Ranthambore versus Corbett National Park: Which one’s the best for you?

Ranthambore versus Corbett National Park? This is a common question that people ask when deciding on which place to pick for their wildlife adventure. Both these national parks are amongst the most famous wildlife destinations in India and thousands of people visit them every year, in the hopes of sighting some wildlife.

Jim Corbett and Ranthambore National Parks are some of the most preferred destinations for those looking for a weekend getaway in the wild. While both the national parks are beaming with wildlife, both are very different from each other.

In this blog, I will be making a comparison between Jim Corbett national park and Ranthambore national park, which will help you decide as to which one should you choose for your next getaway.

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Ranthambore versus Corbett National Park: An Overview

Before making a comparison of the two most prominent national parks in India, let us take a look at some of the essential details. This information will give you more clarity about the two wildlife destinations.

Attribute  Ranthambore vs Jim Corbett National Park
Location Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan / Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 
Area 282 sq. km / 520 sq. km 
Forest Type Dry Deciduous / Evergreen 
Tiger Population 72  / 215 
Nearest Airport Jaipur / Chandigarh 
Nearest Railway Station Sawai Madhopur / Ramnagar
Accommodation Options Outside the park / Inside & outside the park /
Distance from Delhi 394 km / 317 Km 
Accessibility Oct- June / Nov- June 

Jim Corbett Versus Ranthambore National Park: Accessibility & Cost

Ranthambore National Park and Corbett National Park are very easily accessible from different parts of the country. The nearest town to Jim Corbett National Park is Ramnagar which is about 15 km away from the park. The town is well connected by rail and roads.

The nearest town to Ranthambore National Park is Sawai Madhopur, which is about 10 km away from the park. Like Ramnagar, Sawai Madhopur is also well connected via rail and road.

The cost of visiting both these national parks is more or less the same.

So, Ranthambore versus Corbett National Park, which is more accessible and budget friendly? BOTH

Ranthambore vs corbett Corbett and Ranthambore are both rich in bird life. Picture Credits: Divya Sarjolta

Jim Corbett Versus Ranthambore National Park: Staying Options

Jim Corbett is one of the only national parks In India that allow you to stay inside the national park. The Forest Rest houses inside the park allow you to stay inside the forest.

There is no provision for staying inside the Ranthambore National Park. You will have to stay at the hotels outside the park’s boundary.

So, Ranthambore versus Corbett National Park, where can you stay inside the Jungle?  Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett Versus Ranthambore National Park: The True feel of the Jungle

The forest at Jim Corbett National Park is very dense. The whole forest is comprised of evergreen Sal trees. What makes the park even more special is that from marshy swamps to hills, from riverine belts to lakes, every geographical component is present here. More than 70 per cent of the national park is forest and around 10 per cent is grassland. The breathtaking landscape of Jim Corbett truly gives you the Jungle feel.

Ranthambore forest, on the other hand, is a dry deciduous forest. That means that the forest cover is sparse. A substantial part of the forest is also an open grassy meadow. Apart from this, Ranthambore also has several lakes. Therefore, Ranthambore is not the place for the travellers who are looking for dense forests, rivers and lush greenery.

So, Ranthambore versus Corbett National Park, which has the true jungle feel? If truly want to get the feeling of being in a Jungle, you should visit Jim Corbett National Park.

ranthambore vs corbett 1 he breathtaking landscape of Jim Corbett truly gives you the Jungle feel. Picture Credits: Venkat Jay

Jim Corbett Versus Ranthambore National Park: Spotting the Tiger

Be it Jim Corbett or Ranthambore, the star attraction of these national parks is Bengal Tigers. When it comes to the number, Jim Corbett has a way higher count of Bengal tigers than Ranthambore. There are over 200 tigers at Corbett National Park as against 72 in Ranthambore National Park.

However, the higher number of tigers at Jim Corbett National Park does not guarantee sightings. This is because if you consider the total area, Corbett has a lower density of tigers. Also, the thick forest makes it easier for the Tigers to camouflage.

On the other hand, while the total population of tigers is low in Ranthambore when compared to Corbett, the density is higher. The terrain and scanty forest cover also allow better sighting of wildlife including the big cats. It’s not a surprise that the most widely photographed and documented tigers like Macchli, Arrowhead have been a part of this national park.

So, Ranthambore versus Corbett National Park, which is better for spotting tigers? In Ranthambore, you have a better chance of sighting wild animals including the tiger.

Jim Corbett Versus Ranthambore National Park: Wildlife

Ranthambore and Jim Corbett National Park, both have a wide variety of wildlife species. Both these parks are also a delight to bird watchers as these parks are known for their varied bird life.

Along with other animals, in Corbett National Park, you will also find herds of wild Elephants walking by in the forests. There are no elephants in Ranthambore National Park.

Also, at Corbett, you could also take elephant safaris, which is not possible in Ranthambore National Park.

So, Ranthambore versus Corbett National Park, which is richer in wildlife? BOTH. However, if you have a particular affinity for wild elephants you should visit Corbett National Park.

Tigers are relatively easier to spot at Ranthambore National Park. Picture Credits: Divya Sarjolta

Here’s a quick summary of which national park you should choose based on the preferences:

For the Jungle Feel

Jim Corbett National Park

For staying inside the Jungle

Jim Corbett National Park

For ease and accessibility

Any of the two

For Tiger Spotting

Ranthambore National Park

For Spotting Birds

Any of the two

Based on this information, you can pick your next wildlife adventure based on what you prefer more. I would suggest you visit both Ranthambore National Park and the Corbett National Park if not together than one later than the other. They are both very prominent and famous parks. Each has something unique to offer and they are a must visit on wildlife enthusiast’s Wishlist

Happy Wayfaring 🙂

Divya Sarjolta

Divya Sarjolta

Divya Sarjolta is an Economics Major and a Gold Medalist. She hails from the beautiful town of Shimla and is a Himachali by birth. She enjoys exploring life to the fullest and has pursued quite a lot of backpacking trips around the country. Two things Divya craves more than anything else is good food and travel. She leads her life on the lines of Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones, “It is a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.” So, explore while you can!