Jim Corbett National Park

JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK TRAVEL GUIDE

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Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day

Base Station: Ramnagar (4 Kms)

Nearest City to Jim Corbett National Park: Dehradun (232 Kms), Delhi City (261 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Jim Corbett National Park: November to June

Peak Season: April to May & November to December

State: Uttarakhand | District: Nainital

Jim Corbett National Park Weather: Summer: Maximum - 40°C and Minimum - 24°C
Winter: Maximum - 25°C and Minimum - 4 °C

At a distance of 4 km from Ramnagar Railway Station, 65 km from Nainital, 232 km from Dehradun, and 261 km from Delhi, Jim Corbett National Park is India's oldest and most popular National Park situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The Park acts as a protection zone for Bengal Tigers of India. It is one of the wellknown Uttarakhand tourist places.

Corbett National Park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. After India's independence the park was named as Ramganga National Park but later in 1956, it was renamed after Jim Corbett - the famous hunter turned conservationist and author, who played a major role in the establishment of the national park. The area came under Project Tiger in 1973. Spread over an area of about 520 sq. km, out of which 330 sq. km forms the core area, the park supports mixed deciduous and Sal forests, and Savannah grasslands. Owing to its location in the Himalayan low lands, many streams flow through the park, supporting the diverse vegetation. The altitude of this park ranges from 360 m to 1,040 m.

Corbett National Park is one of the best managed and protected areas in the country and attracts thousands of Indian and Foreign visitors each year. It is home to around 50 species of trees, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species. The park is also home to wide variety of wildlife including Tigers, Elephants, Chital, Sambar Deer, Nilgai, Gharial, King Cobra, Muntjac, Wild boar, Hedgehog, common Musk Shrew, Flying fox and Indian Pangolin.

In order to promote tourism in the region, Corbett National Park has been divided into 5 different zones, Bijrani, Dhikala, Jhirna, Durgadevi, and Dhela. Dhikala Ecotourism zone opens after monsoon on 15th November for day visit, while Durgadevi and Bijrani Zones open from 15th October onwards. Bijrani, Dhikala and Durgadevi zones are closed from June 15th onwards. Jhirna and Dhela remain open throughout the year for day visits.

Bijrani 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 4 km from Ramnagar city. The probability of spotting a tiger in Bijrani Zone is high as compared to other zones of Jim Corbett National Park. It is easy to avail forest rest house accommodation at this zone. Jeep Safari and Elephant safari are available here for visitors.

Jhirna Zone is another important tourist zone in the park that is open for tourist throughout the year. Jhirna Gate is located at a distance of 15 km from Ramnagar city. Dhela Safari Zone is a new eco-tourism zone introduced in November 2014. This is the only area open to tourists in the Tiger Reserve's buffer zone while the remaining are located in core zone of the park. This zone located at a distance of 15 km from Ramnagar City.

Dhikala Zone, the largest and most varied zone in Corbett, is famous for its abundant natural beauty as well as offering the best sight for exotic fauna. The entry gate is 20 km away from Ramnagar. Night stay inside the Dhikala Tourism Zone is highly recommended for wildlife enthusiasts. Durgadevi Zone is located on the north-eastern boundary of the Jim Corbett National Park and is the heaven for those who are fond of bird watching. Entry gate is located at an approximate distance of 30 km from Ramnagar.

Permits for day visits to these zones are available online on Park website. The Day Visit/Jungle Safari is done only with vehicles registered with the park administration as private vehicles are not allowed inside the park. It is always advisable to book safaris prior to arrival, especially during weekends as there are only 60 vehicles allowed inside the Corbett National Park at a time. Apart from Ramnagar, accommodation facilities are available in Dhikala, Sarpdhuli, Gairal, Sultan, Bijrani, Malani, Jhirna, Dhela, Halduparao, Kanda and Lohachaur in the Sonanadi Tourism Zone.

Ramnagar is the gateway to Corbett and the nearest airport is at Pantnagar, 82 km away while Delhi is the closest international airport which is 261 km away. Ramnagar railway station is the nearest railway station which is well connected by train with Moradabad, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haridwar, Mumbai, Howrah, Dehradun, Agra and Jaisalmer. Ramnagar can also be reached by bus from Nainital, Delhi, Haridwar, Dehradun and Chandigarh.

The best time to visit Corbett National Park is from November to June while peak seasons are December & May. The major areas of the park remain closed for the rest of the year. However, the buffer zones Jhirna and Dhela are open throughout the year.

