Situated in the Nainital district of the state of Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett National Park is located close to Ramnagar-Kashipur highway. It is spread over an area of 520 km² and appeals a number of visitors. It is the oldest national park in India, which used to be just another Himalayan forest of the region. It was established in the year 1936 as Hailey National park and was declared as a reserve area by the British Government. Prior to 1936, Rewa Maharaja of Rewa used this place for jungle hunting, mainly because of the diverse plants and animal population offered by the region. Post independence, the park was named as Ramganga National Park in the year 1955 and but later in 1956, it was renamed again as Jim Corbett National Park. Jim Corbett was a famous hunter, who became ecologist and author and played an important role in the foundation of this national park. Jim Corbett National Park is presently one of the most famous Wildlife Sanctuary in India and is famous for the presence of the Royal Bengal tiger in the sanctuary. It was declared as an exclusive tiger reserve on 1st April, 1973, with support of World Wildlife Fund. It protects the critically endangered Bengal Tiger of India. This park is one of the well-maintained and protected areas in India, which attracts a huge number of Indian and Foreign tourists every year. Sited at the foothills of Himalayan belt, the place is known for diverse geographical and ecological characteristics offering excellent landscapes. Its varied geography is comprised of hilly and river bank areas, passing marshy depressions, highlands and ravines. There are four gates that are entrances for the Park, including Amdanda gate, Dhangarhi gate, Khara gate and Durga Devi gate. Offering rich and varied wildlife, the destinations offers great exciting experiences to its visitors. It is a perfect stopover if you are an adventure freak, birdwatcher, angler, nature lover or animal lover.
March-June, Warm, but pleasant, due to the snow from the Himalayas
July-September, Moderate rainfall
Annual rainfall -162 cm
Top Places to Visit in Corbett
If you are planning holiday in Corbett and wondering which places to visit, then read on to get Corbett sightseeing details. Here is the list of tourist places in Corbett that you must pay a visit:
Garjiya Devi Temple
It is a beautiful religious destination for Hindus, which is situated in the Garjiya village near the park. It is a sacred place to visit. This temple is situated on a huge rock in the Kosi River and about 63 km away from Ramnagar. It is one of the most popular temples of the Nainital region, which is visited by a number of devotees on Kartik Poornima.
Corbett Falls is a wonderful tourist attraction in Jim Corbett National Park. It is a small yet gorgeous waterfall that falls from a height of more than 60 feet creating a wonderful view in its lush green backdrop. The place is very peaceful only the chirping of birds can disturb the harmony of here. One can enjoy here camping and bird watching.
Sita Vani Temple
Situated in the Ramnagar region, Sita Vani Temple is supposed to be that holy place where Devi Sita entered into the lap of earth. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Sita. There is fair is celebrated here during Ramnavami every year. This temple is located 20 KM away from Ramnagar.
Kalagarh Dam is also called as Ramganga Dam. It is a water barrage located within the Corbett National Park. The dam and its reservoir feature several avian species, which make it an ideal place to enjoy bird-watching. It attracts a number of wildlife enthusiasts to those beautiful cute creatures.
Kosi River travels from the eastern boundary of Jim Corbett National Park. It commences from Mohan, goes through Dhikuli and finally reaches Ramnagar (a small town in Nainital). Wild animals frequently stop by during the summer season, when the tributaries of Ramganga (a major source of drinking water for animals living in Jim Corbett National Park) get dry.
This is the largest zone in Corbett, which offers maximum opportunity for overnight stays. It features a wide range of habitats, including suit Ghoral, goat antelope, Gharial, Maggars and Mahaseer. The hog deer too is very elite to Dhikala. It offers the most varied terrains and an array of Forest Rest House accommodations. This block of forest houses the Ramganga River.
Sunrise Point is the highest peak in Corbett and its surroundings. It is located at Bhuwankhal Village, which is also popular as an old bungalow constructed by British. The sun rises here spreading a beautiful panorama all around. This is an ultimate stopover to watch gorgeous sunset and sunrise for the tourists.
This range is popular to enjoy bird watching and fishing. Durga Devi is located at the northeast corner of Corbett Park and birds like maroon Oriole, fishing eagle, little Forktail and many more. Mandal and Ramganga Rivers in this forest attract animals like Wild Elephants, Leopards and Tigers.
Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
It is the central range of the Corbett National Park, which is recognized for wildlife splendor offering amazing flora and fauna. More than 550 species of birds can be spotted here. This zone offers buffer forest to southern Corbett, which comprises of the most of the plantation forests.