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Corbett — The Land of trumpets, roars and songs

The pug marks and rare-to-be-heard roars… trumpeting of pachyderms amidst the Sals… cooing and twitters of nightingales…on one side flows the Ramganga and on the other stands the Himalayan peaks...  

Welcome to the Corbett City Guide! This travel guide is your trip planner that escorts you throughout your journey to the majestic and yet-to-be-known land of Jim Corbett National Park. It is a complete guide facilitating you with insights on route mapping, accommodation, distances, safari options and excursion around Jim Corbett National Park. Click to explore this one-stop-travel help for Corbett Park, India. 

Taken its honour as India’s first Project Tiger Reserve, Corbett National Park is catching eyeballs with an increase in the number of tigers found inside the park. At the last count, the tiger population in Corbett had shown stability, raising hopes of naturalists, conservators and tourists’ world-wide. Located in the hills of Shivalik and Gangetic flood plain, Corbett has become a good base for sustaining entire tiger pool of the area. Corbett National Park is one of India’s densest wildlife parks teeming with a ratio of 20 tigers to every 100 sq km. Gullies, ravines, thick forest cloak give the tigers the right kind of habitat along with the herds of deer, particularly sambar that make luring source of food for tigers.

Visit Corbett and get felicitous welcome by the roars and trumpets this season...

Kiomoi Must Dos

Corbett - Kiomoi Must Dos

We have zeroed on 10 activities which in our opinion is an absolute must if you happen to be in the Corbett National Park. Take your pick from the following: 

Tiger Spotting

Rare, wild, bold and ever-ferocious, Tigers are the pride of Jungle. If this time you have met one, you have a reason to come again. 

Elephant Ride

It’s just once that you stand taller than the trees and feel mightier than the tigers. And it is on back of pachyderms on an elephant safari trip. In the thick of jungles, in the water, across the rest houses… it takes you every where in Corbett. Can’t forget that great feeling? Come again. 

Rafting

Have some cool reminiscences of those wet rafting moments! Drenched with water, wanna feel the adrenaline high one more time, in the water of Ramganga and Kosi River. This is best bet to be back to Corbett. 

Corbett Fall

A scene similar to that you dreamt of, waters of Corbett Fall are magnetic. The saal and kattha lined driveway and flights of fanciful birds, and rhythm of water, who wouldn’t like to come again. 

Wild Watch

A sambar quelling thirst, tiger at rest and herd of elephants frolicking in water, sambars chewing its tail and langurs gibbering encoded signs, there are innumerable species, for rest of it you need to be there once again. 

Resort Adventure

The rappelling session, fishing, river crossing, boating, horse safari, bird watching and treasure hunting with landscape drawing, can’t fulfill your adventurous spirit in one trial. Test your guts and get going! 

Wild Photo shoot

Your album leaves are still fluttering empty! Not one, not two, multitudes of species deserved to be captured on your roll. Where in the urban din can you spot them? A haven for photographers must not be missed. 

A Walk with Nature

Away from the office schedule, in the quietude of jungles amidst all greens, be at Corbett to enjoy the flora and fauna, besides tigers. 

Bird Watching

549 species of birds is a reason enough to invite you to the avian paradise every season. Be ready with your cameras and handy cams… or else, might miss flights of fanciful birds. 

Forest Rest House

There prevails no sound except that of rustling leaves, cooing maynah, barking sambar and sound of other animals. The stay at Forest Rest House gives you a chance to feel the jungle at close quarters.

Getaways

Corbett Getaways & Excursions

Strategically located in the Himalayan foothills, Corbett National Park is a stone throw away from other Himalayan destinations, which make an easy getaway to be explored. Many of these tourist’s hits such as Nainital, Ranikhet, and Lansdowne have captured attention, unfailingly. And others such as Sitabani, Rampur etc., located in the neck of the National Sanctuary, have started experiencing tourist’s influx during recent months. Getaways, some known and some to-be known are presented underneath. 

Garjiya Temple

Located at 14 kms from Ramnagar, enroute Ranikhet, Garjiya is a small boondock named after "Garjiya Devi Temple". The temple here is sacred place of pilgrimage or devi ka mandir (temple of Goddess) built over a mammoth rock in the centre of Kosi River. A daily worship is offered to the temple goddess who is believed to protect her followers of all bad omens. A unique belief of the locals residing here is that the temple never submerges even during heavy floods, and is supposed to have existed for years without being effected. The sanctum sanctorum showcases its best during Kartik Poornima Fair, held once a year. 

Camp Kyari

Set in exotic locales of Kumaon region, Camp Kyari is just 14 kms away from the Ramnagar Railway Station. Located on the jungle periphery, next to seasonal river Khichri, it is beautiful holiday house with facilities like bicycling, cave exploration, river crossing, bird watching and multitudes of adventurous activities. 

Bhakrakot Homestay

Bhakrakot is a small village adjacent to Corbett Tiger Reserve that offers a not-to-missed opportunity to stay and experience the valley closely. Much part of the village come under the Corbett Tiger Reserve and is famed for spotting leopards and wild dogs in its surroundings. The village offers many home stay options that will definitely live you with a lingering feeling. 

Sitabani

Sitabani, as the name suggests, is associated with the Ramayana, a Hindu epic. It is believed that Sita, the protagonist of Ramayana, spent her days stranded in exile during the agnipariksha episode. Sitabani is a birdwatchers’ paradise and there is an ashram tucked away in the jungle. Panthers and other wildlife move to Sitabani when the tourist season is on in Corbett. 

Rampur

125 km away from Corbett National Park, Rampur is famous for its unusually huge library that has 12000 rare manuscript, and Rampuri daggers. One can catch hold of Mughal miniature paintings at Rampur library. 

