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Jim Corbett National Park
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Jim Corbett National Park

  • Location :Nainital

  • Coverage area : 520 sq. km

  • Main attraction : Otters and Endemic Fish Eating Crocodiles

  • Best time to visit :November to June

  • Nearby excursions : Sitabani Forest Reserve, Corbett Waterfalls, Corbett Museum

  • Nearby cities :Nainital

Before paying a visit to any national park, you should learn all about that park and the surrounding area so that you can know how to plan your trip and what to expect from that excursion. Touring a national park or a reserve forest is different from visiting other holiday destinations. It is because there are certain rules that you need to follow while you are amidst the wild inhabitants of the jungle. The more information you collect about the wildlife park you are planning to visit, the better will be your touring experience.

Here, we will be talking about Jim Corbett National Park, which is considered to be the oldest national park in our country. The park was established in the year 1936 with the goal of protecting the endangered species of the Royal Bengal Tigers

Location of Jim Corbett National Park

The park is located in the Nainital District in the hilly state of Uttarakhand in India. This state is the home to many famous tourist destinations and this national park is a major attraction of this state.

An astounding natural landscape

The park covers an extensive area of more than 520 sq. km and is blessed with diverse landscape features. The landscape comprises of hills, dense forests, vast grasslands, marshy depressions, riverine belts, and a large natural lake. About 73% of the park?s area is covered with forest and about 10% comprises of grasslands.

Climatic conditions

This national park enjoys a moderate climate. The winter temperature varies from 5 degrees to 30 degrees and the summer temperature ranges from 16 degrees to 40 degrees. The area remains covered in thick fog in the chilly winter mornings. During the monsoon season, the area receives heavy rainfall.

Best time to visitJim Corbett National Park

The best season to visit the national park is from November to June. In the winters, you can visit the park during November-February; the pleasant warm afternoons are ideal for exploring the park. The winter season is the ideal time for the safaris and you can also indulge yourself in various jungle activities. In the summer, the average temperature rises to 30 degrees and the period of March-May is considered ideal for maximum animal spotting in the park. Also,during the monsoons, which lasts from June to September, you can visit the park. The area experiences heavy rainfall during this time and a few zones of the park remain closed. The natural beauty of the forest enhances to a great extent during the monsoon and if you wish to get drenched in that shower of splendor, visit the park at this time.

The wildlife sanctuaries present nearby

There are two wildlife reserves located close to this national park ? the Sitabani Wildlife Reserve in Ramnagar and Kalagarh Tiger Reserve in Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand

Multifarious animal species that will amaze you

This prestigious national park is the home to a large variety of animals, reptiles, birds, and fishes. Rare species like Otters and Endemic Fish Eating Crocodiles,4 to 5 species of deer, 50 species of mammals, 33 species of reptiles, 7 species of amphibians and fishes are there. Insects include 36 species of Dragonflies.TheDhikala area located in the Patil Dun Valley is most notable for sighting diverse wildlife. The thick vegetation and the presence of the Ramganga and Kosi rivers make this park an apt home for the wild animals, especially tigers.

Animals that inhabit the sanctuary

Wild beasts

The Bengal Tigers are the primary wildlife attraction of this national park. There are plenty of animals for the tigers to prey and feed on and they often remain camouflaged in the foliage, which makes their sighting difficult. Other predominating animals in the national park are ? Leopards, Indian Elephants, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Chinkara, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Fishing Cat, Sloth, Indian Gray Mongoose, Chital, Himalayan Black Bears, Himalayan Goral, Otters, Langur, Yellow-Throated Martens, Indian Pangolins, Golden Jackal, Rhesus Macaques, etc.


Reptiles like Indian Python, Crocodiles, Gharials (fish-eating crocodiles), etc. inhabit this national park.


There are over 650 species of avifaunaincluding many endangered species (both resident and migratory) that can be spotted in the park at different times of the year. Over 50 species of Raptors (birds of prey, such as Eagles, Hawks, Vultures, Falcons, Caracaras, Kites, etc.) are here, which is an excellent example of biodiversity in this park. If you want to get a glimpse of these Raptors, you should explore the Dhikala area of the forest. Crested Serpent Eagles, Blossom-Headed Parakeets, Red Jungle Fowls, Owls, Nightjars, Green Bee-Eaters, Fish Eagles, Tawny Fish Owls, etc. are some of the bird species that are found here.

