Museum - Jim Corbett's Bungalow
India's first and finest park spread over 520 sq km along the banks of the Ramganga river, just 300 km northeast of Delhi in the foothills of the Himalayas is the Corbett National Park. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honour of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honour and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries.
The elevation of the Park ranges between 400 m and 1210 m. The multipurpose hydel dam at Kaulagarh lies at the southwestern fringe of Corbett. The lake inside, with its scenic charm, has added to the beauty of the park. Many species of water birds, both migrant and non-migrant, frequent its water. Crocodiles and long snouted fish-eating gharial have found new homes here and their numbers have increased. They can often be seen sun basking on the sand banks. For anglers too, the lake is a paradise. Fish, such as the mashseer, abound in the lake and river. The Park offers different kinds of vegetation along its varied topography which comprises hilly and riparian areas, temporary marshy depressions, plateaus and ravines.
110 species of trees, 51 species of shrubs and over 33 species of bamboo are found here. There are three distinct seasons in Corbett: Cold - Nov. to Feb., Hot - March to June, Rainy - July to Oct. . Over 50 mammal, 580 bird and 25 reptile species have been listed in the Corbett. Also astounding is the insect life here. Corbett is a known haven for tigers, largely owing to the success of WWF funded project-tiger that was launched on 1st April 1973. Other animals which add to its attraction are: Leopard, leopard cat, jungle cat, fishing cat, Himalayan black bear, dhole, yellow-throated morten, elephant, porcupine, chital, barking deer etc. Some of the birds commonly seen here are osprey, crested serpent eagle, blackwinged kite, shikra, pallas's fishing eagle, spotted eagle, minivets, shrikes, babblers etc..
Park is open from 15th November to 15th June. It is closed during rainy season.
Kaladhungi: If exploring Jim Corbett National Park, is on your holiday agenda, don't forget to make a detour to Kaladhungi. A romantic hamlet 35 km from the famous Corbett National Park, Kaladhungi has been an inseparable part of the endless tiger stories of Kumaon focusing around the legendary hunter Jim Corbett. The significance of Kaladhungi is clear from the fact that Jim Corbett chose this place as his residence. Today, this unique home is a comprehensive museum housing souvenirs, relics and mementos related to Jim Corbett and his famous exploits.
Nearest railhead is Ramnagar, Kathgodam, Kotdwar.
Kaladhungi is 33 km from Nainital, from Kotdwar via Kaulagarh 90 km.
Camp Corbett Resort and Forest Rest House. Season: Round the year.
For Reservations Contact:
Field Director, Project Tiger or Wildlife Warden, Corbett National Park, Ramnagar. Tel.: 05947 - 251376.