Best Time To Visit Jim Corbett National Park

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What is the best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park?

With temperate weather, Corbett lets you visit the Park all year long, but the best time to visit Jim Corbett National Park is between November and February i.e, during the winter season when all the zones are open, and you can spot the most animals. Summers, though hot, isn't unbearable. It is the best time to spot most animals near water bodies. Monsoons (June- August) are likely not ideal since the park remains closed most of the time during these months.

Jim Corbett National Park Opening Dates:
All the five zones of Jim Corbett doesn't remain open at all times. The Jhirna Zone is open throughout the year, and you can find birds and occasionally tigers there as well. The Sitabani Zone is also open all year round. These zones have a drier area, with rocky plains that are easily navigable in the monsoon as well. The Dhikala Zone is the most coveted of them all, where you can find the highest number of tigers and cubs, but this zone is open only between 15 November and 15 June every year. Similarly, the Durga Devi Zone is also open only between November and June. The Bijrani Zone is open from October to June. This is because the three zones are hilly and have dense forests, which are at a higher risk for landslides. The roads to these zones are also blocked in the monsoon. Keep in mind that the Park closes at night, and you cannot camp inside the premises.

Weather in Jim Corbett National Park

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Monthly Weather in Jim Corbett National Park

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 8 21
February 11 26
March 14 30
April 20 38
May 23 40
June 24 39
July 24 34
August 24 34
September 23 35
October 19 34
November 13 29
December 10 24

Jim Corbett National Park in Winter (October - February)

This is the busiest tourist season in Jim Corbett National Park, and for a good reason too. The monsoon showers leave the Park refreshed and rejuvenated, and the whole region gets a new lease of life. Starting from the middle of November, all the zones of the Park are open for tourism, and you can spot the maximum number of birds and animals during this time as well. The weather is an absolute delight to be in – with the mercury dropping between 10°C and 20°C during the day. At night, the temperature goes down to as low as 5°C, so make sure you pack woollens and warm clothes. This is the time when you’re most likely to spot the maximum number of Royal Bengal tigers, as they love soaking up the sun in the afternoons. Wildlife photographers are in for a treat, as you can hope to catch animals in action, striking the most magnificent poses. Rafting, safari rides, nature walks and trekking are all allowed in the winter, so bring along your entire family for a day of guaranteed fun! Give your children a memorable lesson in conversation and the rich biodiversity of the region while you’re at it.
Sambar Deer in Jim Corbett National Park
Sambar Deer in Jim Corbett National Park
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Jim Corbett National Park lies on a heavy monsoon belt, which ensures high rainfall during the southwest monsoon. While temperatures drop between 25 - 35-degree Celsius, humidity increases drastically. The jungle looks lush, verdant and rejuvenated with creepers and climbers dotting the forest floor. The entire atmosphere is ethereal and magical, as you experience nature in its true glory. Monsoon is the mating season for most mammals and birds, so you can hope to hear the exotic mating calls of many songbirds and animals. If you’re one for adventure and exploration, Jim Corbett National Park is the best place to be in the monsoon. You can trek through the hillocks, but keep in mind that there is a risk of landslides due to the heavy rains. Jeep safaris are also allowed.

For families, monsoon may not be the best option to visit this Park as three zones are closed, and you may find it difficult to manoeuvre through the dense vegetation. Only the Jhirna and Sitabani Zones are open. Monsoon sees the most number of insects in the Park as well. June to September is the best off-season to visit Corbett because the prices are low, and resort rates are slashed. This makes it perfect for tourists and solo travellers on a budget to visit this exquisite Park without it being too much of a strain on the wallet.
Kosi River, Jim Corbett National Park

Kosi River, Jim Corbett National Park
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The temperature during Summers could exceed 40-degree Celsius, but because of the lush greenery in the National Park, the place manages to remain fresh and balmy throughout. The humidity is relatively low, alluring a lot of tourists to visit the place during Summers. Summer is also one of the best times to spot mammals near water bodies since all five zones are open during this season, you're more likely to see all animals. Other activities that one might enjoy are river rafting, jeep safaris, nature walks and angling which are popular in summer. Since summer sees fewer tourists than winters, it's an excellent time for those looking for privacy. 
Corbett View
Corbett View
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The oldest tiger reserve in India, Corbett comprises marshes, hills, riverine belts and lakes. The best chance to get a spotting of the elusive Tiger is during winter months. You should avoid going during monsoons as most zones are closed, and even the ones which are open are subject to cancellation depending upon weather conditions.

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