Think of tigers in India and you will definitely think of Jim Corbett National Park. Corbett is the most visited national park in the country, owing to its ease of accessibility and rich history. Established in 1936 as Hailey National Park, the park got its new name in the mid 1950s after it was officially changed in honour of a hunter-turned-conservationist, Corbett. The Wildlife Institute of India, in its report in 2016, declared Corbett as the reserve with the most number of tigers in the country, a total of 215 wild cats! While spotting a tiger in Corbett depends a lot on your luck and your guide, but one thing’s for sure, the endless stories of the dense jungle will keep you hooked!
Things to do around: Visit the famous Garjiya Devi Temple; learn more about wildlife at Jim Corbett Museum; unwind by the Corbett Falls.
How to get here: The nearest domestic airport to Corbett is located at a distance of about 50 km in Pantnagar, while the closest international airport is in Delhi, which is about 295 km. A flight from Delhi to Pantnagar starts at about ₹3,500. Being a popular tourist destination for travellers in North India, Corbett is extremely well connected by road. Uttarakhand Tourism buses ply daily from Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Nainital and Ranikhet. Cabs are also readily available, although they're a more expensive option. For those looking to drive down to the National Park, the roads are well maintained and you can cover the journey here from Delhi in about 6 hours. The nearest railway station is in Ramnagar, which is about 12 km away.
Best Time to Visit: November to June
Approximate safari rates: ₹4,200 onwards