The Corbett park is the first national park of India established in the year 1936 it was named Hailey National Park . In 1957 ,the park was rechristned as the Corbett National Park in the memory of Late Jim Corbett great naturalist ,eminent conservationist . It is 118 Kms. from Nainital via Kaladhungi & Ramnagar.

The Corbett national park covering an area of 521 Sq. Kms. is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas . It spreads over parts of two districts , a major part of park with an area of 312.86 sq. Kms. falls in Pauri Garhwal district and the balance 208.14 sq. Kms. in Nainital district . The park occupies portions of Kalagarh and Ramnagar forest divisions .It falls within the trek of land known as Paltidun.


By Railway

Nearest railway terminals are :
Tanakpur in Champawat district connected with Pithoragarh by 151 Km long motor route via Champawat and Lohaghat. Kathgodam in Nainital district connected with Pithoragarh by 212 Kilometers long motor route via Bhowali, Almora, Daniya and Rameshwar.
Kathgodam 218 Kms. away is the last terminus of broad gauze line of North East Railways connecting Nainital with Delhi,Dehradun & Howarah .

Ranikhet express departs from Old Delhi railway station at 10:45 PM daily , it reaches Kathgodam at 6:05 AM . Extra coaches for Ramnagar are attached with this train , arriving Ramnagar at 5:00 A.M. .Uttaranchal Sampark Kranti Express is also running between Kathgodam & Delhi, it start from Kathgodam at 8:50 AM in the morning and reaches Delhi at 3:20 PM and on the same day return from Delhi at 4:00 PM and reaches Kathgodam at 10:45 PM.

Bagh Express connects Kathgodam directly to Howarah via Lucknow. Lalkua Junction 56 Kms. from Nainital is another terminal point of meter gauze line of North East Railways . Nainital Express connects Lalkua with Lucknow while Kumaun Express connects Lalkua with Mathura via Bareilly. Ramnagar 65 Kms away acts as an alternative outlet for Delhi & Lucknow.

Train No. 4319 / 4320 runs in between Kathgodam and Dehradun tri- weekly, it’s days from Kathgodam are Sunday,Tuesday & Thursday

Tourist coming by rail mode can take Taxi or Buses from Kathgodam or Haldwani. Taxis are available on shared seat basis at Haldwani Taxi stand & as well as at Kathgodam , Haldwani & Lalkua railway stations. While most of the buses starts from Haldwani roadways bus stand.

Computerized railway reservation counter is situated near Bus Stand at Pithoragarh. This facility is also available at Kathgodam, Haldwani & Lalkua railway stations .
Railway Departure Timing

No. Train Name From To Time
5014 Ranikhet Express Kathgodam Delhi 20:40
5036 UTR Sampark K Ex Kathgodam Delhi 08:50
3020 Bagh Express Kathgodam Howrah 21:55
5307 Nainital Express Lalkuan Lucknow 20:45
5312 Kumaun Express Lalkuan Mathura 19:00
4319 KGM DDN Express Kathgodam Dehradun 19:40
Railway Arrival Timing
No. Train Name From To Time
5014 Ranikhet Express Delhi Kathgodam 26:45
5036 UTR Sampark K Ex Delhi Kathgodam 22:45
3020 Bagh Express Howrah Kathgodam 09:35
5307 Nainital Express Lucknow Lalkuan 06:30
5312 Kumaun Express Mathura Lalkuan 08:30
4319 KGM DDN Express Dehradun Kathgodam 07:25

By Air
Local airport situated at Naini Saini some 5 Km away from Pithoragarh town. Nearest commencing airport is Pant Nagar in Udham Singh Nagar district.

