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Glimpse of Jungle exploration at Jim Corbett National Park:
Overview of Jim Corbett National Park:
Why Jungle exploration at Jim Corbett National Park?
History of Jim Corbett National Park:
Named as a tribute to the legendary Sir Edward Jim Corbett (legend hunter, eminent author, pioneer conservationist and an active member of many wildlife preservation organizations), Jim Corbett National park is the first National Park of Asia.
Sir Edward Jim Corbett, a postmaster’s son was born of the English ancestry in Nainital districts of Uttarakhand on 25th July 1875. He worked in the Railways and had spent the major part of his life at Gurney House in Nainital, amidst the dense jungle. After years of experiences, he had well versed himself in reading the signs of the forest and the movements of wildlife just by his senses (sight, hearing and smelling). He holds a record of hunting down several man-eaters (19 tigers and 14 leopards) and immortalizing them in his books. One such dreadful tiger was “Champawat”, who is said to have killed 434 people before Sir Corbett finally shot him down.
Decades ago, a community flourished along the banks of river Ramganga who lived by clearing some of the forest in the valleys. The evidence of their culture is found in the form of the fragments of terra-cotta and the remains of their temples along the river. This community had to fight a constant battle to keep their farmlands free from the invading jungle.
In 19th century, it was under the guidance of Major Ramsay, a British officer appointed as the in-charge of this area, that an initiation to save the forest was taken for the first time.
Cultivation and operation of cattle stations were prohibited in these areas in 1868.
In 1879, these forests were turned into “Reserved Forest Area” where restricted felling was permitted.
A few Britishers, including E.R. Stevans and E.A. Smythies proposed the idea of converting these forests into National park in the early 1900s.
British Administration started considering the possibility of establishing a “Game reserve” in 1907.
Finally it was in 1930 that the process of demarcation of identified area started under the supervision of Sir Edward Jim Corbett.
Initially this National Park was named as “Hailey National Park”, as it came in existence during the Governorship of Sir Macolm Hailey in 1935.
After the independence the park was known as Ramganga National Park from 1952 to 1957 before getting renamed to its present identity- Jim Corbett National Park in 1956-57. Thereafter, hunting was strictly prohibited & only timbers cutting for domestic purpose was allowed.
Jim Corbett National Park became India’s first “Tiger Reserve” in 1973.
Tips to make the most of the Jungle safari:
Tips to spot Tiger:
Things to carry:
Other essential items:
Reach the Forest Rest House inside the core area of Jim Corbett National Park. Jim Corbett National Park is among the few National Parks of India that permits night stay inside the core zone. The night stay inside the core area of the jungle gives you an opportunity to view variety of wild animals by your naked eyes. Please note that consumption of non-vegetarian food and alcohol is strictly prohibited
inside the Forest Rest Houses.
Freshen up and have breakfast in the FRH.
Depart for the first Open Jeep Jungle Safari.
Have evening tea & snacks in FRH on returning from the Jungle Safari.
Group activity in the evening, inside the FRH premises.
Dinner in the FRH and then spend the night under the star-lit sky. Awaken your senses to the calling, movements, and glowing eyes of the wild animals in the background of buzzing of the insects, as you sit back in the FRH campus. The FRH compound is safeguarded by the solar electric wire to ward away wild animals to enter the premises.
Durga Devi zone: Farthest from Ramnagar and located at the north-eastern corner of Corbett National park, Durga Devi zone has the most beautiful landscape as it is on the hills. This zone consists of hilly trails, dark woody vegetation and steep slopes. This zone is a paradise for the bird-lovers and famous for the magnificent sighting of the Wild Elephants. It is renowned for being the home to a huge number of exotic Birds (Gray Headed Fishing Eagle, Maroon Orile, Black chinned Yuhina, Long Tailed Broadbill, Slaty Blue Flycatcher, Bar Tailed Tree Creeper). Tigers, Leopards, Wild Elephants (zone has the greatest number of wild elephants in Corbett Park), Otters can be primarily spotted near the Domunda Bridge in Durga Devi zone. This zone is home to the world’s toughest sporting fish ‘Mahsheer’ fish, found in the river streams of this zone. Ramganga River and Mandal River cross each other at several places in the zone.
Wake up early morning for the Morning Open Jeep jungle Safari
Return to the FRH after the Jeep safari and have breakfast
Depart for Delhi after the breakfast