Tourism Zones in corbett national park

Jim Corbett National Park is one of the famous wildlife reserves in India and also one of the best wildlife reserves of Asia, covering more than 520 sq km region in the Himalayan foothills. Every year thousand of tourists come to this park to enjoy the wild life adventure and nature. There are three special ways to explore wilderness of Jim Corbett National Park; these are Elephant Safari, Canter Safari and Jeep Safari. Each of these safaris carries an element of exploit to it. Corbett Safari tour provides the opportunity to examine a variety of animal species in their natural environment. People from all over world visit Corbett national park round the year. The convenience of visitors Jim Corbett National Park has been distributed into five tourism zones. These zones are Dhikala Safari Zone, Bijrani Safari Zone, Durga Devi Safari Zone, Jhirna Safari Zone andSonanadi safari zone.

Bijrani Safari Zone

Bijrani was the hunting ground for the English rulers. This zone consists of dry forest vegetation with flora and fauna species. Bijrani zone of Corbett National Park is the most preferred zone which permits day visits. The area under Bijrani zone is inundated with pocket-sized water bodies known as Tal in hindi language.Pointed with Phool Tal and many seasonal ponds like Kitchar Sot, Khina Sot, Malani Sot and Reethapani Sot. Other famous roads and places in Bijrani Zone are Jad Pahar, Kichar Road, Cheetal Road, Naya Job, Ringora, Raita Pani, Main Malani, Choti fire line and Badi Fire line. Water whole no. 1 to water whole no.7 are very famous for tiger sighting in summer. Batiya no. 1 to Batiya no. 4 are very famous for big cat's walk. Zero point and watch tower is the only place where tourists can set down from gypsy.

Rich vegetation of Bijrani attracts lot of wildlife residents like spotted deer,sambar deer,barking deer, Pada, various types of snakes like python, viper, krait and the dreaded king cobra also. Various types of lizards also found here in bijrani zone of corbett. Bijrani zone is also famous for tigers sighting and elephants as well. Sloth bears are also found in an inebriated state after consuming Mahua in Bijrani.

To visit Bijrani Zone , it require permission from Director office of Corbett Tiger Reserve. For morning safari you can book in advance and for evening Safari, spots are given on first cum first serve basis. Maximum six persons can be accomdated in one gypsy. Nature guide is compulsory in safari so one naturalist and driver will accompany you in whole the Safari. This is highly advised to book well in advance for bijrani zone as it’s a huge rush for bijrani zone safari round the year and limited vehicles are allowed to go inside the bijrani zone.

Elephant Safari is also available in Bijrani Zone, but you can not book this in advance as its available on first come first serve basis. Only four persons can sit on elephants back during safari.

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Dhikala Safari Zone

Dhikala is the most well known of the destinations in Corbett national park. It is situated at the edge of the broad Patli Dun valley through which the Ramganga flows in various channels.Dhikala safari zone is the most fashionable and demanded zone of Corbett national park amongst tourists.Dhikala zone is located along the Ramganga River and Ramganga reservoir which is a most important source of water for mammals at Corbett Park. Dhikala safari zone is a wonderful spot, where you can spill you heart, mind, body and soul to the Nature.Dhikala offers a remarkable continual panoramic view of the valley, with the Kanda ridge in the backdrop. This sight appears all the more imposing from the watchtower near Dhikala.

Dhikala is also the biggest tourism zone in Corbett national park. The safari starts from the moment one enters the Dhangari gate. It has various safari routes like sambhar road, ram singh road, champion road, kamar patta, thandi sadak, pehli puliya etc. Overall varied wildlife, amazing landscapes and availability of natural water throughout the year makes Dhikala the favourite amongst tourists visiting Corbett national park. The Tourist complex on Dhikala chaur (one of the last large meadows of the Park) and Phulai chaur. A reader through the numerous paths through chaurs is rewarded by the explanation for the wild elephants, chital, the stag of pigs and many variety birds of the meadows and the raptors. Old convalescent home in Dhikala is a chronological structure, having been built more than a hundred of existence.

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Jhirna Safari Zone

Jhirna is another safari zone located at a distance of 16kms from Ramnagar. Jhirna zone of Corbett national park is known to host variety of animals. Sightings of black bear and leopard and recorded quite frequently in this part of Corbett national park. Jhirna Safari Zone area is full of natural beauty and speciall. The rest house lies on the road from Ramnagar to Kalagarh that runs in an east-west direction through the Park. Jhirna was a farming village until 1994 when it was successfully relocated under Project Tiger. The deserted farmland is gradually reverting to a wild state and is being managed to develop grassland habitat. The nearby terrain consists of numerous sots and narrow gorges running through typically Shiwalik landscape. The hills to the north of Jhirna are covered with dense patches of bamboo. Apart from being a good habitat for tiger, leopard and deer, the place hosts other charming mammals like sloth bear and wild boar. A variety of birds can also be enjoyed here.

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Durga Devi Safari Zone

Durgadevi Tourist zone in Jim Corbett national park is farthest from Ramnagar at 28 km. You have to get the permit issued by the Jim Corbett national park before you proceed to Durgadevi Zone. Durgadevi Safari zone is a hilly area and is situated along Ramganga river.

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Sonanadi safari zone

The FRH, which was built about a hundred years ago, is situated between the Palain and Sonanadi rivers a short distance before they drain into the Ramganga pool. It lies under the Sonanadi Wildlife shelter and is recognized for its quiet, peaceful, riverine atmosphere. Halduparao is a good place to watch wild elephants from close station during summer.

This FRH is situated in the northern division of Corbett Tiger Reserve in the RF buffer region. It lies on the banks of the river Mandal upstream of its confluence with the Ramganga. The access is from Durga Devi gate.

situated in the northern RF buffer, Rathuadhab lies on the forest road connecting Durga Devi in the east and Vatanvasa towards the west. It is a favoured spot for elephants.

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