Jim Corbett National Park is India’s first national park located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It was established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park. It is one of the most sought-after destinations for wildlife tourism in India. Exploring the rich flora and fauna at Jim Corbett National Park especially through Jeep Safari is simply an awesome experience. Elephant safari is also organized to explore the sanctuary. Apparently, it is one of the most visited reserves in the country as it is popular for housing the greatest number of wild tigers in India and is amongst the best-maintained wildlife vacation sites. The charm and opulence of this best tourism attraction has not only drawn wildlife enthusiasts to the park but has also impressed celebrities like Raveena Tandon, and Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar who enjoyed a holiday here with their families.
Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India has also visited the Jim Corbett Resort lately. It shows the prominence that The Jim Corbett Resort beholds. He also share his experience in wildlife and said in a statement, “For years, I have lived among nature, in the mountains and the forests. These years have a lasting impact on my life. So when I was asked about a special program focusing on life away from politics and that too in the midst of nature, I was both excited and inclined to take part in it. For me, this show presents a great chance to showcase to the world India’s rich environmental heritage and stress on the importance of environment conservation and living in harmony with nature. Narendra Modi also said, "I don't think we should consider this experience dangerous. If we live in harmony with nature, nothing can go wrong."
It is evident that this place has something about it which you can only experience once you plan your trip here. Although planning for holidays in Corbett is no rocket science but we thought to make it a less of a hassle for you to look for information on it at different websites. So, plan your jungle safari trip because we are going to be your travel guide in Jim Corbett National Park, answering every possible query as to why to visit and how to plan a wildlife holiday to this wondrous national park for that Incredible India experience.
Reaching to Corbett Tiger Reserve is not a difficult task. This destination which is one of the best places to see wildlife in Asia is located at a short distance from Ramnagar in Uttarakhand, which by the way is well-connected by road to major places in the state as well as from Delhi and a few other major cities in the neighboring states. The details of how to reach Corbett National Park are mentioned below.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Corbett National Park is in Ramnagar, which is only 10-12 km from the park. There are two trains from Delhi for Ramnagar i.e., Ranikhet Express and Uttar Sampark Kranti Express. There is another railway station at a distance of about 3 hours away from Ramnagar, Kathgodam. This railway station enjoys better connectivity with many major cities in India than the one in Ramnagar.
By Road: Jim Corbett is well-connected by road, especially from Delhi, Nainital, Lucknow, Moradabad, and Bareilly. There are direct buses from Anand Vihar ISBT between Delhi and Jim Corbett. For people who travel from Lucknow, Agra-Lucknow Expressway is the quickest way to reach the wildlife destination, whereas people traveling from or via Bareilly can reach through NH 530. Those arriving from Moradabad area can drive on NH 309 and Moradabad-Kashipur Road to get Jim Corbett National Park. Those who travel from Nainital, Almora, Haldwani, Ranikhet, and Kausani can also choose state-run buses which might be directly connected to Ramnagar. From the bus stand, any three-wheeler vehicle can drop you to Jim Corbett National Park.
A number of hotels around Corbett National Park determine the popularity of this wildlife reserve in India. The accommodation options in Corbett range from budget hotels to mid-range to luxury resorts, thus, whatever your budget be, there will be a hotel and resort for you to offer a warm welcome and graciousness. And there are jungle camps available in Corbett as well that too come in the varied categories. Also, do you know that you have the opportunity to live on the premises of Corbett National Park in the Forest Rest Houses of varied zones? However, do remember that these stays have to be booked in advance and their availability is completely the responsibility of the Forest Department. The Forest Rest Houses in Dhikala Zone are deemed the best for a stay in Corbett. There are some best family hotels in Corbett that are admittedly kids friendly. Apart from this, there are Forest Lodges in Bijrani and Jhirna Zones as well.
Ideally, there are three types of wildlife safaris in Corbett National Park i.e., Jeep, Canter, and Elephant but since Tour My India strongly opposes Elephant Safaris as we categorize it under animal cruelty, we will only be discussing Jeep and Canter Safari in this blog.Best Zones for Enjoying Safari in Corbett:
There are 5 major safari zones in Corbett National Park, and one outside the boundary of the reserve. Amongst these zones, Dhikala and Bijrani are viewed the best for watching tigers in the jungle. However, Dhikala remains popular amongst tourists. It is to be noted that Jhirna is the only zone that remains open throughout the year, while the others are closed in the monsoon season between July and September mid. The zone of Sitabani, which is a separate sanctuary but is so near to the Corbett National Park that it makes an integral part of Uttarakhand tourism. Sitabani is primarily known for its attractive view that might interest the nature lovers. The best tourism season in Corbett is between October and June.Jeep Safari Timings in Different Zones
Note: Permit required for the safari in Jim Corbett National Park. There are two types of permit, one, a day permit that can be obtained at the entrance of this Corbett reserve, and two, Forest Rest House permit that can be acquired by placing a request online/booking online.
During the Jim Corbett national park tour in the peak winter season, you have to take the warm blanket along with you to beat the cold blowing air that you will face on the open Jeep safari. The Jeep safari in the winter morning is freezing cold, so even after wearing many layers of warm clothes, you will need the blanket to protect yourself from the freezing cold air. You must carry some warm woolen clothes, a pair of hand gloves and a wool cap or muffler to safeguard your body from the bitter cold.
Safari Types: Jeep safari is available in every zone in Corbett, however, canter safari can only be enjoyed in the Dhikala Zone of the park. Only two canters are allowed inside the Dhikala Zone at a time and 16 visitors can be included in one vehicle. On the other hand, jeeps can contain only 6 people. Also, one can manage their prime interest before selecting a jeep safari i.e birdwatching or tiger safari as the provisions will be made accordingly. A birdwatching tour in Corbett requires slow driving and a lot of patience.
Safari Timings: The best time to visit Corbett National Park is during the early hours in the morning. This time of the day improves your chance to sight a kind of animal species including tigers, which are nocturnal. Evening safaris are not bad either, there are still good chances of spotting several animals. Each safari is for 3 hrs, offering the visitors a complete tour of the zone. Find the below-mentioned timing chart for both jeep and canter safari.
In order to fully enjoy your Jim Corbett tour, you must add an activity or two apart from the safari in the park. Good point is, Jim Corbett offers a number of things to do for you to enjoy. For example to the pretty Kosi River that runs through the boundary of the park is ideal for rafting (in a certain season) and adventure activities like Bridge slithering and River Crossing. The outskirts of Corbett also allows visitors to enjoy adventure activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, rappelling. For those wanting to enjoy some recreational activities, Corbett’s Upper Ramganga River is ideal for fishing and angling tour. Also, the park is strategically located and offers its visitors a chance to enjoy a memorable sightseeing tour to popular tourist attractions of Garjia Temple, Jim Corbett Museum, Corbett Falls and the nearby tourist destination of Nainital and it's close by situated other travel places to see such as Bhimtal, Sattal, and Naukuchiatal.
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