About Jim Corbett
Jim Corbett National Park, which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The magical landscape of Corbett is well known and fabled for its tiger richness. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett has the glory of being India's oldest and most prestigious National Park. It is also being honored as the place where Project Tiger was first launched in 1973. This unique tiger territory is best known as the father who gave birth of the Project Tiger in India to protect the most endangered species and the Royal of India called Tigers. Spans over an extent of 520 square kilometers, its whole area comprises of hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands and large lake. It is among the few tiger reserves in India that allows overnight stays in the lap of the National Park. Nature watch and wildlife viewing in the park is done in an open four wheeler Jeep and on elephant back. Sheltering a healthy population of tigers and rare species like Otters and the endemic fish eating crocodile, the national park is one of the most sought after destinations for the wildlife buffs. Dhikala, situated at the border of the extensive Patil Dun valley, is the most popular destination in Corbett because of its superb location and sheer abundance of wildlife present. If you love bird watching then Corbett is virtual haven for such tourists. Corbett and its adjoining area is a home to more than 650 species of residents and migratory birds. Particularly Dhikala is fine place to look for birds of prey, more than over 50 species of raptors alone shows the healthy biodiversity of the area. Their multiplex behavior is intriguing and their varied songs are very much pleasing to the ear. In a nutshell, this finest national park of India is well known for rich and varied wildlife including royal Bengal tiger, elephant, four to five species of deer and rich birdlife.
Corbett Falls is a scenic water fall located at 25 kms from Ramnagar. Developed as a picnic spot for tourist, Corbett Water Falls is surrounded by dense teak wood forest which extends its natural beauty. Sound of the waterfall makes perfect melody with chippings of the birds.
Garjiya Devi Temple
Girija Devi Mandir (Temple) is very famous temple in uttarakhand. this is very holy place, temple called local language in Garjia Mandir. Girija Devi Temple is situated in Garjiya at a distance of 12 KM from RamNagar on Dhikala road. It is a sacred Shakti shrine where Garjiya Devi is the presiding deity. This temple is built on a rock in the middle of river Kosi and visited by thousands of devotees during Kartik Poornima, a Hindu holy day celebrated on the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik (November - December). It is also known as the festival of lights of the gods. Devi Girija is the daughter of Himalaya and wife of Lord Shiva. This temple was very less known till 1940 but in the recent years the strengths of devotees has increased to lakhs. The modern day temple was restructured in the year 1970. It is believed that the rock on which the temple is located came down during a flood in river Kosi. Devi Girija is easily pleased with the true devotion of Her devotees. While praying, the devotees offer the Devi coconut, red clothes, kumkum etc. There is a 4.5 feet high idol of Girija Devi along with the idols of Devi Saraswati, Lord Ganesha and Batuk Bhairava. There is also a temple of Laxmi-Narayan in the same temple premesis. The idols of this temple were found during excavation here. It is believed that the prayers here are not complete untill the devotee worships Bhairava after worshipping Girija Devi. Ramnagar is well connected through train and bus services. One can take a taxi from Ramnagar to reach here.
CORBETT NATIONAL PARK FLORA
The Jim Corbett National Park is blessed with the natural bounty in the form of distinct flora which comprises of fresh water flora and alpine flora. Extent over an area of more than 521 square kilometers the Corbett has diverse floral count that is absolutely astonishing. The various habitat types of Corbett is occupied by Sal forests, Khair-Sisso forests, Mountains, Chaur, and rivers and streams that owes their distinct assemblage of plants. According to botanical survey of India Corbett has 600 species of plants - trees, shrubs, ferns, grass, climbers, herbs and bamboos. These many distinct varieties of plant kingdom makes the national park sought after wildlife destination for those who wish to relax from hectic schedule of working throughout the year. Being one of the richest home of wild animals, the Jim Corbett National Park is rich in flora too. More than 75% of the total area of the Corbett is dominated by Sal forests.
