Jim Corbett National Park (also known as Corbett Park) is the oldest national park in India and mainland Asia, located near the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. It was founded in 1936 to safeguard the Bengal Tiger.
In reality, Corbett Park was India’s first tiger reserve, and it has served as a model for other comparable parks in India and across the world.
The Jim Corbett National Park’s initial goal was to conserve the environment as well as the people and customs that grew up around it, which is as much about conserving cultural heritage as it is about protecting species.
Tourists and wildlife aficionados are allowed to visit certain areas of this Tiger Reserve and participate in Corbett National Park Safari Tours, where they can see a rich blend of scenic landscapes (various species of trees, grasslands, rivers, and a large lake), as well as diverse wildlife—the main attraction, of course, being the Bengal Tiger.
Jim Corbett: The Man Behind Corbett Park
To gain a better idea of what the park has to offer, a few words about the guy who named it should be spoken: Jim Corbett. He was born in Nainital, India, in 1875 as a hunter and colonel in the British army.
The two cultures he grew up in (east and west) provided him with a balanced view later in life, combining the organisational abilities of a British manager with an Indian’s love and respect for nature, as he focused on saving the animals he used to hunt as well as the habitat in which they resided.
Aside from that, he was an ardent photographer, taking many beautiful and uncommon photographs of both animals and stunning landscapes in India, as well as being the author of several books about his hunting adventures there.
Jim Corbett’s love of the environment prompted him to contribute to the establishment of a wildlife reserve for the Bengal Tiger. Corbett Park (formerly titled Hailey National Park) was formed as a result of his advocacy and renamed after him in 1957.
Jim Corbett’s vision for saving India’s wildlife has persisted beyond the park’s boundaries and has spawned similar initiatives across the subcontinent.
What to Expect on a Safari in Jim Corbett National Park
The Jim Corbett Safari Tour is one of the most popular wildlife trips in India owing to the diversity and scope of animals and greenery. Corbett Park covers roughly 1318 square kilometres and is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including:
- Bengal Tigers
- Barking Deer/Sambar Deer/Hog Deer
- Black Bear
- Indian Grey Mongoose
- Himalayan Goral
- Yellow-Throated Martens
- Rhesus Macaques
- Indian Pangolins
- 33 Species of Reptiles
- 7 Species of Fish
- 7 Species of Amphibians
- 36 Species of Dragonflies
- 586 Species of Birds
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This park also has a variety of plants. According to the latest current estimates, Corbett Park is home to roughly 488 different species. Furthermore, there are different landscapes to be seen throughout the park. These are some examples:
- Dense Forests
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