Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most famous and oldest national parks in India. It is also one of the best places for summer and winter vacation in India. Jim Corbett National Park is visited by tourists throughout the year especially in summers and winter and is always on the top list of any traveler or one who is planning a holiday in Uttarakhand. Jim Corbett National Park has everything a tourist wants like Jungle Safari, scenic view of nature, bird watching for bird’s lover, adventure activities and many more.
Jim Corbett National Park is situated on the foothills of the Himalayas in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The Corbett National park is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve. Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936 during the British Raj and named Hailey National Park after William Malcolm Hailey. In 1973, it was the first place where Tiger Project was launched. It is also identified for housing the endangered Bengal tiger. This park is spread over more than 500 sq km and divided into five zones such as Bijrani, Dhikala, Durga Devi, Jhirna, and Sonanandi to encourage tourism.
It is heaven for bird watchers and nature lover because more than 586 species of birds live here and also you will get to see wide variety of wildlife. Corbett National Park is also popular for wildlife safaris. If you are an adventure seeker, bird watcher or animal lover then Jim Corbett National Park is the perfect place for you. Enjoy your weekend in the tour of Jungle and has multiple resorts situated on the riverside to stay overnight.
Flora and Fauna in Corbett National Park
Flora: There are 488 different species of plants that have been recorded in the park. Density of trees inside the park is higher in the areas of Sal and lowest in the area of Anogeissus – Acacia catechu forests.
Fauna: Different variety of wild animals are found in the park including elephant, nilgai, tiger, sambar, king cobra, muntjac, wild boar, common musk shrew, flying fox, Indian pangolin, hedgehog, chital and more than 586 species of local and migratory birds have been categorized in the park including , blossom-headed parakeet, red jungle fowl, serpent eagle and many more. 33 species of reptiles, 7 species of amphibians, 7 species of fish and 36 species of dragonflies have also been find.
Safari Zone in Corbett National Park
Jhirna: Jhirna is the only zone in Jim Corbett National Park which remains open throughout the year. Also, Jhirna is popular among the animal lovers who can see the presence of the wild bear. It is the best and most comfortable zone for tourist to see the scenic beauty of the park.
Bijrani: The area of Bijrani Zone is blessed with mixed arrangement of the natural and artificial features of an area. From 1st October to 30th June is the best time to visit. The probability to seeing a tiger in Bijrani Zone is more as compared to other zones of Jim Corbett National Park.
Dhikala: Dhikala is situated at the border of Patli Dun valley. This is the largest and most varied zone in Corbett which offers ample opportunities to stay overnight in rest house, which was built hundreds of years ago.
Sonanadi: The sonandi zone remains open for tourist throughout the year and also the best time to visit the park from November to April. The zone is situated nearby Jim Corbett National Park. In Sonandi zone tourists can see Asiatic Elephants, Tigers and many other species in the natural park.
Durga devi: Durga devi zone is Located at the north eastern boundary of the Jim Corbett National Park, It is the heaven on the earth for those who are fond of bird watching. The Entrance of gate is positioned at a distance of 36 km from Ramnagar city. The zone is one of the most diffult treks to visit for the tourist, it remains open from November to June. Mahasheer fishes which are trendy in the world are seen here in large number where tourists can also enjoy fishing extremely well.
Sitabani Buffer Zone: The zone doesn’t come under the Corbett Tiger Reserve area. But, if you want to see the serene atmosphere of the natural beauty, you must go for a day outing at the Sitabani area.
Dhela Safari Zone: It is a new eco-tourism zone in the Corbett National Park which was included in the Tiger Reserve Zone in November 2014. This is the only area in the reserve’s buffer zone open for tourist in CTR. It is situated at a distance of 13 Km from Ramnagar City.
Best time to visit Jim Corbett
The best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park is in the months of March to May because during this time weather remains moderate, so you will be able to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. It remains closed from Jul to Oct during the monsoon season but Jhirna, Dhela and Sitabani tourism zones remain open for tourist throughout the year. Safaris are organized in all the zones by two shifts by the guidance of forest officer in all the zones.
Please Note: It’s always judicious to pre-book safaris to arrival, especially during weekends as there are only 60 vehicles permitted inside the Corbett National park at a moment. Depending on the number of tourist, the estimated cost of safari vehicles will be b/w Rs 2500- 4000. Tourist can directly communicate to the hotel and book their Safaris slots.
How to Reach Jim Corbett National Park
By Road – Jim Corbett National Park is situated in Nainital District, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand. It is very well connected to rest of India through network of Roads. From Delhi, Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun you can reach Nainital by State transport buses which are directly available.
By Train – The nearest railway station is Ramnagar Railway Station (5km) and many trains connect to Ramnagar from various cities of India.
By Air – The nearest airport for Jim Corbett National Park is Pantnagar Airport 80 km.
Tips before Travel
- Please note that there is no fuel station beyond Ramnagar. So before entering the park you should refuel in your vehicle.
- This is not a zoo, this is a national park and Tiger Reserve, so animals move freely inside the park. Please do not expect wild animal everywhere and every time.
- Out of 5 safari zones, Jhirna is the only zone in Jim Corbett National Park which remains open for throughout the year including monsoons. Tourist arrival is less during the monsoons, if you would like to avoid unnecessary crowd then you can visit during monsoon.
- Please be a Responsible tourist and follow the guidelines by the authorities.
Do's and Don’ts in Corbett National Park
- take proper permits from the office before entering the Corbett National Park
- Appoint a tour guide at the time of entering the jungle (forest) as they will take you to all the places where you can see animals and birds.
- Follow the right tracks.
- Keep safe distance from the wildlife.
- Wear less bright clothes as it may distract the wildlife.
- Use biodegradable product inside the park.
- Don’t carry luggage and any non-biodegradable products like bottle, plastic, metal foils, etc. on safari tour.
- Don’t carry any harmful substance in the park like gun or pistol.
- Don’t get down from your vehicle, while on a safari tour.
- Non-vegetarian food and alcohol is rigorously banned inside the park.
- Do not do smoking inside the park.
- Don’t use flashlights when clicking photos of animals because their eyes are very sensitive
- Don’t throw litter inside the park.
- Do not provide food or meals to animals.
What to do in Jim Corbett National Park
Jungle Safari is one of the most preferred activities for which tourist come to Jim Corbett National park. Travelers can do Jungle safari with many options like Elephant Safari, Jeep Safari and Canter Safari. If person is more adventurous, so for that elephant Safari is an option. Jungle safari offers to watch wild animal like elephants, deer, leopards and many more. If one is lucky, travelers may get to see the jungle’s king and the Bengal tiger, they could make a royal entrance.
This Park is an ideal spot for wildlife photographers, also for wildlife fans. One can capture beautiful photographs of different variety of flora and fauna in the park and make their memorable day.
More than 586 species of birds and migratory birds have been recorded in the Jim Corbett National Park such as Eagle, spot-bellied eagle owl, white-tailed Rubythroat, etc.
Ramganga River offers ample opportunities for catching fishes. Licensed fishing camps are set up on the bank of river. Mahasheer fishes which are trendy in the world and seen here in large number where tourists can also enjoy fishing extremely well.
Rafting is another adventurous activity in Corbett National Park. Grade I and Grade II rapids are held at Jim Corbett National Park.