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Jim Corbett National Park - A Travel guide to The Home of Bengal Tigers

Jim Corbett National Park is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand and is a perfect place for wildlife admirers. This is one of the oldest national parks of India and is currently a home for flora and fauna which can be explored through Safari. Jim Corbett National Park gained popularity as it was the home for the Royal Bengal Tiger which can be e Seen here in abundance. One can also enjoy other activities such as bird watching and fishing in this National Park as there are video species of birds present in this National Park. This place is also obtained by various luxury travelers as it has several wildlife Resorts that accommodate all types of luxury.

This place is a perfect getaway from the busy life of a city as it is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. To manage the proper flow of tourists and keep a better administration this National Park is divided into 6 different zones which attract various tourists from all around the world. Jim Corbett National Park is also known as the paradise of Tiger as it has the largest reserve Of Bengal tigers. Tourists are advised to visit this place during the winter months as during that time you can explore the complete National Park without getting irritated by the hot rays of the sun.

History of Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park is one of the oldest national parks in India which was established in the year 1936. At that time this National poet was named Hailey National Park and was the private property of Tehri Garhwal. This land was exchanged with the East India Company to remove Gurkha. Earlier this land was used to grow crops by the tribal people but in the year 1860, this place was seized by the British. In the 19th century, this land came under the control of a British officer named Major Ramsay. In the year 1868, the process of Park reservation started and the locals were prohibited from cultivating in this particular land. After getting the suggestions from  E. R. Stevens and E. A. Smythies.

This place was considered for making a wildlife reserve full stop in the year 1930 the construction started under the guidance of Jim Corbett who was a British Indian hard. A reserve was created in the year 1936 and was named Hailey National Park as the Park was established the Killing of mammals, birds, and other reptiles became prohibited. But during the Second World War, this National Park witnessed a major downfall. Later in the year 1991, the park expanded to 2308 meters square, and a buffer zone was added to this National Park. In the year 1973, a wildlife conservation project was launched in this Park to preserve tigers. 

During the 28 century, the Kalagar forest division was added to this wildlife sanctuary. The name of this National Park got changed many times and finally, in the year 1954 to 1955, the name changed from Heli National Park to Ramganga National Park, and again in the year 1955 1956 its name changed to Corbett National Park. Currently, this place is known as Jim Corbett National Park which was named in honor of wildlife conservationist and author Jim Corbett who played a major role in the establishment of this National Park.

Gate for Jungle Safari in Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett National Park is spread over an area of 201.1 meters square and is one of the largest national parks in India. For the battery management of tourist flow and administration, this National Park is divided into 6 different zones that are Dhikala, Bijrani, Durgadevi, Jhirna, Sitabani, and Dhela zone.

1. Dhikala

The Dhikala zone is one of the most visited zones of Jim Corbett National Park. If you want to tame the real feel of his own then you should plan at least one night stay at this zone. this zone is located at a distance of 18 km from Ramnagar and it has a rich biodiversity. This zone remains open to welcome its stories from the 15th of November till the 15th of June and hair one can have the sight of various animals such as Hog deer elephant tigers and other birds and reptiles. This is the only zone where Canter Safari takes place and has a beautiful forest area for camping.

Accommodation in Dhikala: There are various options to stay in the Dhikala zone among which Dhikala FRH is the best option to stay overnight. Other options for accommodation are The Den Corbett Resort, Corbett Cottage,  The Golden Tusk,  Hotel Corbett Floresta, Maatre Yoga Retreat, etc.

Canter Safari Price

INR 2000/ Person

Foreigner: INR 5,000/ Person

Total Seats in Canter

16                       

Safari Timings

Morning  6 AM – 11:50 AM

Evening   12 PM – 6 PM

2. Bijrani

Bijrani zone of Jim Corbett National Park is located just a few kilometers away from Ramnagar and in this zone, one can easily spot chital, monkeys, deer, tigers, and elephants. This Park is divided into three zones tourism zone core zone and the buffer Zone full star this place was considered the ideal place for shooting during the British era.

Jeep Safari Price

INR 6500/ Jeep

Foreigner: INR 12,000/ Jeep

Person Allowed in One Jeep

06 adult & 2 Children (5-12yr)

Safari Timings

Morning  6 AM – 9:30 AM

Evening   3 PM – 6 AM

3. Jhirna

The Jhirna zone of Jim Corbett National Park was added to this National Park in the year 1994 this zone is located at the southern corner of the spark which is at a distance of 16 km from Ramnagar full stop in this zone of National Park you can spot various animals such as Tiger, sambar, bear, chital, and nilgai.

Jeep Safari Price

INR 6500/ Jeep

Foreigner: INR 12,000/ Jeep

Person Allowed in One Jeep

06 adult & 2 Children (5-12yr)

Safari Timings

Morning  6 AM – 9:30 AM

Evening   3 PM – 6 AM

4. Dhela

Dhela Zone Jim Corbett National Park is spread over an area of 1173 hectares and it became a part of this National Park in the year 2014. This zone is located at a distance of 20 km from Ramnagar and is located beside the Jhirna zone of Jim Corbett National Park.

