Jim Corbett National Park, located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Corbett is well known for its tiger richness. Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger.
Corbett National Park comprises 520 km2 area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands and a large lake. Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. 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.
Corbett Tiger Reserve is one of the richest bird regions of India and world. More than550 species of birds make Corbett a very special place for enthusiastic Bird Watchers. It has been declared as an 'Important Bird Area' (IBA) by Birdlife International.
The Park attracts a large number of wildlife tourists and is divided into six ecotourism zones:
Bijrani Zone is very popular tourist's hub because of its abundant natural beauty and open grasslands. The entry gate to Bijrani zone is Aamdanda gate, which is about 2 km. away from Ramnagar.
Jhirna is located on the southern periphery of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Jhirna zone is open throughout the year. The Jhirna jeep safari zone is one of the most eye-catching spots inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve. The entry gate to Jhirna is Dhela Gate which is 15 Kms from Ramnagar.
This zone is extremely rich in flora and fauna. The zone spreads over 1,173 hectares, which has mixed forests of Sal, Rohini, Haldu, Bahera, Kusum vegetation, and tigers, leopards, Asiatic elephants, sloth bears and king cobras. The area is particularly rich in bird diveristy. The entry for Dhela zone is from Dhela gate which is located at a distance of approx. 15 kms from Ramnagar.
Dhikala is famous for the vast grassland that is packed with Elephants, Spotted Deers, Wild pigs, Hog Deersetc. Often visitors can spot a wild Tiger crossing the grassland or chasing a deer. Dhangari gate is entrance for Dhikala zone. Dhangari gate is located 18 kms away from Ramnagar.
Sonanadi zone falls on Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary which is a part of Corbett Tiger Reserve. This is the only zone in Jim Corbett where tourists can walk on foot but richly housed by non-venomous snakes of different kinds.Tourists can enjoy a wildlife safari to Sonanadi Zone by taking Elephant safari and Jeep safari from Durga Devi Gate, Kalagarh Gate and Vatanvasa Gate.
This Durgadevi Zone is located on a hilly slope and has several rivers and rivulets crossing the area. This zone is famous for Mahasheer fishes and birds watching. Entry gate to Durgadevi zone is at a distance of 30 kms from Ramnagar.