This National Park is a forested wildlife sanctuary and one of the top 10 places to visit in Uttarakhand in India’s northern state. One of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand is Jim Corbett National Park. The park houses around 500 species of birds, and 400 types of trees.
Things to do:- Go on a jungle safari and spot the exotic animals.
Best time to visit:- It depends on where your interest lies. Let’s say bird watching is what you like then plan a trip in winters and if you want to spot the animals then summer is the best time, though it will be hot there.
Fees:- You will need to pay Rs 4500/ jeep to enter the park.
About (In Brief)
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. It is established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park.
It has the glory of being 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.
Spans over an extent of 520 square kilometers, its whole area comprises of hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands and large lake.
J. Corbett 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. Sheltering a healthy population of tigers and rare species like Otters and the endemic fish eating crocodile, the national park is one of the most sought after destinations for the wildlife buffs.
Dhikala, situated at the border of the extensive Patil Dun valley, is the most popular destination.
Zones in Jim Corbett
The Tourist Zones
In order to promote tourism in the region Corbett National Park has been divided into five different zones. These are the marked buffer or core area of the park where visitors can be part of wildlife safari and can enjoy the intriguing behavior of the animals with bare eyes at proximity.
Bijrani Safari Zone
This Zone is very popular tourist’s hub because of its abundant natural beauty and open grasslands. The entry gate of the zone is located at only 01 Km from Ramnagar city.
Jhirna Safari Zone
It is another important tourist zone in the Jim Corbett National park that is open for tourist round the year. Jhirna Gate is located at 16 km from Ramnagar city.
Dhela Safari Zone
It is a new eco tourism zone in Corbett National Park included in tiger reserve zone in November 2014. This is the only area in the reserve’s buffer zone open to tourists in CTR.
The zone is retaining the attention of large number of tourist because of its wealthy flora and fauna, open throughout the year, located at an approximate distance of 13 Km from Ramnagar City.
Being the largest and most jungle-safarivaried zone in Corbett, Dhikala is famous for its abundant natural beauty as well as offering the best sight for exotic fauna.
The entry gate is 18 km away from Ramnagar city. Night stay inside the Dhikala Tourism Zone is highly recommended for the hard core wildlife enthusiasts.
Durga Devi Zone
Located on the north-eastern boundary of the Jim Corbett National Park, Durga Devi zone is the heaven on planet earth for those who are fond of bird watching.
Entry gate is located at an approximate distance of 36 km from Ramnagar city.
Sitabani Buffer Zone
This Zone doesn’t fall under the Corbett Tiger Reserve area. If you are fond of serene ambiance of the natural beauty, must visit Sitabani area.