Jim Corbett National Park
Corbett is one of the most significant natural habitats in the world. Park is named of conservationist Jim Corbett,the popular name behind this famous park who played the key role in the establishment of the park. It was the first national park of Asia and today it has evolved to be one amongst the most popular globally renowned wildlife tourism destinations. It is renowned across the globe for its beautiful landscapes with diverse flora and Fauna.Corbett National Park is an ideal home for many great animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, Reptiles, Birds and many other wild animals.Jim Corbett Wildlife JEEP/CANTER Safari is the best thing to explore the beautiful landscapes, diverse flora, fauna and fauna collections.
Brief History of Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park and is the oldest national park in India.The forests of the Jim Corbett National Park were the private property of the local rulers prior to the years 1815-20 of the British Rule. The forests were constituted into a Reserve Forest later in 1879 and in the early 1900s the idea of setting up a national park on the territory was fed back. In a letter dated January 3,1907, Sir, Michael Keen for the first time referred to the possibility of turning it into game sanctuary despite the proposal was turned down. in 1936 this reserved forest became the first national Park of India after the United Province national Park Act enforced. The rich and wild ecosphere was picked out as a location for launching Project Tiger In 1974. Later in the 20th century the process of demarcation was initialized, owing to Corbett Tiger Reserve and today park comprises 520 square kilometres of core area and 797.72 square kilometers of buffer are means total an area of 1,318.54 square kilometers.
The park is located between 29°25′ and 29°39’N latitude and between 78°44′ and 79°07’E longitude and comprises of numerous ridges,ravines,minor streams and small plateaus secluded within the Lesser Himalaya and Shivalik. The park has been formed by the Ramganga River and its area also encompasses the Patli Dun Valley .It protects parts of the Upper Gangetic Plains moist deciduous forests and Himalayan subtropical pine forests eco regions.
The core area forms the Jim Corbett National Park while the buffer contains reserve forests (496.54 square kilometres as well as the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.
Jim Corbett National Park has a temperate climate compared to most other protected areas of India. Corbett experiences the three distinct seasons : summer, winter and monsoon. Climate of Corbett national park is good that’s why the rare species of wildlife are well-adapted to these seasonal variations and temperature. However, to get the best experience of wildlife, it’s necessary to know the weather and climatic conditions of the place.The park remains open between the months of November and June for the convenience of both the animals as well as the tourists which amiably is the best time to visit the park.
Summer (March to Mid June): 19°C-46°C
Moonsoon (Mid June to October): 25°C-30°C
Winter (November to February): 2°C-30°C
Best Time to Visit:
January to March & November to December
Jeep/Canter Safari in Corbett
Gypsy/Jeep safari is a best way to visit various parts of Corbett National .Guests can book online Jeep or Canter Safari for Six different zones of the park namely Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhikala, Dhela,Durgadevi and one Buffer Zone Sitabani Corbett Landscape.Booking at Corbett are managed by the forest officials as per the guidelines of India’s forest department. Jeep Safar booking are managed by the automated computerized system to ensure the equal distribution of safari vehicles in respective zones. Maximum 6 adults can accommodate in a jeep.
Day visit to all zones are strictly regulated by Corbett tiger reserve as per the scientifically calculated carrying capacity and Each morning and afternoon only a limited number of vehicles are permitted entry.
Guest can obtain permits for day visits to the sonanadi Ecotourism Zone from the visitor reception center located at Kotdwar.
You can get permits for day visits to other Zones online from our website.
To avoid any inconvenience,You are advised to acquaint yourself with gate timings and arrive well before the designated time.
Only authorized Vehicles,specially designed vehicles, registered with CTR ae allowed inside the Corbett national park. Dhikala Day visit permitted only through the specially designed Canter buses 16 seated via Ramganga Conducted Tours. 16 persons share the canter in one safari schedule and only 2 canters are allowed in one schedule in dhikala Zone. Morning timings of Dhikala Canter safari is 6:00 AM. To 11:30 Am and afternoon timings are 11:30 Am to 5:30 Pm.
Elephant Safari in Corbett
Jim Corbett National Park is divided into five zones in which tourism is allowed. However , elephant ride is only allowed in Bijrani and Dhikala forest Zone. The experience of touring the forest on the back of an elephant can add to the excitement of exploring the jungle.We arrange advance booking for the joy ride that is conducted outer periphery of the Corbett Tiger Reserve.You need to try on the spot for the elephant ride inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve. You can get the ride on a first come, first serve basis. A group of 3 to 4 members can go an elephant safari at the National park.One and half hour safari is conducted in both shift – morning as well as afternoon shift where you will be able to spot mammals, birds and several species of reptiles. This elephant safari takes you to mysterious thick forests and deep valleys and the creaks of its wooden howdah. Elephant safari is incomparable to any other safari when it comes to adventure and excitement. Elephant Safari gives you a close look of the common animals in the park such as the barking deer, rhesus monkey, langur, macaques, boars, peacocks, birds and many more animals.