  • Carrying of firearms of any kind is not permitted within the Tiger Reserve.
  • No pets can be taken inside the National Park.
  • Walking or trekking within the National Park is strictly prohibited.
  • Driving inside the Tiger Reserve after sunset is prohibited.
  • Cooking is not allowed within the National Park and at Dhikala, bijrani, Gairal and Jhirna tourist complex. In other rest houses visitors can cook within the provided space.
  • Visitors are required to carry a litterbag while entering in the Tiger reserve and bring back their non-biodegradable litter (tin cans, plastic, glass bottles, metal foils etc.) outside the Reserve. Throwing litter inside the Tiger Reserve other than in garbage bins will invite severe penalties.
  • Official registered guide is compulsory on excursions.
  • Smoking outside residential comples/rest house and lighting of any kind of fire is strictly prohibited.
  • Fishing without permit is prohibited. Fishing with permits can be done only in areas outside Corbet National Park and Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and only between 1st October to 30th June.
  • Playing of transistor and tape recorders within the Tiger Reserve is strictly prohibited.
  • Visitors are required to observe timings for excursions and are prohibited from taking vehicles off the designated routes thereby causing damage to plant or animal life or their habitat.
  • Blowing of horns and driving above the speed limit is strictly prohibited within the Tiger Reserve.
  • Entry into the restricted zone by the visitors is prohibited.
  • Shouting, teasing, chasing animals or attempts to feed them are prohibited and will invite severe penalties.
  • Visitors are advised to occupy accomodation as reserved on the first day itself or send prior intimation to hold the accomodation. Otherwise, the reservation will be treated as cancelled.
  • Maximum two adults and two children (below 12 years) per room are allowed to stay in the tourism zone. One extra bed can be provided on payment of prescribed charges.
  • Visitors are compulsorily required to obtain a clearance certificate before leaving their place of residence within the Tiger Reserve.
  • Visitors are advised to wear clothes of colours, which merge with the natural surroundings (khaki, olive green, other dull colours).
  • Visitors are required to switch off lights, fans and water taps when not in use and park their vehicles at appropriate parking place.
  • Visitors have to obtain entry permits at the reception. Entry timings are regulated in such a manner that visitors must reach their place of stay before prescribed time.
  • Day visit to Dhikala Tourism Zone is not permitted except in conducted trips orgnized by Corbett Tiger Reserve.
  • Entry of private buses in Bijrani Tourism Zone is prohibited.
  • Permit would be issued for three days and two nights only.
  • Entry into the Tiger Reserve with or without a pass is on their own risk of the visitors. The authorities shall not be responsible in any way for damages caused if any.
  • Permit is not transferable and amount is not refundable, once permit is issued.
  • Non-vegetarian food and use of liquor is prohibited inside the park.
  • Entry fee will have to be paid at every entrance gate/reception.

The nearest rail head is Ramnagar which is the terminus of Delhi-Moradabad-Ramnagar broad gauge branch of North East Railway.Ramnagar is connected by road to Delhi as well as Lucknow. Delhi is 240 Kms. away via Kashipur-Moradabad-Ghaziabad , while Lucknow is 432 Kms. via Kashipur-Rampur & Bareilly. Ramnagar is 60 Kms. from Nainital via Kaladhungi. Ramnagar can be reached from Delhi by Train through 5035 Uttarakhand Samparkkranti Express which leaves Delhi at 16.00 and reaches Ramnagar at 20.40 or 5013 Ranikhet Express leaving Old Delhi at 22.15 and reaching Ramnagar next day at 04.55.

The nearest airport is at Pantnagar about 80 Kms. from Ramnagar. Dhangarhi is the main entrance to the park is located on Ramnagar-Ranikhet road 19 Kms. from Ramnagar.Dhangarhi houses a museum of dead animals and is worth visiting. South western boundry of park touches Kalagarh which can also be approached from Moradabad.Dhikala 35 Kms. from Dhangarhi connected by forest road is the main tourist spot of the park.There is one more entrance from Amdanda six Kms. from Ramnagar in Phooltal area.

Jim Corbett National Park India is a haven for Tigers as well as its prey, which include four kinds of Deer, Wild Boar and some lesser-known animals. Leopards are mostly found in the hilly areas of the Corbett park. Some nocturnal cats found here are the Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat and Fishing Cat. Sloth Bear is found in the lower regions of the park while the Himalayan Black Bear is seen in the higher hills only. The Dole or Wild Dog, though they can be seen in the southern areas of the park along with the Jackal. Some of the smaller residents of the park are Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Gray Mongoose, Common Otter, Blacknaped Hare and Porcupine.

