Jim Corbett National Park is spread in an area of 520.8 square kilometres and at an elevation of 400 to 1,220 metres above the sea level. There are around 110 species including 50 species of mammals, 25 reptile species and 580 bird species. There is about 488 different types of fauna in the park. The park encompasses the Palti Dun Valley fromed by the Ramganga river and the main entrances of the park are majorly near the town of Ramnagar. The core area forms the JimCorbett National Park while the buffer contains reserved forests including the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary. The park is open in almost all months of the year except the monsoon as there is no provision of safari in the park during the monsoon.
Jim Corbett National Park is a popular destination for adventurous activities. The park has immense flora and fauna and gives opportunity o know the wildlife better in a practical aspect. A wildlife tour to India is incomplete without a visit to the Jim Corbett National Park.
The park is famous for the Royal Bengal Tiger and the jungle safaris carried out in the park. The park first came under the Save Tiger initiative. The park is an attraction for tourists coming not only from different parts of the country but for foreigners as well. There are many activities carried out in the park which attract various wildlife lovers, adventure junkies and nature enthusiasts across the globe.
There are a large number of species including 33 species of reptiles, 7 species of amphibians, 7 species of fish and 36 species of dragonfly. Some of the animals like elephants, flying fox, gharial, wild boar, langur, Himalayan goral, hog deer, Indian grey mongoose, otters, yellow-throated martins, barking deer, crocodiles, musk shrew, king cobra, chital, tigers and around 580 species of birds including blossom-headed parakeet, crested serpent eagle and red junglefowl are found in the park. Jim Corbett National park is one of the best protected and managed areas in the country.
There are 4 gates which are the entrance of the park-
and Khara Gate.
Only 60 vehicles are allowed in the park at a time. There are different zones in the park where there are elephant and jeep safaris are carried out in the park. The estimated cost of safari vehicles keeps on changing depending on the guests and one can do the booking for the safari at the Ramnagar office or online.
The safari zone of the park are Jhirna zone, Dhikala Zone, Durga Devi Zone, Sonanadi Zone and Bijrani Zone which have accommodation facilities and different flora and fauna.
Some of the major activities carried out in the park are:
Jungle Safari- This is the most famous activity in the Jim Corbett National Park. Tourists book their safari from the office or online and they can enjoy a ride in a jeep, canter or an elephant. If one is lucky one can spot as many animals including the barking deer, wild boar or a tiger.
Bird watching- There are more than 500 species of birds in the national park and this is a delight for the bird lovers. One can carry one’s binoculars and spot a large number of birds during the safari. This is one of the most favourite activities of wildlife enthusiasts who visit the Jim Corbett National Park.
Wildlife Photography: The Corbett National Park provides immense opportunities to wildlife photographers. If one is lucky enough one may spot the Royal Bengal Tiger which is the king of this national park.
Rafting: One can enjoy river rafting in the water of river Ramganga in the Jim Corbett National Park. There are grade I and grade II rapids on the river water. However, rafting is permitted only in the monsoon season at the national park.
Fishing: The catchment area offers Ramganga River which offers various opportunities for catching fish in the National Park. One has to take a licence for setting up fishing camps at the place which is set up on the banks of the river for specially angling the Mahseer fishes.
There are many restaurants near the Jim Corbett National Park. However there are no restaurants inside the park. Some of the famous restaurants where one can grab quick bites are Village Vatika restaurant, the grill kabab treat restaurant, Delhi darbar restaurant, green valley restaurant, foodies and many more which offer a wide variety of Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes.
Some of the most famous Hotels of Jim Corbett are:
Pattlidun Safari Lodge: Dive into the luxuries with this beautiful resort and enjoy your stay while a trip to the wildlife destination of the country.
Le Roi Corbett: Located in one of the best locations this is another good option to stay offering many the modern amenities.
Bagheera Jungle Retreat: This resort is located in the Baliparao village and is known to have value for money with a good location and food.
Tiger camp resort: This resort is located near the Dhikuli zone of the National park. This resort provides a distinguished location with amazing food and facilities.
There are many other places where the tourists visiting the Jim Corbett National park can stay including the Forest rest houses in each of the zones. Some of the resorts are Corbett Suman Grand, Corbett Wild Iris resort and spa, The Solluna resort, Brys caves, Corbett Machaan resort, Corbett riverside resort, Treetop riverview, Jungle treasure resort and many other resorts.
Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest National Park in India which was established in the year1936 by the name of Hailey National park. After the independence of India the park was renamed as Ramganga National Park but later in 1956 it was renamed after Jim Corbett who was a famous conservationist and author who played a major role in the establishment of the National park.