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Corbett National Park

Location: Nainital

Main Wildlife Attractions: Royal Bengal Tigers, Sloth Bear,Himalayan Goral, Elephant, Leopard, Hyena

Coverage Area: 521 sq.kms.

Established: 1936

Best Time to Visit:mid-November and mid-June

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Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand covers an area of approximately 520.8 sq. km witnesses almost 70,000 visitors every season from all around the world. One of India’s largest National Park, is home to more than 488 species of fauna and 586 wildlife species.

How to reach Jim Corbett National Park?

By Air

The nearest airport to Jim Corbett National Park is Delhi airport at a distance of 295 km.

By Rail

Ramnagar Railway junction, at a distance of 12 km to the National park, is the closest railways station.

By Road

Jim Corbett National park is well connected by roads from all major neighboring locations including Ranikhet (112 km), Nanital (66 km), Delhi (260 km)and Lucknow (145 km).

What is the best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park?

For tourists, the National Park is opened between mid-November and mid-June. It is so because the rainfall is plentiful in the region and the roads are not in working conditions till the month of November. The best time to visit is between January and March as the months of November and December are little crowded and the weather is very hot from April to June.


What are the opening and closing timings of the National Park?

The opening and closing hours of the National Park is from 0630 hours to 1730 hours. Tourists can either go for full day safaris which run 0630 hours to 0930 hours and 1330 hours to 1730 hours.

What are the charges inside the National Park?

  • Entry: INR 30 half day and Rs. 50 full day
  • Vehicle: INR 75 half day and INR 200 full day
  • Guide: INR 200 half day and INR 700 full day
  • Jeep Safari: INR 1200 half day INR 1700 full day

Note: The charges may change without any prior notice.

What is Jim Corbett National Park known for?

Jim Corbett National Park is a protected sanctuary that is famous for housing the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tigers and Great Indian Elephants.

When was this National Park established?

The idea to set up a protected forest reserve was given by E. R. Stevans and E. A. Smythies in early 20th century. By 1930s, because of incessant efforts by Jim Corbett, a well known author and wildlife conservationist, the area which was to be protected was demarcated and Hailey National Park came into existence by 1936 as Asia's first national park. Hunting and poaching was completely banned in the forest soon after the reserved area was demarcated.

In the year 1954, the park was renamed as Ramganga National Park and then later renamed as Jim Corbett National Park in the year 1955, to commemorate Jim Corbett’s contribution in establishment of the protected reserve.

The Park was chosen to be the first protected ground to launch and promote Project Tiger, in the year 1974, which was an ambitious venture to protect the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tigers.

The forest management did not only focus on the protection of wildlife but also went one step ahead and took the initiative to encourage ecotourism. The flow of tourists increased drastically since the year 1991, which led to major increase in efforts to conserve the natural ecosystem of the place.

Various successful workshops on ecotourism are held all in Corbett National Park and Garhwal regions with a motive to make tourists aware about the benefits of conserving the natural order of the Park.

The widely popular and highly successful film “Wild Saga of Corbett” made by a young photographer and naturalist, Kahini Ghosh Mehta, in the year 2007 showed how each and every tourist can play their small part in maintaining the ecosystem of the National Park.

Where is Jim Corbett National Park located?

Jim Corbett National Park is located in Nainital district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

What species of flora and fauna can be witnessed inside the National Park?


  • Birds: Crested Serpent Eagle, Blossom-Headed Parakeet, The Red Junglefowl, Owls, Nightjars
  • Reptiles: The Indian Python, Crocodiles
  • Mammals: Bengal Tigers, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopards, Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, Chital Deer, Indian Elephants, Sambar Deer, Hog Deer, Chital, Sloth, Himalayan Black Bears, Indian Grey Mongoose, Otters, Yellow-Throated Martens, Himalayan Goral, Indian Pangolins, Langur, Rhesus Macaques
  • Flora

There are approximately 488 different species of flora inside the park. Highest density of trees is in Sal forests area and the lowest is in Anogeissus-Acacia catechu forests. Maximum plantations are of Jamun, Diospyros tomentosa and Mallotus philippensis.

Are there any other attractions in and around the National Park?

  • Dhikuli: This is the most famous location in the park as it offers the best views of the stunning valleys. The traditional rest house over here was constructed hundreds of years ago.
  • Kalagarh Dam: For those who enjoy watching the birds, this dam is a must visit as the location welcomes various migratory waterfowls.
  • Corbett Falls: The peaceful and tranquil environment around here is hard to match.

Can you tell me where I can stay while visiting Jim Corbett National Park?

There are various budget hotels and 3-star hotels nearby Jim Corbett National Park that provide the best of facilities and fulfilling all their requirements at affordable rates. But the best accommodations here are the wildlife lodges and wildlife resorts nearby Jim Corbett Park. Experiencing the wildlife living just a door step away is simply amazing, intriguing and exciting.

These wildlife resort serves guests with vegetarian food and spacious and luxury accommodations. Guests are never disappointed with a stay in any wildlife resort near Jim Corbett National Park.

Some of the best examples of accommodation near Jim Corbett National Park include Corbett Jungle Club, Corbett Jungle Retreat, Tiger Camp Jungle Lodge, The Wild Crest Resort, Corbett Hideaway, Manu Maharani Resort, Corbett Riverside Resort and  Corbett River View Retreat .

Any last minute tips before I visit Jim Corbett National Park?

Sure. Check out some useful tips:

  • The most convenient way to traverse the park is by availing jeep safari.
  • Do not carry any sharp objects while traversing The National Park.
  • Do not tease or harm any flora or fauna species. It is a serious offence.
  • Reach an hour before the gates open to avoid facing problems in filling out formalities.
  • Be patient if you do not see a bird or animal and traverse the park at a slow pace to get the best views.
  • Charge your cameras because you will want to click the pictures.
  • Do not spoil the decorum by drinking alcohol or eating non-vegetarian food inside the park.
  • Dark colors warn animals of approaching danger so preferably wear clothes with lighter shades.