In our National Parks of India series we take a look at some of the vast areas that are protected as a national park, primarily to safeguard the habitats of conservation reliant wildlife. It is appropriate that the first park to feature in this series is Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest national park in India.
Jim Corbett National Park’s history can be traced back to the 1800s when it was the private property of Terhi Garhwal’s rulers. In the early 1860s the British forest department established control over the land and prohibited cultivation and the operation of cattle stations and established a reserve area known as Hailey National Park on August 6th 1936, making the area India’s first National Park and the world’s third.
In 1957, the park was renamed in memory of Jim Corbett, a legendary hunter turned conversationalist who played a key role in creating the reserve. This was one of the first national parks where Project Tiger was initiated.
HOW TO REACH JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
The Jim Corbett National Park is situated in Ramnagar in the district of Nainital, Uttaranchal, which is 280 kms from Delhi. The nearest train station is in Ramnagar and daily trains from Delhi as well as smaller cities connects it to the country.
Driving down by via Moradabad is a popular option.
The best way to explore Jim Corbett National Park is by jeep or elephant safaris. Nature walks, photography opportunities and trekking trails are abundant. Himalayan birding tours, fishing, and tiger trails are most popular amongst visitors. River rafting and camping can also be arranged.
The wildlife here is Jim Corbett National Park’s biggest attraction. Tigers are spotted frequently here. Walking around you’ll come across elephant herds, 20 foot pythons, deer, rare birds and much more.
Find out more about things to do in Jim Corbett National Park.
WHERE TO STAY
There are several resorts in Ramnagar lining the Jim Corbett National Park. Some of these exceptional resorts and lavish homestays are Jagaar Village Resort, The Homestead, Emily Cottage, Camp Corbett and The Hive.
If you are interested in visiting Jim Corbett National Park yourself then our reservations team can help you plan a trip based on your interests. Get in touch to find out more!
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