Jim Corbett National Park is one of the oldest national parks in India. It is named after the legendary hunter, Jim Corbett, who was known for hunting man-eating tigers and leopards. Later on, he became a wildlife conservationist. The national park was established in 1936 and was originally known as Hailey National Park. After 20 years, its name was changed to Ramganga National Park before getting its final name in the 1920s.
The national park extends up to an area of more than 500 sq km in the Himalayan ranges in the state of Uttaranchal. It is a wildlife reserve providing home to a large number of animals and birds. Tigers and leopards are its greatest attraction that has made it a hot tourist spot. Other animals in the reserve are elephant, sambar, King Cobra, wild boar, fox, gharial, Indian Pangolin, chital, hedgehog, and more. It provides shelter to more than 500 species of birds that migrate to and from the reserve.
It is a must-visit for people who want to experience the life of a jungle and closeness with the beauty of flora and fauna as created by the Nature. It also becomes a life-time excursion for people who get the opportunity to come face-to-face with the most ferocious animals and the most beautiful birds in the world. Its surroundings are equally exotic.
With the Ramganga river within the heart of the park and the Kosi river running near the Park, one gets a complete mesmerizing feeling of being within the arms of the Nature. Both these rivers are lifeline of the national park. Wild animals use the river waters to quench their thirst and take a dip during hot summers. The entire park is divided into four zones: Dhikala Zone, Bijrani Zone, Jhirna Zone, and Sonanadi Zone. All the zones have gates and a watch tower to safeguard the animals.
If you want to visit the place, then you can contact tour operators who organize trips to the national park. They have a range of packages to choose from. You can opt for the one that suits your requirement in terms of the number of days, sightseeing options, and the price. However, morning walks in the reserve and wildlife safaris are never-to-miss opportunities. The place also has a range of comfortable hotels and resorts. Bonfire parties at nights are a fun to participate. You can also visit Garjia Temple and Corbett Wildlife Museum within the park.