Corbett National Park

Corbett National Park

India is vast in geography, colourful with varied cultural streams and extremely rich in flora & fauna. To help conserve and flourish the bio-diversity, Government of India has developed scores of national parks. Every national park has a defined goal of conserving selective endangered species. Corbett National Park focuses on preserving Royal Bengal tiger. The first national park of India was established in 1936 and was called Hailey National Park. Thereafter, it was named Ramganga National Park after river Ramganga that flows through it and is prime water source of Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary. Later on its name was again changed as Corbett National Park in honour of Jim Corbett, a legendary hunter turned conservationist.

Corbett National Park, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, is considered as paradise by wildlife enthusiasts. Being home to Royal Bengal tigers, large number of elephants and vivid & rich bio-diversity, Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary becomes an essential destination of wildlife tours in India. After creation of a new state, the core area of the Corbett Tiger Reserve falls under Uttarakhand. With flat valleys, hilly ridges and rolling grasslands, Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary provides the perfect habitat for a rich eco system.

Corbett National Park, about 250 kms from Delhi and can be reached easily bar car in 7 hours, is easily accessible. A prime ecotourism destination, Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary has more than 488 species of plants. Corbett National Park is spread over 580 sq kms with elevation ranges between 400 metres to 4000 metres. River Banganga, good monsoon downpour, hilly terrain, 73 percent area covered by trees and 10 percent area as grassland make Corbett National Park home to 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.

In order to save endangered Royal Bengal tiger, Project Tiger was first implemented here and since then it has become a natural habitat of tigers with supporting natural and rich ecosystem. The most pronounced wild residents of Corbett Tiger Reserve are the Royal Bengal tiger and the Asiatic elephant but with about 600 species of birds too, the Corbett National Park is one of the richest bird regions of India.

Corbett National Park is having large number of hotels and resorts to cater to disparate needs of the visitors. A visitor can explore jungle with Superb India Tours by opting for either elephant safari or jeep safari.

Best time to visit Corbett National Park

Though Corbett National Park remains open throughout the year, but the core zone of Bizarni opens in mid-October and core zone of Dhikala opens in mid- November. All the zones of Corbett National Park, including the core zones, remain open during mid November and June. So, any visitor willing to opt for Corbett Wildlife Tour and jungle safaris on elephant or jeep, should plan visit during November and June. The jungle area is completely governed by Forest Department and everyone needs to abide by its rules and regulations.

Timings for Jeep Safari Zones

ZONES DATE Safari Entry Timing
Morning Evening
BIJRANI 15TH OCT TO 15TH NOV 6:00 AM 1.30 PM
16TH NOV TO 15TH FEB 6:30 AM 1.00 PM
16TH FEB TO 31ST MARCH 6:00 AM 1.30 PM
1ST APRIL TO 15TH MAY 5:45 AM 2.30 PM
16TH MAY TO 30TH JUNE 5.30 AM 2.30 PM
JHIRNA 15TH OCT TO 15TH NOV 6:00 AM 1.30 PM
16TH NOV TO 15TH FEB 6:00 AM 6:30 AM
16TH FEB TO 31ST MARCH 6:00 AM 1.30 PM
1ST APRIL TO 15TH MAY 5:45 AM 2.30 PM
16TH MAY TO 30TH JUNE 5.30 AM 2.30 PM
1st JULY TO 14th OCT 6:00 AM 2.30 PM
DURGADEVI 15TH NOV TO 15TH FEB 6:30 AM 1.00 PM
16TH FEB TO 31ST MARCH 6:00 AM 1.30 PM
1ST APRIL TO 15TH MAY 5:45 AM 2.30 PM
16TH MAY TO 30TH JUNE 5.30 AM 2.30 PM

Timings for Canter Safari Zone

ZONES DATE Safari Entry Timing
Morning Afternoon
DHIKALA ZONE 15TH NOV TO 15TH FEB 6:00 AM 11.30 AM
16TH FEB TO 31ST MARCH 6:00 AM 11.30 PM
1ST APRIL TO 15TH MAY 5:45 AM 12.30 PM
16TH MAY TO 30TH JUNE 5:30 AM 12.30 PM

Timings for Canter Safari Zone

The safari bookings in Corbett National Park are done at Forest Department Ramnagar office. Forest Department is entrusted with all the powers related to booking. The Forest Department’s decision is binding upon every visitor.

The bookings of jeep safari and canter safari are on ‘first come, first serve’ basis. The bookings are made in advance with full non-refundable payment basis. At the time of booking, a visitor needs to provide identity proof. Foreign nationals need to provide scanned copy of their passports.

Forest Department of Corbett National Park has earmarked number of vehicles which can enter in each zone and it is strictly followed. The number of vehicle restrictions is given below:

ZONES Restriction During Morning Restrictions during Afternoon
Bijrani 30 630
Jhirna 25 25
Durgadevi 15 15

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