Jim Corbett National Park

Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalays, corbett National Park lies mainly in the districts of Nanital, Almora and Pauri Garhwal. The park is fed by by the Ramganga river, the Kosi river and their tributaries. It has two main wildlife zonex - to the southest, close to Ramnagar, is the smaller portion called the Bijrani range.

Jim Corbett National Park is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers all across the country. With 160 tigers currently documented in the park, Jim Corbett is home to the largest collection of tigers in the country. The present area of the Corbett National Park is 1318.54 sq. km. including a core area of 520 sq. km. and 797.72 sq. km. of buffer area. The core area of the Corbett tiger reserve forms the  Corbett National Park while the buffer contains reserve forests (496.54 sq.km.) as well as the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary (301.18 sq.km.). The park has the prestigious honour of being the inaugural venue for the kick-off of the ‘Project Tiger’.

Situated in Nainital, Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett has a very old history. Prior to the British rule, it the hunting preserve and property of local rulers. During the British Raj, it changed hands to the British, who abjectly neglected and misused it until Major Ramsey drew up the first plan to conserve the area. The Park gets its name from Colonel Jim Corbett, hunter, wildlife preservationist and business man, who grew up killing man-eaters in the area to protect the people living endangered by it.

Travel Tips

Jim Corbett National Park is a first and foremost a Wildlife Sanctuary. It is, hence advisable to follow the norms and etiquettes set forth by the Park authorities. Do not wear flashy clothes or make loud, sudden noises when out on the Safari. It’ll scare the animals away and your entire purpose is lost. Though the park is open most parts of the year, the winter months are the best time to visit as the temperature is nice and balmy and the views spectacular. And remember to carry a camera!

Reservations for all FRHs can be done online or through the main reception office of Corbett National Park in Ramnagar.

There is an entry fee at the gates of Rs. 200 per person for the first three days and two nights and an additional Rs 100 for each additional day. The rules of the forest are very strict and tourists are denied entry into the forest past 4pm. Once you are there, look around the local markets for tribal handiwork. The towns are filled with sidewalk vendors selling all kinds of little trinkets and memorabilia - a fun way to spend the evenings there. Jim Corbett, being the last bastion of the Indian Tiger, is wildly increasing in popularity, with almost 70,000 tourists pouring in every year. So, be smart and book ahead!

When to visit

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Things to do

There are a million things to do at Jim Corbett National Park. Wildlife enthusiasts would be thrilled with the various safari packages the Park provides. Jeep Safari iscommon tourist activities and will cost you around Rs 3500 for per jeep, with a maximum of 6 people in it. There are three zones in the forest – Jhiranga and Sitabani, which are open round the year, and Bijrani and Durga Devi, which are open from 1st October till June and Dhikala which offers the most varied terrain and is open for travellers from November 15 to June 15.

Jeep Safaris to Bijrani are the most popular for spotting wild animals. If you also want to enjoy breathtaking views of nature along with wildlife, take the Durga Devi safari. The terrain in this zone gets hilly and the river Ramganga, flowing through the expanse creates many a beautiful viewpoints throughout the journey. On the other hand, if mythology interests you, the Sitabani Safari is a must for you. Though technically, it is not a part of the core Corbett National Park, this place is recorded in the Hindu mythological scriptures of the Ramayanas as the place of Sita’s exile during her Agnipariksha. Alongside, it is a paradise for ardent birdwatchers!

Apart from Jeep safaris, Elephant Safaris are also available in the Park, with a maximum of 4 people being allowed on an elephant. An interesting feature is the Open Bus or Canter Safari to Dhikla. It gives travellers the opportunity to leisurely enjoy the views of the Park while also spotting animals on the way. The Park is full of beautiful Sal trees, rolling grasslands and slopes and wondrous milieu of flora, fauna and avifauna, which is enough to keep the travellers spellbound with its abundance and beauty. And while you are there, also check out the Corbett Falls, approximately 25 kms from Ramnagar, for its spectacular beauty and glory.