Nainital

Nainital is at a distance of 68 kms from Corbett National Park. A hot spot to hit after Corbett Tiger Reserve, it is thronged by tourists round the year and reaching there takes 2 and more hours. Read More... 

Ranikhet

A cantonment town decked with thick deodars and pine tree, Ranikhet is just 96 kms ahead of Corbett National Park. Read More... 

Lansdowne

Lansdowne is 64 km from Ramnagar and happens to a beautiful and quiet hill destination. Read More...

How to Reach

How to Reach Corbett

In line with increasing tourists` influx, and with the aim of promoting eco-tourism, Corbett National Park has been well facilitated with all modes of transportation. Be it any mode of transportation- rail, road and airway-reaching to Corbett National Park has been eased out for tourists’ privileged, catering to their comforts.
Click on the low downs for a well-planned travel blueprint to Corbett.
>>How to Reach Corbett by Airways
>>How to Reach Corbett by Railways
>>How to Reach Corbett by Road
>>Drive on your own 

How to Reach Corbett by Airways

The nearest Airstrip serving Corbett National Sanctuary is at Phoolbag (Pantnagar), 80 km from the park. Currently, Pantnagar Airport has charter flight facilities from Mumbai and Delhi available for business class. Flight arrangement for general passengers has been terminated currently by Jagsons Airlines with the hope to revive the facilities soon. The major air link for tourists coming from northern parts of India is at Dehradun and Lucknow. Preferably, passengers availing flight from within India, or other parts of the world, should land down either to Palam Airport (domestic) or to Indira Gandhi International Airport (International), New Delhi, accordingly. Both the airports have well facilitated air links within as well as outside India. 

Note: There are no flights operational from Delhi to Pantnagar currently. For more details please contact Pantnagar Airport on 91-5944-233760 

How to Reach Corbett by Train

The nearest railhead to Corbett is Ramnagar, this is 51 kms from Dhikala. Read More... 

How to Reach Corbett by Road

There are many options for tourists travelling by road. Since Corbett National Park falls in an accessible circuit of 300 km from Delhi, there are many easily available ways to reach the National Park. Read More...

How To Reach Corbett by Driving on Your Own

Travelling to Corbett on road is a fantabulous experience. The National Park is well linked by state and national highways. Read More...

Attractions

Corbett Attractions

Nature’s heaven let loose in form of greenery bathed valleys, impenetrable jungle, wild residents, incessant flow of water … such is the magic of Corbett National Park. The whole of Jungle is a sign for those who know how to decipher it. Get hooked to the home of wilds and decode it tree by tree, species by species and through the quondam Forest Rest Houses. The safaris, bird watching, tigers and elephants are just the tip of the iceberg, with a gamut of activities left to be explored in the forest. Of course tiger spotting happens to be a part of the thrill, but Corbett is a gift of the fresh eye and untrammeled curiosity. As tigers might be a chance and fat luck, there will be deers, crocodiles and whole host of other animals- including wild boars, otters, mongoose and snakes- to see and hear, and an year round ever changing natural beauty lend in by nature to welcome you heartily.

Once in Corbett, check out on the following activities that live you with a hang-over of it. 

Corbett Safari Options

Safaris are best ways to enjoy the picturesque locales of nature’s exclusive paradise at Corbett. There are several safari options available inside the reserve, depending upon the choice and time of the visitors. Here are the detailed accounts of safari preferences available to the tourists. Read More.. 

Fishing at Corbett

With many rivers, sots and perennial and seasonal water bodies, there are plethora of chances for fishing. Read More... 

Rafting at Corbett

Adventure lovers can have a scoop of thrill at Kosi River in Corbett. Rafting or White Water Rafting can be enjoyed during the monsoon season when the park is officially closed for visitors. Read More... 

Bird Watching at Corbett

In a ritual at the advent of winter, birds from the upper Himalayas descend to the reserve and colonize every available niche in the forest. The reserve is transformed into one of the finest ornithological retreats in the world. Read More... 

Leisure Activities in Corbett

A day long jeep safari can be too exhausting for any visitors. Ever though about curling up in bed and catching some books on Corbett. Read More... 

Walking the Trails in Corbett

Walking on a leaf-strewn path amidst all greenery is a refreshing feeling. Strolling on the undulations of valley is another pleasure bestowed by nature in Corbett. Read More... 

Trekking near Corbett

Tie your laces to get ready to trek those heights. Trekking is an offbeat adventure at Corbett and allowed at certain places only. Read More... 

Corbett Wildlife Photography

A picture is worth thousand words!!! And it is worth ten million words if it’s a wildlife photograph. Well, where else can you spot tigress protective of her kids, woodpecker at home, elephants in a jolly bath and all those species getting extinct, other than at Corbett National Park. 

Adventure at Corbett

Staying at Corbett Tiger Reserve is a thorough enjoyable experience in itself. The tourist complex and resorts here offer an array of escapades to indulge in. 

Outdoor Corporate Camps

An office away from office is a new emerging concept in corporate cosmos today. And Corbett Resorts happen to be promising place in respect to the Corporate Camps. 

School Camps at Corbett

If you think that no TV and no all natural beauty would bore the kids, you’re absolutely wrong. Corbett for kids is all manifestation of their imaginary and cartoon world.

Quick Guide

Corbett Quick Guide

While visiting Corbett you must be aware of every nook and corner and keep abreast of all the facts concerning this huge National Park. This page gives an inkling of what to expect. 

Where to stay: The Corbett National Park, India offers many accommodation places inside the park, preferably, to be booked in advance. Staying and experiencing the park at close quarters is only possible through these beautifully constructed staying places. Read More... 

