Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Jim Corbett National Park has the magical landscape well fabled for its tiger richness. The glory of being India's oldest and most prestigious National Park makes this place really special. Extending to more than 520 square kilometre area of the Jim Corbett comprises of hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands, lakes, islands of 'Sheesham' trees, Sal trees and grazing land having long grasses. The river like Ramganga and Kosi are full of mahseer, gharial, rare species like Otters, endemic fish-eating crocodile, etc. while, the land and air natural habitat boast of a variety of beautiful species including 577 birds, 50 mammals, and at least 25 reptiles.
The beauty of the Jim Corbett cannot be covered within hours, so make yourself comfortable in one of the resorts or hotels in Corbett to get the perfect feeling of spending a night in the wild. Opt for an open four-wheeler Jeep or an elephant for jungle safari and explore the picturesque landscape and wildlife closely. Wild Safari is always a different experience altogether.
To promote tourism in the region, the National Park has been divided into five different marked buffer zones where tourists can enjoy the intriguing behaviour of the animals at proximity with bare eyes.
Bijrani Safari Zone: If you love grassland ecosystem, then no other zone than Bijrani Safari zone can satiate your curiosity. It is a popular tourist hub because of its open grasslands.
Jhirna Safari Zone: Are you thinking about visiting Jim Corbett during Monsoon? Well, Jhirna is a zone which is open throughout the year, so that you do not miss on all the fun just because of weather issues.
Dhela Safari Zone: Dhela is a new eco-tourism zone in Jim Corbett included in tiger reserve zone and it is open throughout the year. This zone is well-known for a good tiger population and wealthy flora and fauna.
Dhikala Zone: Dhikala is the most sought after tourist destination in Jim Corbett because of its superb location and sheer abundance of wildlife. If you are in Dhikala, chances of spotting a tiger increase manifolds. Being the largest zone in Corbett National Park, this zone offers the best sight for exotic fauna and is a heaven for hard-core wildlife enthusiasts.
Durga Devi Zone: Bird watching is not a new hobby but certainly an interesting one. Durga Devi zone is for those who are fond of birds. Many endemic, as well as migratory birds, make Durga Devi Zone their seasonal home because of its habitat-friendly conditions.