Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. It is named after the conservationist Jim Corbett. He played the key role in the establishment of the park in the year 1936. At that time, it was known as Hailey National Park. The park is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. This habitat acts as a protected area for the endangered Bengal tiger of India. The park houses a sub-Himalayan belt, ecotourism destination, several species of plants and a variety of birds and animals. It offers one of the best views of the Indian wildlife.
Corbett is well known for the tigers –the main attraction for the visitors. Covered with greenery, the park also consists of a variety of flora in the form of bamboos, trees, grasses and shrubs. The park’s fauna consist of more than 580 varieties of birds, 25 different species of reptiles and more than 50 types of mammals.
Tourists can move around the national park in bus, jeep or elephant safari. One can opt for tailor-made wildlife tour packages to witness the habitat of the wild animals residing in the jungle. The National Park’s Jhrina zone remains open throughout the year for the visitors.
The best time to visit Corbett is from mid November to mid June. During this time, all the zones of the park are open. Other than taking the safari in the park, one can also go on to visit some important places situated in and around the park. One can visit Corbett Museum and Garjia Temple. Also you can visit nearby places like Nainital, Raniket, Bhim Tal and Haldwani. Two airports located near to the park are Phool Bagh and Pant Nagar. The park is also connected by road and railway tracks.
Some essential tips for Jim Corbett National Park:
- When in the park, drive slowly and be careful not to harm any animals.
- Do not get down from the vehicle when inside the park.
- Maintain a safe distance from the wild animals. So not provoke them.
- Avoid playing music inside the jungle.
- Do NOT smoke or light campfire in the park.