Jim Corbett National Park is India’s oldest and biggest National Park. It was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the Bengal Tiger. It was later renamed to Jim Corbett National Park to honour the famous British-Indian Hunter Edward James “Jim” Corbett who played a key role in its establishment. Jim Corbett hunted a large number of man-eating tigers and leopards. He was a tracker turned conservationist, author and naturalist. He authored Man-Eaters of Kumaon, Jungle Lore and many other books on his hunts & experiences.
Jim Corbett National Park is located in Nainital district of Uttrakhand state. Spread over 520.8 km2 area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands and a large lake. Dense moist deciduous forest mainly consists of sal, rohini, peepal, haldu and mango trees. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.
Corbett has been a attraction for tourists and wildlife lovers. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife. In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically.
It is among the few tiger reserves in India that allows overnight stays in the lap of the National Park. Nature watch and wildlife viewing in the park is done in an open four wheeler Jeep, caged Canter and on elephant back.
Corbett National Park has been divided into five different zones:
Jhirna Safari Zone : Jhirna is another important tourist zone in the Jim Corbett National park that is open for tourist round the year.
Bijrani Safari Zone : Bijrani Zone is very popular tourist’s hub because of its abundant natural beauty and open grasslands.
Dhela Safari Zone : Dhela is a new eco tourism zone in Corbett National Park included in tiger reserve zone in November 2014. This is the only area in the reserve’s buffer zone open throughout the year.
Dhikala Zone : Being the largest and most varied zone in Corbett, Dhikala is famous for its abundant natural beauty as well as offering the best sight for exotic fauna. Only caged Canter Safari is operated here.
Durga Devi Zone : Located on the north-eastern boundary of the Jim Corbett National Park, Durga Devi zone is the heaven on planet earth for those who are fond of bird watching.
Sonanadi Zone : Newest zone opened as Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary which is a part of Corbett Tiger Reserve. This is the only zone in Jim Corbett where tourists can walk on foot. Entry point is Vatanvasa gate and can be approached from Kalagarh and Kotdwar.
Sitabani Buffer Zone : Sitabani Zone doesn’t fall under the Corbett Tiger Reserve area. If you are fond of serene ambiance of the natural beauty, must visit Sitabani area. Opened throughout the year.
How to Reach Corbett
By Road: Ramnagar is well connected to Nainital, New Delhi.
By Rail: Ramnagar has railway station which is connected to Delhi / Moradabad / Bareilly. Ranikhet Express, Corbett Link Express and Kathgodam Express takes you directly to Ramnagar.
By Air: Nearest Airport is Pant Nagar, however suggested is New Delhi.
Where to Stay
Variety of resorts from budget to luxury are available as stay options.