Getting Around

One of the little-known delights of Corbett is not the park itself, where only the four-wheeled (jeep) or four-legged (elephant) are allowed, but the surrounding area, where visitors can walk freely.

Places to Stay

Forest Rest Houses - The first choice of die-hard wildlife enthusiasts is one of the forest rest houses located in the park. Book these well in advance. In order to stay at nay of the rest houses, make your reservation in Ramnagar and obtain your permit before entering the park.

How to Reach

  • The closest domestic airport from the Corbett National Park is 50 kms away at Phoolbagh, Pantnagar. Around 295 Kms from Corbett National Park, the nearest International airport is at Delhi. The major air-link for travellers from northern parts of India is at Dehradun and Lucknow. Preferably, passengers availing flight from within India, or other parts of the world, should reach either thePalam Airport (domestic) or the Indira Gandhi International Airport (International), New Delhi, accordingly. Both the airports have well facilitated air links within as well as outside India.
  • Ramnagar, which is about 12 km from the Park, is the closest railway station. It is the town closest to the Park, and is the terminus of the Delhi-Moradabad-Ramnagar broad gauge branch of North East Railway. The Ranikhet Express plies between Delhi and Ramnagar, departing from Delhi at 10.45 pm and arriving at 5.15 am the next day. Make sure you request the Resort/ Hotel for station transfers as it is difficult to get transport for the Park very early morning. The trains from Ramnagar for Delhi begin at 8.40 pm, reaching Delhi at 4 am the next day and run and all seven days.
  • Most people prefer to drive down to the Corbett National Park. It takes approximately six hours from Delhi to cover the 295km stretch. This route to Corbett National Park from Delhi takes you through Delhi - Hapur Garhmukeshwar - Moradabad - Thakurdwara - Ramnagar - Corbett National Park. When you are driving, DO NOT enter Moradabad City, instead take right for Moradabad Bypass. This is a common mistake many make while on the roadtrip. By Bus - There are regular buses available from Delhi to Ramnagar. Buses ply from Delhi to Ramnagar from Anand Viha randMaharanPratap Interstate Bus Terminus (Kashmiri Gate ISBT) at an interval of every half hour between 4.00 pm to 9.30 pm. Delhi Transport Corporation also runs a semi deluxe service. In case you miss the direct bus, you can follow an alternative bus route to Ramnagar, with a bus from Delhi uptoHaldwani orNainital from where there are bus services up to Ramnagar. You can get in touch with the I.S.B.T AnandVihar bus station on 011- 22141611 for more details.

Surrounding Attractions

One of the biggest tourist attractions around Jim Corbett is the town of Nainital itself. At a mere distance of 66 km, this quiet, pretty little hill station attracts quite a lot of travellers. With nicknames like The Lake District, Nainital is made up of five ‘Taals’ or Lakes, and is an all time favorite holiday destination. Another popular attraction is the Garija Temple. The Garjia temple is a huge rock in the midst of river Kosi and is about 14 Kms from Ramnagar. It falls on the way to Ranikhet and every year on Kartik Poornima a huge fair is held here.  

Another place worth visiting is Haldwani, situated about 58kms from the National Park. Popularly known as the ‘Gateway of Kumaon’ it shares its twin township with Kathgodam. The dusk and dawn at Haldwani are ones that will leave pleasant memories forever. The hills of the Kumaon region commence from this picturesque spot and the temperature steadily decreases as you climb up. Since the beginning Haldwani has been an important trading hub of the Kumaonregion, since it is well connected with Delhi, Haridwar, Lucknow and several other placesin Northern India. Transportation facilities from Haldwani to major destinations of Kumaon are well maintained and you can easily get taxis and buses to Nainital, Almora, Bhimtal, Pithoragarh, Champawat and many other places.

Important Numbers

Police Control Room-100

Fire Brigade-101 Emergency Medical-102
Disaster Control Room, Police Headquarter

The Director Ramnagar, District Nainital # 05947-253977

Park Reception # 251489 STD Code - 05947