Elephants are among one of the main attractions of Jim Corbett Park. Along the Ramganga River shores, one can spot the long-snouted, fish-eating Gharial Crocodile and the ‘Mugger’ Crocodile. Also seen on the rocky hillsides is the Ghoral or Goat Antelopes. The Langur and Rhesus Monkeys are well distributed through out the jim corbett national park and warning the whole Jungle with alarm calls when they see either a Tiger or Leopard from tree-top perches.

Jim Corbett National Park India had the proud distinction of being chosen as the venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India; earlier part of Uttar Pradesh now comes under Uttaranchal, the newly found state. Jim Corbett National Park India is home to a variety of flora and fauna, Corbett park is famous for its wild population of Tigers, Leopards and Elephants. Corbett Tiger Reserve has a great variety of fauna on account of habitat diversity. In the Jim Corbett National Park are found 110 tree species, 50 mammals’ species, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species. Corbett National park is known for its varied wildlife, and as the site for the launching of Project Tiger. Corbett National Park was one of the nine tiger reserves created at the launch of the Project Tiger in 1973. The original area of the Corbett National Park was 323.75 sq. km. to which 197.07 sq. km. was added later. In 1991, an area of 797.72 sq km was added as buffer area of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. It area includes kalagarh forest division and Ramnagar forest division.

Corbett National Park and Wildlife Conservation History
Jim Corbett National Park India has always been famous for their resident tigers. Initially Jim Corbett National Park reserve was named as ‘Hailey National Park’ in 1936. Jim Corbett National Park was renamed in 1954-55 as ‘Ramganga National Park’ and again in 1955-56 as ‘Jim Corbett National Park’ after Jim Corbett who hunted down tigers that had turned man-eaters, between 1907 to 1939. Jim Corbett National Park India is the 1st and oldest National Park of India. Jim Corbett National Park India was one of the nine Tiger Reserves created at the launch of the Project Tiger in 1973.

Corbett National Park General Information :
Core Area- : 520.82 sq. km,
Buffer Area- : 797.72 sq. km,
Total Area- : 1318.54 sq. km.
Longitude: 7805’ E to 7905’ E,
Latitude: 29025’E to 29040’ N,
Altitude: 365 m – 1100 m above MSL

Time Of Visit : 15th Nov. to 15th June
Nearby Bank : Ramnagar
Nearby Petrol Pump : Ramnagar
Nearby Railway Station : Ramnagar
Area in Sq. KMs. 1318.54
i) Corbett National Park 520.82
ii) Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary 301.18
iii) Reserve Forest 496.54

Main Rivers Flowing Through The Reserve:
Ramganga , Sonanadi , Mandal , Palain

Wild Animals Seen
Mammals: Wild Elephants , Tiger , Leopard , Civet , Jungle Cat , Leopard Cat , Sambahar , Chital , Hog Deer , Barking Deer , Ghural , Neel Gai , Wild Boar , Slothbear , Marten , Otter , Mongoose , Hare .
Birds: Over 580 Species of resident & migratory birds.
Reptiles: Gharials , Crocodiles , Python , Turtles ,King Cobra , Lizard .
Fishes: Mahseer , Goonch , Trout .
Places Nearby: Sitabani , Garzia Devi , Kalusidh ,Machor , Kalagarh Dam , Lansdowne , Kaladhungi, Corbett Museum , Nayagaon water fall , Nainital Approach from Ramnagar,

Headquarter of project Tiger , where each visitor has to get prior permission for visiting park.Here besides a regular bus service to Dhikala ,taxis are also available.

For more information, please contact :-
Field Director, Corbett Tiger Reserve Uttarakhand,
Ramnagar (Nainital) . PIN-244715. Tel. : 05947-253977
Reception : 251489
Fax : 251489,253977,251376


Delhi-Moradabad-Kashipur-Ramnagar (240 Kms.)


Lucknow to Bareilly,

Bareilly-Kicha-Haldwani-Ramnagar (160 Kms.)
Bareilly-Kicha-Rudrapur-Kashipur-Ramnagar (145 Kms.)


Via Kaladhungi to Ramnagar (62 Kms.)


Ramnagar (250 Kms.)