About Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park is the first established national park of India (1936),it was known as Hailey national park at the time of inception and established to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. It is placed in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett who was a british indian hunter and encountered a lot of man eater tiger in this region. he was a kingpin of establishment of this national park. The national park was the first park to come under the Project Tiger initiative. This national park consist approximately , 25 peptile,580 bird,50 mammal,110 tree species ,that is way this national park is heaven for nature and wildlife lovers.
This national park touches boundries of two district Nainital in kumaon region and tehri in Garhwal region. Corbett national is the First Tiger Conservation Project in India. Tourist can head to Jim Corbett national park during anytime of the year. Corbett is dispensed into 5 different zones and each zone has different geographical conditions with different visiting time period.These zones are , Jhirna Zone, Dhela zone,Dhikala Zone, Bijrani Zone, Durga Devi Zone.Amongst these zones Jhirna and Dhela remains open throughought the year.
Main Wildlife Attraction
Corbett national park is famous for mesmerising and breathtaking wildlife Species,but the royal bengal tiger has always been center of attraction for all the visitors.Corbett National Park is home for endangered asiatic elephant and ghariyal. Some of the other known mammal species lives inside of jim Corbett include Asiatic Black Bear,golden jackal, Hog Deer, Walking Deer, Sambar,little green bee eaters, Sloth Beer, Yellow-throated marten, and many more . Corbett also consists a variety of aqua fauna and birdlife with approximately 600 species ,tawny fish owl, white-Backed Vulture,orange breasted green pigeon, Pallas fish eagle, golden oriole,Indian Pitta, Scarlet Minivet and reptile, mugger Crocodiles,ghariyal, the king Cobra and many more.
Common Flora of Jim Corbett National Park
Jim corbett national park is completely cladded with around 110 tree species . The dense moist deciduous forest mainly consist trees like pipal,sal,haldu,rohini and mango covering around 72 per cent of the entire forest region and around 10 percent of this area is cladded with grasslands. This forest consist highest density of sal trees and lowest density of Anogeissus-Acacia catechu the tree species inside the forest provides a natural habitat to around 580 species of birds.A lot of flowering trees like semal,madaar,amaltas and kachnaar are also adorning the forest of Corbett National Park.
Corbett Park Safari Zone
To explore the palatable beauty of forest and wildlife In Corbett National Park visitors can enjoy jeep safari in different zones of national park while elephant safari is only available inside dhikala and bijrani zones.elephnat ride is also available outside the safari zones in the forest area and at the river side known as joy ride .
Bijrani Safari Zone
Visiting season for Bijrani zone is from 15th october to 30th june.Amdanda gate is entrance to bijrani zone amdanda is about 1.5 km away from ramnagar city,bijrani zone is one of the highest wildlife populated zone of corbett national park.Tiger encountering probability is very high at bijrani zone.bijrani zone is also cladded with a vast grassland and deep dense forest.maximum 30 no of vechiles are allowed for safari in the morning and same no. of vechiles in the evening.maximum six numbers of person can enjoy safari in one jeep.pre booking is essential for safari in bijrani zone.
Jhirna Safari Zone
Jhirna zone is at the southern corner of Corbett National Park.Jhirna zone is open throughout the year for visitors.Jhirna is about 16 km away from ramnagar city.Jhirna gate is the entry gate for jhirna zone.Morning and Evening safari are available at Jhirna zone.
Dhela Safari Zone
Dhela is new fifth eco-tourism zone is started since December 01, 2014,jhirna and dhela both are concurrent zones .Jhirna gate is the entry gate for Dhela zone.This is also a very beautiful place to visit for mesmerising flora and fauna.pre booking is essential for safari in this zone .Numbers of jeep available for safari at Dhela are 15 in morning and same no of jeeps in evening.
Durgadevi Safari Zone
Durgadevi gate is the entry gate for Durgadevi safari zone.distance from Ramnagar is around 28 km.it is placed at the north eastern boundry of Corbett National Park.This place is best for bird lovers. Lohachaur forest area at Durga Devi zone is known for leopards and wild animals.the grey headed fishing eagle is the center of attraction for a lot of wild life photographer.pre booking is essential for safari In this zone.Morning and Evening safaris are available.no of jeeps available for visitors are 11 in the morning and same in the Evening.
Dhikala Safari Zone
This zone is open for visitors from 15 nov to 15 june,Dhangarhi gate is the entry gate for dhikala zone.Dhangarhi gate is around 18 km away from ramnagar city.and dhikala is around 30 km away from Dhangarhi gate,Dhikala is most demandable zone of corbett national park because of the highest probability of tiger encountering.one can enjoy beautiful location of the forest from the watch tower situated here.pre booking is essential for dhikala safari.2 canter of 16 seater each is available in the morning and same in the evening for safari in this zone for the visitors staying is resorts.jeep safari is available in this zone onlr for the visitors staying in forest rest house.
Sitabani Safari Zone
Sitabani is a buffer zone sitabani is not a territory of corbett tiger reserve.sitabani zone is also known as corbett landscape .a very beautiful temple dedicated to hindus god shiva is also in this zone. Visitors can seeleopards, tigers, elephants,jackals, dears, wild boar many other animals in this zone.This zone is most famous amongst bird lovers specially Vulture lovers.
Summers morning 5:45am to 9:30am
Summer evening 3:00pam to 6:00 pam
Winter morning 6:30am to 10:00 am
Winter evening 1:30pm to 4:30 pm
Accommodation in Jim Corbett National Park
Two types of accomodations are available for visitors in corbett national park,private hotel and resorts which are situated in the territory of corbett national park with full fledged facilities of luxury rooms and swimming pools.another option is government rest house which are situated inside the corbett forest .
Other Visiting Destinations Near Corbett
Corbett national park is in ramnagar nainital,which is famous all over the world as lake city,nainital is surrounded by a lot of lakes ,one of the beautiful lake naital is in the center of the city,and bhimtal ,naukuchiyatal,sattal,are some of famous lakes which are placed at the easy driving distance from nainital.and a lot of beautiful places like almora ,kausani, ranikhet are reachable in 3to4 hour driving distance from nainital and ramnagar.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit corbett national park is from mid November to mid June because in this time period all the safari zones are open for visitors.but visitors are advised to check out the route condition in monsoon season because routes are sometime vanished by heavy rain in hill areas.
Any booking for day visit to corbett in rainy season is provisional and can be cancelled,depending on the weather condition, to safegaurd visitor. Hence all such bookings during this period can be done by visitor’s at their own risk and no refund of money can be claimed if it is cancelled due to bad weather conditions.