Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India, situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, a northern state of India. Jim Corbett National Park is extending over an area of more than 500 sq km in the Himalayan foothills. Corbett national park was established in 1936, as the Hailey National Park. In 1955-56 it has changed to Ramganga National Park and finally Jim Corbett National Park.
The Main wildlife animals found in the Corbett National Park include the tiger, elephant, chital, sambar, nilgai, gharial, King Cobra, muntjac, wild boar, hedgehog, common musk shrew, flying fox, Indian Pangolin, and nearly 600 species of birds. Corbett National Park receives thousands of visitors every year. A variety of facilities are available to house tourists within and outside the park.
How to Reach Corbett National Park:
Air: The nearest international airport is in Delhi at a distance of 300 kilometers from Corbett National Park.
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Ramnagar. Moradabad is the nearest major railhead from where trains to various major cities can be boarded.
Road: Tourists looking to travel by road can avail of the semi deluxe services operated by the Delhi Transport Corporation. The other options include private buses and taxis from Delhi, Nainital and Ranikhet to Ramnagar.
Best Time to Visit Corbett National Park
Every season is the best time to visit Jim Corbett. But for others November 15 to June 15 is the best time to visit Corbett.
Corbett National Park remains open throughout the year for the visitors from Jhrina zone, from there one can enjoy jeep safari up to 30 to 35 kms. Generally, in monsoon most of the roads get washed away in the Bijarani and Dhikala zone. For that reason, in monsoons Bijarani and Dhikala zone remains closed.
Major wildlife attractions in Corbett:
The wildlife population of the park includes about 50 mammal species, 25 reptiles, and 600 bird species. The tree species of the forest number around 110. The forests of this region have always been known for their tiger population. Jim Corbett National Park is also one of the first 9 tiger reserves declared at the launch of Project tiger. Tigers are, therefore the main attraction of this National Park. Besides tigers, the other major animals that are generally spotted here include Elephants, Himalayan black beer, sloth beer, leopard, jungle cat, deer, bison, langurs, and rhesus monkeys. The Gharial and mugger crocodile can be spotted on the banks of the Ramganga River.
Other Attraction in Corbett:
Jeep Safari in Corbett:
Jeeps Safari, is the most convenient way to travel within Corbett national park, and can be rented for the park trips from Ramnagar.
Night Safari and Nature Hike:
Some animals are most active in the night and this would be a fabulous time to view them Night Safari is done on the road along the periphery of National park. However, you have to be very careful of reptiles when you walk on bituminous roads. Nature Hike is the best way to explore the jungle around the National park.
Dhikala is the most popular areas in Corbett Park. Ramganga river passes through here, and this attracts animals and birds to it. Access this area requires an overnight stay inside the Jim Corbett Park.
Garjia Temple is situated 14kms from Ramganga, which is the last bus terminal in Corbett. The temple is on the banks of the Kosi river that offers a beautiful view. You have to walk over a wooden bridge which was locally made. There are thousands of devotees who visit the temple from different places
The Corbett Waterfalls, a small but awesome view, is from a height of about 60 feet and is in the backdrop of scenic greenish forest.
River Kosi invites its guests to have a rafting in the most exciting breezy and calm waters of Kosi. The Corbett catchment area has many camping facilities and resorts, they arrange the equipments and facilities for river rafting.