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Jim Corbett National Park is a heaven for wild animal lovers, who want to rest in the peaceful lap of nature. Previously, this park was called Ram Ganga Rashtriya Udyan. In 1957, it was named Jim Corbett National Park.
The park, situated on the Himalayan range and known for its green and peaceful environment, is famous for its tigers and is said to have 160 tigers. Situated on the banks of Ram Ganga river, the park is also a famous tourist spot and is known for its safari.
Corbett National Park is home to varied species of animals such as tigers, leopards, elephants, deer, bears, pigs, ghurals, languors, monkeys and approximately 650 types of birds, including peacocks, pigeons, owls, ducks, bulbuls, etc. Besides, tourists are also greeted to the 55 varieties of plants and 100-110 type of trees.
Tourist can also enjoy the refreshing experience of waterfalls here. The park is also a great destination for a family picnic. Corbett National Park is majorly divided in three zones for public wildlife sighting. 1. JHIRNA Range remains open round the year. 2. BIJRANI Range from October 1st till June 30th each Year. 3. DHIKALA Range from November 15th to June 15th each year.
Sitabani Forests is also open round the year for tourist. Tourist can embark on a safari by jeep, canter or elephant. In Dhikala, elephant rides are available for the tourists. Riding on elephants can provide an opportunity to watch various wild animals from close quarters. They can also enjoy fishing. Sona river, Ram Ganga river, Mandal river play a key role in increasing the beauty of the park. The Sitabani Temple and Garjia Temple in Ram Nagar are the main attractions of the park. Besides, tourists can travel travelling by road, rail and air. Suitable time for enjoying this exciting destination is summer and winters.
Edward Jim Corbett was born in an Irish family, which was settled in the Himalayan ranges now known as Uttarakhand. He was born in Nainital. Jim grew up as one of Christopher and Mary Jane Corbett’s 13 children. He was their eighth child. His parents settled in Nainital in 1862, after his father was appointed as the postmaster. In winters, to protect themselves from the cold, the family came to Dhota village in Kaladungi. After the unfortunate death of his father, Jim took to the jungles. With time, he became a good researcher and hunter.
Corbett did his initial studies in the OAK School and later in St. Joseph College, Nainital. After his education, Jim joined the railway but subsequently became a part of the British Army. He also saved Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh from invasions of man-eater tigers and leopards and become famous.
Between 1907 and 1938, Jim hunted 19 tigers and 14 leopards. These man-eaters had killed more than 1,280 people. Corbett killed first man-eater Champawat tiger which was responsible for 436 deaths.
Apart from hunting, he was also interested in photography. Corbett bought his own camera and started recording wild animals. Besides, he wrote various books describing the beauty of India and Indian Wildlife. Some of his great works are:
- Jungle Stories, privately published, 1935
- Man-Eaters of Kumaon, Oxford University Press, Bombay 1944
- The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, Oxford University Press, 1947
- My India, Oxford University Press, 1952
- Jungle Lore, Oxford University Press, 1953
- The Temple Tiger and more man-eaters of Kumaon, Oxford University Press, 1954
- Tree Tops, Oxford University Press, 1955
- Jim Corbett’s India – Selections by R.E. Hawkins, Oxford University Press, 1978
- My Kumaon: Uncollected Writings, Oxford University Press, 2012

With the passage of time, he started loving tigers and pledged not to shoot the striped cat till they become man-eaters. He also was instrumental in the settlement and protection of tigers. He provided information about the nature and wild animals to the authorities.
He collaborated with Frederick Walter (FW) Champion and established India’s first national park, the Hailey National Park in 1936. In 1956, in respect of Jim, it was named Jim Corbett National Park. Jim and his sister Maggie Corbett shifted to Kenya in 1947, where they lived in Nyeri. There he continued writing. After he finished his third book “Tree Top”, he was passed due to a sudden cardiac arrest.
Area of the Jim Corbett Park is 520.82 sq km (1318 sq km Corbett National Park including Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary)

Do`s and Don`ts:
In the Corbett National Park: Walking or trekking inside the national park is strictly prohibited. Avoid perfumes and bright clothes, wear clothes of color which merge with the natural surroundings. Carry a litter bag while entering the Tiger Reserve and bring back non-biodegradable litter. Do not make noises/talk loudly inside the forest. Do not smoke in the forest. Do not collect plants or pluck flowers. While taking photographs or shooting videos, do not disturb the wild animals. (For e.g. Use of flash guns) .Shouting, teasing or chasing animals or attempts to feed them are prohibited. Respect local traditions, customs and religions.

How to Reach:
Air – Phoolbagh, Pantnagar at a Distance of 50-kms is the Nearest Airport. Delhi at a Distance of 300-kms is and has the Nearest International Airport.
Rail – Ramnagar is the Nearest Railhead and is well Connected with Regular Trains.
Road – The Route from Delhi Spans Hapur-Murababad-Ramnagar. The Route from Lucknow is Bareilly–Kichha–Rudrapur–Doraha–Kashipur. Regular Buses Ply Between the Stations.
Train and bus connections up to Ramnagar 270 km from Delhi. The route from Delhi is as under:
Route – Delhi- Ghaziabad- Hapur- Moradabad- Kashipur- Ramnagar- 10 KM Corbett.

Main animal attractions:
Elephants, Tigers, Chital, Mugger, Crocodile, Migratory birds etc.

Must See:
Crocodile Pool, Dhikala Machaan, Getheryo Library (Dhikala), Corbett Museum (Dhangadi gate), Corbett fall, Garjia Temple, Jim Corbett House.

Tour Extension One can extend trip to Nainital (65 KM appx.), Ranikhet(95 KM. appx.), Other than Kausani and Musoorie.

 

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↑     Deer cross the road in Jim Corbett National Park

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↑     Peacock in Jim Corbett National Park. Photo by: Parveen Kumar

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↑     Bird in Jim Corbett National Park.

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↑     Elephant family cross road in Jim Corbett National Park.

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↑     Elephant in Jim Corbett National Park

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↑     Deer in Jim Corbett.

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↑     Peacock in Jim Corbett National Park.

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↑     Deer in Jim Corbett National Park.

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↑     Bird in Jim Corbett. Photo: Parveen Kumar

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↑     Elephant entered in jungle after crossing the river with tourist in his back. Photo: Parveen Kumar

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↑     Elephant family in Jim Corbett National Park

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↑     Garjia Temple in Jim Corbett National Park. Photo by: Parveen Kumar

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↑     Elephant in Jim Corbett National Park