Entry Gate: Wondering which gate to enter from and what direction to take? Here is your guide to entry gates in Corbett! Corbett- a vast forest area of 520 sq km- encapsulates within itself three national parks, many rivers and several gates. Out of many entrances, small and big, following are six primary entry gates. Read More... 

Entry Fee: This section lets you plan your budget beforehand. Know how much to spend on Vehicle, Safari, Boating, Museum Fee, etc. Read More... 

Timing: Get well-informed about the timings for elephant safari, gates closing and opening time, local bus service and so on etc. Read More... 

Internal Distance: Corbett is too huge and as a first-time-visitor you are bound to discover and dig out some bare truths regarding distance. Drop your worries as here is the detailed list of all prime distances to be covered. Read More... 

Corbett Attractions: An enormous wilderness all along, the mellifluous notes of cuckoo’s song in the woods, the gentle whistle of crisp clean air, rustling leaves … Corbett National Park is just not about tigers, but a lot more as you will see. Read More... 

Address: Listed here are all the important addresses which are needed and required before and after visiting Corbett National Park. Read More... 

Activities: Nature’s heaven let loose in form of greenery bathed valleys, impenetrable jungle, wild residents; incessant flow of water … such is the magic of Corbett National Park. The whole of Jungle is a sign for those who know how to decipher it. Read More... 

Eat n Dine: Jim Corbett National Park has facilities for food and restaurants within the park. There are four eateries, namely Gairal Forest Rest House, Bijrani Tourist Complex Restaurant, Dhikala Tourist Complex Restaurant and Dhikala Canteen and Grocery Store. Read More... 

Shopping: Shopping is not that much of a buzz word at Corbett and Ramnagar, indeed! But, there is some bit of news for all those who plan their stay at the jungle. There are grocery and souvenir shops inside the tiger premise. Read More...

Driving Direction

Corbett Driving Directions

Travelling to Corbett on road is a fantabulous experience. The National Park is well linked by state and national highways throughout Lucknow, Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh and through motorable roads from Nainital, Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Lansdowne. Take a look on how to drive down to Corbett National Park from Delhi, Lucknow and other parts of Uttarakhand.

Corbett Driving Directions
Delhi
(251 KMS)
Lucknow
(410 KMS)
Nainital
(48 KMS)
Lansdowne
(96 KMS)
Ranikhet
(82 KMS)
Haridwar
(136 KMS)
Rishikesh
(158 KMS)
   

Car Hire/Taxi Rentals

Hiring car and taxi rentals are alternate way to travel to Corbett. There are provisions for car on rent and taxi rentals for Corbett National Park, depending upon their choice. You can take your pick from car types ranging from AC to Non AC to Small cars to Safari Cars are many more between Rs 4000 to 50,000. Tourist and visitors can contact various taxi/rental and car rentals on 0120-4666405. Click here for book taxi

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Flora n Fauna

Corbett - Flora and Fauna

With an area of 521 sq km and more than 75-year-old history, Corbett National Park is India’s wild pride. Having celebrated its diamond jubilee recently, Corbett is considered as a ‘jewel in the crown’ of India. Established in the year 1936, Corbett National Park is an awesome sanctuary which has Ram Ganga River along the upper Ganges as its core and Himalayan Mountain as its backdrop. Located in Nainital district of Uttrakhand, the park is mammoth reservoir of endangered Bengal tiger and part of Patlidun Valley. Better known as “Corbett National Park & Tiger Reserve”, the main target is preserving royal tigers of Bengal. Spanning across a huge area, the park shelters many endangered species: 50 mammal species, 549 bird species and 26 reptile species. Amidst these treasured charms of hariyali (greenery) and dense jungles, Corbett displays a unique allure of being India’s first and foremost National Park.

 

Flora and Fauna History

Since its establishment in 1936, the park has changed several names before finally taking its honour as Corbett National Park. Initially the park was named as Hailey National Park, covering not-so-wide areas of 323.75 sq km, followed by another renaming as Ramganga National Park in the year 1954–55 and finally as Corbett National Park in 1955-56 by the angrezs (British).

 

Corbett Tiger Reserve has an area of 1300 sq kms covering forest, hills and grassland that are fed by frisky river. It has a biodiversity that is rich and rare. The ambience is a simple retreat for city dwellers and wildlife lovers, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Corbett is, in fact, a large valley with a long axis from east to west, with an elevation ranging from 400 meters to 1210, meters. The park teems with 110 species of trees, 51 shrubs, 27 of climbers, 37 grasses and bamboos. Some of the prime plantations that catches one’s attention are haldu adina cardifolia, pipal ficus religiosa, rohini mallotus philipensis and mango mangifera indica are also commonly found. Sheesham dalbergia sissoo is found along the Ramganga River.

 

Other common and trees of important uses are rohini, mainly converted to vermillion or sindoor, used by women on their foreheads. Kattha, which is used for chewing with beetle (paan) in India, is also found here. This is good herb used for mouth infection. Bel, a hard-shelled fruit grows quiet wild here. Trees like amla and sanjana are also found growing abundantly in the jungle riches. The park is noticeable for its sal, bakli, khweta, pula, dhauri, bhilawa, ber, papri, kumbhi, mahwa, trichoniya, rohni and jamun.

 

Flora & Fauna - Wildlife

The silence of jungles, flora and highly favorable climate spells magic on wildlife species in Corbett, for Corbett is kneaded with innumerable wildlife species. Presently, 549 species of birds, 26 reptile species, 50 mammal species, and 7 species of amphibians are housed in the sanctuary. Besides the regular species found in the dense jungles, there are many species like: elephants, tigers chitals, sambars, hog deer and barking deer, crocodiles, gharials, monitor lizards, wild boars and jackals. Also found are nocturnals like: leopard cat, jungle cat, fishing cat and sloth bear, Himalayan black bear. Some of the small resident of the park are dhole, Himalayan palm civet, Indian gray mongoose, common otter, black napped hare and porcupine. Along the Ramganga River, one can spot fish eating crocodiles and mugger crocodiles. The Langur and rhesus monkeys are well distributed through the park.

