Corbett National Park

Corbett National Park

Located in

Nainital, Kumaon

Recommended stay

     2 days

Best time to visit

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec

Railway Station

Ramnagar Railway Station, 5 kms

Nearest Airport

Pantnagar Airport, 80 kms

Famous for

Wildlife, Tiger Reserve, Jungle Safari, National Park, Adventure, Safari, Bird Watching

Corbett National Park | Uttarakhand

Established in 1936, this is India’s first national park. It is named after the legendary naturalist and conservationist Jim Corbett. Located at the Himalayas’ foothills, near the popular hill-station of Nainital, the beautiful Jim Corbett National Park, is famous for being home to a large number of tigers, the highest among any Indian national park. Spread over 1318.54 sq km, of which 520 sq km is the main area, and the remaining is buffer; the park is spread over the picturesque landscapes of Pauri Garhwal, Almora, and Nainital. The jeep safari into the dense forest to see the wild animals in their natural habitat is a must-have experience. And if you are lucky, then you may get a chance to even spot a tiger. While on the jeep safari, enjoy the lush green forest’s views cut across by streams and rivers and a few waterfalls. There are accommodations available inside the park for night-stay as well, which offer you once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Corbett National Park – Divine Travels

orbett 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. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett 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. It 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.

Corbett National Park - Tiger Reserve

The Jim Corbett National Park is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand and is the oldest national park in India which got established in 1936 by the name of Hailey National park.

If you are an adventure freak, bird watcher, angler, or animal lover then Jim Corbett National Park is the ideal place for you. Enjoy your weekend in the lap of Jungle.

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Flora and Fauna in Corbett National Park

The park contains 488 different species of plants and a wide variety of wildlife including Elephants, Tigers, Chital, Sambar Deer, Nilgai, Gharial, King Cobra, Muntjac, wild boar, Hedgehog, common Musk Shrew, Flying fox, Indian Pangolin, and around 600 different species of birds. Jim Corbett National Park covers an area of 521sq. kms.

Corbett National Park acts as a protected area of critically endangered Bengal Tiger of India. 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.

The park is situated at the foothills of Himalayan belt and has various geographical and ecological characteristics with splendid landscapes. There are four gates which acts as entrance to the Park, which are Amdanda gate, Dhangarhi gate, Khara gate and Durga devi gate.

Please Note: 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. Depending on the number of guests, the estimated cost of safari vehicles will be between Rs 2600 – Rs 4000. Guests can directly contact the hotels and book their safaris.

Safari Zones and Gates in Jim Corbett National Park

  • Jhirna: A densely wooded and grassland habitat, it makes for excellent bird viewing. The Great Hornbill is found in abundance here. Jhirna is home to a population of sloth bear and wild elephants and a growing tiger population. A large grove of ‘Flame of the forest’ adds drama to Jhirna. A strong prey base of nilgai, cheetal, sambhar and the wild boar also makes it an attractive area for the big cats, while a resident wild elephant and sloth bear population offer great sighting opportunities.
  • Bijrani: These forests range from those of pure Sal on the upper reaches, to deciduous mixed forests in the valley, along with three major grasslands. It sustains a variety of herbivores, and has a wide network of jungle roads, making Bijrani excellent tiger sighting territory. carved out of a shooting block, with a wide network of criss-crossing jungle roads, offers excellent tiger sighting opportunity. On Corbett’s eastern boundary, Bijrani’s forests are dense with a wide variety of vegetation: of pure Sal forests on the upper reaches and tropical moist, deciduous mixed forests in the valley and plains. Excellent water availability throughout the year and wide grasslands make it an exceptional habitat for a strong prey base and its predator.
  • Dhikala: This is the largest and most varied zone in Corbett, offering the best opportunities for overnight stays. Dhikala contains a diverse range of habitats: its higher reaches suit Ghoral, a goat antelope, while the Gharial and Maggars, as well as the great Mahaseer, inhabit the rivers below. The hog deer is also exclusive to Dhikala. Dhikala offers the most varied terrain in all and, if booked well in advance, the widest range of Forest Rest House accommodations in the park. This block of forest has the Ramganga river stretch through its middle, emptying into a wide, multiple-necked reservoir.
  • Durga Devi: This range is famous for bird watching and fishing ‘Mahasheer’, a large fish species. Durga Devi is at north-east corner of Corbett Park, birds species like maroon orile, great headed fishing eagle, little forktail and many more. Mandal and Ramganga river in this forest attracts wild elephants, leopards and Tigers.
  • Sonanadi: A centre range in the Corbet National Park, Sonanadi range is famous for wildlife beauty with amazing flora and fauna. Over 550 species of birds are recorded here with leopard, tiger, cheetal, sambhar and raptiles.
  • Phato: This zone provides buffer forest to southern Corbett, comprising mostly of plantation forests.

