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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
  • District: Nainital
Located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, Corbett National Park acts as a protected area for Bengal tigers of India, which are a critically endangered species. Corbett National Park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. The standard altitude of this national park ranges from 360 m to 1,040 m. It is home to around 50 species of trees, 580 bird species and 50 species of animals along with 25 reptile species.
 
Sprawled across an area of 1,308.58 square km, the region includes 520 sq km of dense core area while the buffer area spreads across 797.72 sq km. The dense core area of the reserve forms the Jim Corbett National Park. This national park comprises 512.8 sq km of area, which covers riverine belts, hills, marshy depressions, lakes, streams and grasslands.
 

History of Corbett

Named after the hunter and conservationist James E Corbett, Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. Jim Corbett played a key role in the establishment of the reserve.

Formerly, some of the areas of this park were part of the princely state of Tehri Garhwal. In order to make the area less vulnerable for Rohilla invaders, the forests located within the region were cleared. However, a part of this region was ceded to the East India Company by the Raja of Tehri. This was done by him so as to return favours to the East India Company as it had assisted the Raja of Tehri in ousting gurkhas from his land.

A tribe of the Terai, which was known as the Bokas, settled on this land and began cultivation. However, in the 1860s, with the advent of British rule, this tribe was evicted from the land. After this, the control of the land was passed on to the hands of the British Forest Department. The department, after gaining control over the land, prohibited cultivation along with operation of cattle stations of this land.

In 1907, the British administration focussed on the possibility of establishing a game reserve on this land. As a result of this consideration, in 1936, a reserve area known as Hailey National Park was established which sprawls across an area of 323.75 sq km. However, this preserve was renamed as Ramganga National Park in 1954-55, which was later renamed again in 1955-56 as Corbett National Park.

In 1974, Jim Corbett National Park was chosen as the location for Project Tiger. At present, this national park is among the 13 protected areas, which is covered under the Terai Arc Landscape Programme by the World Wildlife Fund.

This park does not authorise hunting, however it permits timber cutting for domestic purposes. Later, rules were passed, which prohibited killing and capturing of reptiles, mammals and birds.

The best time to visit Corbett National Park is from November 15 to June 15. The park remains closed for the rest of the year as its roads are washed out during monsoons. However, the buffer zones Jhirna and Sitabani are open throughout the year.

Things to do in Corbett

Jeep safaris are conducted at 6 am and 2.30 in the afternoon. Safaris can be booked and tickets can be bought by tourists at Ramnagar, the headquarters of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. Elephant safaris are also conducted inside the park, which start from Dhikala near the Patli Dun Valley. Local guesthouses in Corbett have canteens that serve simple food. Books on the tiger and souvenirs can be bought at the canteen in Bijrani range forest. Tourists and adventure enthusiasts can also try out various budget packages for trip to Corbett.
 

Travelling to Corbett

To reach Corbett, Ramnagar is the gateway. at 51 km away from the national park. The best way to reach Ramnagar is through Delhi. Although the nearest airport to the destination is in Patnagar, 50 km away, Delhi is the closest international airport. Ramnagar railway station is connected to Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi and other nearby towns. Tourists can also take a bus from Nainital or Delhi to reach the destination. The towns bus station is located near the railway station. National Highway 121 connects Ramnagar to other cities.

Travel Tips for Corbett

Tourists need to keep a few dos and donts in mind before exploring Corbett. Walking or trekking inside the national park, smoking, plucking flowers or plants and talking loudly is strictly prohibited. Wearing bright-coloured clothes should be avoided.

Accommodation options in Corbett

Hotels in Corbett range from budget hotels and adventure camps to mountain and jungle resorts.  Most of these hotels also offer transfers for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations.

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Prashant jain

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  • Prashant jain
  • 2 Reviews
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  •  103 readers

"It's a good location for stay with family and frie"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its good place for stay with family and friends rooms are very nice pice full location and fully injoy children at play ground. This resort in touch of zimcorbate forest & all service is very good. This tour are best for me and my family or friends. I am fully certified parwati wild abode resorts
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Vivek tiwari

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  • Vivek tiwari
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"Enjoyed Jeep Safari"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 21, 2017
Had a wonderful time during Corbett Park safari. It was not far from the hotel and had the safari from the hotel only. Saw a lot of wild animals specially spotted deer and other deer in abundance. Regret for not been able to see the tiger.
Hope for the next time.
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Saiful rehmani

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  • Saiful rehmani
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"Multi-Visit Place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 13, 2017
Amazing, Thrilling, Local Food was Bad.. We were lucky to book all Meal inclusions from Hotel Only.

Must Visit Place, Jungle Safari was a must do thing out there, One must Visit Dhikala if have one-night extra time to stay but if not then Brijrani is a must go Zone with lots of Deers, Tigers and Wild Elephants waiting to thrill your visit in their home.

Note:- Precooking will be good to safari (Morning timings (05:00 A. M. To 09:00 A. Is good to feel wilderness out there).