Safari Timings: 5.30 AM - 8.30 AM & 3 PM - 6 PM

Jeep Safari (Max 6 Persons) - Rs. 4000 per Jeep for Indians & Rs. 7000 for Foreigners

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HOW TO REACH JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK


By Air

Nearest Airport: Rudrapur - Pantnagar Airport (84 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Ramnagar Railway Station (4 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Ramnagar (2 Kms)

10 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK


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At a distance of 4 km from Ramnagar Railway Station, Bijrani zone in Corbett National Park is the most famous among day tourists. Its entrance is at Amdanda, after entering through Amdanda gate, one can cross about 5 km of buffer zone before reaching the core safari area.

Bijrani is a beautiful spot and is known for its vast grass lands, deep forest, stormy drains and wildlife. Once a part of a shooting block, area in and around Bijrani is dry and also has more diverse vegetation. The terrain was famed for the quality of game hunting, during the British period.

To visit Bijrani, permission needs to be obtained from The Director, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Ramnagar. Maximum 30 vehicles are allowed to travel into Bijrani during morning and same number of vehicles are allowed in the evening hours. For morning safari advance booking is required and for evening safari, permits are given on first come first serve basis. Bijrani has a forest lodge which has six rooms and a dormitory .....


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At a distance of 4 km from Ramnagar Railway Station, Elephant safari in Bijrani is the only way to see the wild animals closely and spend more time with them. The experience of sitting on the back of an elephant and passing through the lush green forests of Jim Corbett leaves unforgettable experience.

Along with elephant and expert Mahout, visitors can go deep into mysterious forest, rugged track, scenic valley with vast grassland and a beautiful river flowing through. It is an adventure feeling when one can go close to tiger or herd of wild elephant. In Corbett, it can be done in the core as well as the buffer zone of the national park. Elephant safari is available for day visitors & resident visitors in Bijrani Zone.

Elephant Safari Cost: Rs.300 for Indians for 2 Hours, Rs.2000 for Foreigners for 2 Hours

Elephant Safari Timings: 6 AM - 8 AM and 3 PM - 5 PM.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 14 km from Ramnagar, Garjiya Devi Temple or Girija Devi Temple is a famous temple located in Garjiya village on the outskirts of the Corbett National Park in Nainital district of Uttarakhand.

It is a sacred Shakti shrine and is one of the most famous temples in Nainital district. Katyuri Kings, the rulers of Ramnagar, discovered the temple in 1840. It is said that the idol of Goddess Parvati was found on mountains at Garjiya village and the temple was built. In 1970, the temple was reconstructed and after that, the temple gained prominence and visited by large number of tourists.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Garjiya Devi and is situated over a large rock in the middle of Kosi River. Legends believe that Garjiya Devi is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati, daughter of King of the Mountains also known as Giriraj. The temple houses a 4.5 feet high idol of Girija Devi along with the idols of Devi Saraswati, Lord Ganesha and Bhairav Nath. There is also a temple .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 15 km from Ramnagar, Jhirna is located on the southern periphery of Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve. Visitors can enter this zone via Dhela gate and need to show the permit at the entrance gate.

Among all the zones, the best and most comfortable Zone for tourists is Jhirna Safari Zone. Jhirna Forest Lodge is located at southern boundary of the Corbett National Park, 25 km from Ramnagar. Every year huge number of tourists visit Jhirna to witness the amazing wildlife. This area is known for its natural beauty apart from vide range of wildlife.

The Jhirna Jeep Safari is one of the most popular activities in Corbett National Park. About 25 vehicles are allowed to get into this area in the morning and same number of vehicles are allowed in the evening. Advance reservation is allowed for morning trips. For evening trips, first come first serve system is followed. It is compulsory to take a guide along. This is one of the two Tourist zones in Corbett National Park which .....


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At a distance of 20 km from Ramnagar Railway Station, Dhikala is the main administrative center and also the biggest forest safari zone at the Jim Corbett National Park. Visitors can enter this zone via Dhangari gate and need to show the permit at the entrance gate.

There is watchtower located at the site, tourists can avail views of the valley and the Kanda Ridge from here. Dhikala chaur is one of the largest remaining grasslands of the park and is located in front of the Tourist Complex. Near this grassland also lies Phulai chaur. Tourists can spot wild elephants, chital, hog deer, raptors and numerous grassland bird species here. Built over a 100 year ago, the old rest house at the site is a historic structure.

Only those who have permit to stay overnight in the Park are allowed to take the safari in Dhikala Zone. Visitors can stay in the park from one to three nights. Regular Jeep Safari is not permitted in Dhikala during day time. Canter safaris is the only way to explore .....


