Jim Corbett National Park

Corbett Tiger Reserve

India is blessed with so many national parks that are taking pride in increasing the wealth of the nation. Jim Corbett National Park boasts to be the first national park of India.

Located at the Himalayas’ foothills, near the popular hill station of Nainital, Jim Corbett National Park welcomes you with beautiful lush greenery and uneven mountains. And the good news is that now you can enjoy and experience the thrill of night stays in the lap of the National Park. 

The park was established in 1936 with the name Hailey National Park and afterward renamed Ramganga National Park in the year 1952. Whereas, it was again renamed in 1957 as Corbett National Park.

Interesting Fact – Corbett Tiger Reserve

It was established in 1936 with the name Hailey National Park and afterward renamed as Ramganga National Park in the year 1952. Whereas, it was again renamed in 1957 as Corbett National Park.

Prime Predators

Royal Bengal Tiger,  Indian Leopards are on the top of the food chain in Corbett Tiger Reserve

Famous For?

Corbett is famous for its amazing landscapes and tiger sighting.

Major Wildlife

Tiger, Leopard, Indian Elephant, Sambar, Hog Deer, Wild Boar, Gharials, Mugger, Indian Python, Indian Scops Owl, Crested Swifts

Flora & Fauna in the Park

Jim Corbett National Park is blessed with diverse flora and fauna that fascinate all wildlife lovers, tiger lovers, nature lovers, and bird lovers. The abundant flora consists of Sal forests, Chaurs forests, Khair-Sissoo, and much more. With a healthy population of Royal Bengal Tigers, it also comprises rare species like Otter and the critically endangered fish-eating crocodile.

Bird lovers get a treat as it shelters more than 650 species of residents and migratory birds. The crested serpent eagle, the red jungle fowl which is the ancestor of all domestic fowl, and a blossom-headed parakeet are a few of them. The park also comprises 33 species of reptiles, around 7 species of amphibians and various species of fish, and 36 species of dragonflies.  You can also spot elephants and 4 to 5 species of deer.

Flora: There are over 600 species of trees, shrubs, herbs, climbers, grasses, and ferns in the Jim Corbett National Park.

Mammals

  • Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Indian Leopard
  • Yellow Throated Martin
  • Hogg Deer
  • Sambhar Deer
  • Chital Deer
  • Elephant
  • Jackal
  • Barking Deer

Birds

  • Indian Scops Owl
  • Grey Heron
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Indian Shikra
  • Lesser Bird-of-Paradise
  • Jungle Nightjar
  • Orioles
  • Shrikes
  • Indian Alpine Swift

Reptiles

  • Gharial Crocodile
  • Mugger Crocodile
  • Indian Python
  • King Cobra
  • Russell's Viper
  • Sal forest Tortoise
  • Kraits
  • Monitor Lizards
  • Turtles

Safari in Jim Corbett National Park

Safari in Jim Corbett National Park is a unique experience that gives you goosebumps on your arms. Pleasant feeling in the company of nature and at the same time the adventure of sighting tigers and other wildlife with naked eyes through open jeep safari or elephant safari – it is inexpressible in words. Enjoy the lush green forest’s picturesque views passing by rivers, streams, and waterfalls.

Witness the captivating abundant wildlife at Dhikala, the most popular and superb destination in the National Park. Eight zones are available for entry to the Jim Corbett National Park. Safaris are done twice daily at fixed timings in the early morning (5.30 am to 9.30 am) and afternoon (2 pm to 6 pm). Jeeps are allowed to take a maximum of 6 passengers including the guide.

Canter safaris are also available if you wish to do a safari in a larger group of up to 16 members.

Safari Zones or Gates – Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett has eight zones namely Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhela, Durgadevi, Garjiya, Sonanadi, and Pakhro which can be used to access the park. As far as tiger sightings are concerned, Dhikala Zone and Bijrani Zone are known to be the best zones. 

Dhikala Zone – Corbett

Dhikala zone is the largest zone and allows only canter safaris during the day through the entry gate Dhangari. You can spot Bengal Tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Asian elephants, and king cobras.

Birjani Zone – Corbett Reserve

Birjani Zone with Amdanda entry gate allows day jeep safaris. Scenic landscapes, abundant wildlife, and a tranquil environment make it unique.

Pakhro Zone

Pakhro (Pakhro entry gate) Adorned with dense bamboo and sal forests, the Pakhro zone is popular for Asian elephants and tigers along with other wild animals. The rich flora and fauna of this zone fascinate tourists from all over the world. Tourists can also enjoy a night’s stay in Forest Rest Houses (FRH) in the Pakhro zone.

Jhirna Zone – Jim Corbett

Dhela entry gate for Jhirna Zone remains open all through the year and hence is the most visited zone in Jim Corbett National Park. You can spot Royal Bengal tigers frequently along with wild elephants, bears, and other wildlife species. It allows jeep safaris with a limited number of jeeps in morning and afternoon safaris each.

