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Corbett National Park

Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand

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).

  • Altitude:385-1100 m above mean sea level
  • Annual rainfall: 1400-2800 mm.
  • Temperature range: 4°C in winter to 42°C during summer.
  • When to Visit: Corbett National Park  remains open to tourists from mid-November to  mid-June  and remain closed during monsoons season.

 Best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park

The Jim Corbett National Park remains open throughout the year. The Jhirna zone is open round the year, the Bijarani zone gets operational from Mid of October and the core area, Dhikala zone get operational from 15th of November. The main reason for shutting of the Bijarani and Dhikala zone during the monsoons the roads get washed away. Repair work starts after the rains end and it is only in winters that roads back in motorable condition.

There are three well defined seasons in the sanctuary snuggled in Uttarakhand. Winter lasts from November to February. Summer is from March to June. Monsoon falls between months of July to October. Though open throughout the year the best time to visit Corbett is from 15th November to 15th June. The peak season is the time when all the tourism zones are open for visitors and one can visit the entire national park area.

What are the opening and closing timings of 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.

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.

 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 .

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.