Jim Corbett National Park:
Corbett National Park is leading national park in India. Corbett National Park is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Started in 1936 Corbett national park is now covers more than 520 square kms. In the year 1973 Project Tiger was first launched in India at Corbett National Park. Project Tiger was launched to protect tiger population in India. Corbett National Park is one of the few tiger reserves where night stay is allowed. Corbett National Park area consists grasslands, mountains, lakes and rivers. Tigers, Elephants, Deers & Leopards are some of the most famous animals of Corbett National Park. Apart from that few crocodile, otters are also found here. More than 50 raptors and 500+ species of birds is found here. Open Jeep and Elephant Safari is popular options for safari. Dhikala range offers stay in forest rest house close to the core areas which can be booked online. Elephant Safari and Canter Safari is option at Dhikala. Apart from Dhikala Bijrani, Jhirna and Durgadevi are other range offers open jeep safari.
Corbett National Park History:
This area was part of Tehri Garhwal (Princely State) at that time. King of Tehri give up area to East India Company for their help in war with Gurkhas in 1816.. Tribes like Buksas were cleared from this area in 1860s. In 1968 british forest department took control and farming etc was prohibited. In the early 19th century many britishers suggested this area as National park. In 1936 125 square mile area was declared Haily National Park. est national park in India. In 1954 it was named Ramganga National Park which soon named after Jim Corbett (author and naturalist) as Jim Corbett National Park. In the year 1974 Project Tiger Reserve was first launched here. Kalagarh Forest Division and Sonanadi Wildlife was added in 1991 which increased area of park further more.
Places to visit in Corbett:
- Garjiya Devi Temple
- Corbett Museum
- Durga Devi Temple
- Sitabani Temple
- Corbett Waterfall
Things to do in Corbett:
- Jungle Safari in Dhikala, Bijrani, Jirna and Durga Devi Zones.
- Elephant Safari
- Angling & Fishing
- Bird Watching
Best time to visit Corbett:
Corbett National Park is closed during monsoon season. Best time to visit here is after 15th Nov till 15th June when all ranges are open for safari. Spring season is when flowers bloom in forests between in Feb-March months. .
Accommodation & Meals at Corbett:
Many hotels / resorts are built near Corbett National Park. In Dhikala Forest Rest House is also option to stay. Camping & Homestay are also other options. North Indian food is common in most restaurants. Some hotels also offer Pahadi (Garhwali Kumaoni) food options as well.
How to reach Corbett National Park:By Road: Corbett National Park is well connected to Delhi by road. New Delhi is 260 kms drive from here. Route is via Gajrola - Moradabad Kashipur.
By Railway: Ramnagar is nearest railway station 12 kms far from Corbett National Park (Depending on zone distance may be different.). Ranikhet express is popular train among the tourist.
By Air: Pantnagar Airport is nearest airport for Corbett National Park. It is 85 kms far from Corbett. However due to less frequency of flight Delhi Airport or Dehradun Airport is also good option at approx 6-7 hrs drive.