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Corbett National Park

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Corbett National Park is in the State of Uttarakhand in the Himalayan North region of India. The park is open to visitors from mid-September to mid-June.

Dense forest area in Corbett National Park

Understand[edit]

Once inside the park, one gets to enjoy a spectacular panorama of the jungle, reminding one of Kipling's Jungle Book. Apart from this, one can see, observe, and photograph several many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, flora, etc. Corbett National Park has been the hot favorite getaway for the tourists, wildlife fans, and adventure seekers since many years. However, only a few selected regions of the Corbett Tiger Reserve are open for the tourists to explore its spectacular scenery and the varied wildlife. The number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park from India and other countries.

History[edit]

The park was created as the Hailey National Park after Governor Hailey, on August 6, 1936. It was India's first national park. After independence, the park was renamed, this time after the Ramganga River, and was hence called the Ramganga National Park. The park was renamed again in 1957. It was named after James E. Corbett who helped to set up the park and spent most of his life in the area.

The area of the park was increased in 1991 when the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary was added to the park.

Landscape[edit]

Flora and fauna[edit]

White-Capped water-redstart

Flora: There are almost 488 species of plants in the park.

Fauna: This park has almost 33 species of reptiles, 7 species of amphibians, around 7 species of fish, and 37 species of dragonflies.

Climate[edit]

There are three well defined seasons: the winter season which lasts from November to February, the summer season which lasts from March to June, and the rainy season which covers the rest of the months. The summer rains cause flooding in the park. The temperature in the winters can go down to 4 °C at night and the entire jungle is dry in the summer months as the temperature goes up to 44 °C. The annual rainfall in the park ranges between 1400mm and 2800mm.

Get in[edit]

It is normally accessed from the town of Ramnagar, and is a two hour drive to the north.

The main areas (Dhikala and Bijrani) of Jim Corbett National Park are closed from 16 June - 14 Nov for the monsoon season. Jhirna & Sitabani (Buffer Zone) remain opened all year round.

Fees and permits[edit]

At the office in Ramnagar you can buy the tickets to get into the park. One can also enter the park through Kotdwar, which is situated on the other side of the park. Travellers can use their own vehicles from Kotdwar towards Jim Corbett. You can contact at +91-9690049033 or mail at: corbettparksafari@gmail.com, for assistance with your safari permit and gypsy bookings.

Safari[edit]

Safari has to be done in Forest Department registered fully open 4-wheel drive Gypsy with a seating capacity of maximum 6 people. Every safari is better to be accompanied by a registered Naturalist / Guide.

A herd of elephants

Each gypsy costs about ₹1800-₹2500, depends upon the negotiation for two days. Bookings of safaris starts 45 days in advance for Indian Nationals and 90 days in advance for Foreign Nationals.

Safari timing[edit]

Depending upon the season, the morning safari in all the zones starts at around 5:45 AM, 6AM or 6:30 AM. And the afternoon safari starts from 1PM, 1:30 PM, or 2PM.

Get around[edit]

Map of Corbett National Park

In Ramnagar you can organize a 4WD with a driver.

See[edit]

To see a tiger, you should plan on taking more than one day of safari, because there aren't that many tigers. chances of sighting tigers can be significantly raised by staying at Dhikala Forest rest house & leaving early morning for Safari, as Dhikala is rest house is in the core area of jungle.

Dhikala:

It is one of the most popular destinations in Jim Corbett National Park for tourists. Dhikala Forest Rest House, located on the banks of Ramganga River, offers an amazing and uninterrupted view of the Ramganga Reservoir and famous Chaurs (Grasslands) of Dhikala.

Bijrani:

Bijrani area was once formed part of a shooting block. This shooting block area covers the entire in and around area of Bijrani. This place was most famous during the British time for hunting. Bijrani terrain is drier in comparison to Dhikla and it also has more diverse vegetation then Dhikla

Jhirna:

Jhirna is a rest house which lies inside the south area boundary of the park. This rest house is on the road from Ramngar to Kalagarh. Landscape in this area is drier than Dhikla. Jhirna was one of the farming village till 1994 and after that it was taken under project tiger.

Durga Devi:

All those who are avid bird lovers shall not miss this zone. From the Black Chinned Yuhina to Maroon Orile to Grey Headed Fishing Eagle. Further, tourists will be glad to know that it is the same zone where the endangered Mahsheer fish come to breed.

Dhela Zone:

It is the newest zone in Corbett National Park. Opened on 1 December 2014, the zone only allows day visits. Unlike other zones, tourists can roam in this zone under the guidance of security personal. It is the first time that such facility has been introduced in this park. This zone is very famous place among birdwatchers.

Corbett Museum: Tourists can know about the life history of Mr. Jim Corbett and see some of his belongings in the museum.

Do[edit]

"Elephant safari: As per orders by honorable High Court of Uttarakhand, Elephant safari has been permanently banned inside and outside the park from July 2018 onwards.

