Rich in historical value and the oldest Tiger Reserve to exist in India, welcome to Jim Corbett National Park. This lush Uttarakhand located reserve is a full package with its mosaic of wet and dry lands, forests and grasslands, gentle and rugged terrains – perfect place for an intimate picnic.
The Jim Corbett National Park surmounting around 500 square kilometres is located at the foothills
of Himalayas, giving it the beautiful picturesque view of sub Himalayan belts. The park mainly
included the Patlidun Valley and has the Ramganga river flowing through it in a westerly direction
with a dam centered in the middle of the park. The amalgamation of all these different geographies
makes the experience at this destination full of vibrant activities and new surprises.
Good To Know
Wildlife Sighting Index
8/10 for Tiger sighting
Beauty of Forest Index
10/10 Beauty of Forest
Standard of Infrastructure Index
9/10 Stay & Amenities
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Flora of Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve
The species blossoming under the Tiger Reserve’s care are bountiful and blessed. True to its complexheritage, the soil at Jim Corbett grows flora and fauna of vast variety and beauty. A quick search through Google Images will leave you stunned at the magnificent views that garnish the lands but let me introduce you to some facts regarding the greenery. There are over 600 species of trees, shrubs, herbs, bamboos, grasses, climbers, and ferns in the Jim Corbett National Park.
Moreover, the park gets its color tone from the flowering trees, which include Kachnar with pink and white flowers, Semal with big red blooms, Dhak or the Flame-of-the-forest with bright orange flowers, Madaar or Indian Coral with scarlet red flowers and Amaltas with bright yellow chandelier-like flowers. Ubiquitous trees include Male Bamboo, Pine, Sal, Sissoo, and Khair. On the elevated levels near Kanda, Banj Oak is easily seen, which is truly a Himalayan species.
● Themeda arundinacea
● Baib or Bhabar
● Tiger Grass
● Khus Khus
● BakliTeak (Tectona grandis)
● Silver Oak
Fauna of Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve
Don’t get bored just yet, because among these lush views you can spot the wildlife of Jim Corbett. As the father of Tiger Reserves dotted throughout India, the Royal Bengal Tiger is the dominant species you’ll spot in this forest. Male tigers can be seen roaming alone while tigresses and their cubs can be spotted frolicking through the fields at other spots.
Another important mammal is the Asiatic Elephant, around whom certain tourist activities are also catered. Apart from these giant treats, the expanse at Jim Corbett hosts numerous small animals, amphibians, insects, butterflies and more. With around 550 avifauna species, Jim Corbett has also been named Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International.
● Jungle Cat
● Fishing Cat
● Leopard Cat
● Barking Deer
● Sambhar Deer
● Hogg Deer
● Chital Deer
● Sloth bears
● Himalayan Black bears
● Indian Grey Mongoose
● Yellow-throated Martens
● Ghoral (Goat-Antelopes)
● Indian Pangolins
● Rhesus Monkeys
● Local crocodiles
● Indian Python
● King Cobra
● Common Cobra
Explore The Known and Unknown of Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve
Now comes the fun part! Activities to partake in during your visit to this big beautiful forest. Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, is not only a place to enjoy a Jeep Safari and spot wildlife, instead, the rivers, terrain, dam, and the fauna makes it possible to enjoy a multitude of exhilarating and relaxing experiences to make your stay truly memorable. Starting with the Safari, tourists can opt for 4 persons gypsy, 8 persons jeep and even canter safari for almost 16 persons to view the Dhikala zone. Gypsy and Jeep Safari, however, are open for more than seven zones and generally cover a larger land. So sit tight, as an open-air jeep takes you through the areas with the highest concentration of animals such as elephants, monkeys, leopards, red fox, black bears, and of course, the Bengal tiger.
Next, you can try riding on the back of an elephant, with a trained mahout driving it, and have an exceptional time enjoying an Elephant Safari to explore the forestland at a safe height of 9 to 10 feet. And if your heart’s desire to snuggle in the lap of nature has not been quenched, you can also book a camping package that includes fishing trips, bonfires and guided tours through the breathtaking forests. Nights under the starry sky and the surrounding mountains will truly make this camping experience a magical one. Another secret delight is none other than the Corbett Waterfall. This fast flowing waterfall can be enjoyed from a safe distance, without entering its waters; as they might be infested with snakes and crocodiles. Another important activity that you must indulge in, especially during winter times at the park is bird watching. It’s hard to believe but around 650 species of colorful and unique birds nest in the reserve in the months of November-December. This is the time when migratory birds come to India from as far as Siberia, to escape cold. Some of the many birds include forest dove, finch, robin, hornbill, Siberian crane, babbler and kingfisher. You can also seek blessings at the Gajria Temple near Kosi River, with the statue of Lakshmi-Narayan made of the rare black granite. Furthermore, Stibani is the perfect place for trekkers to hail an adventurous trek and explore nature while at Jim Corbett.
You can also enjoy fishing at the Ramganga river, maybe even try river rafting, rappelling, river crossing or just enjoy a peaceful walk near the Kosi River with its stunning views. While on your way out, make sure to visit the Corbett Museum, one of the most fascinating places in the whole National Park. The museum is now located in the bungalow that used to be the house of the famous conservationist- Jim Corbett- after whom the park has been named. The museum is home to a lot of educational material that teaches visitors about the Bengal tiger, the infamous man-eaters and other animals that reside there. You can also discover stories about Jim Corbett, his adventures and his efforts to build a safe and habitable environment for the animals. A small shop also sells souvenirs and hand-crafted local items that one can buy.
Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve Safari Booking
Payment for the Jeep and Canter Safari is expected to be made by the tourists on the spot and pick and drop does not include the tourist’s hotel site.
Jeep Safari Timings and Safari Zones:
Zones: Bijrani, Garjiya, Jhirna, Dhela, Durgadevi, Sitabani
Morning 6:00 AM – 9.30 AM
Evening 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (subject to change)
Inclusions: Permission of CTR, Jeep, Driver, Permit and All Entries & Taxes.
Canter Safari Timings and Zone:
Zone: Peaceful Dhikala
Morning 6:00 AM – 11.50 AM
Evening 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
How to reach Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve
Corbett National Park is well connected with most of the important towns and cities of Uttarakhand. Pantnagar airport is the closest airport, about 80km from Jim Corbett and taxis or cabs can easily be hailed from Pantnagar. While the park does not have its own railway station, the Ramnagar railway station is located at only 5km away from the park.
It is one of the endpoints of the train coming in the Nainital District and cabs are readily available. Luckily, Jim Corbett National Park is also well routed by motorway roads from major destinations of northern India and taxis are freely available
from major spots at Uttarakhand.
Resorts at Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve
A true vacation is not complete without the perfect hotel and so is true for your journey to the wild. Thankfully, the years of tourism and extensive efforts from the forest department have arranged for a perfect place to stay for everyone at Jim Corbett. Forest lodges are available at almost all zones of the forest.
● Dhikala Forest Lodge
● Bijrani Forest Lodge
● Sarapduli Forest Lodge
● Gairal Forest Lodge
● Sultan Forest Lodge
Travellers can also opt for different resorts and hotels, ranging from modest, moderate to luxurious and premium for example, Paatlidun Safari Lodge, The Golden Tusk and Sterling Corbett.