A Traveller’s Guide to Visiting Jim Corbett National Park (Part I)
Jim Corbett National Park is probably the most famous and most famous National Park in India.
Spreading over an area of 201.1 square miles, Jim Corbett National Park is home to a large number of animals, birds, and plants. You can spot many of them and if you are lucky, you may spot tigers also for which this park is famous. Here is a guide to visiting Jim Corbett National Park, zones to visit and various types of safaris available, and many more.
Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936, it’s the oldest national park in India and it’s home to the largest number of Tigers in India. Apart from Royal Bengal Tigers, you can spot various animals like Deer, Indian Hog Deer, Sambar Deer, Otter, Asiatic Black Bear, Sloth Bear, and more. It’s named after the famous British hunter, tracker, and naturalist Jim Corbett who later became the hero of the conservation movement in India. During his prime, he hunted many man-eating Tigers and Leopards but later he realised that the number of Tigers were declining, so he decided to devote his life to protecting these majestic beasts.
Today Jim Corbett is the most famous and sought-after National Park in India and there are lots of interesting places to visit and things to do here. The park is divided into various zones such as the Dhikala zone, Bijrani Zone, Jhirna zone, etc and these zones are created to make safari tours convenient and simpler for tourists to understand. The Kanha National Park is adjacent to it and you can go there through one of the five gates which are Dhangari, Aamdanda, Dhela, Durgadevi, and Bhandarpani.
There are many tour agencies available that provide a detailed tour of this park, do some research, read reviews, make a query from friends who visited this place before and select a safari that suits all your needs perfectly. The best option is going for an open jeep safari as it will give you a chance to experience the wildlife and natural beauty very closely. Elephant safari is also a good option to go for as you get to travel through new roads and interact with nature closely. The park opens at 5.30 a.m. and closes at 10 a.m. for a small break. After that it begins again at 2 p.m. and till 6 p.m. The morning is the best time to spot tigers wandering around. Apart from jungle safaris, there are many other activities like river rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, fishing, angling, etc. available here. For lodging, various resorts are available where you will get good service and a beautiful view of the park.
The timing of your visit is very crucial and if you are visiting during summer then keep light clothes as temperature here can rise up to 45 degree Celsius and during the winters, pack heavy jackets and sweaters as sometimes the temperature here goes down to minus 2 degree Celsius.
The Ramganga river flows through the park and here you can spot many marine animals such as Golden Oriole, Pallas Fish Eagle, Indian Pitta, and reptiles like Alligator, Crocodiles, and King Cobra. An article of 500 words won’t be able to do justice to what Jim Corbett National Park has to offer to its visitors. So we will continue the article in part II and will give more detailed information about things to do, explore and see in the Jim Corbett National Park.