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Jim Corbett National Park is situated in the state of Uttaranchal. Read on to know about Corbet Wildlife Sanctuary/ Tiger Reserve of India.

Corbett National Park

Location: Uttaranchal, India
Coverage Area: Approximately 1200 sq km
Core Area: Approximately 520.82 sq km
Established In: 1936
Tiger Reserve: 1973
Main Attractions: Tigers, Elephants, Chital, Mugger Crocodile, etc.
Best Time: Mid-November to Mid-June

Jim Corbett National Park is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and comes under the state of Uttaranchal. The park was established in the year 1936 and at that point of time, it was known as the Hailey National Park. After the country gained independence, the park was renamed as Ramganga National Park. It was only in 1956 that Jim Corbett National Park was given its present name. The park supports a wide variety of vegetation, making it the ideal place to serve as the natural habitat of tigers.

It was from Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary that the ambitious tiger conservation program of India, known as 'Project Tiger', was launched. The park was given the status of a tiger reserve in 1973. Once popular as a British hunting ground, Jim Corbet Tiger Reserve of India is now a renowned protected area for the endangered population of tigers. It is spread over an area of 1200 sq km, out of which 520.82 sq km makes up the core area. The best time to visit the park is the period of Mid-November to Mid-June.

Corbett National Park Hilly areas, temporary marshy depressions, plateaus and ravines make up the topography of Jim Corbett National Park. The rich fauna of the park comprises of 110 tree species, 51 species of shrubs, and more than 33 species of bamboo and grass. A major portion of the lower area of the Jim Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary is covered with Sal trees. The middle reaches stand adorned with Shisham and khair trees, while on the upper reaches, one can find bakli, chir, gurail and bamboo trees.

People from all over the country come to Jim Corbett National Park to see the Royal Bengal tiger in its full glory. The other animals that can be seen here include Elephants, Deer, Leopards, Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat, Wild Dog, Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Gray Mongoose, Common Otter, Black-naped Hare, Porcupine, Langur Rhesus Monkeys, etc. The lower regions of the park are the best for sighting Sloth Bear, while in the upper regions; you can hope to come across Himalayan Black Bear. The Ramganga River shore is the place to spot Gharials and Mugger Crocodiles.

Bird Species
Jim Corbet Tiger Reserve of India serves as home to as many as 580 species of birds. Parakeets, Flycatchers, Babblers, Cuckoos, Robins, Bulbuls, Indian Pied Hornbills, Great Pied Hornbills, Warblers, Finches, etc can be seen inhabiting the park, along with a number of migratory birds.

How to Reach Corbett National Park

By Air: The nearest airport is at Phoolbagh, Pantnagar. It is situated at a distance of around 50 km from Corbett National Park

By Rail: The railway station of Ramnagar falls the nearest to Jim Corbett

By Road: Jim Corbett National Park is well connected with the major cities of India, by road.