Activities in Corbett National Park

  • Jungle Safari: One of the most preferred activities for which tourists come to Jim Corbett is the Jungle Safari with options like Elephant Safari, Jeep Safari and Canter Safari. Tourists are offered jeep rides traversing through the jungle where they could spot wild animals like elephants, deer, langurs, leopards, crocodiles any many more. If one is lucky enough, the king of the jungle, the Bengal tiger could make a royal entrance. For more adventurous travelers, elephant safari is an option.     

  • Wildlife Photography: Corbett National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. All you need is a digital camera and one can capture stunning photographs of a variety of flora and fauna in wild. Although for capturing a perfect shot of the tiger, one has to have enormous patience.   

  • Bird Watching in CorbettMore than 500 species birds have been recorded in Corbett National Park area. Some of the most popular birds spotted are Lesser Fish Eagle, Cinereous Vulture, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Tawny Fish and Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Hodgson’s Bushchat, Bright-headed Cisticola, Rosy Minivet, White-tailed Rubythroat are just some of the species that are regularly seen in and around the park. Enjoy birding in Corbett along with wildlife safari.

  • Fishing: The catchment area offers Ramganga River offers various opportunities for catching fishes. Quite a few licensed fishing camps are set up on the banks of the river for angling especially catching Mahseer fishes.

  • Rafting: For adventurous souls, rafting in the rapid and turbulent waters of Ram Ganga River is quite a thrilling experience. There are grade I and II rapids at Jim Corbett park. However, rafting season at Jim Corbett is permitted only in the monsoons.

History of Corbett National Park

Initially, some of the areas of the Corbett National Park were a part of the princely Tehri Garhwal dynasty. The dense forests were cleared to make the area less vulnerable to the Rohilla invaders. In order to banish the Gurkhas from his domain, the Raja of Tehri renounced some part of his princely state to the East India Company.

Boksas, a tribe from Terai region then settled here and began farming until the early 1860s, but with the introduction of the British Rule, they were forced to leave. The first step for protecting the area was taken in 1868, with the birth of the British Forest Department, who prohibited cultivation here. The operation of the cattle stations came under Major Ramsay, the British Officer who was in-charge of the area during that time.

In 1879, the forests were constituted into a reserve forest. In the early years of the 1900s, several Britishers including E.R Stevens and E.A. Smythies suggested that a national park should be built in this place. The British administration then came up with the idea of setting up a game reserve in 1907.

In 1930s, when the authorities came up with the plan of demarcation of the area, Jim Corbett assisted them, as he knew the area well. In 1936, when Sir Malcolm Hailey was the Governor of the United Provinces, a reserve by the name of Hailey National Park, sprawling over 323.75 km2 (125.00 sq mi) gave birth to Asia’s first national park. After that strict guidelines and laws were made against killing and capturing of mammals, reptiles and birds within the park’s boundaries.

In the midst of 1954-55, the reserve was renamed as Ramganga National Park and its name was again changed in 1955-56 and was kept as Corbett National Park to honor the well-known author and wildlife conservationist, Jim Corbett who played a vital role in creating the reserve, by persuading the provincial government for establishing it.

Sadly, during the bloodshed of the Second World War, the area of Corbett National Park witnessed excessive poaching and timber cutting. But in 1991, about 797.72 km2 (308.00 sq mi) area was added as a buffer zone to the Kalagarh Tiger Reserve, which included the entire Kalagarh forest division, assimilating the 301.18 km2 (116.29 sq mi) area of Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary as a part of the Kalagarh division.

In 1974, it was chosen as the site for launching a noble and ambitious wildlife conservation project called the Project Tiger. At present, the Corbett National Park’s headquarters are based in Nainital district, from where it is administered.

Jim Corbett National Park Safari and Other Activity Rates

Disclaimer: Kindly check the latest prices for various activities and safari rates with official website of Jim Corbett National Park. The following rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Day visit entry fee for Bijrani, Sonanadi, Jhirna, Domunda/Durga Devi (per person/per visit for 4 hrs)Rs 200/- Indian, Rs 1000/- Foreigner
Vehicle Fee (Light Vehicle to Heavy Vehicle)Rs 500/- to 1500/- (Depends on vehicle)
Photography (Commercial)Rs 500/- Indian, Rs 1500/- Foreigner
Elephant Ride (per person for 2 hrs)Rs 300/- Indian, Rs 1000/- Foreigner
Elephant Safari (for a day)Rs 3000/-
Ramganaga Conducted TourRs 1000/- Indian, Rs 2000/- Foreigner

Check out the official website of Corbett National Park for booking of Safari in Jhirna, Dhikala and Bijrani Zones: https://corbettonline.uk.gov.in

What is Corbett National Park famous for?

Corbett National Park is famous among tourist as Wildlife, Tiger Reserve, Jungle Safari, National Park, Adventure, Safari, Bird Watching.

Corbett National Park is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups.

Corbett National Park is popular destination for following activities/ interests – Adventure, Angling, Bird Watching, Christmas and New Year, Honeymoon Destination, Leisure, National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, Safari, Tiger Reserve, Weekend Getaway, Wildlife Tourism.