The verdant landscapes, the sound of exotic fauna,
the land filled with magnificent flora, the sky adorned with colorful birds,
the roar of the majestic tiger gives you an adrenaline rush.
Such is the magical experience of Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park, nestled in the beautiful town of Ramnagar in the state of Uttarakhand, India, is nothing less than an empyrean for the wildlife fanatics. The park is rich in exotic flora and fauna that captivates the attention of the wildlife enthusiasts visiting from various parts of globe. The wonderful species of animals and lush green forest can be best explored on an elephant or a jeep safari. The icing on the cake is that the visitors can also plan a quick tour to many other stunning locations of Uttarakhand once they are done with their wildlife holidays in Corbett.

Why a Visit to Corbett should be on a Bucket List of Wildlife Buffs

Corbett National Park is the abode of many diverse species of flora and fauna. Be it the tiger prowling in the forest or an elephant walking past the bushes, every member of the park can be seen roaming freely in the Corbett. When one talks about flora, then the list is simply amazing and endless. Walking through the Sal forests or seeing the long tailed langurs climbing on the Chir pine (Pinus roxburghi) trees is certainly a fascinating sight to cherish forever.

The Star of Corbett – Tigers ‘The Big Striped Cats’

‘It’s time to set off to Corbett and see the majestic tigers pouncing upon their prey, which is something very unforgettable.’

It cannot be debated that the tigers are one of the prominent attractions of the park. The scene of the tiger playing with its cubs or hiding behind a tree to pounce upon its prey remains etched in the heart forever. The roar of the tiger is enough to feel your heart with a tingling sensation. Watching the ‘King of the Jungle’ walking with a carefree attitude while sitting on the back of an elephant is a magnificent site to behold.

Exploring the Spectacular Fauna

Other than the tigers, the park is also well-known for various other kinds of fauna thriving in the forest like the Asian Elephant, Hog Deer, Sambar, Leopard, Langur, Himalayan Goral, Wild Boar, Rhesus Monkey, Asiatic Jackal, Crocodiles in Ramganga River, Black Drongo, Jungle Fowk, Seagull, Teal, Red Jungle Owl, Woodpeckers and many more.

Flora – Feels like a Sheet of Green Carpet Laid All Over

The green natural beauty of the park just amazes the wildlife and nature lovers. Soaking in the fresh unadulterated air and spending some time along the banks of Ramganga River is undoubtedly a pleasurable experience. Rohini, karipak, ber, dhak, simal, grewia, bael, kurha, jhingan, marorphali, khair, bakli, tendu, pula, sain, etc constitute the prominent flora of the park.

Visit the Safari Zones in Corbett and Marvel at the Flora and Fauna

The Jim Corbett National Park is classified into four zones that are ideal for seeing exotic varieties of flora and fauna:

Dhikala Zone: It is one of the important and largest zones of the park situated on the edge of Patli Dun valley. This zone is considered best for sighting the tigers.

  • Entry Gate: Dhangadi Gate
  • Best Time to Visit: Mid of November to Mid of June
  • Major Wildlife to Watch Out: Bengal Tigers, Elephants, Deer, Chital, Vulture, Teal, Dove, Peacock, Crocodile, Cobra, Kaleej Pheasant, Vulture, Crow, Jungle Fowl and so on.

Jhirna Zone: It is situated around 15 kms from Ramnagar. This zone is mainly popular among the tourists for the presence of the wild bear. The area is largely covered by bamboo trees. The Jhirna zone remains open throughout the year.

  • Entry Gate: Jhirna Gate
  • Best Time to Visit: Mid of October to June End, but it remains open throughout the year
  • Major Wildlife to Watch Out: Wild Bear, Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bear

Bijrani Zone: It contains diverse species of flora and fauna and is just 1 km away from Ramnagar. The dense Sal forest, lush grasslands and shrubs mesmerize the tourists.

  • Entry Gate: Amdanda Gate
  • Best Time to Visit: Mid of October to June End
  • Major Wildlife to Watch Out: Tigers, Elephants, Chitals, Deer, Monkeys and many others

Durga Devi Zone: It is a paradise for the bird lovers and the breeding spot of the Mahseer fishes. The zone is nestled around 28 km from Ramnagar.

  • Entry Gate: Durga Devi Gate
  • Best Time to Visit: Mid November to End of June
  • Major Wildlife to Watch Out: Tigers, Elephants, Black chinned Yuhina, slaty blue fly catcher, grey headed fishing eagle, maroon orile, crested laughing thrush, bar tailed tree creeper, forktail and long tailed broadbill.

Sitabani Buffer Zone: It is not part of Corbett but is a buffer forest area. The zone is popular among the wildlife and nature lovers for various species of birds. The region is replete with Himalayan Oak and Rhododendron forests.

  • Best Time to Visit: Mid of October to June End, but it remains open throughout the year
  • Major Wildlife to Watch Out: Tiger, Jungle Cat, Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Sambar, Wild Boar, Jackal, Long Legged Buzzard, Changeable hawk eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Black Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Piculets, Ioras, Leafbirds, Parrotbills, Orioles, Bushlarks, Spiderhunters, Flowerpeckers, Martins, Swallows,Shrikes, Starlings, Jays, Minivets, Bulbuls, Leothrix, Mesias, Yuhinas, Sibias, Flycatchers, Beeeaters, Forktails, Chats, Pipits, Buntings, Grosbeaks, Rose finches, Parakeets, Wrynecks and Babblers.

The Last Note

Unique, extraordinary and diverse, Corbett is certainly a heaven for those who are scouting for an exhilarating adventure in the forests. The park is a perfect amalgamation of picturesque surroundings and fascinating flora and fauna. Get filled with joy and frolic by taking a tour to Corbett and return home with amazing memories.