@Ramnagar, Uttarkhand. First National Park of India. Famous for – Tigers, Leopards, Sloth bears, Wild Elephants, Birding and Jungle Safari

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Jim Corbett is the oldest national park in India.  Formerly known as Hailey National Park and was established in 1936. The park is named after poacher turned naturalist Mr.Jim Corbett who played a major role in establishing this park.  This was the first park to come under Project Tiger Initiative. The park spans the western Himalayas’ foothills in the districts of Nainital and Pauri Garhwal in the state of Uttaranchal.

The park was initially the private property of local rulers. In the year 1858 Major Ramsay sketched up the first brief conservation plan to protect the forest. Then this park was chosen as the inaugural site for Project Tiger. The total area of the park is 1318.54 sq km with a core area of 520.82 sq. km and a buffer area of 797.72 sq. km. The park is closed during monsoons. And the peak period to visit the park is from 15th November to 15th June every year.

Closest Road head: Ramnagar (15 km) Nainital (62kms) Delhi (260kms)
Closest Airport: Pantnagar (80kms) Dehradun (232 km) Delhi (260kms)
Closest Railway Station: is Ramnagar (15 km)

Co-ordinates: 29°32′55″N 78°56′7″E


Standard Itinerary

Day 1 –
Pick up from Ramnagar and transfer to Corbett national park in a private car. Reach Resort and check in and rest. Leave for your 1st tiger safari after having had lunch. Come back after the drive in the evening freshen up at the resort and then head for dinner. Sound sleep awaits.
Day 2 –

Early Morning Have Breakfast and Leave for 2nd Wildlife Safari. Alternatively, you may carry your breakfast on safari only to save on safari time. Post safari back for Lunch. After Lunch Leave for 3rd Wildlife Safari. Evening Back to Resort.  Dinner. Lights are off and the day ends.

Day 3 –
Early Morning Leave For 4th Wildlife Safari. Check Out luggage. Enjoy the delicious Lunch and post Lunch Leave For Ramnagar by Private Vehicle.

Tour concludes with Happy Memories !!

Inclusions :

  1. Pickup and Drop in A/C Vehicle (Ex-Ramnagar)
  2. Accommodation in the Resort on a Triple/Twin/Single Sharing Basis in AC Rooms/luxury tents
  3. All Meals at Jim-Corbett National Park
  4. Tiger Safari in open gypsy
  5. All Taxes and Safari Permits
  6. Government Service Tax

Exclusions :
– Anything not mentioned in the inclusions list; e.g. Train/ Air travel, Personal orders, Camera charges, etc.

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The park lies in the sub-Himalayan belt and has varied flora and fauna. The park boasts 488 species of flora. Abundant vegetation is seen in this national park. Sal, Sheesham, Ber, Dhak, Beal, etc are the commonly found species of trees. Some of the grasses that can be found here are  Tigergrass, Narkul, khuskhus, and Speargrass.

The park is a paradise for its fauna. It is home to about 50 species of mammals,  577 birds, and 25 reptile species. Other than the Royal Bengal tiger, Barking deer, Hog deer, Chital, sambar deer, goral, common gray langur, smooth-coated otters, Indian clawed otter, rhesus macaque, yellow-throated martin, common and ruddy mongoose, civets, pangolins, and porcupine.


The avifaunal diversity is extravagant and Corbett is called Birders paradise. A number of water birds like egrets, herons, cormorants, gulls, etc are found. About 15 kinds of ducks are seen.  Other birds include the Himalayan Griffon, paradise flycatcher, little forktail, wren, chestnut-headed Tesia, peregrine falcon, booted hawk-eagle, steppe eagle, black eagle, osprey, Hornbills, Owls, Nightjars, etc. More than five hundred species of birds are found at Corbett Tiger Reserve the figure includes Pale Arctic Migrants and local migrants.  

Reptiles like the Gharial, the marsh crocodile, the common krait, the trinket snake, the Indian Python, the rat snake, King Cobra, sand lizard, Monitor Lizard, Turtles, Hooded Cobra, Tortise, are seen.  Jim Corbett also has a variety of fishes in its streams and rivers like Trout, Rohu, etc.




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Corbett is divided into 5 different zones and each zone has a different topography with a different visiting period.

  1. JHIRNA ZONE: This zone remains open throughout the year.
  2. DHIKALA ZONE: Open from 15th November to 15th
  3. BIJRANI ZONE: Open from 1st October to 30th
  4. SONANDI ZONE: This zone remains open throughout the year.
  5. DURGA DEVI ZONE: Open 15th November to 15th

Sitabani buffer zone is also an area where one can do a safari but it does not lie in the core area of the reserve.

One can do a safari in a gypsy or a canter. Elephant safari is also available in Corbett. Online booking for different zones of safari has to be done where forest permit and entry fees are to be paid via the internet. Further one can book gypsy from outside.

Name, Age, Gender, and ID Proof (Passport No., PAN No., Voter ID, Adhar No.) of tourists needs to be provided along with the confirmatory amount to carry out the booking process. Every tourist should carry his/her original identity proof which would be checked before entering the forest.

The tourists are not allowed to get down from the vehicle throughout the safari. A set of rules and regulation exists for tiger safari and the park guide is aware of that. One has to follow his instruction in order to follow the regulations.

Safari timings can from season to season and are based on sunrise and sunset.

Morning Safari: 0730 hrs- 1030 hrs
Evening Safari: 1500 hrs – 1700 hrs

Morning Safari: 0630 hrs- 0930 hrs
Evening Safari: 1600 hrs – 1800 hrs



Different kinds of accommodation are available in Corbett and its zones. Tents, cottages, and rooms are made available by various resorts for a comfortable stay.  Forest rest houses are also open and stay-inside-the-jungle is available in Corbett.

Some of the resorts are Wild crest resort, Tiger camp resort, Corbett Riverside resort, Ramganga resort, etc.

Some resthouses available are Dhikala forest lodge, Gairal Rest house, Malani Rest house, etc.


The temperature ranges from 2 degrees to 35 degrees from winter to summer. But the climate remains pleasant overall.