Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park, established in 1936, is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Earlier known as Hailey National Park, Jim Corbett National Park was named after the hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett who played the important role in its establishment. Being oldest national park in India, this park acts as a protected area for the critically endangered Bengal tiger of India. Being an ecotourism, the park has sub-Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characters. Corbett National Park has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time and tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of the park.
Jim Corbett National Park is India’s first national park and it comprises around 520 sq. Km area of hills, riverine belts, grass lands and large lake. The elevation of the park ranges from 1,300 feet to 4,000 feet. Dense moist caducous forest mainly consists of sal, haldu, pepal, mango treen and these trees cover almost 73 percent of the park. This park has around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species. The endangered species of Bengal Tiger is found here and this sanctuary was the first to come under Project Tiger initiative.
Every year 70,000 people visit Corbett National Park from India and abroad. This national park is full of flora & fauna a total of 488 different species of plants and 585 species of birds (resident & migrated) are found here. Many types of animals, birds and reptiles can be spotted over here that include tiger, elephant, spotted deer, sambar, nilgai, hog deer, barking deer, sloth bear, ghural, langur and monkeys. Many birds are found here like owl, pigeon, sunbird, bunting, kingfisher, drongo, dove, duck, falcon, bulbul and flycatcher. The reptiles over here are also in large numbers and some of them are gharial, king cobra, russels viper, crocodile and monitor lizard.
Elephant Safari in Corbett National Park is very much famous and people came from all over the world to enjoy it here. An elelphant safari allowns people to travel deeper into the wilderness and to get very close to wildlife without scaring the animals away. Travelers can make advance booking of elephant safari online without any hassle.
River rafting and campaigning are also the other features of this national park. There are so many budgeted hotels and accommodations owned by government of India. Hostels, resorts, rest houses and lodges are also available here to stay. All the information can be found easily on the website of Jim Corbett National Park. Kalagarh Dam and Dhikala are the other places to visit here.
How to get here:
By Air: Delhi Airport: 290 km/ Dehradun Airport- 130 km
By Rail: Ramnagar Railway Station: 30 km
By Road: Delhi- 290 km
This park is opened for the visitors from mid November to mid June and this is also the best time to visit here.