Being the best showcase of Indian wildlife, Jim Corbett National Park gives shelter to over 50 mammalian species, 585 aves, more than 33 distinct reptilian, the great mahaseer among many other river fish and thousands of insects.
The majestic Bengal Tigers are the star attraction of the Corbett National Park. The park has a sizeable population of around 160 which is good indicator for a jungle health. Wild encounters during the park visit are a matter of chance.Birds:
Corbett is a virtual haven for birdwatchers as the area in and around the park host as many as 650 species of residents and migratory birds.Elephants:
The Largest of the land mammals, the elephants has been always an integral part of the Corbett wildlife population. Corbett is a home to more than 700 Asiatic elephants as per the current statistics data. They cover almost all region of the park but they can be sighted easily in Dhikala, Bijrani, and Jhirna and near the Saddle dam.Deer:
If you love watching the frequent movement deer in their natural habitat then you destination is not other than Corbett. They are most frequently sighted animals in the every zone of the park. Moreover, Corbett has a four species of deer namely: Spotted Deer, Hog Deer (rarest of Corbett’s deer), Sambar and Barking Deer.Flora:
The real glory of the Corbett lies in its varied vegetation types. It includes dense mixed sal and sheesham forests, Ber, Kanju and Dhak interwoven with bamboo thickets, short and tall grasses that gives favorable haunts for wild animals. A total of 488 different species of plants have been spotted in the park.
Established in the year of 1936 as a Hailey National Park its total extent is sprawl over more than 1380 square kilometers with 521 square kilometers of core area. In order to promote wildlife tourism in the area park authority divided the whole geographical area into five distinct zones. Tourism inside the core area of the park is allowed on the designated route. Jeep safari (4X4 vehicle) is the feasible option to explore the wildness of Jim Corbett National Park.
Bijrani Zone is very popular tourist’s hub because of its abundant natural beauty and open grasslands. Bestowed with plethora of flora and fauna Bijrani zone provides enchanting views that mesmerizes the wildlife lovers. The probability to see the tiger in Bijrani zone is high while enjoying jeep safari. This zone is recommended for both Jeep as well as Elephant safari for bird watching. The area sustains a variety of herbivores and has a good and wide network of jungle roads that makes Bijrani excellent tiger sighting territory.
Jhirna is another important tourist zone in the Jim Corbett National park i.e. open for tourist throughout the year. This particular zone became the part of tiger reserve area in 1994 and famous among the wildlife lovers for sloth bear and the great hornbill sightings. The growing population of tiger in this area has raised the attention of park authority and it rejoices the large number of tourist every year. Jhirna is rated as second best tourism zone after Bijrani where abundant of wildlife live.
Being the largest and most varied zone in Corbett, Dhikala is famous for its abundant natural beauty as well as offering the best sight for exotic fauna species like Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephants, Deer, Chital, Crocodile, and Cobra and so on. Night stay inside the Dhikala Tourism Zone is highly recommended for the hard core wildlife enthusiasts.
Dhela is a new eco tourism zone in Corbett National Park included in tiger reserve zone in November 2014. This is the only area in the reserve's buffer zone open to tourists in CTR. The zone is retaining the attention of large number of tourist because of its wealthy flora and fauna.
Located on the north-eastern boundary of the Jim Corbett National Park, Durga Devi zone is the heaven on planet earth for those who are fond of bird watching. The virgin area of the park is home many birding species like Grey Headed Fishing Eagle, Black Chinned Yuhina, Maroon Orile, Crested Laughing Thrushor a Long Tailed Broadbill and many more to list.
Sitabani Zone doesn’t fall under the Corbett Tiger Reserve area. If you are fond of sere ambiance of the natural beauty, must visit Sitabani area. Though there is a less probability of spotting Royal Bengal Tiger in this region but the density wildlife is more or less same as compare to other safari zones of the park.