Accommodation

Corbett Accommodations

The Corbett National Park, India offers many accommodation places inside the park, preferably, to be booked in advance. Staying and experiencing the park at close quarters is only possible through these beautifully constructed staying places. The park boasts of 10-12 rest houses out of which some of the following are best of the places to stay. Tourists choosing to stay at Corbett can contact Field Director, Ramnagar, for booking Rest Houses on 05947-251489 and Chief Wildlife Warden, Dehradun on 0135-2744225. Click on the following to choose your Forest Rest House in Corbett Tiger Reserve. 

 

Forest Rest Houses

You can have a pleasant and memorable stay at Corbett National Park as the park and Ramnagar area is lined up with several resorts and lodges. Many of these resorts fall in a close proximity to airport and railway station and offers excellent outdoor activities. The stay facility options can be broadly categorized into resorts, camps and rest houses (inside Corbett).
Visitors can take their pick from these resorts depending upon their preferences...

 

Accommodation at Corbett National Park

Forest Rest Houses

DhikalaForest Rest House/ Complex

Bijrani Forest Rest House/ Complex

Gairal Forest Rest House/ Complex

Khinanauli Forest Rest House/ Complex

Sarpduli Forest Rest House/ Complex

Sultan Forest Rest House

Halduparao Forest House

Mudiapani, Rathuadab and Lohachaur FRH

Marchula Forest Rest House

Jhirna Forest Rest House

Kanda Forest Rest House/ Complex

 

 

Forest Rest Houses

Corbett Forest Rest Houses

Forest Rest Houses in Corbett
Forest Rest House Location Entrance Gate Booking Authority
Dhikala tourist complex
FRH : 5 rooms /10 beds Cabins:19 rooms/38 beds Hutments:6 rooms/18 beds log huts:24 bunk beds (51 km./Ramnagar)
CNP Dhangari Gate -do-
Sultan (25km./ Ramnagar)
2 Rooms/4beds
CNP -do- -do-
Gairal (36 km./Ramnagar)
10 Room/8 beds (catering )
CNP -do- -do-
Sarapduli(38 km./ramnagar)
3 Rooms/8 beds
CNP -do- -do-
Khinnanauli(46km./Ramnagar)
3 Rooms/6 Beds
CNP -do- -do-
Dhela (13km./Ramnagar)
2 Rooms/4 Beds
Buffer Zone Dhela C.P -do-
Lohachaur
2 Rooms/4 Beds
CNP Durgadevi -do-
Jhirna(25km./Ramnagar)
4 Rooms/8 Beds
CNP Dhela C.P -do-
Bijrani(9km/Ramnagar)
6 Rooms/10 Beds
CNP Amdanda C.P -do-
Malani(21km./Ramnagar)
2 Rooms/10 Beds
CNP Amdanda C.P -do-
Kalagrah (36km/Ramnagar)
2 Rooms/4 Beds
SWLS Dhela C.P -do-
Morghatti
2 Rooms/4 Beds
Buffer Zone Kotdwara Kalagarh -do-
Pakhro
2 Rooms/4 Beds
Buffer Zone Pakhro -do-
Sindhkhal
2 Rooms/4 Beds
-do- Sindhikhal -do-
Halduparao SWLS Sindhikhal/ Vatanvasa -do-
Mundiapani
2 Rooms/4 Beds
Buffer Zone Sindhikhal -do-
Rathwadab
2 Rooms/4 Beds
-do- Sindhikhal Durgadevi -do-
Kanda
2 Rooms/4 Beds
CNP Sindhikhal Durgadevi -do-

 

Legend: CNP: Corbett National Park, C.P: Check Post, SWLS: Sonanadi Wildlife sanctuary, Buffer: Buffer Zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve.

 

Catering Facility – Dhikala tourist complex and to a lesser extent Bijrani FRH. 

 

Transportation facilities – Dhikala Tourist Complex. Independent transport is essential (jeeps/cars available for hire from Ramnagar) 

 

A majority of the FRHs do not have electricity. Kerosene lamps are available.

Dhikala Forest House

Dhikala Forest House

No. of rooms: 30 rooms and 24 bunks

Location: On the bank of Ramganga River

Specialty: Only place where you can get a punctured repaired here by a part time mahout or elephant jockey 

Dhikala Forest Rest House is the largest accommodation facility in Corbett Park, India. It is suffused with facilities like largest number of rooms, huge library, restaurant and a dhaba too. It provides stupendous view of Ramganga River and valley surrounding the Forest Rest House. Other added attractions are the huge Dhikala Chaur and Dhikala Watchtower. The rooms have constant supply of water and electricity. There is a provision for watching wildlife films in open air theatre. Interestingly, Dhikala has several other types of accommodations ranging from simple bunk dormitories to pretty impressive luxury rooms. Additionally, it offers elephant rides, opposite reception area.

 

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Bijranai Forest Rest House

Bijranai Forest Rest House

Location: Southern Ridge of the Park

No. of rooms:

A simple and appealing edifice of old times, Bijrani Forest Rest House has its own restaurant and canteens. The rest house is similar to that of Dhikala Forest House. There is an additional facility of elephants ride to the surrounding area here.

