Corbett National Park Uttarakhand covering an area of 521 sq.kms. It is the oldest national park in India was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. It was renamed after Jim Corbett, the famous hunter turned conservation and author.
Corbett National Park Uttarakhand is a protested area for the endangered Bengal Tiger, The Ramganga river meandering its way through the park with deep pools and foaming rapids forms the main water source.
The Park is rich in wildlife such as Elephant, Tigers, Panther, Bear, Deer, pig, Jungle Cats, Porcupine, Hyena, and Jackal.
Amongst the reptiles are Pythons, crocodile many other species of Lizards and snake. Tigers are fairly well distributed over the park. Sloth Bear is confined to many to hill areas.
Jhirna: A densely wooded and grassland habitat, it makes for excellent bird viewing.
Bijrani: This forest range has a wide network of jungle roads, making Bijrani an excellent tiger sighting territory.
Dhikala: This is the largest and most varied zones in Corbett, offering the best opportunities for overnight stays.
Corbett Jungle Museum (Corbett Home): Corbett Museum is the place where Jim Corbett stayed during winters and the museum has his famous books like ‘Maneaters of Kumaun’. The museum also houses his personal items like a gun, fishing net, cap, bag and some of his photographs with tigers.
Sitabani Forest Reserve: This site is a bird watchers paradise and has an Ashram tucked away in the jungle. This is an ideal place for wildlife photography.
Garjia Temple: There is a huge rock projecting out of the Kosi river bed. On the Pinnacle is a beautiful temple of Durga Devi named as Garhia Devi. One has to climb to a number of narrow stairs to reach the temple. An enchanting view of the river Kosi can be seen from the top of the rock. It is a good place for bathing, basking. Workshop & lunch en route to Corbett Park.
Best Time to Visit
the Best period to visit here from November to June, mainly before and after the heavy monsoon. November to June is good for spotting animals and also to enjoy the scenic surroundings. July to October is good for sightseeing in the downhill region.
The Management of Corbett National Park has made it mandatory for all tourists to avail of permission from Park officials in order for all tourists to make a day visit. 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.
Where to stay
Accommodation is available in several Forest Houses maintained by the forest Department Permission for staying in the forest houses inside the park needs to be taken in advance from the office of the Park Director. However, there are several hotels and resorts outside the Park offering good accommodation.
For more information
Field Director, Corbett National Tiger Reserve Uttarakhand
Ramnagar (Nainital) PIN- 244715
By Rail: Ramnagar is the nearest railway station to Corbett National Park (86kms.)
By road: Corbett National Park is well connected to major destinations of northern India.