Dhikala Tourism Zone:
Dhikala is the most well known of the popluar tourist destinations in Corbett. Dhikala is located at the border of the extensive Patil Dun valley. Dhikala forest lodge situated approximately at a distance of 35 km from Dhangarhi Gate you have to cross dense sal forest and Ramganga River with several seasonal rivers, the animals you are most likely to spot while going to Dhikala are herds of Barking deer,spotted deer, Sambhar, Elephants,Barasinga, and Fox,Hyena, Monitor Lizard and even Tigers also. Hard core wild lifer recommends a very interesting place to find accommodation in. You can easily hear trumpets of elephants and roaring of tigers from the Dhikala Rest Houses.
Garjiya Devi Temple is one of the ancient Devi temples,located in the outskirts of a beautiful village called Girjiya Ramnagar. It is situated at an approximate distance of 14 km from Ramnagar on the way to Ranikhet. Temple have an eye catching beautiful view of located over a giant rock in Kosi River. Temple attracts thousands of devotees every year because of the divinity that the place have to offer. Garjiya Devi Mandir view its huge devotee crowd mainly during the time of Kartik Poornima. Devotees reach temple after climbing several flights of stairs. Newly married Couple coming to Corbett must seek the blessings of Garjia Devi. It is also known as the festival of lights of the gods. Devi Girija is the daughter of Himalaya and wife of Lord Shiva.
Sitabani Forest Reserve:
It is nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas at an approximate distance of 10 km from Ramnagar City. The surrounding mixed sal forest is a perfect habitat for flagship species like tigers,wild elephants leopards, and ungulates like barking deer,spotted deer, wild boar and sambar. Sitabani is is only spot where many species of feathered creatures beautify the environs of area but this is not the part of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Sitabani area is popular in the Hindu epic, named Ramayana so it makes it favorite spot for touris. As the myth goes, goddess Sita, wife of Lord Rama spent her days of expulsion in Sitabani. Tourists can also catch fishes and get all excited about angling. It would indeed be a great idea to take tour to Sitabani and get a real time glimpse. Birds Watching Safari can be enjoyed to a large extend in this Landscape of Corbett National Park.
Corbett Water Fall: Located at an approximate distance of 25 km from Ramnagar City by surface. A narrow winding road and Thick teak wood jungles, 1.7 kilometers inside is an out of the world experience. The waterfall is nestled between the green foliage and cascades down into a small lagoon like pool. high fall is simply a sight to behold! Famous as the ideal camping hide out It is a best picnic spot for groups visiting Corbett National Park.You can refresh all the senses of the body and can enjoy swimming. Regular public and private transport services makes this spot the favorable place for peace seekers and nature enthusiasts.
Dhangarhi Museum: Dhangarhi gate is situated 20 km from Ramnagar railway station. The museum has been set up at the main entry gate of the park is like an introduction to Jim Corbett National Park. The museum depicts the maximum information about the land topography and wildlife species residing the park.
Kosi River: The River Kosi flows approximate to the Corbett National Park and its catchment lies partially in Corbett National Park and forms the eastern boundary of the Park. Its bed is strewn with boulders and its flow is erratic and often changes course. Though the river does not enter the National Park boundary but wild animals from Corbett come to the river banks for drinking water. The river water is clean and you can sit with your feet dipped in it The river is inhabited by Masheer and attracts many species of migratory birds too. So the area is best for bird watching and photographing them. It is a pleasure for photographers who can be assured to get some fantastic shots of the surroundings.
Bijrani Tourism Zone: Bijrani Tourism zone is endowed with vast flora and fauna .Bijrani Tourism Zone is the premium zone of the park, is the most popular with tourist looking for a day visit at Corbett national park. Bijrani is one of the main zone of Corbett which explores vast flora aand faua in Tiger Reserve Area of Corbett National Park. The Bijrani safari zone is locateded 2 km from ramnagar and most of the resorts at Corbett national park which makes it most convenient gate for visiting the park The entry point of this zone is Amdanda Gate near Ramnagar. You may have highest chances of tiger spotting during Bijrani Jeep Safari. After making entry into this park, you cross about five kilometer buffer zone while arriving at Bijrani. Then you would have chance to grab the Healthy population of wildlife, deep & dense forest with open grasslands is some of the major attractions of Bijrani wildlife zone.
Being in the lap of the nature, environmental conditions are perfect for the preservation and growth of various species of fauna in Corbett national park. This makes it the best preserved parks with 164 numbers of tigers and over 600 elephants. As per the recent survey Corbett reveals the highest density of population of tigers in the country at 20/100 square kilometers.
Jim Corbett National Park is home to around 50 mammals, 577 birds and 25 reptiles.
