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Jim 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.

Understand[edit]

Dense forest area in Corbett National Park

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 favourite 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

This park has almost 488 species of plants, 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 1400 mm and 2800 mm.

Get in[edit]

The park is normally accessed from the town of Ramnagar, which is a two hour drive to the north.

The main areas (Dhikala and Bijrani) of the park are closed 16 June–14 Nov for the monsoon season. Jhirna and Sitabani (the 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 on the other side of the park. Travellers can use their own vehicles from Kotdwar towards Jim Corbett.

Safari[edit]

Booking 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

The cost for a safari is ₹5500 per gypsy, which will include permit, guide fee and gypsy charges for a 3 hour ride. Bookings of safaris starts 45 days in advance.

Canter Safari is done in Dhikala zone of Jim Corbett. It is a 5-hr safari ride and one canter can accommodate 6 person at a time. A ticket to the canter safari costs ₹1600 per person.

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. 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 and leaving early morning for Safari, as the Dhikala rest house is in the core area of the jungle.

Dhikala 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.

The 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 than Dhikla.

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 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 among birdwatchers.

Corbett Museum: Tourists can learn 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 honourable 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 Ramnagar, from the various travel agencies:
  • Birdwatching: There are many spots and location in and around Corbett and Ramnagar city which offer very good sightings and photography opportunity of birds.
  • Riverside camp in Corbett (Riverside camping), Jim Corbett National Park Nainital, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715 (by road), +9111-47094166, . One side water, the other side forest.
  • Canter Safari (Dhikala Canter Safari), +91 8077146567. The Canter Safari is the best way to explore the exotic wildlife in the Dhikala zone. A canter is a minibus-sized open vehicle that can accommodate 16 people.
  • Riverside Resorts in Jim Corbett (Riverside Resorts in Corbett), Jim Corbett (By Road), 9210065071, . There are lots of Resort located near the river which given an immense pleasure. 7000.

Buy[edit]

You can buy souvenirs and books at the souvenir 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, . 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.

  • st Dhikala forest rest house. All basic facilities. Electric fences are present around the housing area. High in demand so it is always advisable to book well in advance. Maximum stay of 3 nights at a time is permitted. Double: ₹2500.
  • 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, . 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, . 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.
  • Tiger Kingdom Resort, Dhikuli, Corbett National Park, Ramnagar, +91-7317076666, . Beautiful balance of luxury and exclusivity amidst the background of the Jim Corbett National Park.
  • Aranya the Kanan Resort, Himmatpur Villag, Jhirna Road, Ramnagar. An eco-friendly luxurious resort in the lap of Corbett city. Equipped with air-conditioning and heating.
  • Aahana Resorts in Corbett National Park (Aahana the Corbett Wilderness), P.O. Semalkhaliya, Ramnagar, Nainital District (by road, 8 km from Ramnagar Railway Station), +91 11-47094166, . Aahana Resorts offers spa, pool, restaurants, activity areas, meeting room, and safari facilities, free Wi-Fi (in the lobby), outdoor pool, parking, bar, gymnasium/health club.
  • 2 Corbett Panorama Resort (Panorama), Teda Village, +91 9897652893, . Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 10AM. Nestled close to the protected jungle ranges, Corbett Panorama is in Teda Village of the Corbett Landscape tourist zone, also known as Pawalgarh tourism zone. Surrounded with green forest and natural views of Corbett jungles. Manicured lawns.
  • Corbett River Creek Resort, Marchula, Jim Corbett National Park, +91 11 40844911, . Check-in: Noon, check-out: 10AM. ₹5000.

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 centre in Uttarkashi district. You can visit Yamunotri temple with ample trekking opportunity at places like Dodital.
  • Nainital: A beautiful hill station located 60 km from Jim Corbett.
  • Mukteshwar: Mukteshwar is a hamlet made famous by Jim Corbett who penned the novel The Man Eaters of Kumaon about tigers and leopards.
  • Ranikhet: A hill station in Uttarakhand. Also, a cantonment town, home to the highly decorated Kumaon Regiment and Naga Regiment of Indian Armed forces.
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