The Jim Corbett National Park is situated in the Himalayan foothills, amidst forested mountains that range from 400m to 1,210m in height. Through most of the National Park flows the Ramganga River. It is said that a community lived on the banks of this river in ancient times. It is believed that these people cleared away a tiny part of the forest, and made the area their home. Evidence in the form of terracotta figurines and ruined temples further corroborate the fact that the Ramganga Valley was home to an ancient civilization.
The National Park has geographical and ecological characteristics of the sub-Himalayan belt. 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna is what this eco-tourism Park boasts of. Sadly, this rich ecosystem is under threat today as human activity threatens to throw the natural order of life out of balance.
The National Park houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species. The endangered Bengal tiger of India resides here. Dense moist deciduous forests mainly consist of sal, haldu, pipal, rohini and mango trees, and these trees cover almost 73 per cent of the National Park. 10 per cent of the area consists of grasslands.
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- Area: 1,318.54 sq km
- State: District of Nainital, Uttarakhand
- Distance: Delhi - 258 kms, Nainital - 66 kms, Lucknow - 450 kms
- Altitude: 1143 meters above sea level.
- Rainfall: Average annual rainfall is 1000-2800 mm.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
Corbett packs enough punches for you to have an exciting interaction with nature during any time of the year. Although the Jim Corbett National Park closes its doors during the monsoon, there are other interesting places to explore like the Sonandi Wildlife Sanctuary, Corbett falls and Kosi river, to name a few.
Summers are lightened up with the festivities of Holi and Ram Navami which are celebrated in grandeur while Dusshera and Diwali are met with merriments over winter. All around the year, Corbett emits a charm and delight making it the perfect forest destination to visit if you want to escape your daily blues.