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Jim Corbett National Park - Crafting a Niche

by afiatajdar 5 year, 9 months ago

On the wildlife tours of Uttaranchal, plan a visit to the Jim Corbett National Park and enjoy a stay in India’s oldest and most famous tiger parks.

Established in the year 1956, the Jim Corbett National Park is the first of its kind in the country. Located in the Kumaon region of Uttaranchal, the national park is the perfect haven for wildlife seekers. Sprawling on an area of 1318.54 sq. km. including 520 sq. km. of core area and 797.72 sq. km. of buffer area, this national park is one of the most celebrated places in India. The credit for discovering this coveted site goes to Jim Corbett, a British hunter, conversationalist and naturalist.

About Corbett National Park

The park has many gates through which one can enter. Some of the main entrance gates are as follows - 

Amdanda gate, located on the the south-east of the tiger reserve, around 3 kms from Ramnagar. This gate is preferred only for day visits and here tourist have the option for staying at Bijrani and Malani forest reserve homes. 

The second gate is Dhangarhi gate, located at a distance of 30 kms from Ramnagar. This gate too is on the south-east of the jungle and serve as the entrance for Sultan, Gairal, Sarapduli, Khinnanauli and Dhikala forest rest houses.  

Khara Gate is the next options located 20 kms from Ramnagar. The Durgadevi gate is located in the north-east boundary of the park and is the only gate from where elephant safaris are permitted multi times during the day. 

The Vatanvasa gate (north-west) and the Teria gate are there other two gates from where tourists can enter the national park.

Best Time to Visit  

The best time to book Corbett tours in North India is during the months from Mid of November to mid of April. Winter can be very cold and during the monsoons months from mid of June till mid of November, the park remains closed. The Jim Corbett National Park is located at a distance of 19 kms from Ramnagar, 88 kms from Nainital and 263 kms from Delhi.

Flora in Corbett National Park

The park serves as a natural habitat for a variety of floral attractions. The forested area is filled with Sal forests and khair-sissoo forests. Teaks, eucalyptus, silver oak and bottlebrush. Bamboos and various kinds of shrubs can also be found here.

Fauna in Corbett National Park

The Jim Corbett Wildlife hub is known all over the world for the tiger habitat. Beside, tourists can also sight Indian elephants, leopard, jungle cats, wild boar, jackal, ghoral, sloth bears. The reptile species that can be sighted here includes mugger, gharial, indian rock python, krait and Russell’s vipes. Avian species includes wagtail, kingfisher, jungle babbler, and many others ferocious animals.

Safaris in Corbett National Park

Tourists taking up Jim Corbett National Park tours can enjoy two modes of safaris here - Elephant Safari and Horse safari. 

Horse safari is conducted by a private operator (www.corbettriverside.com). Tourists have the option for taking 3 days or 7 days horse safari. They charge Rs 5000 per person per day and accommodation and sightseeing are all included in the charges.

Elephant Safari too can be enjoyed in Jim Corbett National Park. The charges of Elephant safari (2 hrs) is Rs 200 for Indians and Rs 350 per head for foreigners. Timings for Elephant safari is from 7:30am to 10:30am and 3pm to 5pm during winters and 6: 30 am to 09:30 am and 4pm to 6pm during summers.

Other Attractions in Jim Corbett

Besides the safari, there are many other adventure activities that tourists can enjoy inside the national park. Trekking and fishing can be enjoyed while in the Jim Corbett National park.
Fishing can be enjoyed in the rivers that flow inside the park - Ramganga, Kosi, Mandal and Kothri. Though one is advised to carry their own equipments, rods can be hired at Rs 500 per day per beat.

Trekking too can be enjoyed. Though walking is not allowed inside the park, but tourists can enjoy trekking in the areas around the forest on their holiday tours in Uttaranchal. If planning for a trekking indulgence, it is important that you carry gears and clothing that are suited for the climate.

Entry Details

The entry fee to the park is Rs 60 for Indians and Rs 400 for foreigners (Rs 450 for those staying overnight). Vehicle entry is Rs 750 for heavy vehicle, Rs 400 for mini bus and Rs 200 for light vehicles. 

Camera is free, however, Rs 5000 needs to be deposited in case you are carrying a video camera. 

The park is open from 6 am till 5:30 pm and can be easily visited by taking up packages from Delhi.

Important Contact Details 

Tourist Office at Ramnagar - (05947) 244715, email - info@corbettnationalpark.org
KMVN (Kumaon Mandal VIkas Nigam) in Nainital - (05942) 236356
KMVN (Kumaon Mandal VIkas Nigam) in New Delhi - (011) 41519366


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Robert Darling Nash was my great grandfather. I have pictures of him in Norwich from when he came from India. Can send if you are interested. My father was David Tavenor Nash and my Grandfather was Robert Tavenor Nash. His brothers were Arthur, Walter and Victor and had a sister Marjorie.
Posted by Caroline Speake (nee NASH) 2 year, 6 months ago
My grandfather Robert Darling Nash was a personal friend of JIm Corbett & they shared many hunting trips together.As a boy I recall seeing more than one tiger rugs(!} on the floor of his house "Rossmoyne" 42 Residency Road Bangalore.It really shocked me to read that there is one entry fee for native Indians & another for foreigners!This has completely dissuaded me from booking a visit although I was born ...more
Posted by Geoffrey Nash 2 year, 9 months ago

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