climbing the rocks.
Trekking at the Corbett National Park under the expert guidance is a memorable experience for tourists. The trekking route from Kumeria to Nainital takes you through dense green jungles, streams and rivers. These trekking paths are also suitable for bird watching.
Biking in the picturesque landscape of Corbett National Park is a favourite adventure sports for visitors. Ride on your bikes to explore the innermost villages and get a chance to go deep into the forests. Professional instructors are present to assist the bikers in discovering the park. You can use your own vehicles or even hire the bikes.
Information about the Safari
The Corbett National Park is a paradise for tigers and other wild animals like wild boars, varieties of deers, leopards, jackals, wild dogs, Dole and langurs to name a few. The best way to set out exploring the Corbett National Park is by taking a safari ride. The most ideal time to watch the untamed life is during sunrise and sunset. There are different Wildlife Safaris available to explore the wonderful habitat.
Jeep Safari is the most convenient option to travel within the park and also gives a better chance to spot the tigers. It allows wildlife lovers to cover large tracts in the jungle in a shorter span of time. Moreover the jeep roof allows tourists to get a superb 360 degrees view of the jungle while maintain the personal safety of the animal watchers.
Elephant Safari remains as a traditional way to explore the jungles of the national park. Sitting on an elephant, you get a broader view of the wilderness and also it does distract the tiger, increasing your chances of spotting one.
Canter Safari or a Bus Safari can be done unrestricted zones where the area is broader like the Dhikala Zone. Canter Safaris are organised by park authorities and visitors can make advance booking at Ramnagar office. The Canter Safari can be experienced in the Corbett National Park only from 15th November to 15th June.
During Winters the timing in the morning is three hours and three and a half hours in the evening. While during the summer season the safari timing s are three and a half hours in the morning and evening respectively.Timings:
The Winter Safari timings of the Corbett National Park are from 7am to 10 am in the morning and 2 pm to 5:30 pm in the evening. During the Summers the Safari timings of the national park is 6am to 9:30am in the morning and during evening the time is from 3pm to 6:30pm.Entry Pass & Permits:
All the safaris for exploring the national park can be booked from the office of the Forest Department of Ramnagar. Visitors can also make advance booking for morning and evening timings. For these bookings a non-refundable advance needs to be made. Indian nationals must present a photo id whereas Foreign nationals need to provide their passport details at the time of bookings.
Visitors are required to take mandatory permission from the government officials for visiting the park.
Dos & Don’ts Within the Park:
- Tourists must enter the Corbett National Park only after taking obligatory permits.
- You should drive slowly in the park to avoid disturbing the wild life. Do not play any music or horn unnecessarily.
- Tourists must maintain a good distance from animals to ensure safety.
- Do not wear bright clothes to avoid distracting the animals. Also you must avoid wearing perfume.
- Carrying pistol or a gun is strictly not allowed.
- Do not litter in the national park and also avoid feeding the animals.
- Eating non-vegetarian food or drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited at the park.
There are few basic things that you must carry along with you while going on the safaris in the jungle.
- One ID Proof
- Few snacks, quick eatables and water
- Torch and extra batteries
- Insect/mosquito repellent
- Pocket knife
- Sun screen
Safety Measures to be Followed
Jim Corbett National Park allows wildlife enthusiasts to get a close glance of the wild life in the jungles. Tourists must therefore avoid distracting the animals and getting unwanted attention. Visitors must always accompany an informed Nature Guide for spotting the scenic landscapes and wildlife. Getting down from the vehicle at prohibited points can turn out to be very dangerous and life-threatening.
Best Time to Visit the Park
The best time to visit the Corbett National Park is from the months of November till June. This time is best for spotting wild animals and also enjoying the scenic surroundings of the place. Visitors must avoid visiting the national park during monsoons as most of the paths get disrupted due to rains.
Ramnagar is located at a distance of 5 kms from the Jim Corbett National Park on the banks of River Kosi. The place is a popular destination that is also an ideal spot for camping and fishing. Ramnagar is also renowned for Litchi farming.
Nainital is a favourite hill station that can be visited from the Corbett National Park. The place is dotted with lake and the picturesque location of the place makes it a must visit destination for nature lovers. There are also several attractions located in Nainital that are worth visiting.