Jim Corbett National Park can be befittingly called the paradise of Tigers for the fact that it holds a large population of tigers in its breathtaking landscapes that consists of different varieties of flora and fauna. Named after the legendary tiger hunter turned naturalist Jim Corbett (1875-1955), the proud destination 'Jim Corbett National Park' was the first national park of India, which was established in 1936 in the hill state of Uttarakhand in Northern India. It is one of the most famous wildlife destinations in India, visited by several wildlife enthusiasts who want to catch the glorious sights of the Indian tigers.
During its inception, the name of the park was Hailey National Park, which was rechristened afterwards in the honor of the great conservationist and naturalist Jim Corbett, who hunted down tigers that had turned man-eaters in Kumaon, Uttarakhand, between 1907 to 1939. Jim Corbett believed in the conservation of the ecosystem and wildlife, especially tigers and which is why Jim Corbett National Park was chosen as the venue for the inauguration of 'Save the tigers' project in India. Launched in 1973, one of the stated intents of Project Tiger is to maintain the ecological balance of nature and conserve extant ecosystems. The project seeks to establish a natural link between the wildlife & flora of national parks and sanctuaries and the humans living on their peripheries. It also seeks to create awareness about harm to environment and preservation efforts.
Spread across the districts- Nainital and Pauri, the Corbett National Park covers an area of 1288 sq. km, together with neighboring reserves- Sonanadi Wildlife Santuary and Reserve Forest. It is home to approximately 110 tree species, 50 mammals' species, 580 bird species, and 25 reptile species that are found both in the lower and higher regions of the park. The geographical location of this place that encloses streams, rivers, and ridges crisscrossing the terrain, makes Jim Corbett National Park a perfect habitat for numerous plant and animal species. The most famous of Corbett's wild residents are the Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, Leopards, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Jackal, Mongoose, and Crocodile.
Tourists from all across the world visit Jim Corbett National Park to view India's precious predators during the months of November to June, which is considered to be the best time to make a visit this park. It is during this time that visitors can explore the Indian wildlife through jungle safari, available from five different tourism zones…Dhikala, Bijrani, Domunda, Jhirna and Sonanadi,. Corbett also invites people for adventure activities like rock-climbing, rappelling, river-crossing and slithering, organized by the hotels & resorts located near Jim Corbett Park. The best thing about being in Corbett is that there is never a dull moment –once you are done with exploring the park you can head to the many interesting places sprinkled in and around Corbett like: Garjia Temple, Kyari Camp, Sitabani Temple, Sitabani Forest Reserve, Bijrani, Dhangari Museum,Corbett Water Falls, and Sunrise Point. Read more
The closest town from Corbett National Park is Ramnagar, which is well connected by road to places like Lucknow, Nainital, Ranikhet, Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi. Ramnagar is also an important connecting point whether you are travelling by train or air; if you are travelling by train from Delhi, there are overnight trains that arrive in Ramnagar by dawn, which you can take advantage of in case you want to explore the park and return home the same day.
By Air: The closest domestic airport is Pantnagar Airport, which is 80 km away. New Delhi is the nearest International airport.
By Train: Ramnagar (5 km), which is the nearest railway station, is well connected to all major Indian cities.
By Bus: The Park is connected to all major destinations within and outside the state by motorable roads. Visitors can easily hire a private taxi or state-owned buses to arrive at the park.