Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett National Park is spread over an area of 520 sq km that comprises large lakes, grasslands, marshy depressions, hills and riverine belts. Renowned for sheltering the Royal Bengal tigers of India, the park also houses more than 650 species of native and migratory birds, along with over 50 species of raptors, 33 species of reptiles, seven species of amphibians, seven species of fish and 36 species of dragonflies. A wildlife safari, either in an open jeep or on the back of an elephant, makes for a memorable experience. Corbett is one of the few places in the country that allow visitors to stay overnight. Some rare species like the endemic fish-eating crocodiles and otters can also be spotted.


The park is a part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve and was established in 1936 as the Hailey National Park. It also has the honour of being the place where Project Tiger was first launched in 1973. The entire park is divided into five zones, namely Birjani that is popular for its open grassland; Jhirna that is open throughout the year; Dhela that is a new eco-tourism zone; Dhikala that is the largest zone of Corbett; Durga Devi that provides a good sighting of birds; Sitabani Buffer that doesn't fall under the Corbett Tiger Reserve area. The park lies at a distance of about 163 km from Dehradun.

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