Gairal Forest Rest House

Corbett - Gairal Forest Rest House

No. of rooms: 6 rooms in main buildings and 3 rooms in hutments

Location: On the eastern border between the main and the forest reserve

Specialty: Accommodation is a mix of old and new rooms and jungle huts; dining room; delicious dishes. 

Gairal Forest House is a front runner and most preferred rest house for the visitors to the park. The location, on the bank of Ramganga River, surrounded on all sides by hills, gives it an added edge over other preferences. Above all, the best part of the Gairal Rest House is a mix of three kinds of accommodation, namely old rest house, new rest house and jungle huts. The old rest house has historical air having sloping roof, shaded verandah and proximity to the adjoining forest. The rooms here are well-kept and toilets are extremely clean. Also, the new houses have dining rooms and serve excellent dishes. The Hut Logs are excellently built duplex with just two beds in each room. Visitors must bear in mind that the ground floor huts have no toilet facilities, and thus the one on first floor can be used.

Khinnauli Forest Rest House

Corbett - Khinnauli Forest Rest House

No. of rooms: 3

Location: Central (in terms of best spot), towards the hills of central ridge.

Specialty: Phoolkali (elephant ride), generator back up, visited by Senior Indian and Foreign dignitaries. 

One of the best rest house in the park, it is placed strategically amidst the best view and spots of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. It is also considered best place to view tigers. The Khinanauli Rest Hose has state-of-the-art facilities with warm and hospitable staff. There are three main buildings namely Tripathi, Chakrait and Nishar. Additional facilities like parking garage, solar water heater and two hours of generator back up is icing on the cake. The rest house provides elephant ride called as Phoolkali.

Sarpduli Forest Rest House

Corbett - Sarpduli Forest Rest House

No. of rooms: 2 rooms in main and 2 rooms in hutment

Location: Closest to Dhangarhi Gate and main road

Specialty: Hutments style accommodation also available 

Facing the Ramganga River, the Sarpduli Rest Houses stands tall in the mid of the park. The facilities and amenities of the rest house are similar to that of Gairal Rest House. It is located quiet close to main road area and Dhangarhi Gate. There are just two rooms with water and electricity supply. It has two additional huts and is in a sense the last resort option. No canteen facility is available

Sultan Forest Rest House

Corbett - Sultan Forest Rest House

No. of rooms: 2

Location: Closest to Dhangarhi Gate and main road

Specialty: Unique surrounding area 

It is located quiet close to main road area and Dhangarhi Gate. There are just two rooms with water and electricity supply. No canteen facility is available.

Halduparao Forest Rest House

Corbett - Halduparao Forest House

No. of rooms: 2

Location: Between the Palain and Sonanadi Rivers

Specialty: Viewing Elephants 

Located on the stretch of land between the Palain and Sonanadi Rivers, the rest house offers basic amenities minus food facility.

Mudiapani Forest Rest House

Corbett - Mudiapani Forest Rest House

No. of rooms: 2 each

Location: North of northern ridge

Specialty: Viewing Elephants 

All the three are located on the either side of forest road that stretches all the way across this part of forest reserve area. These can be accessed through out the year except monsoon when the bridges over the rain water stream are washed in flood. However, new bridges are constructed every year toward November end.

Marchula Forest Rest House

Corbett - Marchula Forest Rest House

No. of Rooms: 2 each

Location: North eastern border of Main Park, above the Marchula village

Specialty: Fishing of Mahseer 

The Marchula Forest Rest House is situated just above the Marchula Village. The rest house is set in a lovely view being located amidst the mountains of lower Himalayas. The spot is best for fishing Mahseer. The rest house can be accessed throughout the year.

Jhirna Forest Rest House

Corbett - Jhirna Forest Rest House

No. of Rooms: 2 each

Location: Southern boundary of the park

Specialty: Water body and bamboo plantations 

The rest house lies on the road from Ramnagar to Kalagarh running in an east-west direction through the Park. It is a wonderful guest house at Corbett. The best part is its landscape and water bodies and bamboo plantations on the valley near the rest house.

Kanda Forest Rest House

Corbett - Kanda Forest Rest House

No. of Rooms: 2

Location: In close vicinity of Dhikala Forest House

Specialty: 360 degree of picturesque view 

The best Rest House for summers, Kanda Forest House is located at an altitude of 1085 meters above the sea. The most interesting part is the drive to the park where there are lots of scopes to spot leopards. Located in a seclusion, it looks pretty good than the private residence built towards the north. One can find couple of single rooms built below the rest house. It offers all the amenities like electricity, water and clean rooms. There is no facility for restaurants, therefore, ask for hotel attendee or walk up to Dhikala Forest House for lunch and dinner.

Note: It is mandatory to pay the park entry fee every time you go into the lower areas.

Eat n Dine

Corbett — Eat n Dine

Jim Corbett National Park has facilities for food and restaurants within the park. There are four eateries, namely Gairal Forest Rest House, Bijrani Tourist Complex Restaurant, Dhikala Tourist Complex Restaurant and Dhikala Canteen and Grocery Store. The food here is prepared hygienically and is less spicy. In some Guest Houses, where food is not available, cooking utensils and crockery are provided to the visitors.  

