Jim Corbett National Park, Until 1936 Jim corbett had been an integtral part of Himalayan forest afterwhich it was declared as reserve areas by the Bristish government.It is enveloped by vast savannah type grasslands and sal forests.jim corbett which was initially called as hailey national park,with the help of world wildlife fund was transformed as a tiger reserve.Covering around over 520 sq kms it serves as an echo-tourism spot and is an asset to uttarakhand.
Jim Corbett National Park lies in the lower Himalayan belts,in Nainital, near Ramnagar-Kashipur highway.
with the onset of foggy mornings,the day temperature varies from 5o C (4o F) to 30o C (4oF).The weather over here is temperate and sunny.The maximum teperature in summers is above 40oC (86o F).The rainfall pattern tends to decrease from monsoons to dry seasons.the average rainfall varies from 1400mm-2800mm.
Flora & Fauna
Due to the vast vegetation and abundance of animal population this place was considered as'shikar jungle'by the Maharaja of Rewa.This 'shikar jungle' mainly consisted of rich species of the white tiger,throated martem, Himalayan palm civet, indian grey mangoose, para, kakka, ghoral,snipe,chital,cormorants,gull,viper,cobra,krait,bar-headed goose,duck,grepe, graylag,tortoise,sandpiper and egrets.when it comes to the varied fauna species there are around 488 including sal,savannah grass,anogeissus-acacia catechu forests,mallotus philippensis,jamun and diopspyos tomentosa
Col. Edward James Corbett
(Corbett National Park)
Away from the hum drum of the Mall, the Flatts and the Bazar, in the Ayarpatta region, where Englishmen were wont to live, and where one built a memorial to his wife, is a modest house, set amid oak trees with a wooden gate that leads to a verandah overlooking a cluster of Gurney House, where once lived “Tiger Jim Corbett” or Col. Edwards James Corbett, a man who is a legend in his life-time. In the house, preserved as a museum by his friend are his trophies, his piano and the mute, yellow rose that he planted before he left in 1947, with his sister Maggie, to settle in Kenya. His tin Boat, fishing rods, and other possessions are all there, above and below the four bed roomed house, named after his father, and left to his sister, by Mrs. Mary Jane Corbett, their mother, in 1924.
The corridor that separates the drawing from the dining room is decorated with stuffed Himalayan ‘that’ or goat antelope, ‘killed by Jim Corbett at 4,267 meters when he visited Nanda Devi”. On a chest lies a magnificent tusk 1.5 meters; diameter 15 meters of an elephant killed in Dhikala, along with two tiger skulls and mounted horns. On the shinning black piano is written “Sympathetic Indian Cottage Piano”- it came from Germany. The side board is made of wood 280 years old, while in the drawing room are two African tribal drums and cannon shells, he brought back from Burma during World War 2 – they are now used as flower pots.
How to Reach
Pantnagar in Nainital 97kms from Ramnagaris the nearest airport to this place.
Ramnagar & Kathgodam are a convenient rail head for the park and are connected to Delhi and Lucknow by express trains
State transport busses ply regularly from New Delhi, Moradabad and Haldwani to Ramnagar. The entry gate of the park are Amdana, Dhangarh, Durgadevi on Ramnagar Marchula road, Kharagate, Kalagarh, Pakhrau or Ramnagar- Kotdwar forest road and Vatanvasa, Teria or Lansdowne Dunagiri forest road.