Jim Corbett National Park (Nainital and Pauri district, Uttarakhand) spreads over an area of 520 sq km. The Jim Corbet National Park also includes the Patli Dun valley, formed by the Ramganga River. In 1936 the park was demarcated as a reserve area by the British Government and named ‘Hailey National Park’. Prior to 1936, the Maharaja of Rewa exploited this place to please his hunting pleasure. In 1954-55 this place was renamed for the first time, as 'Ramganga National Park'. The next year, it was renamed once again and called 'Jim Corbett National Park'. Jim Corbett National Park was declared as a tiger reserve on 1st April 1973.
Lying in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Jim Corbett National Park’s diverse flora and fauna, breathtaking beauty and the charming landscapes make it a nature lovers delight and an eco-tourism spot.
Flora and fauna
Flora : There are almost 488 different types of species of plants in the park; some of the main species found here are Bel, Chbilla, Dhak, Bakli, Pula, Bamboo, Semal, Khingan, Sal, Khair, Sissoo, Ber, Kuthber, Kharpat, Rohini.
Fauna : This Park has almost 33 different species of reptiles, 7 different species of amphibians, around 7 different species of fish and 37 different species of dragonflies.
Antelopes like the Nilgai and the Ghoral, many varieties of deer including Hog deer, Sambhar, Chital etc, the ancestors to us humans like Rhesus and the good-old Langur are found in the area. The tiger and leopard are part of the species of cats found here. A special resident is the Dhole, the wild dog.
A high number of species of birds are found here including water fowl, 17 types of woodpecker, kites, peafowl, the rare chir pheasant, the red jungle fowl, minivets, cuckoos, drongos and barbets. The reservoir on the river formed with the building of kalaghar dam attracts large number of migratory and other species of water birds.
Chief Wildlife Warden, Uttarakhand, Chanderbani, Near Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.
Field Director, Corbet Tiger Reserve Uttaranchal, Ramnagar (Nainital) - 244715. Tel. : 05947-251489, 251376, 251012
Uttaranchal Tourism, Indraprakash Building, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi - 110001 Tel. : 011-23319835
KMVN Tourist Rest House, Ramnagar
Elephant Safari : Elephant ride is the major attraction in Jim Corbett National Park 1. Tourists feel like a royal person, while sitting on an elephant and going into the grasslands and jungles in search of tigers or wild elephants. This safari is arranged twice in a day which starts from Dhikala, once early in the morning and once late in the afternoon.
You can go for an elephant ride, see documentaries at Dhikala, visit the museum or just soak in the wild environment.
Jeep Safari : This is one more way to explore the beauty of this national park. Jeeps to visit the park can be taken on rent from the Ramnagar, from the various travel agencies.
The nearest airport Phoolbagh (Pantnagar) is at a distance of 80 km from the park. New Delhi and Lucknow are connected by regular flightsRAIL
The nearest railway station to Corbett national park is Ramnagar, which is the terminus of Delhi-Moradabad-Ramnagar broad gauge branch of North East Railway. Ramnagar is 19 km from Corbett. The most convenient way to get there by train from Delhi is by Ranikhet Express.ROAD
Ramnagar, the entry point to Corbett, is approximately 280 km by road from Delhi, 60 km from Nainital. Ranikhet 114 km.
Ramnagar to: Lucknow (503 km), New Delhi (290km).