Located in the district of Nainital, Corbett National Park is a perfect place for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. It is a wonderful place in India considered as a hub of excitement and thrill. The whole extent of the park is divided into four different zones called Bijrani, Dhikala, Jhirna and Durgadevi zones. Spread over an area of 520 square kilometers, the park is a complete package for wildlife buffs. However, tourism is only allowed in the earmarked areas of the Corbett Tiger Reserve in order to maximize the chances of viewing its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife living in the park.
The recent trend of the tourist visit that has been marked by the park authority shows dynamic increase in the number of visitors coming every year. More than 70,000 visitors come to the park in peak season from the different part of the country and abroad.
Wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers prefer this oldest national park over the other popular national parks in India such as Ranthambore National Park, Kanha National Park, Kaziranga National Park and many others located in the different regions in India. The popularity of Corbett national park is due to the presence of the Royal Bengal Tiger in abundance and the captivating landscape for the delight of nature lovers.
Corbett National Park Area: 520 Square kilometers.
Corbett Tiger Reserve Area: 1318 Square kilometers.
Altitude: 385-1100 m above mean sea level.
Annual rainfall: 1400-2800 mm.
Temperature range: 4 degrees Celsius winter to 42 degrees Celsius during summer.
Best Season: November to June.
The months of November through June are the perfect time to visit Corbett National Park as the park remains open to tourists during these periods only. The park is kept closed as the monsoon season approaches. The main reason for closure of the park during rest of the year is that the roads inside the park get washed away due to rain. The repair work starts after the monsoon and ends only by November till the roads are back in motorable condition.
The Jim Corbett National Park is situated at an approximate distance of 260 Kms from the National Capital Delhi. The small town near Corbett is Ramnagar which forms the headquarters of CTR. The city is well connected by road or rail with major cities of India like Moradabad, Nainital, Bareilly and Delhi.
By Road: The small city Ramnagar has a very good road network that connects the different cities of India. Uttarakhand state government buses ply at a short interval of time from Delhi, Moradabad, Haldwani that reaches directly Ramnagar. Corbett is only 15 Kms from Ramnagar town. The surface drive from Delhi to Corbett takes approximate five and half hours. The designated approach routes are:
Delhi-Gajrola-Moradabad-Kashipur-Ramnagar: (240 km).
Bareilly-Kichha-Haldwani-Ramnagar: (160 km).
By Rail: Ramnagar is the only nearest railway station to Jim Corbett National Park. A direct train to Ramnagar runs from Delhi. Alternatively, one can reach up to Haldwani/Kashipur/Kathgodam and come to Ramnagar by road. Taxis are easily available from these stations.
For the convenience of visitors and streamlining tourism management Corbett Tiger Reserve has been divided into five mutually exclusive tourism zones, each having separate gate for entry.
Entry Gate: Dhela Gate
Distance from Ramnagar: 15 Km
Open Period for Safari Tour : Throughout the year (subject to weather condition)
Entry Gate: Durga Devi Gate
Distance from Ramnagar: 28 km
Open Period for Safari Tour : 15th November to 15th June
Entry Gate: :Near Teda Village (Private Vehicle Allowed)
Exit Gate: Paulgarh Gate
Distance from Ramnagar : Approx 4 km
Open Period for Safari Tour : All Round the Year
Safari Offered : Day Jeep Safari , Day Elephant Safari
Forest Rest House : Few Hotels and Resorts run privately