Jim Corbett National Park—named after the hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment—is the oldest national park in India.The park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. Situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand the park acts as a protected area for the critically endangered Bengal tiger of India, the secure survival of which is the main objective of Project Tiger, an Indian wildlife protection initiative.
Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife. I
The Jim Corbett National Park is a heaven for the adventure seeker and wildlife adventure lovers. Corbett National Park is India’s first national park which comprises 520.8 km2. area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grass lands and large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 feet to 4,000 feet. Winter nights in Corbett national park are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September. [source: Wikipedia]
Reaching there: The nearest rail stations are Kathgodam and Ramnagar. From there it is around 1 and half hours drive to the resorts near the jungle. We booked ‘Camp River Wild‘ resort. Highly recommended. The hosts are personally present there to see that all the facilities are provided to the guests arriving.
There are total 6 log huts in the camp and it actually stands at the bank of the river which gives the guests a picturesque view of nature and solace both. Food is outstanding and the huts have all the basic amenities.The camp itself arranges Canter Safaris and Jeep safaris. There is a pick up and drop facility for near by places.
Few pics of the resort..rest you can find on their website…
the log hut
inside the park area of the resort
Canter Safari should cost 800/- per person.
Jeep Safari costs 3500/- per jeep. [Approx 6 people can be accommodated in the jeep]
Few pictures from the safari :
if you see properly it’s pug mark of the tiger called KHALI*
the group of elephants in the grass lands
the mysterious looking path inside the jungle
delight! we spotted the peacock unexpectedly
the mid jungle shot
The scene from KAAL was shot here
the first bird that we spotted was an eagle
and then the deer..lot of them
and finally comes the tigress….just 3 ft away
and she makes her way towards the jungle
Yes,if you’re wondering whether we got scared by the tigress walking just alongside our Jeep..we did get scared for a moment..but when you see that the animal is really not interested in harming you even giving a look at you..then you realize…they are pretty harmless if you don’t get in their way!
Watching her see walk the ramp was an amazing experience..we all were awed by the aura of the tigress…Tigress/ Tiger being the rare sight in the jungle every one specially waits for a glimpse of the animal ! You will be able to see lot of elephants,deer and several other jungle residents like monitor lizard, alligator,Peacocks…
Night Safaris are not allowed so the next best time to take the safari is the morning time around 5 am…it is said that the tiger/ess moves only in the night and hence it is advised to make a trip to the jungle before the dawn breaks so the chances of spotting the legend are more..
*Khali: The tiger is said to be a huge huge creature in this jungle and hence the name Khali [after the indian wrestler]..ironically we could not spot him !
Jim Corbett is definitely a recommended trip for nature and adventure lovers.It’s a nice getaway for 2 days…lot of nature around and animals too !
Next review: Kashid Beach,Near Mumbai