Published on: 04/10/2023
Jim Corbett National Park is a paradise for wildlife lovers who want to relax in the quiet lap of Mother Nature. Earlier this park was known as Ramganga National Park, but in 1957, it was renamed Corbett National Park after the famous British hunter, naturalist and photographer Mr Jim Corbett. In his famous book - "Man-Eaters of Kumaon'' he describes hunting experiences in Kumaon. In the book, the author has clearly described the hunting of a tiger that allegedly killed 400 humans.
This national park is situated in the foothills of the vast Himalayas and is known for its lush green environment. India is famous all over the world for having the largest population of wild tigers and Jim Corbett Park is home to around 160 tigers which is 4% of all the tiger population in the world that still live in the wild. It is situated on the banks of the Ramganga river and tourists come here for sightseeing and adventure safari.
Animals that can be seen in this park include tigers, cheetahs, elephants, deer, sambar, Indian hog deer, barking reindeer, sloth bears, wild boars, Himalayan goral, baboons and rhesus monkeys. The Jim Corbett National park is home to about 600 species of colourful birds including peacock, pheasant, pigeon, owl, hornbill, barbit, chakravak, myna, magpie, minivet, pheasant, nautch, wagtail, sunbird, bunting, oriel, kingfisher, Drongo, pigeon, woodpecker, duck, teal, vulture, cranes, cormorant, hawk, nightingale and flycatcher. Apart from this, travellers can see 51 types of shrubs, 30 types of bamboo and about 110 types of different trees.
Tourists planning to visit the deserted forests of Corbett National Park can also visit Dhikala which is located on the banks of Patil Doon Valley. A panoramic view of the valley can be seen from Dhikala with the Kanda mountain range in the backdrop. On the way to Dhikala, you can get an opportunity to see various species of wild elephant, chital, deer and birds. Uttarakhand is well know for its trekking routes, a number of treks like Kedarkantha Trek, Har ki dun trek, Deoban Trek and others and it is no different in this national park. Trekking with experienced guides is a popular activity that tourists can enjoy here. Kalagarh Dam is another place which is situated to the southwest of the park. This place provides excellent opportunities for bird watching. Migratory birds, mainly Murgabis, can be seen here normally during the winter season.
Tourists can also enjoy Corbett Waterfall which is situated at a height of about 60 feet and serves as a great picnic spot. Elephant safari is available in the Bijrani and Dhikala areas of the park. Corbett National Park provides an opportunity for tourists to visit the Kosi River. The various resorts located in the park provide the necessary equipment and facilities for river rafting. Jungle safari including jeep safari provides unlimited enjoyment to the tourists. Tourists can enjoy fishing in the catchment area of the Kosi River.
You can also visit the Corbett Museum in Kaladhungi. This is the heritage bungalow of the famous British hunter Jim Corbett, with some rare pictures and some personal belongings of this particular person. Tourists can stop at Kyari Camp which is situated in the foothills of Kumaon. Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary provides an opportunity to see the Asian elephants and tigers in their natural habitat.
The Ramganga River, the Mandal River and the Sonanadi River play an important role in the ecology of the National Park. Tourists can also see ‘sots’ here which mean seasonal streams in the local language. These streams are often visited by thirsty wild animals looking for water. Sitabani Temple and Ramnagar Park are other important attractions. Besides, Jim Corbett National Park is well connected by air, rail and road. Tourists are advised to visit this park in summer and during winter.
Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the border of Corbett National Park. It is spread over an area of about 301.18 square kilometres and is known for Asian elephants and tigers. It is named after the Sonanadi River and is a typical northern Indian tropical forest. This wildlife sanctuary along with Corbett National Park forms the Corbett Tiger Reserve, which ranks second in the world with the largest population of tigers.
Sitabani is a forest area that is famous for bird watching and is the only place where tourists can walk. Tourists can visit the Valmiki temple at this place. Various species of reptiles can be seen along the river. According to a legend, the Hindu goddess Sita (wife of Lord Rama) spent a few years of her exile here. This area does not come under the management of Corbett Tiger Reserve, rather it is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India. It is the natural habitat of tiger, elephant, deer, sambar, barking deer, porcupine and king cobra. Sitabani Forest Department arranges for elephant safari in this area.
Corbett waterfall falls from a height of 60 feet and is 25 km away from Ramnagar. Is situated at this distance. This place is ideal for camping, picnic and bird watching. The forest department provides every necessary item for picnickers.
An important religious place, The Garjia temple is located on a huge rock. It is 14 km from Ramnagar. You can reach here from the Ranikhet route. In the month of Kartik Purnima, an annual fair is organized at this place.
Tourists who want to enjoy the forests of Corbett National Park are advised to visit from November to May (summer and winter). The pre-monsoon and post-monsoon times are also suitable for park walks.
The summer season here starts in the month of March and lasts till May. The maximum and minimum temperatures during summer are 40 ° C and 30 ° C respectively.
The monsoon season in Corbett National Park is between June to September. The national park receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon. Winter (December to February): The cold season starts in December and lasts till February. The maximum and minimum temperatures during this season are 30 ° C and 5 ° C respectively. During the cold season, the morning time is foggy (foggy).
If you are planning to visit you can check this list of resorts in Jim Corbett which can help you out to find a place to stay during your visit.
Taj Corbett Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand
Contact: +91 59472 66600
Address: Zero Garjia, Dhikuli Ram Nagar, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715
Google Rating: 4.5 (1.5K Reviews)
The Corbett View Resort
Contact: +91 76175 30007
Address: The Corbett View Resort Dhela, Uttarakhand 244715
Google Rating: 4.1 (1.2K Reviews)
Riverside by Aahma
Contact: +91 74550 03332
Address: Post Office, Garjia, Dhikuli, Uttarakhand 244715
Google Rating: 4.4 (1.2K Reviews)
Acorn Hideaway Resort & Spa
Contact: 011 4117 0720
Address: Jim Corbett, Village Sawal Deh West, Dhela Rd, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715
Google Rating: 4.2 (800 Reviews)
Serenity Corbett Resort
Contact: +91 88261 60088
Address: Jim Corbett National Park, Ladua Chaur, Village Dhikuli, Ranikhet Rd, near, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715
Google Rating: 4.5 (636 Reviews)
You can board a bus to reach your destination. Public buses connect Jim Corbett National Park to all the neighbouring cities. Tourists can also reach the national park from Delhi by deluxe or semi-deluxe buses.
Ramnagar railway station is the nearest railway station which is 60 km from Corbett National Park. Regular rail service connects this railway station to all major cities of the country. Taxis are available from the station to the national park which costs around Rs. 1000 per trip.
Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport which is 50 km from Corbett National Park. You will need to hire taxis to reach the national park. Pantnagar airport is at a distance of 130 km from Jolly Grant Airport National Park in Dehradun. You can also reach here from Shimla Airport, which is 267 km. The nearest international airport is New Delhi which is 260 km from the Jim Corbett National Park.
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