Established in 1936, the oldest national park of entire India is nestled, embracing the name of a famous hunter for killing man-eaters. Although it may seem a bit like irony, in Jim Corbett National Park, endangered Bengal Tigers roam with their zeal. Stretched on over 520.8 km2 of Pauri Garhwal and Nainital District, the park denotes an incredible diversity comprising riverine belts, hills, a vast lake, and grassland. Hence, the elevation of the park also falls under 1,300 to 4,000 ft. But, who is Jim Corbett, why his hunting stories are popular even now? Let’s know about the famous naturalist a bit more.
Jim Corbett was a renowned hunter and a high-ranking colonel in the colonial British Indian Army. The Nainital-born hunter spent many of his Indian years as the last resort of Agra and Oudh United Provience’s Government in hunting down man-eater tigers that used to evoke tyranny in villages near Kumaon and Garhwal divisions. Jim Corbett exhaled his last breath in Kenya on April 19, 1955. And, you should know some fascinating facts about the gifted author, conservationist, and hunter.
- Jim Corbett was born on July 25, 1875, in Nainital, India as a child of Marry Jane and Christopher William Corbett. Jim Corbett’s father was the town’s postmaster.
- At the age of 19, he stopped his schooling and joined the Bengal North-Western Railway. Later, he started working as a contractor for trans-shipment goods.
- At his very childhood, he developed an inclination to wildlife and forests. And, this inclination later helped him be one of the best trackers and hunters of that time.
- From 1907 to 1938, he hunted 14 leopards and 33 man-eaters. One of his bullets also got the name of the infamous Champawat Tiger.
- Imposing influence on the provincial government, Corbett helped in establishing the park. In the beginning, the reserve’s name was Hailey. But, two years after Corbett’s death, the government renamed it in honor of Jim Corbett.
A National Park Where Growls Resonates with Regality
Jim Corbett National Park has become one of the top places in India for sighting Royal Bengal Tigers. Along with the tigers, 585 other species, including elephants, leopards, fishing cyan Black cats, Himalayan black bears, Indian, grey mongoose, chital, and Himalayan goral, can also be spotted.
To behold the diversity in the park’s flora and fauna, abundant travelers from every corner of the globe opt for Jim Corbett Safari Booking and visit the park. Being an adventure and travel-loving soul, you too can spend some days in here cause who knows when the regal beast appears from shrubs and stands right in front of your eyes or camera lenses.