Marchula:- A must go visit 30 Kms from Ramnagar might be lucky to view Crocodiles there.

Note:- Day visit of 2 hours may be enough.

Girija-Kosi River:- may chill on the banks of Kosi River.
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Sonali bakshi

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  • Sonali bakshi
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"Jim Corbett tiger reserve - sonali Bakshi"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2016
We took a open jeep safari for our first experience with the wilderness at Jim Corbett. As our timing was not the right one(end of june😔) and due to the last minute booking of permit we got entry through the Jhirna gate of the park which remains open throughout the year. Best time to visit is nov to 15june as the main gates to the Tiger reserve are open during this time. We couldnt get a glimpse of the Tiger himself but still saw many other animals like herd of elephants, wild pig, wild hen, spotted deer, sambar deer, peacocks and tortoise. Overall we were happy with the experience & will soon plan a revisit during the appropriate time of nov-15june to try our luck of catching a glimpse of the Sher Khan himself ..!
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Jyoti Shekhar

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"Worth a visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 26, 2016
Corbett National Park is a Tiger Serve at Ramnagar in Uttarakhand. The park is named after the great hunter Jim Corbett, who came india 100s year ago, hunted many man eaters and people of the region got rid of. The forest is almost largest in Asia, stretched from Ramnagar (Kumaon) to Dehradun (Garhwal).

This has now been reserved for tigers, which are rehabilitated very well. Elefant, deers and other animals are also in a large number. Daily safaris are organised by many operators from Nainital, Ramnagar and other surrounding towns, to watch tigers in their own kingdom.

But noon time is not better for the purpose, because animals don't come out due to temperature. Adventure lovers can night stay in rest house, in side the forest, which should be pre booked. A museum is inside, showing lifestyle of tigers.

Around 30 km from here, there is Corbett falls. A small fall, but beautiful green surroundings and cool atmosphere.

One can reach here by train upto Lalkuan or last rly stn. Of Kumaun region - Kathgodam & thereafter by taxi cab

The place is worth to visit for knowledge, adventure and natural beauty, all.
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Soumen Das

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"An awesome experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2016
Corbett is well connected By road & rail from Delhi. From Kolkata only good train is weekly Howrah-Lal Kuan exp which takes 24 hrs to reach. Dhikala zone is the best where Max tigers & other wild animals are available. It is to be booked online 45 days before. However rooms are booked by private agencies. So we could book only dormitory seats. 200 per seat. 50% off for Sr citizens. We reached Ramnagar on 2.4.16 & after verification we reserved Gypsy for 3800 for the safari. We had to traverse 17 km to reach the Dhikala gate. Then 31 kms in the deep forest to reach Dhikala FRH. It is well protected & maintained. Food is costly. But you can take it from staff canteen where rates are moderate. Next day morning at 6-30 am we started safari in the core area. Our way was blocked by 5 elephants & we had to change our route. There are huge deers elephants & other animals in Dhikala. At last we found a tiger camping in a grassland. 15 Jeeps assembled there for 90 mts to see the king of jungle. Slowly he disappeared into the forest. It was an awesome experience. A must see place. But u have to stay at night at Dhikala.
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Sharad srivastava

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"Worst place I have ever been"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2016
No adventure, nothing like as people say believe me there is nothing to do over here. Food is too expensive as per the quality and hotel Exotic Corbett Club is the worst place I had ever been in my life.

Hotels are too expensive according to their ambience, only go for branded hotel like Club Mahindra, Country Inn.
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Azhar Khan

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"Peaceful stay"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2016
Won't get assurance that you will be lucky enough to see tigers elephants or any other big animals but yes you will get to see lots of peacock dears above all the peaceful environment around you will be mesmerising. People busy in a city life should plan a visit like this to rejuvenate themselves. Nature is beautiful that's what I learned.
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Manish garg

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"Serenity with wildlife adventure"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
Corbett joins two different world whether it is a serene place to rest otherwise it's a place with wildlife adventures. You can start your day with gypsy safari or elephant safari, in my opinion elephant safari is the best way to explore the jungle. Kosi river is one of the best place to relax and enjoy. Girija temple, museum, Corbett fall and ultimately beautiful resorts. Awesome place to go and chill.
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Pankaj kumar sonar

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"Best of Jungle safari, Corbett"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2016
Jim Corbett park attracts tourists from all over the world many of whom are professional wild life photographers. Its a vast stretch of forest so impossible to explore in a single outing. To catch a glimpse of the tiger is sheer luck. But if luck is on your side one would always remember how majestic the beast looks in its natural habitat. The other animal which would excite you is the leopard. Samburs would appear in a friendly way almost ready to get a selfie clicked. Spotted dears would be too swift. Elephants with their young ones are a delight to watch. Crocodiles taking a sunbath is a rare scene. Wild boars would be running to take shelter. Jungle safari on a canter bus from Dhekala gate is better than through durga devi gate just because the ride is much longer (31 vrs 7 km).
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