Hill Station

At a distance of 66 km from Ramnagar, 294 km from Delhi and 278 km from Dehradun, Nainital is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of Himalayas. It is one of the most popular hill resorts in India and also one of the top places to experience Uttarakhand tourism. It is also among popular places to visit from Delhi for a 2 day weekend trip as Nainital is also one of the top hill stations near Delhi.

Nainital is famous for its scenic mountain views and is commonly known as the Lake District of India. Situated at an altitude of 1938 m, Nainital derives its name from Naini Lake. The highest point is Naina Peak or China Peak, with an elevation of 2,615 m. Nainital is surrounded by mountains on three sides and the town is spread around the beautiful Naini lake.

Nainital was founded by a European businessman Percy Barron in .....

Distance (From Jim Corbett National Park): 65 Kms
Trip Duration (From Jim Corbett National Park - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Wildlife

At a distance of 25 km from Ramnagar, Sitabani buffer zone is very famous tourist spot of Corbett National Park nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas in Uttarakhand. This buffer zone is not part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. This is the only forest in Corbett where tourists can take a wild trek inside the forest.

Managed by Archaeological Survey of India, Sitabani is a famous zone for bird watching and has an ashram situated inside the jungle. In the peak tourist season in Corbett National Park, some of the wildlife move to Sitabani. The dense Sal forests of Sitabani Forest Reserve is home to varied wildlife like tigers, leopards, elephants, spotted deer, sambhar, wild boar etc. There are about 35 Royal Bengal tigers in this reserve. The park is also popular with several vibrant colored bird species.

Sitabani temple is situated inside the Sitabani Reserve and is dedicated to Goddess Sita. According to the legend, Sita, wife of Lord Rama spent few days of her exile .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 25 km from Haldwani, 32 km from Ramnagar, and 34 km from Nainital, Jim Corbett Museum is a heritage museum situated in Choti Haldwani on Ramnagar road near Kaladhungi Town.

The museum was formally initiated by a few forest officers in the year 1965. Jim Corbett built this house in 1922 for himself at Choti Haldwani, which now houses the museum in his memory. It is a single storied bungalow built using stone and lime mortar on a high plinth. This house served as winter residence for Jim and his sister Maggie. Before leaving India in 1947, he sold this property to a friend Babu Chiranji Lal. Later, in 1965 it was sold to the forest department for setting up the museum.

The museum brings the memory, life and activities of Jim Corbett. Jim was a renowned environmentalist, hunter as well as a front runner in the tiger conservation. At the museum, tourists can view amazing belongings of Jim Corbett. Corbett Museum showcases Corbett's own hunting weapons, his personal .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 38 km from Nainital, 5 km from Kaladhungi and 26 km from Ramnagar, Corbett Waterfalls is situated on Ramnagar - Kaladhungi highway in Nainital district.

Corbett Falls is a scenic water fall and is surrounded by dense teak wood forest. This waterfall is cascading down from a height of 20 m in to a pool. Sound of the waterfall makes perfect melody with chippings of the birds. The fall is not very huge and bathing in the falls is no longer permitted, but the natural beauty around the place has to be enjoyed and appreciated.

Trekking in the forests, bird watching and nature walks are popular activities around Corbett Falls. There are no shops or stalls, so visitors need to carry their own food and water.

Corbett Waterfall can be reach by hiring taxi or bus from Kaladhungi or Ramnagar. Visitors have to take small trek of 1.5 km from main road to reach Corbett Falls or one has to drive from the main road .....

Distance (From Jim Corbett National Park): 26 Kms
Trip Duration (From Jim Corbett Museum (4 km) - Including Travel): 1-2 Hours
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Wildlife

At a distance of 30 km from Ramnagar, Durgadevi Zone is the hill safari zone located at the North-Eastern side of the Corbett National Park. Visitors can enter this zone via Durgadevi Gate and need to show the permit at the entrance gate.
Durgadevi Safari zone is a hilly area and is situated along the banks of Ramganga River. This zone is particularly famous for sighting wild elephants and Otters at Domunda Bridge. Famous Masheer fish can also be seen in the waters of Ramganga River in Durga Devi zone. Lush green forest in this range provides ample opportunity for bird watching as well.

Tourist can stay overnight in Lohachaur Forest Rest House of Durgadevi zone. Visitors can take Jeep safari to experience wildlife from close proximity. Durgadevi Zone is open for visitors from 15th October to 15th June and remains closed during monsoon season. Safaris can be booked in advance from the Corbett National Park official website.

Safari Timings: 5.30 AM - 8.30 AM & 3 PM - 6 PM

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