View Finder: Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

The bird-life and beautiful forest cover of the park best known for its Royal Bengal tigers

The Jim Corbett National Park is India’s oldest. It is home to the Royal Bengal tiger and a variety of flora and fauna.

In December, the wildlife sanctuary opened a sixth zone for tourists called Dhela, which offers two nature trails and a wide variety of bird species; the other zones include the hideout areas of endangered tigers, elephants, bears and leopards.

Images from the home of the tiger.

GETTING THERE

GO

The Jim Corbett National Park is well connected by rail from New Delhi. Driving down around 260km is a viable option, though some of the roads are in bad shape. Buses and trains ply to Ramnagar, a town around 12km from the park.

STAY

There are options for all budgets outside the park. If you book well ahead, you might get accommodation in one of the forest guesthouses, which offer an unbeatable experience since they are located within the park. s

The Dhikala forest lodge is always in high demand, so booking well in advance is recommended. There is also The River View Retreat at ‘Zero’ Garjia, Dhikuli, Ramnagar (tel. 09555088000), where rooms are available at around 4,300 a night for double occupancy.

DO

Take a safari ride and roam the surrounding area. You’ll come across delightfully clean little villages tucked away in scenic surroundings and, perhaps, even spot a tiger. The safaris—Jeep, canter or elephant—need to be booked well in advance, preferably when you book your accommodation, since the number of safari seats is limited. Most resorts will make the booking for you.

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