Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park

Established in 1936, this is India's first national park. It is named after the legendary naturalist and conservationist Jim Corbett.  Located at the Himalayas' foothills, near the popular hill-station of Nainital, the beautiful Jim Corbett National Park, is famous for being home to a large number of tigers, the highest among any Indian national park. Spread over 1318.54 sq km, of which 520 sq km is the main area, and the remaining is buffer; the park is spread over the picturesque landscapes of Pauri Garhwal, Almora, and Nainital. The jeep safari into the dense forest to see the wild animals in their natural habitat is a must-have experience. And if you are lucky, then you may get a chance to even spot a tiger. While on the jeep safari, enjoy the lush green forest's views cut across by streams and rivers and a few waterfalls. There are accommodations available inside the park for night-stay as well, which offer you once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Places to visit in Jim Corbett National Park

  • Corbett Waterfall: A scenic picnic spot that is located around 25 km from Ramnagar, the Corbett falls is ideal for a refreshing stop. Nestled inside a dense forest, an elaborate gate welcomes you to Corbett Falls. The actual falls is about 2 km from the gate and you can walk or drive up to it. The enclosed forested area around the waterfall, which gushes down from a height of 20 ft, is serene and the jungle runs wild. The park is closed in monsoon, from July to September.
  • Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary: The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve and is home to various types of animals. Located on the banks of the Sona nadi (gold river), this pristine forest area is off the tourist tracks and offers a chance to explore nature and wildlife at your own pace. 
  • Garjiya Devi Temple: The well-known temple, with Goddess Garjiya Devi as the presiding deity, is built on a large rock, in the middle of River Kosi. The temple, with a long stepped corridor, is very popular among locals and tourists.
  • Sitabani forest: This part of the dense forest is located around 5 km from Ramnagar and is a well-known bird-watching destination. It can be covered during a jungle safari. Locals say that Sitabani finds a mention in the Hindu epic Ramayana and that Sita, Lord Rama's wife, spent some time in this forest. It is also said that the ancient temple located here was once the hermitage of the sage Balmiki. The temple is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
  • Corbett Museum: If you want to know more about hunter-turned naturalist Jim Corbett, make a trip to his former house, a heritage bungalow built in 1922. Located at Kaladhungi, around 25 km from Ramnagar, it is now a museum and houses several of his personal belongings, including guns.

How to reach Jim Corbett National Park

By Flight: The closest domestic airport to Corbett National Park is 50 kms away from Corbett National Park at Phoolbagh, Pantnagar. At 295 Km from Corbett National Park, the nearest International Airport is at Delhi. The major air link for tourists coming from northern parts of India is at Dehradun and Lucknow. Preferably, passengers availing flight from within India, or other parts of the world, should land down either to Palam Airport (domestic) or to Indira Gandhi International Airport (International), New Delhi, accordingly. Both the airports have well facilitated air links within as well as outside India.

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