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Corbett National Park Travel Information

The first wildlife reserve in India, Jim Corbett National Park, or 'Corbett Tiger Reserve,' is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It covers an area of 1318 sq km, with 500 sq. km designated as the core area and the remaining portion as the buffer zone. The park is referred to as the protected area for the endangered Bengal tiger of India. The complete natural magnificence of the national park sets it apart from wildlife sanctuaries and other reserve forests in India. The park spans a wide-ranging landscape comprising rivers, forests, grasslands, and mountains.

The national park exhibits ecological and geographical features of the sub-Himalayan belt. Heralded as an excellent ecotourism destination, Corbett boasts approximately 488 different species of plants and a vast array of fauna. The rich variety of the park makes it an excellent place for bird enthusiasts, earning the area the reputation of being one of the best birding areas in India. Additionally, natural water holes, dense jungles, the Ramganga River, and an ample prey base make the park a perfect habitat for the tiger. It offers a complete picturesque location at the foothills of the Himalayas on the Ramganga bank of the river.

Jim Corbett National Park is undoubtedly a haven for those interested in wildlife. With a significant population of 'Royal Bengal Tigers,' the park is one of the astonishing places to spot wildlife.

  • Identification : First and Oldest National Park in India
  • Objective : First Tiger Conservation Project in India (with a long tradition of conservation)
  • Established in : 1936 (as a national park)
  • Location : Spread across Nainital and Pauri Districts, Ramnagar Town, Uttarakhand, India
  • Area : 1318.54 sq km
  • Core Area : 520.82 sq km
  • Buffer Area : 797.72 sq km
  • Altitude : 385 m - 1100 m above MSL
  • Longitude : 78°05' E to 79°05' E
  • Latitude : 29°25' E to 29°40' N
  • Annual Rainfall : 1400-2800 mm.
  • Temperature Range : 4°C in winter to 42°C during summer
  • Climate : Temperate throughout the year
  • Best Time : 15th November to 15th June

How to Reach Jim Corbett National Park ?

  • By Air : The nearest airport is Phoolbagh in Pantnagar, just 50 km away. For international travelers, Delhi, located 300 km away, is the closest international airport.
  • By Rail : Ramnagar, situated on the broad gauge track, serves as the nearest railway station. From there, road transport options must be availed to reach the park.
  • By Road : Corbett/Dhikala is accessible by road, being 300 km from Delhi, 403 km from Lucknow, and 51 km from Ramnagar. The route from Delhi passes through Hapur - Murababad - Ramnagar, with a turn-off approximately 7 km beyond Muradabad to the left, marked by a small board. The route from Lucknow covers Bareilly, Kichha, Rudrapur, Doraha, and Kashipur.

Permits Required for Corbett Jungle Safari

The management of Corbett National Park has made it mandatory for all tourists to obtain permission from government officials to visit the park. If you intend to make a day visit, permits can be directly obtained from the respective entry gates.

Visiting the Dhikala zone during the daytime is not permitted, except when tours are conducted in safaris organized by the management of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Furthermore, entry to this restricted zone is allowed only for visitors with prior accommodation reserved in Dhikala.

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