Jeep Safari Price

INR 6500/ Jeep

Foreigner: INR 12,000/ Jeep

Person Allowed in One Jeep

06 adult & 2 Children (5-12yr)

Safari Timings

Morning  6 AM – 9:30 AM

Evening   3 PM – 6 AM

5. Durga Devi

Durga Devi zone of Jim Corbett National Park is famous for activities such as fishing, bird watching, and angling. This zone is located in the Northern part of the National Park. Hay you can spot various Birds such as black-chinned Yuhina, long-tailed broadbill, crested laughing thrush, grey-headed fishing eagle, maroon oriole, slaty blue flycatcher, little forktail, and bar-tailed treecreeper.

Jeep Safari Price

INR 6500/ Jeep

Foreigner: INR 12,000/ Jeep

Person Allowed in One Jeep

06 adult & 2 Children (5-12yr)

Safari Timings

Morning  6 AM – 9:30 AM

Evening   3 PM – 6 AM

6. Sitabani Buffer Zone

Sitabani buffer zone is mainly not a part of the Jim Corbett tiger reserve but it is a buffer zone which is located opposite the Jim Corbett National Park. One can explore various temples and avifauna species in this buffer zone.

Jeep Safari Price

INR 6500/ Jeep

Foreigner: INR 12,000/ Jeep

Person Allowed in One Jeep

06 adult & 2 Children (5-12yr)

Safari Timings

Morning  6 AM – 9:30 AM

Evening   3 PM – 6 AM

 

New Entry Gates from Kotdwar in Jim Corbett Park

Two new entry Gates are introduced to Jim Corbett National Park from Kotdwar’s side. These new entry Gates reduce the distance by 50 km for the tourists who are coming from New Delhi to Jim Corbett National Park.

1. Pakhro Gate

Pakhro gate is the new gate to enter Jim Corbett National Park this one is also known as the Sonanadi zone and this zone can be reached in the period of two hours from the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun. This zone is blessed with the beauty of flora and fauna and various animals can be seen in this zone such as leopards, Tigers, elephants, etc. It takes around 30 minutes to cover the distance of 23 km from Kotdwar to reach this zone.

Jeep Safari Price

INR 7500/ Jeep

Foreigner: INR 13,000/ Jeep

Person Allowed in One Jeep

06 adult & 2 Children (5-12yr)

Safari Timings

Morning  6 AM – 9:30 AM

Evening   3 PM – 6 AM

2. Vatanbasa

Vatanbasa gate is the entry point for the Sonanadi range of Jim Corbett National Park which is located at a distance of 40 km from Kotdwar. In this zone, there are various options for visitors for a night stay at Kanda Forest Rest Houses, Mundiyapani, and Rathuadhar.

Jeep Safari Price

INR 7500/ Jeep

Foreigner: INR 13,000/ Jeep

Person Allowed in One Jeep

06 adult & 2 Children (5-12yr)

Safari Timings

Morning  6 AM – 9:30 AM

Evening   3 PM – 6 AM

What is Corbett National Park Famous for

Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most famous parks of India which is located in Uttarakhand. The Spark became popular after the application of the Wildlife Protection Act under which the Bengal tigers were preserved in this National Park currently there are around 215 tigers in this National Park. Other than this one can also spot various species of birds and other mammals in this wildlife reserve. One can also enjoy activities such as Jeep Safari Elephant safari fishing tracking etc in this National Park.

This National Park is divided into 6 different zones which have something you need to offer. Tourists who want to spend some time in nature can also take an overnight stay in the Dhikala zone of this National Park as there are various options for accommodation from luxurious Resorts to standard hotels. One can also opt for nature walks and tools which is also known as the Gyan Yatra program where one can explore important points of this National Park that are generally missed during the Jeep Safari in this Park.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett National Park has several tourist attractions where one can explore something new other than the wildlife Safari and wildlife photography. Here is a list of some prominent attractions of Jim Corbett National Park that need to be explored during your visit to this place.

1. Corbett Waterfall

Corbett waterfall is a mesmerizing waterfall 66 feet in height full stop the beauty of this waterfall gets enhanced during the full moonlight when the rays of the moon gate are reflected by the flowing water. This is an ideal place for nature lovers to enjoy camping and picnics with their loved ones.

2. Garejiya Devi Temple

Garjiya Devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is located on top of a huge rock near the Kosi River. Other than Goddess Parvati other Gods which are worshipped in this temple are Lord Shiva, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Ganesha, and Baba Bhairon.

3. Corbett Museum

Corbett Museum is a bungalow that was used by Jim Corbett who was a tiger conservationist. This bungalow is turned into a museum that has his personal belongings and letters that were written to his friends with some rare photographs and antiques.

4. Kosi River

Kosi River flows through Jim Corbett National Park and enhances the beauty of this giving the breathtaking view of hills that are located in the backdrop of the Crystal Clear Water flowing. This place is popular for river rafting and also for spotting different types of migratory birds.

5. Durga Mandir Temple

Durga Mandir which is located in this National Park is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is one of the stunning Temple due to its architecture. This temple attracts tourists and users as it comes to their surprise that such a dense forest is holding an important religious site.

6. Sitabani Temple

Sitabani temple is located in the Sitabani jungle of Jim Corbett National Park and is one of the most ancient temples. This temple is famous among devotees and tourists for its architecture and religious significance. Goddess Sita is worshipped in this Temple as this was the place where she used to live during her exile before facing Agnipariksha.

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