Welcome To Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park is appropriately called the heaven of majestic tigers for the fact that it shelters a large population of tigers in its breathtaking landscapes that consists of exotic flora and fauna. Its foundation was led by the legendary hunter turned conservationist Sir Edward Jim Corbett (1875-1955). Snuggled among the foothills of Shivalik Ranges and Himalayas, Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most celebrated wildlife reserves in India. The first national park of India was established in 1936 to protect the family of Royal Bengal Tiger. Popularly called as tiger as Tiger Capital of India and hence visited by several wildlife enthusiasts every year who wish to catch the glorious sight of Indian Tigers.

Sprawl over the vast area of 520 square kilometers, Corbett has different topography of land like hills, grasslands, riverine belts, marshy depression and large water bodies like lake. The forest of Jim Corbett National Park is dotted with Sal, Peepal and mango trees. More than 73 percent area of the park is covered with the forests of these forests. The entire area of the park feeds more than 600 species of birds, 110 kinds of trees, 50 species of mammals and 25 different species of reptiles.

To enhance the wildlife tourism and maximize the wildlife sightings the area of the Jim Corbett National Park has been divided into five distinct tourism zones. Bijrani, Jhirna, Durgadevi, Dhela and Dhikala are the designated safari zones and fall under the Corbett Tiger Reserve area. 4x4 Jeep vehicle is the most feasible option to explore the wilderness of the park. Wildlife travelers and regular tourists from the different parts of the world and within the country visit the park to take the subtle glimpses of royal majestic tigers. Its rich bio-diversity, splendid landscape and diverse wildlife have attained so much of admiration.

Major Attraction of the Jim Corbett National Park

Plants of Corbett National Park:

The plant life of the Corbett reflects the varied physical and environment features of the park. Plants of Corbett include species typical of the Himalayas as well as those occurring in Gangetic plains. Distinct species of trees, Shrubs, Herbs, Grasses, Ferns and Fungi have been recorded from here. The vast richness is responsible for the diversity of animals which use plants as food and habitat.

Magnificent Animals:

Besides the healthy population of Tiger, Corbett has over fifty species of mammals. The largest of these are the Asiatic Elephants. Four species of Deer and two species of Chittal are also found here.

Remarkable Reptiles

The Ghariyal is an extremely rare animal found only in a few rivers in South Asia. The Ramganga is one of the few places where you can see these peculiar creatures in the wild.

Driving on the park's trails you are likely to come across a Bengal Monitor Lizard - in imposing reptile up to six feet long. In the thickets you may also see the King Cobra. The cobra is an aggressive hunter and guesses what its favorite foods!

Corbett National Park Ecotourism Zones:

In order to enhance the tourism service and for efficient tourism management at the Corbett National Park, the tiger reserve forest is divided into the five tourism zone. Each zone has its own administration to manage the tourism activities and has the separate entry gate for the safari vehicles. The five zones are Dhikala, Bijarani, Jhirna, Dhela and the Durga Devi zone. All the ecotourism zones organize the forest safari in two shifts every day, which is a first come first serve service. To ensure the tourist flow in every zone, the fixed number of Jeep safari is allowed in the each zone. The number of Jeeps allowed to enter varies with the zone. The jeep safari is not organized in the Dhikala zone but the Canter safari is organized in this zone to explore the wildlife.

All the zones have been enriched with the different flora and fauna of the forest and each zone has its own distinct charm making it equally attractive landscape for wildlife lovers. The chances of the tiger sighting, as well as the other wild animals, are approximately same in each zone. Though, few zones like Dhikala and Bijrani are more famous among tourists than the other zones due to its spectacular forest landscape. All the zones are the part of the one large forest land with same ecological attribution. And, the big cats and other animals roam freely in all the zones without any boundary. So, Jeep safari in any zone can be best for wildlife sighting and exploration. Here is essential information about each tourism zone in the Corbett National Park-

Dhikala Zone

Dhikala zone is the most popular tourism zone in the Corbett National Park for its unique and rich wildlife. This zone is most famous for its amazing night stay experience in the forest rest houses located deep inside at the center of the Dhikala zone. It is also much sought after tourism zone for the day safari. However, tourists have to explore the beauty and wilderness of this tiger reserve zone by the Canter safari as the Jeep safari is not organized in this zone. The Canter is an open roof bus with having 16 seats for tourist and only 2 Canters are allowed to enter into the park in one shift. In order to catch the Canter, you need to visit either at the Corbett national park reception center at Ramnagar or at the entry gate of the Dhikala zone.