Durgadevi Zone – Corbett Tiger Rerserve

Durgadevi Zone (Durgadevi entry gate) is blessed with beautiful natural surroundings adorned with the streams of Ramganga river and Mandal river. Along with big cats and elephants, you can find the famous Mahsheer fish in the river streams.

Gariji Zone Zone – Jim Corbett Rerserve

Garijia zone (Garjia entry gate) boasts beautiful landscapes with tranquility that appeals to all wildlife enthusiasts. Dense Sal forests and. lush grasslands add to its beauty. This zone also has a strong tiger population.

Pench National Park and Tiger Reserve

Dhela Zone – Corbett National Park

Dhela Zone (Dhela entry gate) is the latest zone of Corbett National Park. Dense forests, lush grasslands, and wildlife including reptiles and birds make it well-known for bird watching.

Sonanadi Zone – Corbett National Park

Sonanadi Zone (Vatanvasa entry gate) is the only zone where walking tours are allowed. Jeep safaris are available for sighting wildlife and enjoying the natural beauty of greenery around. Tigers, leopards, and elephants can be spotted here.

How to book Safari in Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve

To book an end-to-end safari package in Jim Corbett National Park including airport transfer, accommodation, meals, and internal transfer, you may contact Big Cats India, or schedule a free discussion with our experts to understand the best safari zone to book, based on your area of interest.

It is advised to plan your safari well in advance to get the best zones for sightings. If you are not sure which gate(s) to choose from, you can contact Big Cats India or message us for any assistance to book your safari in Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve.

You can also book Jim Corbett Safari online from mahaecotourism and mp tourism website. However, these websites only book your safari permits, not the jeep, accommodation, food and internal transfer to the reserve gates.

Open Jeep Safari

Open Jeep Safari

Explore the amazing flora and fauna of Jim Corbett in an open jeep and also witness the breathtaking views of the deep jungle. Enjoy a night’s stay in the government. guest house with the background sound of nightingales.

Canter Safari

Canter Safari

Canter safaris are done in a group of a maximum of 16 members per canter. The canter safaris give you a 5 hours ride from 6 am to 12 pm or from 12 pm to 5.30 pm in the Dhikala zone. This gives a great opportunity to explore wildlife and sight tigers as well.

Morning Safari Timings
Summer Pre-Winter Winters
05:30 to 11:00 Hrs 06:30 to 11:00 Hrs 06:00 to 11:00 Hrs
Evening Safari Timings
Summer Pre-Winter Winters
16:00 to 19:00 Hrs 15:30 to 18:00 Hrs 15:00 to 18:00 Hrs

Visiting Park in Winter

Jim Corbett in Winters

Winter (October – February) is the peak season to visit Jim Corbett as the weather is pleasant and nature is covered with lush greenery. Bird lovers and tiger lovers prefer to visit in the winter to watch a variety of birds and also sight tigers lazing around on sunny mornings

Visiting Park in Summer

Jim Corbett in Summers

With the temperature rising up to 40 degrees Celsius, the summer season (March-June) is considered the best time for sighting tigers at water resources as the vegetation is dried which increases the chances of sighting tigers. You can also enjoy river rafting in this season.

Visiting Park In Monsoon

Jim Corbett in Monsoon

In the rainy season (July-September) the park remains closed for tourists as it is the mating time of the animals Also, there are risks of soil erosion and landslides during that time. However, due to the lesser crowd, nature lovers can prefer to visit the park in the monsoon due to magnificent greenery and vegetation. They can enjoy flora in Corbett National Park.

Best time to spot tigers at Jim Corbett National Park

Although Corbett boasts to have a healthy population of tigers, sighting a tiger is a privilege and takes a lot of patience. So, you have to be selective while deciding the visit time. You also need to choose the right zone also as per your visit time.

 How to Reach the Park

Ramnagar is the best place to approach Jim Corbett National Park. It is a small city that is well connected to the major cities like Delhi, Moradabad, Bareilly, and Nainital by road and rail network.

Reach by Air

By Air

Delhi is the most convenient airport for air travel for Corbett. However, it is not the closest Airport. It takes around 6 hours from Delhi to reach Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve after your flight.

By Road

The Corbett National Park is situated at a distance of 250 km approximately from Delhi. It takes around 6 hours from Delhi to reach Jim Corbett National Park by road.

By Rail

By Rail

Ramnagar is the nearest city that receives trains from different major cities of India like Delhi, Bareilly, and Moradabad. There are trains which run directly from Delhi to Ramnagar.

