• Harshita Kedia

JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK – A WALK THROUGH THE WILDERNESS

Indian forest land contains numerous delightful and hidden secrets standing by to be uncovered before those who venture deep inside. Corbett National Park is one of these valuable pearls of Indian timberlands that welcomes everybody to encounter the mesmerizing landscapes and the astonishments hidden inside. The transparent greenery, thriving plants, wildlife, and birdlife, and presence of two streams, Kosi and Ramganga make Jim Corbett a jewel of a spot to explore.


HOW TO REACH

By Road: An extensive system of roads ensures connectivity to major cities like Nainital, Haridwar, Dehradun, and Delhi. Volvo and regular buses offer transfers to Jim Corbett national park from these cities. One can also drive down to Jim Corbett national park on their own vehicle.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Ram Nagar which is well connected with major cities such as Nainital, Delhi, and Bareilly. The distance of Ramnagar railway station to the national park is only 15 km.

By Air: The closest airport to Jim Corbett national park is the Pantnagar airport. It is located at a distance of 50 kilometers away from Jim Corbett national park and one can hail a taxi to reach Jim Corbett national park from the airport.


BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best months to plan your visit to Jim Corbett national park is from December to February. The temperature reaches a pleasant maximum of 20 degrees and a cold minimum of 5 degrees during these months. It is easier to spot animals in the winter season.


The Jim Corbett National Park offers a plethora of activities to its visitors. Here are some of the activities you do not want to miss out on.


JUNGLE SAFARI

The best way to explore any national park is through a safari. Jim Corbett is a prime destination for Jungle Safari. It takes you through the untamed wilderness of the area where you get a chance to witness the remarkable flora and fauna of the area. Corbett Tiger Reserve offers various day visit zones for a memorable experience to view the wildlife and the flora in its unspoiled natural habitat. The 5 major zones are Bijrani, Dhikala, Jhirna, Dhela, and Durga Devi. During the safari, you can spot the famous Bengal tigers, Himalayan black bears, several kinds of deer, elephants, leopard cats, as well as the Indian Python.


Jeep Safari

To enjoy the best moment during the 3 hours safari, going for a jeep safari is the best option to spot the Bengal tigers. It is a fast and convenient way to enjoy the game drive and discover the wilderness and varied species of flora & fauna. There are only 6 people allow in Jeep safari along with the naturalist guide. The best thing with a jeep safari is that during spotting the tiger you will stop or taking breaks anywhere any time which increases the chances of spotting the wild animals.

Timings: Morning – 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Evening – 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Zones: Bijrani, Sitabani, Durga Devi, Dhela, Sitabani, and Jhirna

Cost: Indian – INR 4500/- per jeep, Foreigner – INR 8000/- per jeep.


Elephant Safari

Elephant safari is the most ideal way to experience the wilderness by an unconventional route. This safari permits you to involve deeper into the wild and get an opportunity to draw near to the untamed life creatures without any dread. Elephant safaris are considered to be some of the most exclusive experiences to be enjoyed around the Jim Corbett National park. There are only 4 people allowed on one elephant.

Timings: Morning – 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Evening – 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Zones: Reserve forest area

Cost: Indian – INR 3200/- per elephant


Canter Safari

Canter safari is quite popular at Jim Corbett national park. It comprises a vehicle that can accommodate a good number of 18 people at once. It is perfect for a large group of family, friends, or corporate groups. The pathway of this safari is mystic and blessed with a great ambiance that will excite the tourists that take up this safari. Only the Dhikala zone offers the facility of a canter safari. The best part about a canter ride is having a larger group to enjoy the richness of this wonderful location enhances the safari experience.

Timings: Morning – 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Evening – 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Zones: Dhikala

Cost: Indian – INR 1500/- per adult, Foreigner – INR 3000/- per adult.


How to book a safari

The best option to book your safari is the online process. It is always advisable to book your safari in advance through the help of travel agents, hotels, or an Online booking website (www.onlinecorbettsafari.in).


RIVER RAFTING AT KOSI

River rafting is fun, adventure, and provides a great experience for life. Besides the terrific adventure, it also offers breath-taking scenery of snow-capped mountains, verdant green valleys, etc. Koshi River at Jim Corbett offers river rafting and tubing. There are many experienced scouts and instructors available who are qualified and will ensure that you have a safe experience that is also full of adventure.

Best Time to Do: July – September Cost: INR 850 per person


CAMPING

Another exciting activity to enjoy in Jim Corbett National Park is camping. Camping is conducted in the periphery of Corbett National Park in a village called Syat. The activity is hosted near natural beauty and wildlife while you stay in the safe zone. You can choose your preferred accommodation from tents, bamboo huts, and Machaans. The experience is totally worth it. One feels closer to nature and it is utterly blissful.

Best Time to Do: September – March Cost: Variable


TREKKING

One of the most interesting things to do in Corbett is exploring the place on foot and what better way than trekking! Sitabani is the perfect zone for trekking since it is a densely populated forest area where one might come across elephants, tigers, jackals, etc. The border hike will take you to the untamed terrains of this mystical land. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, you will be enthralled by the charm of luscious green forest and rich flora and fauna.

Best Time to Do: Mid – November to Mid – March Cost: NA


FISHING AND ANGLING

Apart from the wildlife Jeep safari, Elephant safari, and birding in the Corbett tiger reserve, the lookout for the Golden Mahaseer fish and big Catfish in the adjacent river on the external fringe of Corbett is an astonishing encounter for vacationers. Famed for the 'Mighty Mahseer' the fighting fish, the Ramganga River is one of the finest rivers of north India for Anglers. Other species on this river include the Goonch, Malee (Wallago Attu), Rohu, and Trout in certain sections. All fishing is strictly on a catch-and-release basis. Have a close sight of these beautiful fishes in the clear deep waters of the Ramganga and Koshi River in Uttarakhand.

Best Time to Do: October to May Cost: Fishing rod (for hire) – INR 500 per day per beat.


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