Jim Corbett National Park, the first of its kind in India, was established way back in 1936 in an earnest attempt to save the tiger. Spread across 1318.54 sq.kms, this reserve is home to a wide range of exotic wildlife, migratory birds, and unusual flora.
The landscape here includes picturesque hills, grasslands, and lakes. Located at the foothills of the Himalayan ranges and in the state of Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett National Park is the ideal destination for animal lovers and nature enthusiasts.
Getting to the park has been made quite easy as it is well connected by road and rail from various major cities. The most convenient approach to Jim Corbett is from the small town of Ramnagar – one that is easily accessible from cities like Delhi, Haridwar, Varanasi, and Lucknow, among a few others.
The closest airport is the Pantnagar Airport that is about 50 kms from Jim Corbett. The Ramnagar Railway Station, at a distance of 60 kms, is the most convenient and closest railway connect. There are however, direct buses that regularly ply from various cities including Jaipur, Agra, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Noida, and many others.
Jim Corbett National Park comprises several zones or belts that are open to the public during different times of the year. The Jhirna zone, for instance is open all throughout the year whereas the Birjani Zone opens between 15th October and 30th June. The core area of the National Park is known as Dhikala and is open between 15th November and 15th June.
Bird lovers are advised to visit during the winter months of November – February when many species make this park their home. Summer months from March to June is a good time for animal sighting when most wildlife venture out of their comfort zone in search of water and shade. It is also an ideal time to try your hand at river rafting. Monsoons at Jim Corbett are severe, but a delight to experience.
For those who love to spend time amidst Mother Nature in her various forms, this park makes for a splendid choice. Several hotels in Jim Corbett National Park are equipped with the amenities to ensure comfort and protection to tourists and travellers. An array of choices is available to suit different pockets and requirements. A visit to the National Park is perfect to take a step closer to nature.