Jim Corbett National Park, is the oldest national park set amidst the Himalayan foothills in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand!
It’s the perfect place to spot endangered Bengal tigers while enjoying a relaxing stay at one of the many riverside resorts.
With over 650 species of rare and migratory birds, bird watchers will feel like they’ve landed in paradise. And don’t miss out on the most popular attraction, Dhikala forest lodge located on the border of Patil Dun Valley, for stunning views and wildlife sightings.
But beware, only 180 vehicles are allowed into the park per day, so book your tickets in advance and leave your inner speed demon behind. Jim Corbett National Park is closed during the monsoons, but Jhirna, Dhela and Sitabani tourism zones remain open year-round for those brave enough to take on the elements.
Established in 1936 as Hailey National Park, it was named after Jim Corbett, a famous hunter and naturalist, and was the first place where Project Tiger was launched in 1973. The park is spread over an area of more than 500 sq km and is divided into 5 zones: Bijrani, Dhikala, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanandi to promote tourism.
Experience the thrill of a lifetime with a jeep safari, the most popular option for spotting the wilderness in an open four-wheeler. Canter safaris are also available for larger groups, but be prepared to share your adventure with strangers.
To enter any part of the Corbett National Park, a permit needs to be obtained from the forest department of Uttarakhand government. Permits for day safaris can be obtained directly at the entry gate of the zone you want to visit, while permits for staying at one of the forest rest houses located inside the national park are available at the Corbett reserve park office reception in Ramnagar city. But book early, folks! Indian and SAARC visitors can book 45 days in advance, while foreigners can book 90 days in advance, and passports are required to make the booking.
Jim Corbett National Park is segregated into five tourism zones. Bijrani zone is beautiful and lush, Jhirna Safari Zone is open year-round for tourists, and Dhela Safari Zone is the only zone in the buffer area open for tourists. Dhikala Zone is the richest zone in biodiversity, so plan a night stay to maximize your adventures. Durga Devi Zone is mainly known for bird watching, located at a 36 km distance from Ramnagar.
While Sal, Khair, and Sisso are the dominant tree species, bamboo forests (led by Male Bamboo) also dominate some areas. You’ll also find the Chir Pine, which is the only conifer tree. The diverse flora includes flowering trees like Kachnar (white tom pink flowers), Semal (huge red blossoms), ‘flame of the forest,’ Dhak (bright orange), and more.
As for the fauna, Jim Corbett has always been a favourable habitat for a significant population of endangered and critically endangered species of animal, including Asiatic elephant and Ghariyal. But let’s not forget the star attraction, the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger! Other species like Asiatic Black Bear, Hog Deer, Walking Deer, Sambar, Sloth, and more also flock every nook and corner of Jim Corbett, so keep your eyes watchful!