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Jim Corbett – Safari Zone

Jim Corbett National Park

Spreading across 520sq.km, the park is considered as the oldest and one of the largest in the country. A home to more than 400 different species of flora and fauna, it mainly comprises of rugged hills, marsh lands and grasslands with sufficient supply of water round the year. Talking about the flora population around the park, it has a total of 11o different species that forms an evergreen covering and serves as a natural habitat for different wildlife species.

Things to do in Jim Corbett

While the lush and dense forests of Jim Corbett Park serves as an ideal home to a wide range of wildlife; some of which has already been declared as endangered. Owing to the large population of various exotic species, the park makes it an ideal destination for several enthralling activities. In addition, the rugged and exhilarating settings of the park also entices the adventure junkies and the leisure seekers to indulge in an array of activities and quench all their yearnings for thrill and excitement.
  1. Camping
  2. Jungle Safari
  3. Wildlife Spotting
  4. Bird Watching
  5. Nature Photography
  6. River Rafting
  7. Angling
  8. Mountain Biking
  9. Rock Climbing and Rappelling
  10. Nature Treks
  11. River Crossing

 

How To Reach:

By Train:

If you are coming from Delhi, you can board any trains between Delhi and Ramnagar; headquarter of Jim Corbett Park. From Ramnagar, you can easily reach the park by hiring a taxi. Trains to Ramnagar are also available from other cities like Lucknow, Varanasi and Allahabad; all these trains travel through Kanpur.

By Road:

Ramnagar is well connected by roads to cities like Delhi, Haridwar, Bareily, Nainital, Ranikhet, and Dehradun, via the route to Gajraula, Moradabad and Kashipur. You can also visit Ramnagar from other places like Haldwani, Kashipur and Kathgodam.

By Air:

If you are travelling by flight, Phoolbagh in Patnanagar will serve as the nearest airport to Jim Corbett.

 

Safari Zones

Durga Devi Zone

Entry Gate: Durga Devi Gate, 28 km from Ramnagar

Best time to visit: Mid November to End of June.

With the hilly landscape, the Durga Devi zone is like paradise for nature lovers with the enchanting natural surroundings. The zone is situated on the northeast periphery of the Corbett forest and highly rich in species of flora and fauna. The streams of Ramganga River and Mandal River enrich the water bodies of this zone and add the beauty to this wild forest. The main attractions of this zone, apart from the majestic Tigers, are leopards, wild elephants and Otters, which are primarily found near the Domunda Bridge. The famous fish known as the Mahsheer fish is found in the river streams of this zone. This zone is also rich in bird species, providing excellent birding opportunities. The bird species found in this zone include Gray Headed Fishing Eagle, Maroon Orile, Black chinned Yuhina, Long Tailed Broadbill, slaty blue flycatcher, bar tailed tree creeper and plenty of others. The zone is literally a paradise for the bird watcher. Jeep safari is organized for this zone and tourists can also stay at night at the Lohachaur Forest Guest House in this zone after making a prior booking. Durga Devi Zone is the best place for those who are fond of bird watching. Be it a Grey Headed Fishing Eagle, Black Chinned Yuhina, Maroon Orile,  you name it and the Durga Devi Zone has it. The prime species of the flora of the zone includes Sheesham, Sisoo, Dhak, and Khair which are found in abundance in the park. Other vegetations of the zone, such as Chir Pine, Chir Choti, Gajar Sot, Banj Oak, Kanju, Jamun, Aamla, etc. are seen growing in most of the park area. The common fauna species of the zone are the Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Boar, Wild Asian Elephant, various species of Deer like Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Chital, Rhesus Monkey, Black Faced Monkey, Jackal, etc. 

Dhikala zone keeps the celebrity status among all the tourist zones of the Corbett National Park. It is the most sought after zone for the day safari as well as for the night stay in the Dhikala forest rest house. Situated in the periphery of the Patil Dun valley, the Dhikala zone is the largest zone of the Corbett National Park and carries a large variety of flora and fauna. The landscape of this zone, which consists of large grasslands known as Chaurs, dense Sal tree forest and various channels of Ramganga River offer you the enchanting view of nature. The panoramic view of the broad valley overlooking the Kanda Ridge in the backdrop is really a magnificent scene. Considered as the best zone for tiger sighting, it is the most preferred choice for the night stay by the wildlife lovers. Other animals like wild elephants, Spotted Deer, Wild pigs, Hog Deer and Barking Deer are mostly seen in this region. If gets lucky, one may see the tiger chasing a deer in the grassland or beside the water streams. Also, a wide range of bird species found here, which are like the feast to the eyes of the bird-watchers. In the Dhikala zone, there is no jeep safari available for day visitors. However, one can enjoy the day tour through the Canter safari offered by the forest officials of the Dhikala zone. The Canter safari is an open bus safari with the 16 seats in a bus and total of 2 buses are allowed in one shift. You have to book your seat for the canter safari in advance and you have to visit at the Entry gate of the Dhikala zone to catch the canter safari. There is a reason so as to why the Dhikala Zone is mentioned at the first place.  Dhikala is the largest zone of Corbett National Park and it has various comfortable forest lodges that allow the tourists to enjoy their stay amid the wilderness of Corbett. 