  • Dhikala Canteen and Grocery Store: A famous and favorite canteen with park visitors, the canteen offers delicious dishes with “Aloo-ka-paranthas” being the specialty of the canteen. The canteen is set against a beautiful backdrop and the food quality is well and hygienically prepared.
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  • Bijrani Tourist Complex Restaurant: The restaurant in Bijrani is quiet well-equipped and food quality and menu remains the same as Dhikala Tourist complex Restaurant. Some times customers here have to wait for a long time before getting their chance.
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  • Dhikala Tourist Complex Restaurant: This is a wonderful restaurant offering variety of dishes along with couple of Chinese dishes. The restaurant is little expensive than others in Corbett.
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  • Gairal Forest Rest House: The canteen is recently constructed and the specialty of this canteen is "poori bhaji". It is a great help for people staying in Gairal Forest House as they can get food easily. The menu is quite similar to that of the Dhikala restaurant. 
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Ramnagar Restaurants

Ramnagar is a small time place and doesn’t offer much to its visitors in respect to mouthwatering dishes. The restaurants in Ramnagar are plebian and serve standard Butter-Chicken-Biryani-Shahi-Paneer within a fare price range. The best places to try would be hotels where one is staying and places around it. Besides, the best two picks are Gol Ghar (multi cuisine) at the Infinity Resort and Jim`s Grill House (Continental) at the Corbett Hideaway.

Attractions

Corbett Attractions 

What to see in Corbett National Sanctuary?

An enormous wilderness all along, the mellifluous notes of cuckoo’s song in the woods, the gentle whistle of crisp clean air, rustling leaves … Corbett National Park is just not about tigers, but a lot more… How about meeting elephant cows and shaking hands with untamed tuskers, deciphering tweeters of the birds and skipping a beat on hearing the roars…Take a off from maddening city rush and gear your ways to the wildest natural haven on earth- The Corbett National Park.

Attractions in Corbett
Buffer Zone Dhikala Bijrani
Jhirna Crocodile Pool Gettheryo
Dhangarhi Museum Kaladhungi Museum Corbett Falls

Buffer Zone

Corbett Tiger Reserves covers a colossal area of 1318.54 sq km in total, and is segregated in two parts: the Core area (520.82 sq km) and Buffer Area (792 sq km). Corbett Buffer Zone spans from reserves forests and Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and constitutes 19 villages in all. Unlike reserve area, it is the lesser known delights, alongside Main Park, underlined with an official title—the Buffer Zone. Interestingly, unlike the main park Buffer Zone area only two modes of transport—four legged (elephant safari) and another four wheeled (jeep) are allowed—the buffer zone allows only walking. This surrounding area to the park can be strolled on foot `unencumbered`. Not to be missed, the buffer zone is loaded with nature`s wonders, and borders the main attraction of the park. Of all the major avian species found in Corbett and areas abutting Corbett, the buffer zone shelters around 600 species of birds, most of which are migratory birds. Sprawling with vast acres of wilderness, dotted with villages and sunrays filtering amidst the tall sal woods, it is truly a magical to go a walk on the lanes here. And, there is no better way to bird watching than this. 

Dhikala

One of the gateways to Corbett National Park, Dhikala happens to be a tempting attraction at Corbett, just at 40 kms North West of Ramnagar. Situated on the edge of Patlidun Valley, Dhikala is punctuated by the concurrence of Ramganga River channels and is known to be the largest and most popular grassland of the park. Claoked with vast grassland, it proves to be a great spot for wildlife viewing. To top the beauty strokes at Dhikala, the Kanda ridges provides breathtaking backdrop here. To have an awesome view of the place one can watch it from the watchtower near Dhikala. 

It can be accessed through Dhangarhi Gate and is not open to those who have a permit to stay overnight in one of the Forest Rest Houses. The Tourist Complex overlooks Dhikala Chaur (one of the largest remaining grasslands of the Park) and Phulai Chaur. A walk or drive through these trails makes you see some of the prized wildlife possessions like elephants, chital, hog deer and numerous grassland bird species and raptors. All seen and done you can’t ignore the beauty of old Forest Rest House, constructed by Britishers long, long ago. 

Bijrani

An excellent hunting ground of the erstwhile British rulers, Bijrani is another place which permits day visits. Its landscape comprises dry forest vegetation with diverse flora and fauna species. The area falling under Bijrani is inundated with pocket-sized water bodies generally referred to as Tal- a Hindi version for streams and water bodies. Dotted with Mailani Tal and Phul Tal and many seasonal ponds like Kithcher Sot, Reethapani Sot, Khina Sot & Malani Sot, Bijrani attracts lot of wildlife residents like sambar, deer, chital, para, barking deer, India python, viper, cobra, krait and the dreaded king cobra and various type of lizards. Alongside, it throws chances to spot tigers, elephants. Drawn in by sweet nectar of Mahua flowers, the sloth bears and normal bears are often found in an intoxicated state after they consume Mahua. Nature Beckons!!! 

Jhirna

Commonly known for its Forest Rest House, Jhirna is extensive grassland with much drier vegetation than that found in Bijrani. The whole of Jhirna can be accessed from Amanda gate and if you intend to find the Forest Rest House, located within, you must proceed on the southern boundary of the park, on the road from Ramnagar to Kalagarh that spans through east west direction of the park. In much similar pulse to Bijrani, Jhirna too is decked with perennial and seasonal sots and gorges running across it. Watching toward the north of Jhirna tourists can find picturesque scene of thick bamboo plantations. There are quiet bright chances to spot leopards, tigers, sambar and other mammals too. Jhirna treasures flocks of avifauna species seen mostly in the evenings. 

Crocodile Pool

A vast pool of clean fresh water, Crocodile Pool is a breeding area of crocs and many other reptile species. It happens to fall en route the elephant safari path and is a must-see place for wildlife enthusiasts. It is situated on the short cut path from Gairal to other Rest House on the west of the pool. The view is appealing with balcony like natural construction to it, which provides elevated look to the pool inhabited by the crocodiles. The sight of crocodiles lying by the pool and inside the water is both attention capturing and scary! One can easily spot male member because of its giant size. Some claim he is almost 18 feet from the tip of his snout to the tip of his tail. The pool also has many muggers, Mahseer carps and giant catfishes. The area near the stream and closer to upstream is inhabited by small fishes. Also, if lucky enough you can spot the happy-go-lucky elephants cooling off in the water. Be ware of not playing or nearing the water as crocs are very receptive to their baits above water. 

