Ramnagar is popular as entry point to Gim Corbett National Park located in Uttarakhand. The famous hill station Nainital of Uttaranchal is only 65 KM from Ramanagar. Many tourist visit Ramnagar in a one day trip from Nainital and some stay here on their way to Nainital. Ramanagar is located at foothill of Himalayas and it has some dense forest around it. More of flat forest than hills located here ideal habitats for animals of different types.
Ram nagar is the main entry point for Jim Corbett National Park. This park is also known as Land of Roar, Trumpet and songs. This is explained in famous books of Jim Corbett ( Man eater of Kumaon, temple tiger ..etc ) . The roaring tiger, trumpeting elephant warbling birds with the dense forest attracts tourists from all over the world. In the year 1936 this park was first opened as Hailey National Park. In the year 1952 the name changed to Ramganga National Park and finally in the year 1957 it was renamed as Corbett National Park in honour and memory of the Late Jim Corbett the legendary hunter, nature lover and author of the famous book Man eater of Kumaon. This park occupying an area of 323.75 sq KM houses leopards, hyenas, elephants, jackals, hog deer, wild dogs, barking deer, chital, sambhar and bears. There are eight watch towers and elephants are available in Dhikala & Bijrani to visit inside the park opened from November to June.
Ramnagar is a small town with all modern facilities like ATMs, hotels, market places and shops. On the Ranikhet road away from the Rama nagar town there are many good quality resorts. These resorts located inside Jungle and all of them tried to maintain the Jungle atmosphere inside and around there areas. Many resorts have there own elephant to take you for a ride inside the Jungle.
Forest rest house inside park.
Inside Corbett National Park there are rest houses maintained by forest department. But as there is no power supply inside the Jungle so there are not advisable other than winter seasons. But staying inside Jungles within wild animals is a good experience. Canteens are available to provide food. The room rent is inclusive entry fee to the park.
By road to Ramnagar
Ramnagar is connected by road network from main cities of Uttaranchal. From Delhi a 4 lane road goes to Moradabad which is one important city in the state of UP ( Uttar Pradesh ) Delhi to Moradabad distance is 162 KM and from Moradabad to Ramnagar is around 80 KM via Kashipur. From Moradabad bypass you can take a left turn towards Kashipur and then to Ramnagar. Take care that there is one more Rampur ( not Ramnagar ) on a different direction from Moradabad at a distance of 30 KM and you should not go in that direction. The sign boards clearly mentions about the Corbett National Park and Kashipur. The commercial vehicles take a one day permit to operate within UP state as they will be using the state road for 5 to 6 hours only. There are bus services also available from Delhi to Ramnagar by different state transport corporation. The road condition is excellent upto Moradabad as there is a 4 lane road goes upto Lakhnau. From Moradabad the road narrows to 2 lane but condition is good. It will not take more that 1 hour 45 minutes to reach Ramnagar from Moradabad. You can expect to reach in seven hours at Ramnagar by starting from Delhi border. Depending on your location inside Delhi and traffic you may take one hour to one and half hour to reach the Delhi – UP border. If possible plan your journey early from Delhi to reach Ramnagar before the sunset to enjoy natural beauty of Uttaranchal Jungles.
Rail network at Ramnagar
Ramnagar is connected by rail network also. There are direct train from Delhi to Ramnagar ( Station code: RMR ). There are many trains from Delhi to Moradabad ( station code MB ). If you are not taking direct train then you can travel up to Moradabad from any part of India and then decide on covering rest 90 KM by road or by train. From Moradabad another branch line goes to KATHGODAM (Station code: KGM). Kathgodam is nearest to Nainital hill station.
There is a Corbett Museum located in two buildings. Entry fee is Rs 5 only. Different pictures, skeletons of elephant, tiger and crocodiles are kept here. Some dummy stuffed tigers are kept within glass boxes. Life style of villages around the park is displayed here. There is a nice souvenir shop at the entrance of the Museum and you can pick up variety of items , books on Corbett Park from here. There are many such shops at Rama Nagar town also.
Temple at Ramnagar
There is a temple located at a distance of 9 KM from Ramanagar town. This temple is located within a river bed and at a height. There will be long queue to the approach of the temple during tourist seasons.
The cultivated lands and Fields near the forest park are protected by powered fences for protection from wild animals.
Taking an entry pass for Safari.
To enter to Corbett National Park entry permission is required from Forest department. For evening trips, morning permissions are given. Tourists are to be present at the forest department office in person to collect the entry pass. One member of the group with a valid identity proof (driving licence is the common one every one carry) has to be present in morning to collect the permit. One form is to be filled up with all details of the group or family. Vehicle number is also to be filled at the time of submitting the form. Note that these forms are issued only to tourists and not to the local people so your hotel or resort manager can't collect the form and apply for permission on behalf of you. However the process is simple and you will be guided by your agent / hotel staffs. During peak seasons of May and June ( starting ) period a long queue can be seen in front of the counter issuing the permissions. Collect your permit and go for a visit to nearby temple located by the side of the river then prepare for your evening safari inside the park.
Jeep Safari and spotting animals
This is the best thing to do at Ramnagar. It starts at 3 PM and ends at 7.30 or 7.00 PM. Jeeps will pickup you from your resort and up to the park entry point it will take one hour. The Safari inside the Jungle Park will vary from one hour to two hours and return. The charges vary from seasons and also depend on resort. What we understand it will be maximum Rs 2000 per jeep / trip. You can take one binocular on rent by paying Rs 100/ ( one hundred only ) but these binoculars are used more as fancy item than giving you good close view. Getting a chance to meet the main attraction tiger is fifty percent on any day here. Our driver told us that he spots a tiger in three days in a week. However with a total tiger population of 164 (which is nearly 10 percent of total 1411 tiger population of India ) spread over an area of 822 sq km , it is not an easy task to spot them in a one hour journey inside the park.