The fabulous flora that furnish the national park

This national park is known for its abundance of flora and foliage. The entire area of the park is covered with rich vegetation, which includes 51 varieties of shrubs, more than 110 species of trees, over 30 kinds of bamboos, and the extensive grasslands are covered with lush greengrasses that make the landscape a stunning sight to behold. To witness and admire the presence of a diverse variety of flora, many environmentalists visit this park every year. A large variety of tree species could be spotted all over the park and the list should include ? Aamla, Date Palm, Jamun, Maddar, Dhak, Chir Pine, Kanju, Banj Oak, Kanchnaar, Semal, and a lot more. The non-flowering plants include Ferns, Mosses, Lichens, etc. The flowering plants can be seen of different varieties, such as Scarlet Red Flowers, Exotic Orchids, Dodder, and many more. Grasses and herbs include ? Tiger Grass, Cynthia, Bhilmora, Kansi, Khus Khus, Baib, Drymaria Diandra, Clover, Euphorbia Hirta, etc. The species of shrubs include ? Jhau, Ber, Maror Phali, and many more. Certain climbers also make their place in the list of flora present in the park ?Melletia Auriculata, Porana Paniculata, Crypotepris Buchanani, and the like. Artificially planted trees are also present in the park that includes Teak, Eucalyptus, Silver Oak, Bottlebrush, Jacaranda, etc.

Distance of Jim Corbett National Park from major cities:

  • Nainital , 127 km

  • Almora , 205 km

  • Ranikhet , 182 km

  • Dehradun , 214 km

  • Mussoorie , 193.5 km

  • Haridwar , 109.2 km

  • Rishikesh , 142 km

  • Delhi , 269 km

  • Agra , 310.7 km

  • Jaipur , 499 km

  • Manali , 639 km

  • Chandigarh , 347 km

  • Mumbai , 1674.8 km

  • Kolkata , 1428.2 km

  • Hyderabad , 1653.7 km

  • Bengaluru , 2244.9 km

  • Chennai , 2277.3 km

How to reach the National park ?

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  • The nearest domestic airport to the Corbett National Park is at Phoolbagh in Pantnagar, which is 50 km away from the park. The closest international airport is in Delhi. The other two airports that can be availed are in Dehradun and Lucknow.


Ramnagar Railway Station is the nearest to this national park. Trains coming from various major cities stop at this station. There is a direct train from Delhi to Ramnagar and the other notable trains available are Corbett Link Express, Ranikhet Express, Kathgodam Express, etc. So, if you are availing of the railway, you need to get down at the Ramnagar station, which is around 15 km away from the park.


Ramnagar is connected by a good road network with the major cities and there are a number of Uttarakhand State Government buses that run from Delhi, Nainital, Haldwani, and Moradabad directly to the national park. Also, you can hire a cab or a private vehicle as per your choice and reach the park easily.

Accommodation facilities

There are a lot of lodging facilities available near the national park and it is allowed to spend overnight inside this national park. If you desire to gain this unique and exciting experience, you have to book your stay at the Dhikala Forest Lodge. This establishment has been constructed by the Britishers and the experience of staying here and enjoying the chilly jungle nights amidst the wildlife is certainly unforgettable. The other places (resorts and hotels), where you can enjoy lavish accommodation facilities are as follows :

  • Corbett Treff Hotel

  • Tiger Camp Resort

  • The Den Corbett

  • Corbett Roop Resort

  • Camp Forktail Creek

  • Le Roi Resort

  • Ramganga Resort

  • Corbett County

  • The Wild Crest

  • Infinity Resort Jungle Lodge

  • The Corbett Hideaway

  • Corbett Riverview Retreat

  • Corbett Riverside Resort

  • Corbett Wild Iris Spa and Resort

  • The Solluna Resort

  • The Tiger Groove Corbett Resort

Things to do

Elephant safari

  • Time - Twice a day: 6 am - 8 am and 3 pm - 5 pm

  • Popular safari zones - Bijrani and Dhikala

Canter safari

  • Time - Summer timings: Twice a day: 5.30 am - 12.30 noon and 12.20 noon - 6.30 pm

  • Winter timings: Twice a day: 6 am - 11 am and 11 am - 4 pm

  • Popular safari zones - Dhikala Zone

Jeep safari

  • Time - Summer timings: Twice a day: 6 am - 9 am and 3 pm - 6 pm

  • Winter timings: Twice a day: 7 am - 10 am and 2 pm - 5 pm

  • Popular safari zones - All the four buffer zones of the park.

Some notable tourist sites to visit near corbett national park

When you are touring a particular place, it is wise to explore the nearby visit-worthy sites to make the touring experience more enriching. Here are some of the places you can pay a visit to near the national park ? Sitabani Forest Reserve, Corbett Waterfalls, Corbett Museum, Garjia Temple, Dhangari Museum, Kosi River, Nainital, Ranikhet, Almora, Bhimtal, Dehradun, Mussoorie, and a lot more.

Entry fees applicable for

  • ElephantSafari

  • Jeep Safari

  • Canter Safari

Why wait anymore, plan an amazing trip to Jim Corbett National Park this season with all your near and dear ones and make the most of your vacation time.


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