History of Corbett National Park
“Paradise of Tigers”. We can conclude, with a blindfold on, that this phrase goes with one and only Jim Corbett National Park. Started in 1936, by Jim Corbett, this is the oldest national park existing. At first, it was known as Hailey National Park and was established aiming to protect Bengal Tigers. Nowadays it contains a large population of Tigers of endangered species and thus came the above phrase applied here. It is situated in Nainital District of Uttarakhand. The park was the earliest to arrive under the Project Tiger programme.
While taking a retrospective of this national park, one questions come around, who is Jim Corbett?
A tiger hunter turned into tiger lover, Jim Corbett (1875-1955), was a British colonel in British Indian Army. Lately, he proved to be a nature lover and thus took steps to protect species of tigers, mainly Bengal Tigers. He played a key role convincing then British Government for establishing such a reserve forest area.
Corbett National Park is one of the thirteen protected areas covered by WWFN. Take a look o its’ geography, climate and other relevant things-
Apart from tigers, it contains more than 400 different types of plants and an ample variety of fauna. Corbett National Park covers 520.8 sq. Km region of mounts, revering strips, and a large lake. The height varies from 1,300 to 4,000 ft. With a temperature of 4°C, winter nights are cold, but the daytimes are clear and bright. Summer days can be hot as 42°C. It rains from July to September, average rainfall 1400- 2000 mm annually.
This forest mainly consists of trees like Sal, peepal, Rohini, mango trees, etc. The forest area covers almost 80% area and 10% consists of grasslands. It is a dwelling place of around 110 tree species, 52 species of mammals, 595 bird species and 30 reptile species.
Being a protected, reserve forest, it is open for tourists and travellers who have keen eyes for nature and animals. But it has some guidelines, which are as follows-
Things to do at Corbett National Park
- Permits are necessary.
- Tourists are supposed to carry litter bag to carry every non-biodegradable garbage.
- Switch off lights, fans when not in use.
- Drive slowly.
Things not to do at Corbett National Park
- Do not carry any firearm.
- Smoking is strictly prohibited.
- Cooking is not allowed.
- Shouting or teasing animals are punishable.
- No entry after sunset.
Besides this, there are several important aspects for tourist’s purposes.
Zones at Corbett National Park
This Park has been classified into different areas.
- Jhirna zone– best time to visit- throughout the year.
- Dhikala zone– 15th Nov to 15th June.
- Bijrani zone– 1st Oct to 29th June.
- Sonanadi zone– All through the year.
- Durga Devi zone– 15th Nov to 15th June.
How to reach at Corbett National Park
The nearest location of Corbett National Park is Ramnagar, which forms the headquarters of CTR. Corbett is only 15 km from Ramnagar and around 260 km from Delhi. The road network of Ramnagar is very supportive, and one can easily travel by road. And if anyone wishes to travel by rail, he has to take direct trains from Delhi to Ramnagar station.
Alternatively, one can get up to Haldwani or Kashipur and go to Ramnagar by road. Taxis are easily accessible too.
Where to stay in Corbett National Park?
There are numerous hotels and resorts of high quality are available. Such as Corbett Jungle Treasure, Tuskar’s, Samsara Resort, Aahana resort, etc. The price varies from 2000/night to 10k/ night.
Other attractions near to Corbett National Park
There are many other side attractions of Corbett National Park. Those are as follows-
- Jeep safari
- Walking safaris
- Kalagarh Dam
- Corbett Falls
- Garjiya Devi Temple.
And most importantly have a nice trip!
Book your hotels & flight tickets from here Get Tourism Info