There many places to visit in Uttarakhand but for wildlife buffs and nature enthusiasts, Jim Corbett National Park is the holy grail of adventure travel. Situated in Nainital, most Uttarakhand packages will include this in their itineraries as Jim Corbett National park is one of the renowned Wildlife Sanctuary in India and is popular for the Royal Bengal tiger present in the sanctuary.
Established in 1936, it was originally named Hailey National park. After India gained independence, the park was renamed as Ramganga National Park. It was actually later in 1956 that it was renamed as the Jim Corbett National Park after the famous hunter and author who was instrumental in its establishment.
This serene escape into wilderness lies in the foothills of the Himalayas and contains 488 different species of plants and wide variety of wild life including Elephants, Tigers, Chital, Sambar Deer, Nilgai, Gharial, King Cobra, Muntjac, wild boar, Hedgehog, common Musk Shrew, Flying fox, Indian Pangolin, and around 600 different species of birds.
Any good Uttarakhand tour package will include the Jungle Safari. With options like Elephant Safari, Jeep Safari and Canter Safari, tourists can explore the jungle in jeeps and spot wild animals like elephants, deer, langurs, leopards, crocodiles any many more. Only lucky ones will get to see the Bengal tiger. An Uttarakhand Holiday Package means you will come back with incredible pictures on your camera of flora and fauna alike. If you’re patient and lucky, you might click one of the king of the jungle too! Safaris should ideally be booked prior to arrival, especially on weekends and holidays as only 60 vehicles are allowed inside the Corbett National Park at a time.
The Ramganga River is a great place for fishing. The Mahseer fish is a popular local fish. Rafting in the rapid and turbulent waters of the river is quite a thrilling experience too. There are grade I and II rapids at Jim Corbett National Park and rafting is only allowed during the monsoons.
The National Park is a sprawling expanse that covers 521sq. kms and several accommodation options are available where you can unwind with friends and family. From luxurious hotels and resorts to budget guest houses, cottages and tents, you’ll find everything. If you love watching birds, fishing and are a photography buff, your next vacation should definitely be to Uttarakhand and Jim Corbette National Park!