Of all wildlife sanctuaries in India , Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most popular. Home to vivid wildlife specimens including tigers, elephants, leopards and panthers, The Corbett spans over a massive 322 sq km (core area) and was set up in 1936. Corbett National Park was once a popular hunting ground of the Maharajas and British aristocracy during the British Raj. In 1973, the Park was finally declared a tiger reserve under “Project Tiger”, aimed at protecting tigers.
Named after the famous hunter and nature-lover Jim Corbett, Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary owns the whole credit to this naturalist who has immortalized this land its animals in his book "The Man-Eaters of Kumaon". Tucked away amidst the picture-perfect beauties of the Kumaon hills in Nainital district, Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary holds the honor of being the maiden venue for the launch of the Project Tiger ( 1973 ). Expanded over an area of 520sqkm., Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary is about beautiful hilly ridges, dense sal trees, lush green grasslands and bamboo growth. And now check out the wildlife directory, a whopping 582 species of birds, 26 species of reptiles, 7 species of amphibians and 50 species of mammals.
Corbett National Park
Dhikala, Rankihet Raod, Ramnagar, Pin- 244715
Don't miss Nainital, top on the list of tourist places close to the Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary. Discover this one of the most popular hill stations in north India. You can explore Ramnagar and visit the Ramnagar barrage and Corbett Fall. The other attractions are Garjia Temple, Bhimtal and Naukuchiyatal.
The park is named after the legendry hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett. Jim Corbett is believed to have killed 10 man-eaters tigers in the Kumaon and Garhwal hills. The park is spread over two districts of Uttaranchal - Pauri and Nainital. Corbett National Park is home to a number of animals that include antelopes, sambhar, jackal, fox and chital. The park is considered as one of the best protected areas in the world. Corbett National Park has 50 mammals that range from endangered species of wild dog or dhole to Asian elephants. The park also has 26 reptiles that include fish eating crocodile and Indian Rock Python. Jim Corbett National Park is the bird watchers paradise and has about 580 species of birds. Some of the birds that you may see on your wildlife safari are peafowl, woodpecker, cuckoo, water fowl, red jungle fowl and Pallas's fish eagle.
Jeep safari and elephant safari are two ideal ways of discovering diverse flora and fauna at the Jim Corbett National Park. As you trudge along the Ramganga river, you come across Gharial and Mugger, which are two species of crocodiles.
Nainital is the most popular tourist place close to Corbett National Park that you can visit. Nainital is one of the most popular hill stations in north India and many tourists visit Nainital during summer. One can also explore Ramnagar and head to Ramnagar barrage. The other places of interest are Garjia Temple, Bhimtal and Naukuchiyatal.
The park remains closed from mid-June to mid November as rains during monsoon make the park inaccessible. The ideal time to visit Jim Corbett National Park is from March-June and September-November. Prior booking and travel information will help in making your wildlife tour to Jim Corbett National Park a smooth affair.
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The temperature hovers between 8-25°C during November-March and 15-38°C from April to October.