About Jim Corbett National Park
It is the oldest national park in India was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger.
It is located in Nainital District and Pauri Garwal of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett a well-known hunter and naturalist. The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative.
The park has sub – Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characteristics. An ecotourism destination, it contains 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna. The increase in tourist activities, among other problems, continues to present a serious challenge to the park’s ecological balance.
Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its landscape and wildlife. In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park.
Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2 (201.1 sq mi) area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands, and a large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 to 4,000 ft (400 to 1,220 m).
Winter nights are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September. Dense moist deciduous forest mainly consists of sal, haldu, peepal, Rohini, and mango tree. Forest covers almost 73% of the park, 10% of the area consists of grasslands. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species, and 25 reptile species.
What to wear in JIM Corbett Park
When you want to plan for the weekend, I think two days are sufficient to view Jim Corbett Park.
If you are going Jim Corbett national park sometime in April or June – Light cotton shirts and light pants or shorts are recommended. Khakis and Cargos go well.
Take along a dark pair of sunglasses and don’t forget your safari hats to complete the look (and for the functionality of it).
Take your children to Jim Corbett is safe.
To be very precise, Yes you can take your children to Jim Corbett Safari. The forest management team takes great care of the forest and maintains the path for jungle safaris and the drivers are well trained and know-How to solve a difficult problem that might happen during the safari tours.
Inside accommodation in Jim Corbett Park
Dhikala Forest Lodge
Jim Corbett National Park is the sole national park in India that offers night stay inside its Jungle. Dhikala forest lodge is a historic structure, have been built over hundreds of years ago by Britishers. This old rest house is very much popular among tourists.
There a lot of good hotels available under you budget if you are not getting a room in the Dhikala forest lodge.
Food & Alcohol In Jim Corbett
The best option for food in Corbett tends to be the hotels and resorts here. They offer rich and delicious North Indian, Chinese, Mughlai, Continental, Kumaoni, and local cuisine.
Don’t miss the Chicken, Kebab, and other barbeque delicacies here. However, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited inside the park.
The local cuisine offers a number of delicacies with Bhaang Ki Khatai, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potato dish), Rus ( a preparation of many dals) being just some of the popular items here.
You can carry Alcohol with you in your luggage into Jim Corbett. Just don’t drink it within the park!
Best option inside Corbett own car or hire Gypsies.
The Corbett website : Tourists can drive their own cars inside Corbett or can hire private Jeeps/Gypsies from Ramnagar.
It is advisable to refuel vehicles before entering the park because there is no fuel station beyond Ramnagar.
According to Sightings Index by WildTrails, the best zones to visit for tiger sighting and safari tour in Jim Corbett National Park are the Bijrani safari zone, Dhikala Safari Zone and Dhela Safari Zone.
The jeep safari tours are allowed in two shifts inside the
Corbett tiger reserve in all of the tourism zones.
Best time to visit Jim Corbett
Corbett lets you visit the Park all year long, but the best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park is between November and February i.e, during the winter season when all the zones are open, and you can spot the most animals. Summers, though hot, isn’t unbearable.
As long as tourists obey the rules of the park they are visiting, it is absolutely safe to go on an open vehicle safari.
Top Places To Visit
The top sightseeing places in Corbett national park are Jungle Safari in Corbett National Park, Elephant Ride in Corbett National Park, Corbett Waterfall, River Rafting in Corbett National Park, Garjiya Devi Temple, Corbett Museum.
How to reach Jim Corbett National Park by road
Connected with the NH34 and a wide network of roads with the nearby cities, Roadways is one of the most preferred options for the tourists to travel down to Jim Corbett. Instead of a private taxi, jeeps are widely popular amongst tourists to explore Jim Corbett, for the convenience it gives in the area. Many buses, ranging from Government to Private and AC to Sleeper, ply down to Corbett from Delhi, Ramnagar, Dehradun, Gaushala, and Kotdwar, the major connecting links to Corbett. Roadways are the most direct way to make it to Jim Corbett.
The three major railheads located in the proximity of Jim Corbett are Ramnagar, Gaushala, and Kotdwar at a distance of 86 km, 69 km and 110 km respectively. Some trains from several adjoining areas come down to these stations, thus offering better connectivity to the tourists for reaching Jim Corbett. Regular bus services and taxi/jeep services are available from these cities to help visitors travel down to Jim Corbett quickly.
Local transport in Jim Corbett National Park
Jeep and elephant safaris are some of the best ways to delve into the wilderness.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
The destination may have travel restrictions in place. We request you to keep track of the latest government-mandated restrictions and plan your travel accordingly.
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2) Check the latest Domestic Travel Guidelines issued by the Indian State Governments.
3) Recommended: Get a COVID-19 test before you travel.