The virgin woods of Jim Corbett National Park inhabit the most beautifully dangerous predators in its arms, the Royal Bengal Tigers. Perhaps, these furious beasts of the woods make Corbett a dream destination for thousands of wildlife buffs across the globe.
Snuggled in the foothills of Uttarakhand Himalayas, Jim Corbett stands as the oldest established national park within the periphery of Asian Continent. Though conservation on this land started way back in 1868, it was announced as a national park in 1936. Another milestone recorded in the history of this wildlife destination is that it is the first Tiger Reserve established under Project Tiger in 1973. Currently, it is a home to various flora and fauna species, but it is the Royal Bengal Tiger that has earned fame and tourism for the park.
As stated above, the Jim Corbett National Park is a dream destination for wildlife lover and thus, in every year it is flooded with tourists from different nooks and crannies of the world. Considering the inflow of tourists, Corbett has been divided into four safari zones, namely:
This division helps the authorities in the easy administration of the park. Now, let’s have a little detailed look of these five zones of Corbett.
Entry Gate: Dhangadi Gate
Best time to visit: Mid of November to Mid of June
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. Besides this, the zone is famous for its enchanting natural beauty as well as for providing the sight of several exotic fauna species like the Bengal Tigers, Elephants, Deer, Chital, Vulture, Teal, Dove, Crocodile, Cobra and so on.
Entry Gate: Jhirna Gate
Best time to visit: October to June End
Included in the tiger reserve area in 1994, Jhirna is another very import tourist zone in the Jim Corbett National Park. This zone is located 16 kilometers from Ramnagar and this proximity makes it easy to access by tourists. For accommodation rest house facility is available for tourists in this zone. Moreover, Jhirna is famous among the wildlife lovers for providing the sight of the wild bear. While an enormous bear appears from nowhere, the tourists are forced to skip a heartbeat.
Entry Gate: Amdanda Gate
Best time to visit: Mid of October to June End
Lush Sal forests, swaying grasslands and various other diversified flora species define the Bijrani Zone at its best. Bijrani Zone is just 1 kilometers away from Ramnagar and it brings the wildlife lovers face to face with numerous wild beings like Elephants, Monkeys, Tigers, Chital and Deer. Further, tourists also enjoy the view formed by the beautiful birds flying high in the sky. It is easy to avail forest rest house accommodation at this zone.
Entry Gate: Durga Devi Gate
Best time to visit: Mid November to End of June
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, Crested Laughing Thrushor a Long Tailed Broadbill, you name it and the Durga Devi Zone has it. Besides this, it is the very zone in Corbett where the endangered Mahsheer fish come for breeding.
Note: Along with these zones, there is one more area that catches the eyeballs of tourists.
Best time to visit: October to June End
Sitabani Zone doesn’t fall under the Corbett Tiger Reserve; it is actually just buffer forest area. This zone is famous for its temple and various avifauna species; thus, visitors enjoy great birding experience. One doesn’t need any prior permission to enjoy jeep in Sitabani.
Be it jeep or canter safari, you can enjoy all of these in Corbett. Here is a table to brief you about which type of safari visitors can enjoy in different zones.
|Jeep Safari||Bijrani, Durga Devi, Jhirna, Dhikala|
(only for those who stay in
Forest Lodges at Dhikala Zone)
30 Jeeps at a time
|Summers – 06:00-09:00|
Winters – 07:00-10:00
|Summers – 03:00-06:00|
Winters – 02:00-05:00
|Canter Safari||Dhikala (2 canters)||Summers – 05:30-12:30|
Winters – 06:30-11:30
|Summers – 12:30-06:00|
Winters – 11:30-04:30
For enjoying jeep safari in Corbett, one needs to get prior reservations from the park authorities depending on availability status & for long holiday weekends it is advisable to book your Jeep safaris in well advance (at least 01 month prior) to avoid any chance of unavailability. Jeep Safari is the safest mode of enjoying wildlife tour inside the national park.
Canter Safari in Corbett is the best option for those who reside outside the Dhikala Zone and wish to sight the wildlife of the area. Canter is a 16 seater open air bus that drives from Ramnagar to Dhikala and then back to Ramnagar. For canter safari also one needs to make prior booking.
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