Gettheryo

Gettheryo is a name of the riverbed located toward the west of Khinnanauli nearing Sambar Trail. To reach to Gettheryo you must take right of the forked path that comes 200 yards off the Sambar Trail. It is a huge stretch of dry land and rocky riverbed, inundated by seasonal stream water throughout. There is a high possibility for seeing tigers and elephants here. Often, one can spot herd and pack of animals drinking water near by. Sitting on the bank of stream and near by water body zero in chances of viewing animals and beautiful locale decked with many twisting streams and elongated islands of Khair Sissoo trees. 

Dhangarhi Museum

Located at Dhangarhi, the museum at Dhangarhi is a good stoppage for watching one-time wildlife species. The museum has glass boxes containing head of tigers and elephants, killed in fight long back. 

Note: Entry Fee is Rs 5 for Indians and Rs 10 for foreigners. Children below 5 are exempted from paying the fee and children in the age group of 5-12 years are charged a nominal fee of Rs 1. Photography is permitted in the museum without any extra charge. 

Kaladhungi Museum

Placed at a distance of 3 km after Kaladhungi town toward Nainital, opposite to the crossroad from where the road moves to Nainital via Khurptal, the Kaladhungi Museum is a place worth visiting. A hunt for historians, backpackers and travelers, Kaladhungi Museum is also Jim Corbett’s winter retreat displaying personal articles, paintings, sketches, manuscripts and last hunt of its owner. The whole of museum is historical site that lends an insight into Jim Corbett’s life and era he lived in. 

The bungalow is of lime mortar colour and has preserved many personal items such as original manuscripts artifacts, palanquin (doli) and letters written by Corbett. The edifice was converted and declared as museum by Forest Department of India in 1967 and thereon is considered as a Government property. Interestingly, one can find a souvenir (Mothi Souvenir) shop attached to the museum; it has a dial up internet facility. 

Note: Entry Fee is Rs 5 for Indians and Rs 10 for foreigners. Children below 5 are exempted from paying the fee and children in the age group of 5-12 years are charged a nominal fee of Rs 1. The visiting time is 7.00 am – 6.00 pm and the museum remains closed on Sunday. The kaladhungi museum observes no holidays except that of Holi, in the month of March. The best time to visit is the months of January through March. Photography is permitted in the museum without any extra charge. 

Corbett Falls

Go ahead 3 kms from kaladhungi and you will be welcome by nature’s sound of water. Yes, you are at Corbett Falls. Visiting the fall might put your idea of Kempty Fall on stake as it is much entice than Kempty Falls of Mussoorie. The cool clear water cascading from a height is a beauty worth admiring. Above all, the passage that leads you to the Fall will mesmerize you much before you reach there. The 1.7 kms long path with chirping and flights of birds send you a clarion call for a heaven ahead. Corbett Fall is undoubtedly beautiful; rustling leaves and killing silence definitely charm every visitor here. 

Note: Entry Fees is Rs 5.00 for Indians and Rs 10 for foreigners. Photography is allowed free of cost. Bathing is permitted but be careful of slippery-moss-gathered stones as they might make you slip.

Local City Experts

Corbett Local City Expert

Kostubh as Corbett Expert

Kostubh Pandey

Meet Kostubh  Pandey a self-confessed jungle addict, who knows Corbett like the back of his hand. A Science graduate from an illustrious family of naturalists Kostubh has had 12 years of experience in traversing the terrains of Corbett and is aptly familiar with its most famous inhabitants. Besides making regular forays and enlightening all about Corbett, Kostubh is into a travel business.  Kostubh could help you plan your trip to Corbett with ease and would be answering all you need to know about Corbett.

Nischal as Corbett Expert

Nischal Mathrran

Meet Nischal Mathrran a resident of Kashipur near Corbett National Park. He loves Corbett and makes frequent visits to the forests. The whole Corbett is at his tips and he can make your travel to Corbett a very interesting experience.

Nainital Circuit

Nainital Visual Tourist Circuit

Visual Tourist friendly Nainital Circuit

Tourist Circuit of Nainital

 

Holiday Checklist

Corbett Holiday Checklist

Those hills, rivers, beaches, forts, pilgrimages send tempting vibes!!! While you have made up your mind on these holidays, set aside all your temptations and quickly take a fleeting glance at the things-you-do prior to your travel date. Here is the list. 

Before Leaving Your House

>> Empty your letter box
>> Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
>> Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
>> Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply
>> Clear out the fridge (Refrigerator)
>> Switch off the electric appliances
>> Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
>> Lock doors and windows
>> Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
>> Carry traveller’s cheque or ATM cards
>> Pay all due bills
>> Turn off gas/water
>> Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm
>> Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice 

Packing your luggage

>> Woollen/cotton clothing
>> Extra towels
>> Extra pair of socks
>> Night wears
>> Raincoats
>> Wrappers
>> Bath robes
>> Jumper and track suits 

Equipment

>> Battery Charger
>> Camera
>> Mobile
>> Mobile Charger
>> Torch/Emergency Light
>> Headphones 

Miscellaneous

>> Brochures or holiday book
>> Sunglasses
>> Sewing kit
>> Important stationary (scissors, tape and glue)
>> Film rolls and digital chargers
>> Ear Plugs
>> Watch
>> Umbrellas
>> Address Book
>> Shoulder bags/ Safety pins

Useful Facts

Corbett Useful Facts

Corbett at a Glance

State: Uttarakhand

STD Code: 05947

Pin Code: 244715

Location: In the Himalayan foothills in Nainital and Pauri Garhwal districts of Uttaranchal.