Nestled amidst the dense large forest at the edge of the Patil Dun valley, the Dhikala zone is the most celebrated and geographically largest tourism zone of the Corbett Tiger Reserve and boasting of being home to the hundreds of flora and fauna species. Enriched with the Chaurs (large grasslands), dense raw Sal forest, various river channels and water holes, the zone is the perfect natural habitat for the wild animals, avifauna and reptiles. The landscape view of the wide Patli Dun valley with the backdrop of the Kanda Ridge will mesmerize you with its sheer beauty that is raw and untouched by any human alteration. Apart from the majestic tigers, other animals that are gracing the wildlife of the Dhikala zone with its presence are Indian elephants, sambar, cheetal, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, leopard, jackal, langurs and monkeys along with a large number of avifauna and reptiles. Dikhala zone is also famous for birding as plenty of exotic bird species enrich this place and offer the amazing bird watching experience.

Quick Info-
  • Entry Gate - Dhangadi Gate
  • Distance from Ramnagar - 32 km
  • Zone remains Open for Safari - 15th November to 15th June
  • Safari Organized - Canter Safari
  • Number of Canter Safari (in Each Shift) - 2 Canters (16 seats each)
  • Forest Rest House - Dhikala, Gairal, Sarpduli and Sultan FRH
Bijrani Zone:

Considered as the best ecotourism zone in Corbett for the day Jeep safari as there is no Jeep safari available for the day visitors in Dhikala zone, the Bijrani zone obviously gives a tough competition to the Dhikala zone when it comes to the abundance of the wildlife species and spectacular landscape. This zone receives the highest number of footfalls of the day visitors. The mesmerizing view of the raw nature amidst the cover of the immense tranquility can be really uplifting and meditative to mind. The numerous wildlife species enriching the Bijrani Zone put a perfect wildlife attraction for the safari tourists. The amazingly beautiful landscape that includes large grasslands, thick forest of Sal trees, water streams and riverine make a unique topography of raw forest away from the human population.

Being a comparatively high tiger density zone, the Bijrani zone is considered as the best zone for the tiger sighting. Jeep safari is organized in the two shifts with having 30 Jeeps allowed in each shift for the safari. Book your safari Jeep online much in advance to avoid any last minute trouble as the jeeps are limited and always there is a heavy rush of tourists in the park. The best thing about the Bijrani zone is the facility of elephant safari inside the park. It's a first come, first serve service and one can avail the service by paying the necessary fees on the spot in the park. But, even for the elephant safari, you have to get inside the park by the Jeep Safari. So, elephant safari is more like the add-on facility, not the basic facility to enter the park.

Quick Info-
  • Entry Gate - Amdanda Gate
  • Distance from Ramnagar - 02 km
  • Zone remains Open for Safari - 15th October to 30th June
  • Safari Organized - Jeep Safari
  • Number of Jeep Safari (in Each Shift) - 30 Jeeps
  • Forest Rest House - Bijrani and Mailani FRH
Jhirna Zone:

A late addition to the geographical area of the Corbett National Park, the Jhirna zone is located at the southern rim of the park. In the year 1994, the Corbett National park is extended to accommodate the area of the Jhirna, which was at the outer periphery of the park at that time. Since its addition in the tiger reserve zone, it is the most visited tourism zone for the safari as the zone is open throughout the year. Along with the Royal Bengal Tiger, there are many other wild animals that graced the zone, such as Indian elephant, wild bears, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, cheetal, leopards, langurs and various other animals as well as a large number of the domestic and migratory birds that also attracts bird lovers in the park. The Jhirna tourism zone also organized the safari in two shifts in a day and maximum of 30 Jeeps are allowed in one shift.

Quick Info-
  • Entry Gate - Dhela Gate
  • Distance from Ramnagar - 15 km
  • Zone remains Open for Safari - Throughout the year (depends on the weather condition)
  • Safari Organized - Jeep Safari
  • Number of Jeep Safari (in Each Shift) - 30 Jeeps
  • Forest Rest House - Jhirna and Dhela FRH
Dhela Zone:

The latest addition to the Corbett National park, the Dhela zone is the newest added zone in the tourism circuit of the park. The zone was first opened for the safari in December 2014 and since then it remains open for the tourism activity throughout the year. The safari organized all around the year including the monsoon season. However, during monsoon season, safari entry depends upon the weather condition. If the weather is not good, then it may be canceled at the time. The ecology and landscape of the Dhela zone are similar to the Jhirna zone and the entry gate to both the zones is same, which is the Dhela gate. The topography of the Dhela zone is a blend of grasslands, dense forest of Sal, Bahera, Haldu and Kusum trees, and various water channels. The wildlife animals like majestic tigers, leopards, elephants, wild Boars, many species of deer, jackal, etc. found abundantly in this zone. The zone is also a popular destination for birding as a large number of exotic birds are the native to this zone and the deep tranquility of the forest enjoys their melodious chirping. In order to visit here, one can make an advance booking for the safari as the Jeeps are limited and thousands of tourists visit here to get the safari in the park every day.

Quick Info-
  • Entry Gate - Dhela Gate
  • Distance from Ramnagar - 15 km
  • Zone remains Open for Safari - Throughout the year (depends on the weather condition)
  • Safari Organized - Jeep Safari
  • Number of Jeep Safari (in Each Shift) - 15 Jeeps
  • Forest Rest House - This zone has no any FRH for the night stay.
Durga Devi Zone:

The enchanting beauty of the hilly landscape of the Durga Devi zone is the prime attraction for the nature lovers. Situated amidst the hilly terrain at the northeast edge of the Corbett National Park, the zone is enriched by the diversity of flora and fauna. The zone is the part of the Corbett tiger reserve, but due to being the hilly region, the number of tigers is comparatively lower than the other zone. However, other wild animals such as leopards, elephants, Otters, etc. are found abundantly in this zone. The opulent beauty of the forest landscape is multiplied by the various water channels of the Ramganga River and Mandal River. The Otters are found abundantly near the Domunda Bridge, which a mesmerizing sight to view. Also, the endangered Mahsheer fish are the habitat to the water bodies of this zone. Being home to myriads of exotic bird species, the Durga Devi zone is the best zone for the bird watching activities. The zone also has a forest guest house named Lohachaur FRH, which is available for the night stay for wildlife tourists.

Quick Info-
  • Entry Gate - Durga Devi Gate
  • Distance from Ramnagar - 28 km
  • Zone remains Open for Safari - 15th November to 15th June
  • Safari Organized - Jeep Safari
  • Number of Jeep Safari (in Each Shift) - 11 Jeeps
  • Forest Rest House - Lohachaur FRH

How to Reach Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park one of India's finest wildlife destinations, is located in Nainital District of Uttarakhand province. The Corbett is 260 kilometers away from Delhi, the capital city of independent India. The small town of Ramnagar forms the headquarters of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Ramnagar is well connected by rail or road to Delhi, Moradabad, Bareilly and Nainital. Uttarakhand State transport buses ply at a short interval of time from Delhi, Moradabad, Haldwani to Ramnagar.

Jim Corbett National Park By Air: Jim Corbett National Park doesn't have an airport. Phoolbagh and pantnagar is the nearest airport which is approx 78 kilometers away from the national park. Flights from Delhi and Lucknow fly to Pantnagar twice in a week. So, tourists can arrange accordingly. Taxis are easily available from Pantnagar to Jim Corbett. Delhi which is 260 km away has the domestic as well as international airport for the people travelling from abroad.

Corbett Park By Road: Jim Corbett National Park is well connected by road network to major cities of India. The drive from Delhi to Jim Corbett takes five and half hours. The National Park is located at 15 Kms from Ramnagar town and 433 Kms from Lucknow via Bareilly. Route: Delhi - Hapur - Gajraula - Moradabad - Kashipur - Ramnagar - Corbett

Jim Corbett By Rail: Ramnagar (15 Kms) is the nearest railway station to Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve. It is well connected to major stations of India including New Delhi. Ranikhet Express is one of the trains that operate daily from Delhi railway station to Kathgodam. Bus or taxi is easily available from the Ramnagar railway station that takes you to Jim Corbett National Park. You can check out for Corbett Link Express and Kathgodam Express also.

Distance Chart from Different Major Cities:
  • New Delhi to Jim Corbett - 260 Kilometers
  • Nainital to Jim Corbett - 65 Kilometers
  • Ranikhet to Jim Corbett - 93 Kilometers
  • Agra to Jim Corbett - 340 Kilometers
  • Dehradun to Jim Corbett - 250 Kilometers
  • Haridwar to Jim Corbett - 180 Kilometers
  • Rishikesh to Jim Corbett - 210 Kilometers

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