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Jim Corbett National Park: All that you wanted to know about this jungle

Jim Corbett National Park, christened after the famed naturalist, is one of the most renowned wildlife sanctuaries in India and is undoubtedly the greatest natural attraction of Uttaranchal. Incepted in 1936, the park boasts of a historic setting and has, over the years, received footfalls from a number of wildlife experts, photographers and film makers. Nestled on the high slopes of the Uttaranchal hills, it also enjoys a salubrious climate and can be toured in any part of the year, excepting the monsoons.

Major attractions: The marquee attraction of Corbett National Park is the tiger. In fact, anyone who visits this park and fails to spot a tiger would be a tad disappointment. Even though it is quite a feat to spot these elusive cats, Corbett does offer a healthy chance to catch them, especially during the summer days.
However, tigers are not the sole attractions of the park. If you are interested in birds, then you would be glad to know that the park is home to over 580 varieties of birds. From the cuckoo to the myenah to the kingfisher to the eagle, almost any kind of bird which you can conceive of is present here. In addition, the 25 species of reptiles would fascinate, even terrify, you!

The park has a natural setting. So, one cannot miss the panorama of the hills and mountains. The Corbett Waterfalls is a case to point. Its dazzling beauty would really make your head spin in ecstasy.

When to visit: The best time to visit Corbett National Park India would be during the winter season between November and February. However, you can also visit during the warmer days from March to June! After June, the park shall shut down for tourists due to the arrival of the rain-laden monsoon!
Timings: The Park opens early in the morning at 6 am and stays open till 11 am. The gates reopen during the afternoon at 2:30 am and stay open till 5:30 am. Hence, you can either visit the park during the morning or during the second half of the day. Safari trips are available and one can also hire guides for extra fee.
v Where to stay: If you wish to take up accommodation, then there are some staying options both inside and outside the park.

Trivia- Jim Corbett National Park has inspired a number of books and journals like the ‘Man-eaters of Kumaon’ and ‘The man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag.’ Both the books were penned by Jim Corbett himself.

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