As a child, I remember the zeal to visit Jim Corbett, a natural sanctuary people from far and wide came to visit. Even schools planned annual trips to Jim Corbett for an educational experience like no other. But do you know how the natural sanctuary actually came about? Who is Jim Corbett and what is his story? Read on to find out about the man behind this haven for endangered species, the Tiger.
Born in 1875, Jim Corbett was a very influential British hunter and naturalist. Holding a position of power in the Indian army, his assistance was often enlisted by the now states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh with it’s rising man-eating tiger and leopard population.
He also built a 5-foot high wall around Choti Haldwani in Kumaon and Garhwal regions to protect the people from the man-eating tigers and leopards. Much loved by the people, he was lovingly referred to as ‘carpet sahib’ by them.
The vicious hunter-killed 33 man-eating tigers which had in turn killed over 300-400 people. Yet, the hunting ways came to an end as he realised how these tigers were suffering from diseases or were injured badly, not being able to heal. This emerged as the reason for Corbett as to why these tigers were turning man-eaters.
Once this came to life, the focus shifted to building a safe community for humans but also to limit encroaching of land and protect our wildlife too.
Jim Corbett National Park
And so the national park was born, Project Tiger was launched here the very first time in 1973. It is a vast expanse of greenery spread over 520 km. Not just tigers, Corbett also provides a wide range of avian visitors, Bird watching is an amazing experience here! And you can stay overnight as well to get the best of nature. So next time, choose Jim Corbett National Park for a fulfilling experience. And we have a wonderful stay option for you too, check this out for more details:
Note: Jim Corbett national park in no way supports poaching and hunting of animals for pleasure, material gain or any other reason.