Jim Corbett National Park is a perfect destination for you if you are a wildlife lover. This national park is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, which has 400 different species of flora and over 550 different species of fauna, you can see during famous jungle safari. The oldest National Park in India is famous for its Royal Bengal Tiger which is critically endangered. It is one of the most visited parks in India so you can find many accommodation facilities at Ramnagar as well as at the Jim Corbett National Park, some agencies and forest department itself have you facility of hotels, rest houses, and log huts for the visitors.
Best Time to Visit Jim Corbett National Park
Winter Season – Within October to February
During the winter season or time of October to February, you will find a habitation of wonderful birds. This is the best time to visit the Jim Corbett national park because the weather is quite pleasant during these months. You can also easily spot animals and a variety of birds in the jungle during this time. You can also spot the majestic Bengal tiger walking around the recreation center in the winter season. The temperature of this area temperature goes down to 5 degrees Celsius at night.
Monsoon – During July to September Months
This season maybe not perfect for visiting the national park, but if you don’t want the crowd of visitors, then Monsoon is the best season for you to watch utter beauty but you may not spot fauna that easy. This season is best to have an unforgettable experience of trekking. This season is just so perfect for visitors as the temperature is pleasant and worth spending time.
Wildlife Safari in Jim Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park has exciting options like jeep safari, elephant safari, and canter safari for the visitors to begin their adventurous wildlife trip into the forest.
Having a ride on an elephant’s back is so exciting and of great fun. The elephant safari begins from the Durgadevi gate (north-eastern border) and ends at Halduparao (north-western boundary). The cost of safari for Indian is INR 500 / Person and for Foreigner, it is INR 1500 / Person. Only 4 Persons allowed at a time on elephant back for a ride. It covers the Bijrani area. Elephant ride timing from 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM.
Explore the forest and varied species of flora & fauna of Corbett National Park by jeep safari is the fast and comfortable to explore this area. The cost of jeep safari for Indian is INR 3600 / Jeep and for Foreigner, it is INR 7000 / Jeep. Only 6 persons are allowed in a single Jeep. It covers the Bijrani zone, the Sitabani zone, and the Jhirna zone. Jeep safari timing from 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM.
Canter safari is the only option if one wants to explore Dhikala forest or staying in a resort, there are two canter safari services in a day- one is from 06:00 am and the second at noon. The five Hours adventurous ride through canter safari will give immense pleasure. The fare of safari for Indian is rupees 1500 per Person and for foreigners, it is rupees 3000 per Person. The canter has 16 seats and it covers the Dhikala zone.
Things to Do In Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park Zones
A Jim Corbett travel guide has the popular zones to explore. So, there are five zones according to the safaris.
Bijrani zone is nearest to Ramnagar city in Nainital and is the second most popular for spotting Tigers. The landscape is a view of a mix of dense forests, open grasslands, river plains, and “Flora” and “Fauna” of the jungle. The “Amadanda” is the entry point of the Bijrani zone. The jeep safari is the right option to explore the Bijrani zone. The best time to visit this zone from October to July.
Dhikala is the largest most popular part of the National Park and gives you the experience of exploring deep Jungle. Dhikala zone is known to be the best zone for spotting tigers. “Dhangari” is the entry gate of Dhikala Zone. Canter Safari and Jeep Safari are two options to explore the Dhikala zone, and if you opted jeep safari then you must arrange a night stay in the guest house. On the other hand, canter safari has no restrictions at all. The best time to explore this zone is from “November to mid-June”.
Durgadevi Zone is a beautiful part of the national park which is perfect for bird watchers and complementary with the different wildlife species. Jeep safari is available in this beautiful zone. The best time to visit this zone from “mid-November to mid-June”.
It is one of the most popular zones of the Forest as the zone is open throughout the year for tourists. The zone contains wild bears and the Bengal tigers, which are the major attractions.
Dhela zone is a paradise for bird lovers as well as photographers. It is the latest zone added to the National Park in 2014. It is open throughout the year. This zone has various safari depending on the weather. It is the best place for birds photography.
Best Places to Stay in Corbett National Park
- Corbett Roop Resort
- Corbett’s Call Of The Wild
- Camp Forktail Creek
- Tree Tops Riverview Corbett
- Infinity Resort Jungle Lodge
- Corbett Treff Hotel
- Tiger Camp Resort
- Vanghat River Lodge
- The Wild Crest
- Manu Maharani Corbett
- Corbett Riverside Resort
- Corbett Riverview Retreat
A journey to the national park is incomplete without Jim Corbett Safari. The Fauna of Jim Corbett National Park has a large number of animals
You can see many animals including –
- Jungle Cat
- Fishing Cat
- Barking Deer
- Hog Deer
- Bengal Tiger
- Himalayan Black Bears
- Indian Pangolins
Corbett National Park has some destinations for bird watching.
Some of the places are –
- Haati Dangar
- Kosi Barrage and Sitabani
- Kyari to Powal Garh
- Garjiya Temple
- Mohaan to Kumariya
The Jim Corbett National Park has a large number of birds
Some of them include –
- Tawny fish owl
- Pallas’ fish eagle
- Green Bee-Eaters
- Crested Serpent Eagles
- Red Jungle fowl
- Vultures, Storks
You can also enjoy a visit to the home of crocodiles and gharials.
How to Reach Jim Corbett National Park
The Jim Corbett National Park is situated near Ramnagar city. The national park is a half an hour drive from Ramnagar. You can reach Ramnagar by road as well as train also.
Distance between the Major Cities and Corbett National Park
- From Delhi to Ramnagar (260 Km)
- From Nainital to Ramnagar (62 Km)
- From Lucknow to Ramnagar (436 Km)
- From Dehradun to Ramnagar (232 Km)
Some travel Tips for Jim Corbett National Park
- Carry some woolens especially if you are on a journey with a baby.
- Don’t off-road.
- keep hydrated.
- In the park follow the instructions of your guide.
- wear sports shoes.
- It is suitable if you book a hotel in advance.
- Don’t forget to carry ID proofs.
- Maintain distance from animals.
- Always keep your camera ready if you like to capture wildlife pictures because you never knew when you spot animal or bird.