Edward James “Jim” Corbett (25 July 1875 – 19 April 1955) was a British hunter, conservationist, author and naturalist. Corbett held the rank of colonel in the British Indian Army. He was frequently called upon by the government of the United Provinces, (Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand), to kill man-eating tigers and leopards. His hunting successes earned him longstanding respect and fame in Kumaon. He played an important role in creating a national reserve for the endangered Bengal tiger by using his influence to persuade the provincial government to establish it. In 1957 the national park was renamed Jim Corbett National Park in his honour.
Jim Corbett National Park, is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve that exists in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It is one of the oldest and most revered National Park in India. The surrounding is known for the presence of tigers – the most endangered and royal specie.
The park has an extent of approximately 520 square kilometres covering hills, riverine belts, depressions, marshes, lake and grasslands. Overnight stay at Jim Corbett National Park is adventurous and great experience. Elephant ride or open jeep offers a splendid view of the Nature and the Wildlife. It is a home for Tigers, Otters, Crocodiles, elephant, deer and rich birdlife.
Corbett is a heaven for Wildlife and Birdwatchers. Dhikala, situated at the border of the extensive Patil Dun valley, has a abundant Wildlife, Birds, and Birds of Prey. The wildlife atmosphere is intriguing and their voices intermingle creating pleasing songs. In a nutshell, this finest national park of India is well known for rich and varied wildlife including royal Bengal tiger, elephant, four to five species of deer and rich birdlife.