Jim Corbett National Park, which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The magical landscape of Corbett is well known and fabled for its tiger richness. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett has the glory of being India’s oldest and most prestigious National Park.
Jim Corbett National Park is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Corbett is famous for its tiger richness. Park was established way back in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett is India’s oldest and most prestigious National Park. It is also being honored as the place where Project Tiger was first launched in 1973. This unique tiger territory is best known as the father who gave birth of the Project Tiger in India to protect the most endangered species and the Royal of India called Tigers.
Jim Corbett Park spreads over an extent of 520 square kilometers, and it offers experience of hills, marshy depressions, river belts, grasslands and large lakes. It is among the few tiger reserves in India that allows overnight stays in the lap of the National Park. Nature watch and wildlife viewing in the park is done in an open four wheeler Jeep and on elephant back.
It’s divided in to five different zones named – Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhela, Dhikala and Durga devi zone.
Why to Visit
Tiger is not only reason to visit Jim Corbett. This national park is a home for more than 650 species of migratory and residents birds. So, it’s must for anyone who loves bird watching. You can also get lucky to see endangered Asiatic elephant and other critically endangered species including the Ghariyal, mugger Crocodiles, the king Cobra and many more to list. Other known mammal species reside in Corbett include Asiatic Black Bear, Hog Deer, Walking Deer, Sambar, Sloth Beer, Yellow-throated marten, Otters and many more to list.
Tips for Visitors
- Permits are necessary for entering the Corbett Tiger Reserve.
- Tourists are required to carry a litter bag while entering the park any bring back their non-biodegradable garbage like plastic, bottle, metal foils, tin can etc.
- Get official registered Nature’s guide that will help you in spotting wildlife and ensuring that you do not lose your way in the forest.
- Wild animals are the actual asset of the park, respect and maintain a safe distance from them.
- It is advisable to wear the clothes of colours which merge with the natural surroundings like khaki, olive green and some other dull colours
- It is compulsory to obtain clearance certificate before leaving your place of residence within the Tiger Reserve
- Maximum two adults and two children (below 12 years) per room is allowed to stay in the tourist zone, so arrange your excursion as per the availability of rooms
- Do not carry any kind of firearms within the Tiger Reserve, it is strictly prohibited
- Smoking and lighting any king of fire is strictly prohibited within the Tiger Reserve
- Driving after the sunset is strictly prohibited inside the reserve
- Cooking is not allowed inside the National Park
- Do not take your vehicles off the designated routes thereby causing damage to plant or animal
- Do not blow horns and driving above the speed limit is strictly prohibited
- Shouting, teasing or attempt to feed animals are prohibited and will invite severe penalties
- Non vegetarian food is strictly prohibited within the Corbett Tiger Reserve
- Your permit to the National Park is non-transferable so do not try any kind of unfair means
How To reach
The park is located in the Ramnagar, a city of Uttrakhand state of India, around 260 km from New Delhi. The park is easily accessible through the Railway and Roadway routes.
By Rail: Delhi To Ramnagar
The nearest railway station from Corbett is Ramnagar which is around 12 km from the park and the station is directly connected to the railway stations in Delhi. A direct train named Ranikhet Express runs from Delhi to Ramnagar which is the best train to reach Corbett from Delhi. The train operates on a daily basis. However, Ramnagar station is the best option to reach Corbett but alternatively, you can also arrive at the Kathgodam station and visit Ramnagar by taxi or cab which will take around 3 and half hours by road.
By Road: Delhi to Ramnagar (245 KM)
Gajrola – Moradabad – Kashipur – Ramnagar
Whether you are traveling by your private vehicle or by the hired vehicle, this is the easiest and shortest road route to reach Corbett from Delhi. It’s around 245 Km of journey and takes an average of 6-7 hrs.
Charges and Timings
Normal Timings are:
Morning 6:00 AM – 9.30 AM
Evening 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Safari Timing Varies as Season Changes)
- Jim Corbett Park remains open from the mid of November to the mid of June months.
- Jhirna zone in the park that remains open for whole year long.
- Birjani zone is open from mid of October to mid of June months.
- Dhikala zone allows visitors from November 15 to mid of June.
- During monsoon period, the road of Dhikala and Birjani zones get completely washed away.
- Moreover, after the sunset, the gates of the park get closed and no drive out is allowed that time.
Normal Charges are:
INR 4800 / Jeep ( Maximum 6 Persons & 2 children (b/w – 5 to 12 years) are allowed in ONE Jeep)
INR 11000 / Jeep ( Maximum 6 Persons & 2 children (b/w – 5 to 12 years) are allowed in ONE Jeep )
Zones: Bijrani / Jhirna / Dhela / Durgadevi or Sitabani
INR 1500 / Person ( ONE Canter has 16 Seats )
INR 3000 / Person ( ONE Canter has 16 Seats )
Price includes Jeep, Driver, Permit, Guide Charges and Our Service Charges.
*Charges and timings are subject to change