Birds: Corbett national park is one of the most popular destination for bird watching. Corbett national park holds remarkable place in the list of tourists who exclusively come to India for bird watching. More than 50 type’s birds are found here in Dhikala Zone of Corbett National Park. Here is the list of Species of Birds are in Jim Corbett National Park : Crimsonbreasted Barbet,,Bluethroated Barbet,Lesser Goldenbacked Woodpecker,Longtailed Broadbill,Golden Oriole, Storkbilled Kingfisher,Darter, Crested Hawk Eagle Little Green Heron, Brown Dipper, Long-tailed Broadbill,Pond Heron, Maroon Orioles,Booted Hawk Eagle,Pallas Fishing Eagle Cinerous Vulture,Himalayan Fishing Eagle Kestrel,Crested Serpent Eagle Black Partridge,Species of Forktails,Red Junglefowl,Kaleej Pheasant Common Peafowl,Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Lesser Pied Kingfisher, Indian Roller,Blackheaded Oriole,Green Beeater Great Pied Hornbill,Common Grey Hornbill,Hoopoe,Broadbilled Roller, Great Hill Barbet,Pintailed Green Pigeon,Indian Pied Hornbill Redwattled Lapwing,Spurwinged Lapwing Blue,Turtle Dove,Rock Pigeon,Chestnutheaded Beeater, Bluetailed Beeater,Whitebreasted Kingfisher Rufous Turtle Dove,Blacknaped Green Woodpecker,Roseringed Parakeet,Alexandrine Parakeet Common Myna, Spotted Dove, Indian Ring Dove, Emerald Dove,Common Hawk,Lineated Barbet, lossomheaded Parakeet,Black Drongo, Rosy Pastor,Greyheaded Myna Bronzed Drongo, etc.
Mammals: The reserve is the sanctuary for more than 50 other species of mammals.Here is the list : Monkeys, the Predators, Elephants, Antelopes and Deer, and Wild Pig,Bengal Tiger,Rhesus Macaques, Langurs, Leopards, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Fishing Cat, the Dhole (Wild dog), Jackals, Red Fox, Sloth Bear and Black Bear, Marten, Otters, Indian Civet, Mongoose, Black-napped Hare (Khargosh), Palm Squirrel, Indian Porcupine and the Long-eared Hedgehog Musk-rat, Flying Fox and the Indian Pangolin,elephants.
Fishes:goonch/cat fish, Golden Mahasheer Fish.
Reptiles:Garial Crocodile,Mugger Crocodile,Indian Python,King Cobra
More than 600 species of trees, herbs,shrubs,bamboos, climbers, grasses and ferns have been identified in the Corbett National Park. Park mainly has trees like sal, haldu,pipal,mango and rohini trees covering about 73 per cent of the entire forest region.
Corbett houses 110 different varieties of trees including bamboos, grasses, shrubs, herbs, climbers and ferns. Beside this, around 10 per cent of the area is made up of grasslands. There is high density of sal Forest area inside the park whereas low in the Anogeissus-Acacia catechu area. In addition to this, other species of trees have been artificially grown in and around the habitat which do not grow naturally like Eucalyptus,Jacaranda, Silver Oak and Teak Bottlebrush in the region. Flowering trees like Semal (red),Kachnaar (pink to white), Dhak (bright orange)and Amaltas (bright yellow chandelier shaped),Madaar (scarlet red) lend a mix of colors to the Corbett national park.The total basal tree cover is higher in Sal dominated areas of woody vegetation.
Morning Safari: 0730 hrs- 1030 hrs
Evening Safari: 1500 hrs – 1700 hrs
Morning Safari: 0630 hrs- 0930 hrs
Evening Safari: 1600 hrs – 1800 hrs
Rules and Regulations for Visitors
• Every decision of director of CTR will be final in all reservations inside the tiger reserve are provisional and can be changed for more info you contact to admin of CTR.
• Maximum two adults and two children (below 12 years) per room are allowed to stay in the tourism zone.
• No pets can be taken inside the Tiger Reserve.
• Carrying of arms of any kind is not permitted within the Tiger Reserve.
• Walking or trekking is strictly prohibited.
• Cooking is not allowed within the National Park and at Dhikala and Bijrani tourist complexes.
• Driving inside the Tiger Reserve after sunset is prohibited.
• Visitors are required to carry a litter bag while entering the Tiger Reserve and bring back their non-biodegradable litter outside the forest resrve area.
Throwing litter inside the Tiger Reserve other than in garbage bins will invite severe penalties.
• Smoking outside residential complexes/rest houses and lighting of any kind of fire is strictly prohibited.
• Official registered guide is compulsory on all excursions.
• Visitors are prohibited from taking vehicles off the designated routes thereby causing damage to plant or animal life or their habitat.
• Playing of transistors and tape recorders within the Tiger Reserve is strictly prohibited.
• Entry into the restricted zone by the visitors is prohibited.
• Shouting, teasing or chasing animals or attempts to feed them are prohibited.
• Visitors are advised to occupy the accommodation as reserved on the first day. Otherwise, the reservation will be treated as cancelled.
• Blowing of horns and driving above the speed limit is strictly prohibited within the Tiger Reserve.