Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. Corbett National Park named after Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment is situated in Ramanagar, in the district of Nainital, Uttarakhand with the town of Ramnagar serving as the headquarters of Corbett Tiger Reserve.
The great naturalist-writer Jim Corbett needs little introduction. His writings have fascinated generations of wildlife enthusiasts and he still commands no less appeal nowadays.
Corbett has been a long time favourite hunting ground for wildlife lovers.
Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife. Dense moist deciduous forest cover almost 73 per cent of the park.
The 10 per cent of the area consists of grasslands. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species. The endangered Bengal tiger of India resides here.
A visit to the park is not just about safari, tiger tourism, nature holiday, birding holiday, and adventure sports. It is also about the rich treasure of history and cultural heritage. Jim Corbett National Park has a long tradition of conservation. The fact that it is the oldest National Park of the Asia and India's first Tiger Reserve itself symbolises that Corbett is a pioneer in efforts at preserving our natural heritage.