What began as a wild chase to hunt down man-eating tigers eventually turned into a grand effort to save the big cats. The legendary hunter Jim Corbett decided that conservation was the best way to resolve human-wildlife conflict, and began educating the villagers to protect the tiger's habitat. The result - the establishment of India's first national reserve for tigers in 1936. Initially called Hailey National Park, the 1,288 sq. km. reserve was renamed Jim Corbett National Park in 1956.
While the tiger is the lord of this jungle, the Corbett Tiger Reserve, with a core area of about 822 sq. km., is also home to elephant herds and other endemic wildlife species. The sprawling tiger reserve with the meandering Ramganga river, undoubtedly tops the itinerary of anyone who loves to experience India's wildlife. It is possibly your best chance to look at the tiger in the eye, or capture him through your camera lens.
Destination Type: Jungle
Destinations Nearby: Dehradun 175 km, Delhi 228 km, Agra 384 km
Nearest Sterling Resort: Sterling Nainital
Languages: Hindi, Kumaoni
Nearest Railway Station: Ramnagar Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport
Summer: March to May. Maximum temperature can touch 40°C
Monsoon: June to September.
Winter: November to February. While the days are pleasant, minimum temperature during morning and evening could drop to 5°C.
Corbett has much more to offer than tigers. You can also enjoy adventure activities like river rafting, hiking, biking and much more.
Given how massive and awe-inspiring this zone of the Corbett Reserve is, it is a challenge not to get lost in its wilderness, metaphorically.
Did you know that the British hunter, illustrious author and naturalist, Jim Corbett also built a village from the ground-up?
River Ramganga flows through the Jim Corbett Reserve for 40 kms. Anyone with a thirst for nature or wildlife, should visit here to see the amazing flora and fauna.
Angling in the bluish-green waters of River Ramganga is a serene experience. The banks of the river also make for a great picnic spot.
Birdlife International declared Jim Corbett National Park as an "Important Bird Area" (IBA), as it is the natural habitat of over 550 species of birds. Come and explore.
The Gajaria temple is wrapped in mystery and mythology. Known to have been blessed by the Goddess Parvati, floods have never affected this divine place.
At first glance, Bijrani looks like an illustration out of a storybook. In this famous jungle that inspires one's imagination, you are likely to sight, among other wild animals, the magnificent tiger.