Jim Corbett National Park's distance from important cities

From By Air+Road (Hrs) By Road By Rail+Road (Hrs)
New Delhi NA 4.00 Hrs  NA
Nainital (Nearest City) NA 1.5 Hrs

NA

Lucknow 1.00 Air + 3.5 Road 6.5 Hrs 6.5 Rail + 1.00 Road
Ramnagar (Nearest Railhead) NA 0.6 Mins NA
Patnagar (Nearest Airport) NA 2.00 Hrs NA
Dehradun NA 3.00 Hrs 4.5 Rail + 1.5 Road
Moradabad NA 2.00 Hrs 2.00 Rail + 1.00 Road
Agra NA 5.5 Hrs 9.00 Rail + 1.00 Road

 

Distance from other Parks & Reserves
From Time to arrive
Kanha Tiger Reserve 4 Hrs Air + 6.30 Hrs Road
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve 13 Hrs Road
Tadoba Tiger Reserve 4.30 Hrs Air + 5.20 Hrs Road
Ranthambore 9.30 Hrs Road
Pench National Park 4.30 Hrs Air + 4.50 Hrs Road

Things you should carry with you

Essential things to carry for your Corbett Tiger Safari

Your DSLR or Camera to capture your memorable safari moment.

Binoculars to view the wildlife from a safe distance.

Plenty of water to keep you dehydrated on a sunny day.

Hat & Shades to protect from direct sunlight.

Bandanna or Cotton Scarf to cover your face and avoid dust.

Winter wear or jacket if you are doing safari during winters. It really gets cold very quickly after sunsets in Jungle.

Rain Cover to save you and your gears from water during rain.

Corbett can get really colder very quickly in the evening so consider carrying woolens in the afternoon safari in Corbett during winters season

Items to carry in Jungle Safari

Some History about Corbett Tiger Reserve

Named after the legendary naturalist and conservationist Jim Corbett, the Jim Corbett National Park is India’s first national park that was established in 1936. Nestled at the Himalayas’ foothills, near the popular hill-station of Nainital, the beautiful Jim Corbett National Park, is spread over 1288.31 sq km, of which 821.99 sq km is the main core area, and the remaining is buffer.

The park spans over the picturesque landscapes of Pauri Garhwal, Almora, and Nainital. It is popular for sheltering a large number of tigers (215), the highest among any Indian national park. It also takes pride in being the place where the now-famous Project Tiger was established in the 1970s.

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Corbett Tiger Safari Tours – 3 Best Packages

Jim Corbett Tiger Tour

Jim Corbett Tiger Tour

Experience wildlife habitats in one or two adjacent tiger reserves on Jim Corbett safaris and prepare to be amazed! Take home a wonderful tale to tell about your thrilling experience of encountering tigers and other beasts of the park

Jim Corbett Budget Tour

Jim Corbett Budget Tour

Specifically designed to focus on tiger safaris in Jim Corbett National Park. The splendour of Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve will astound you with its four or six safari trip possibilities

Jim Corbett Weekend Tour

Jim Corbett Weekend Tour

Explore the trails of tigers in the woods of Jim Corbett National Park even on weekends with our 2 tiger safaris that will definitely give you an unforgettable, thrilling experience

Why visit Corbett Tiger Reserve?

Well, being the pride of the nation’s first national park of India, Jim Corbett has created its own identity.  Whether you are a naturalist, bird lover, tiger lover, or wildlife photographer, Jim Corbett National Park is a paradise for all. With the numerous varieties of flora and fauna, it appeals to all tourists from all over the world. So, would you like to experience that thrill and adventure of wildlife exposure? Book your safari now

Corbett General Info Card

Total Area: 1288.31 Sq. Km

Location: Nainital, Pauri Garhwal Uttarakhand

Notified as Tiger Reserve: 1973 

Notified as National Park: 1936

Nearest Railway Junction:

Ramnagar Railway Station (4 Minutes)

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport (2 Hours)

Corbett Wildlife Info Card

Carnivorous: Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Dhole,

Herbivorous: Sambhar, Deer, Chital, Gaur

Omnivorous: Jackal, Kakar, Rhesus

Birds: 580 Species of Birds

Corbett Tour Info Card

Ideal Tour Length: 3N4D or 6 Safaris

Can extend with: Kanha, Tadoba, Bandhavgarh

Tour Starting points: Nagpur, Delhi, Mumbai

Is tour Customizable?: Yes

Safari Options: Open Jeep, Canter

Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve FAQs

Where is Jim Corbett National Park situated?
Jim Corbett National Park is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand,
How far is Ramnagar from Delhi airport?

Ramnagar is approximately 250 Km from Delhi airport, it will take around 6 hours to cover this distance by car.

How far is Dhikala safari gate from Rampur?

Dhikala gate is approximately 18 Km from Ramnagar. It will take around 30 minutes to cover this distance by a car or cab.

Can we stay in the core of Jim Corbett National Park?

Yes, Jim Corbett is one of the parks in India which offers overnight stay inside the park.

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