  • Jeep safari: This is one more way to explore the beauty of this national park. Jeeps to visit the park can be taken on rent from the Ramnagar, from the various travel agencies.
  • Birdwatching: There are many spots and location in and around Corbett and Ramnagar city which offers very good sightings and photography opportunity of birds. You can contact Mr. Prashant who is a birdwatcher from Corbett and organize local and outstation birdwatching tours. Contact him at: +91-8126171822
  • Riverside camp in Corbett (Riverside camping), Jim Corbett National Park Nainital, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715 (By Road), +9111- 47094166, e-mail: . One side water another side forest.

Buy[edit]

You can buy souvenirs and books at the souvenier shops in Ramnagar city.

Eat[edit]

Good food is available at canteens in Guest Houses (Dhikala, Gairal, etc) and also at the entrance gates (Dhangari). Non-veg food is not allowed inside the park.

  • 1 Corbett Treat Resort (Cafe HoHo), Dhela Zone, RamNagar, +91-9873289303, e-mail: . Cafe HoHo is a premium restaurant in Corbett National Park. Cafe HoHo is the subsidiary of Corbett Treat Resort. Their speciality is local kumaoni and traditional Indian food.

Drink[edit]

Drinking alcohol is prohibited inside the park.

Sleep[edit]

Lodging[edit]

A few guest houses are available, Dhikala and Gairal being the most sought after. Advance booking can be done at tourism office at Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. On the spot booking can be done at Ramnagar. A stay is very reasonable. Around ₹2500 is charged for double bed room with all basic facilities (st Dhikala forest rest house). This guest house is high in demand so it is always advisable to book well in advance. Maximum stay of 3 nights at a time is permitted. Electric fences are present around the housing area.

  • 1 Jim's Jungle Retreat, Village & PO Dhela Ramnagar (Southern boundary of the park, roughly 2 km from Jhirna forest gate), +91 11 43516376 , +91 11 47537647, e-mail: . Provides accommodation in 18 lodges and cottages with attached bathrooms, running hot and cold water. Also provides outdoor activities, jungle safaris, bonfires, bird watching, jungle tail, etc.
  • Nadiya Parao Resort, Dhikuli, Ramnagar, +91-9720104372, e-mail: . 4-star resort amidst the jungle 5 minutes’ drive from the Jhirna & Bijrani Safari Zones has 53 rooms and cottages.
  • Namah Resorts, +91-8392914912. Surrounded by lush greenery, on the bank of the River Kosi at Corbett National Park, close to the wildlife sanctuary. ₹9000.
  • New Everest Hotel, +91-9758170008. In the middle of Ramnagar city is a budget property which was also featured in famous magazines like Outlook Traveller. ₹1200 onwards.
  • Tiger Kingdom Resort, Dhikuli, Corbett National Park,

Ramnagar, Uttarakhand - 244715, +91-7317076666, e-mail: . Beautiful balance of luxury and exclusivity amidst the pristine natural background of the Jim Corbett National Park.

  • Aranya the Kanan Resort Aranya- The Kanan” an eco- friendly luxurious resort in the lap of Corbett city. Aranya- The Kanan” situated in Himmatpur Village, Jhirna Road, Ramnagar.
  • Aahana Resorts in Corbett National Park (Aahana the Corbett Wilderness), P.O. Semalkhaliya, Ramnagar, Nainital District, Uttarakhand 244715 (By Road, By Rail(8 km From Ramnagar Railway Station)), +91 11- 47094166, e-mail: . Aahana Resorts offers spa, pool, restaurants, activity areas, meeting room, and safari facilities, Free WiFi Internet(Lobby), Outdoor Pool, Parking, Bar, Gymnasium/Health Club, Conference Facilities etc.
  • 2 Corbett Panorama Resort (Panorama), Teda Village, +919897652893, e-mail: . Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 10:00. Nestled very close to the protected jungle ranges, Corbett Panorama is in Teda Village of the Corbett Landscape tourist zone, also known as Pawalgarh tourism zone. Its unique location makes it an ideal place for perfect leisure holidays with family and friends - surrounded with green forest and natural vistas of Corbett jungles. You can hear birds chirping early in the morning, enjoy the afternoon siesta on its well manicured lawns, and immerse yourself in the majestic star displays during a clear night.

Camping[edit]

There are several camps you can choose to stay at. The facilities in these camps are in surprisingly good condition: hot buckets, nice food, and good beds.

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Don`t wear bright clothes as it tends to attract animals. Also don't stroll at night or in the early morning by yourself. In Dhikala zone don`t bring food, or else you will be attacked by groups of monkeys.

Go next[edit]

Yamunotri: Yamunotri is a famous pilgrim center in Uttarkashi district. You can visit Yamunotri temple with ample trekking opportunity at places like Dodital.

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