Located on the foot hills of the Kumaon region of the state Uttranchal, the Jim Corbett National Park is known for its tiger population. It was a popular haunting ground for British and named after the legendary hunter-naturalist Jim Corbett, who contributed a lot in setting up this park. The park was established in August 1936 with the help of world wildlife fund and was earlier known as the Hailey National Park. In the year 1973, the park became a part of the Project Tiger Scheme to preserve the endangered tiger species.
Entry Fee :
The park administration in Ramnagar gives permission to enter the park. It charges a Rs of 350 per person and is valid for only two nights. Charges for boarding, lodging, jungle safaris and the entry fee of movie camera are additional.
Wildlife Attractions :
Flora in the Park - There are around 110 tree species can be found in the park and the majority of vegetation comprises of Sal trees. Some other plant species of this region includes the Chir, Anauri, Bamboo, Bakli and Lantana.
Fauna in the Park - There are around 50 mammal species and some of the major ones consists of tigers, leopards, elephant, wild dog, jackals, civets, porcupines, wild boar, sloth bear etc. Its vast stretches of Savannah grasslands is a perfect home to chittal, deer, sambar and other four horned antelopes.
Avi-fauna in the Park - The park has also an interesting range of bird species that numbers over 580. Some of them are the herons, darters, flycatcher, fishing eagle, ducks, geese, cuckoos, barbets, peacocks, kingfishers, moorhens, hornbills, jungle fowl, vultures etc. The nearest Ramganga river also attracts a variety of winter migrant birds.
Trips within the park :
The park provides the facilities for elephant safari and jeep safari which are two of the best ways to spot tiger and other wildlife in their natural habitat while roaming inside the dense forest of the park. Tourist lodges and travel agencies also provide rented jeeps for the park trips.
A range of tourist accommodation within Corbett is at Dhikala available at Dhikla in forms of dormitories, forest rest houses, huts. Accommodation is also available at private hotels and resorts in Ramnagar. Some of the well known resorts near Corbett are : the Corbett River Side Resort, Quality Inn Corbett Jungle Lodge, Infinity Resort, Corbett Ramganga Resort etc.
Getting to the Park :
By Air - Phoolbagh, Patnagar is the nearest one and is at a distance of 50 km. The Delhi Airport is the nearest International Airport.
By Rail - The nearest railway station is at the town of Ramnagar and is on the broad gauge track. It is linked to Delhi,
Lucknow and Muradabad.
By Road - A good road network connects Ramnagar with Nainital, Ranikhet, Delhi, Dhikla and some other destinations of North India by frequent bus services.