Dhikala Zone

Entry Gate: Dhangadi Gate , 32 km From Ramnagar

Open Period for Safari Tour : 15th November to 15th June.

Jhirna Zone

Entry Gate: Dhela Gate, 15 km from Ramnagar

Best time to visit: October to June End.

Located on the southern edge of the Corbett National Park, this zone is included much later in the tiger reserve zone, in the year 1994 and got immense popularity among the wildlife lovers. As the Jhirna zone is open for the day tourists throughout the year, so it is one of the most visited zones in the Corbett Reserve forest. The tiger sighting in this zone is reported frequently and also a wide range of wildlife species found in this region. Along with the majestic tigers, the wild bears are the main attraction of this zone. Other animals like wild elephants, sambar and various species of deer along with a large number of bird species are found in this zone. Two shifts of the day safari are allowed in this zone with the 30 jeeps in one shift. You can book the Jeep safari online with a maximum of the 6 adults and 2 children in one Jeep. As per the rule, a naturist/guide is mandatory with each jeep. Well connected with the city limits, it can easily reached by buses, taxis and other means of communication. In addition to the stunning beauty of this zone, it is also known as one of the ideal spots to have an encounter with the fascinating bears. While Jhirna Gate serves as the entry point to this zone, it is best visited during the months of October to the end of June. This big Chaur is the favorite place for the herbivores of the zone like deer, chitals, nilgai and elephants. Numerous water streams in this zone nourish the wildlife of this zone and adding the natural ambiance of the zone. Also, the zone is considered an excellent spot for bird watching.

The Dhela zone is the latest added zone in the tourism zones of the Corbett National Park that was opened in December 2014 for the safari tour. This zone is also remains open all round the year for the tourists as like the Jhirna zone. However, the safari tour depends on the weather condition. The zone consists of mix topography which includes the dense forest of trees like Sal, Haldu, Bahera, Rohini and Kusum along with the large grasslands and various water bodies. This zone is rich in the fauna species too with the animals like the Royal Bengal tiger, leopards, wild elephants, Nilgai, different species of Deer, wild bears and the various species of reptiles and birds. This zone is well known especially for the vast range of bird species and considered as the best zone for birding. One can book the day safari to visit this zone and be the part of this magnificent part of the Corbett forest. Apart from the safari entry permit, you also have to book a Jeep and a guide, without which you can’t get the entry inside the forest. Dhela zone is famous for its wealthy flora and fauna. It has mixed forests such as Saal, Rohini, Bahera, Haldu, Jamun, Kusum etc. The main wild animals of this zone are Tiger, Leopard, Asiatic Elephant, and Sloth Bears, Barking Deer, Chital Deer, Sambhar Dear, Wild Boar, Langoor and many others. For tourists open jeep safari is the single option to visit Dhela zone. Corbett Tiger Reserve provide permits to visit this zone. Jeep safari timings are 6:30 Am. in morning and 2:30 Pm in after noon. During summer visiting timing shifts 30 minutes before. Only registered jeeps are allowed to enter inside this CTR zone.

Dhela Zone

Entry Gate: Dhela Gate, 15 km from Ramnagar

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year (subject to weather condition). 

Bijrani Zone

Entry Gate: Amdanda Gate, 2 Km from Ramnagar

Best time to visit: Mid of October to June End

The Bijrani zone is not any lesser when it comes to the spectacular natural view or the catching a glimpse of the king of the Corbett forest, the royal Bengal tiger. This zone is the most popular zone after the Dhikala zone and the most visited zone by the day safari tourists. Enriched with the eye-catching landscape, this zone is known for its tranquil and serene ambiance inside the forest. A wide range of wildlife species found in this region is what makes it a unique zone in the Corbett. With the large Grasslands, thick Sal forest and various water streams, the topography of the Bijrani zone is also as attractive as the Dhikala zone. Along with the enchanting view, this zone also boasts of having a large number of the tigers making it a best tiger sighting zone. There is Jeep safari available for the day visitors in this zone. One can book the day safari online to get the entry in the zone. The day visitors can also avail the facility of elephant safari inside the Bijrani zone, which is available by paying the required fee on the spot on the first come, first serve basis. The day safari is organized in the two shifts and only 30 safari jeeps are allowed to enter in one shift. One safari jeep can carry a maximum of the 6 adults and 2 children excluding driver and guide/naturist. A guide is mandatory with the jeep to get the entry. Bijrani zone is considered as the best zone after the Dhikala zone to spot the tiger. The picturesque landscape of this zone, which consists of large grass fields known as Chaurs and dense Sal forest, plenty of waterholes and river streams is no less enchanting than the Dhikala zone. The chances of tiger spotting in this zone are almost similar to the Dhikala zone and the tiger sighting is reported often by the safari tourists.