Altitude: 400 mt-1200 mt

Area: Corbett National Park-520.82 km2, Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary-301.18 km2, Reserve Forest-496.54 km2

Major wild life Species: Nilgai, wild boar, slothbear, tigers, elephants, civet, marten, otter, leopard, jungle cat, sambur, cheetal, hog deer, oral, hare, mongoose wild elephants, etc.

Best time to visit: Corbett can be accessed during every season except when the park is officially closed down for tourist. The visitors and tourists can choose their months to visit the park accordingly. Precisely, Corbett can be seen at its full swing during months of November to February and March to June. Summers are best to view larger animals, and winter brings in with itself large avifauna species. All photography buffs can pay a visit during April to June, just to come back with some of the best snaps. Although the park is closed during monsoon, the buffer zone remains open. A trip to the park during monsoons would leave you with a memorable travelogue!

Closed: June 15 to November 15 

Corbett Climate
Month Max Min
Nov to Feb 25°C - 30°C 4°C - 8°C
May to Jun 44°C - 46°C 19°C - 22°C

Rainfall: 1400mm - 2800mm

Word of Caution: Winter can be too cold at the park, so better stuff your luggage with lots of woolens and warm clothes.

Local Languages: Hindi, English and Garhwali

Communication: All visitors must know, prior to their trip to Corbett National Park, that the park lacks any telecommunication facility: mobile, phone booths, etc. However, the park authorities can make use of their wireless equipments in case of emergency.

Exit Restriction: Leaving the Tiger Reserve premises without obtaining clearance certificate from the Forest Rest Houses is not permitted. However, if one leaves the premises, in case of emergency, he/she will have to pay the entrance fee again to enter the park.

Clothing: Clothing is an essential part of visiting wildlife sanctuary. Preferably, inconspicuous colors like green and khaki, which doesn’t scare away animals, should be used. Light cotton clothing in winters and heavy woolen clothing in summers are suggested.

Distances: From Delhi, 300 km; From Lucknow, 433 km; From Nainital, 100 km

Nearest Hospital: Ramnagar

Nearest Bank: Ramnagar (State Bank of India, Central Bank)

Nearest Petrol Pump: Ramnagar

Wildlife Forest Department Office: The Director, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Ramnagar-244715, Dist: Nainital, Tel: 05947-253977; Park Reception: Tel: 251489; Fax: 251376

E-mail: [email protected]

Uttrakhand Government Tourists Office: Indraprakash Building, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi-1

Tel. 011-23319835

Weather

Weather in Corbett

Situated in the Northern India, Jim Corbett National Park experiences extreme climate with three different seasons: summer, winter and monsoon. 

Summer Season in Corbett

Summer Temperature: 20°C to 40°C

Summer months onsets from March onwards, lasting till middle June. Temperature during the summers reaches 40 degree and beyond on days. Days are scorching hot whereas evening can bring some respite with occasional thunderstorms and rains. 

Monsoon Season in Corbett

Rainfall: 1400 mm - 2800 mm

Monsoon month commences from mid-June and, generally, closes during October after a drenching shower. Normally, the rains showers bring remittance from heat and dust. During these months, the park remains closed from June 16th to Nov 16th every year due to risk of heavy floods and animal mating season. The dense jungle region and greenery make the whole area susceptible to humidity; this may rise as high as 98% during monsoon. Weather remains sultry and uncomfortable. 

Winter Season in Corbett

Winter Temperature: 5°C to 30°C

Winters oncoming can be felt between October ends and mid November. Temperature drops can be expected below 5 degree in this season. Drop in humidity by 50% soothes the monsoon sultry, and the days remain warm and sunny. Winter nights have low temperature and are airy as cold mountain waves lower the temperature significantly.

Local Holidays

Corbett Holidays List

Corbett Local Holidays in 2009
Holidays Date
New Year`s Day 1st January
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti 5th January
Moharram 8th January
Republic Day 26th January
Mahashivaratri 23rd February
Milad Ul Nabi March 10
Holi 11th March
Ram Navami April 3
Mahavir Jayanti April 7
Good Friday April 10th
Ambedkar Jayanti 14th April
Budhpoornima May 9th
Raksha Bandhan August 5th
Janmashtami August 14th
Swatantra Diwas 15th August
Id Ul Fitr September 21
Dussehra September 28
Gandhi Jayanti 2nd October
Deepawali 17th October
Guru Nanak Jayanti 2nd November
Id Ul Juha 28th November
Christmas Day 25th December
Moharram 28th December
Tourist Offices

Corbett Tourist Office

Wildlife Forest Department Office

The Director,
Corbett Tiger Reserve, Ramnagar-244715,
Dist: Nainital, Tel: 05947-253977; Park Reception:
Tel: 251489; Fax: 251376
E-mail: [email protected] 

Uttrakhand Government Tourists Office

Indraprakash Building,
Barakhamba Road, New Delhi-1,
Tel. 011-23319835 

Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.

74/1, Rajpur Road,
Dehradun -248001,
Tel.: 0135 - 2747898, 2746817, 2749308, 2748478, 2749272 

Uttranchal Toursim

PRO Mumbai,
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.,
Mumbai,C/o MTDC, CDO Hutments,
Madame Cama Road,Mumbai,
Tel.: 022-22024415, 2843197,
Fax.: 022-22024415, 22843197,
Email: [email protected] .

Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.,
Khushnuma Complex,
Flat No. 4-7RF, Bahadur Marg,
Near State Guest House,
Lucknow -226001
Tel.: 0522-2207844,
Email: [email protected]