DURGA DEVI SAFARI ZONE
Nuzzled in the northeastern corner of the Corbett National park, the Durgadevi zone boasts of having the most beautiful landscape in the park. The hilly terrain with the lush green forest and the intense tranquility is what defines the magnificent beauty of the Durgadevi tourism zone in the Corbett tiger reserve. One of the six ecotourism zones of the park, this zone is especially known for being the home to a large number of exotic birds. Literally, the zone is a paradise for the bird-loving enthusiasts. Enriching the peaceful wilderness of this zone, there are diverse species of wild animals are gracing this part of the Corbett forest and attracts a large number of tourists every year. The Corbett forest department organizes day jeep safari in this zone to explore the vivacity and natural beauty of this Corbett tourism zone. Durgadevi zone is located on the hills thus offering the most enchanting view of Nature along with the variety of wildlife. The Ramganga River and the Mandal River cross each other at several places in the zone, which adds the charm to this forest landscape. As like the other zones of the Corbett National Park, the Durgadevi zone too is the natural habitat for a large number of wonderful wildlife species including the few endangered wild animals. The favorable ecosystem and large landscape is the perfect habitat to survive and flourish the wildlife. The view of the mesmerizing topography and the rich wildlife attract nature-loving tourist to this zone. 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. The Durgadevi zone has the greater number of wild elephants than the other zones in the Corbett Park so this zone is particularly famous for the magnificent sighting of wild elephants and for the birding. The river water of the zone is the home to the famous Mahsheer fish which can be seen in the river channels of the zone. Durgadevi gate is the entry gate to this zone, which is located at the distance of 28 km from the nearest city of Ramnagar which makes it the farthest zone from the Ramnagar. This zone has also a forest rest house named Lohachaur forest house where tourists can enjoy the night stay and get the utmost experience of the dense raw forest. In order to enjoy the day Jeep safari or the night stay in the forest rest house, the tourists have to obtain the permit to enter the park. It is better to get the booking done in advance as there is a huge rush of tourists in the park, especially, on weekends and holidays. The Durgadevi Zone is open for the tourists from 15th October to 15th June every year. During the monsoon season, the park is closed for any tourism activity.
DHIKALA SAFARI ZONE
Perfect example of the unscathed natural beauty, the Dhikala ecotourism zone has the most picturesque landscape in the Corbett National Park. Immensely rich in the wildlife variety, it is the most sought after tourism zone in India. Dhikala zone is the largest among the five zones of the Corbett tiger reserve with having the most beautiful landscape which consists of dense Sal forest, large grassland, narrow valley and various channels of the Ramganga river. The Ramganga River is considered as the lifeline of the Corbett forest which enriches the rustic beauty of the wild and nourishes the flora and fauna of the Corbett. The prime attraction among the vividly rich wildlife in Dhikala zone is the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Asiatic elephants. To the delight of the tourists, this zone is fairly populated with these big animals and thus most often tourists have been bestowed with the graceful sighting of the Royal Bengal tigers and herds of Asiatic elephants. Dhikala zone named after the large Dhikal grassland which is the largest grassland in the Corbett Reserve landscape. Apart from the tigers and elephants, the zone is home to a large number of varied wild fauna which consists of leopards, spotted deer, sambhar deer, hog deer, langurs, wild boars, crocodiles and many other animals and reptiles. For more information about the Dhikala zone and booking for the night stay in any of the rest houses in Dhikala or the Corbett National Park, please contact us. We also offer the complete package of Dhikala Canter Safari which includes Canter Safari Permit and the accommodation at hotels and resorts outside the Dhikala zone.
Dhela Safari Zone
Sprawling over 1173 hectares, Dhela Zone is the sixth eco-tourism zone of Corbett National Park that was brought on India tourism map in 2014. The zone is 20 kilometers from the Ramnagar, right beside the Jhirna safari zone of Corbett National Park. Here, you can find mixed forest such as Saal, Rohini, Haldu, Bahera, Kusum vegetation, which makes it ideal for birdwatching tour in Jim Corbett Park. Along with abundant flora and bird population, Dhela Zone has a good population of tigers, bears, elephants and leopards. For safari, there are overall two trails giving tourists an opportunity to stroll around three to four km in the wild. On an average, 180 tourists - 90 each in the morning and the evening shifts - will be allowed to visit the Dhela zone every day. If you're mesmerized by the beauty of the place then you can stay at the Dhela Forest Lodge. The main attraction of the zone is Laldhang, a grassland where one can spot wild pigs, Neelgai, and birds too.
JHIRNA SAFARI ZONE
Jhirna Zone is one of the popular zones among the six ecotourism zones in the Corbett National Park. The Corbett National Park is divided into the six tourism zone among which Jhirna zone is added much later in 1994. In order to extend the Tiger reserve zone, the farming lands of the Jhirna village and other two villages were included in the reserve territory and the villages were relocated at some other place nearby. And then, the land was redeveloped and turned into an exotic lush forest. Due to being operational throughout the year for the wildlife safari in contrary of other zones which are closed during the monsoon season (except the Dhela zone), the Jhirna zone witnesses much footfalls all-round the year. Situated at the southern edge of the Corbett Reserve Park, the Jhirna tourism zone offers some exclusive tiger and sloth bear sighting along with the spectacular view of the landscape which is pretty rich in wildlife. The topography of the Jhirna zone primarily is a dry deciduous type and consists of a large Grassland (Chaur) known as the Laldhang Chaur. 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. In order to get inside the Jhirna zone, you need to obtain the safari permit from the forest officials and also have to hire a safari vehicle and a naturist/guide. The entrance gate of the Jhirna zone is Dhela Gate, which is around 15 km from the Ramnagar, the nearest town which is also the railway station and bus stand from the zone. The safari for Jhirna zone is organized throughout the year and two shifts in a day with the maximum of 30 Jeeps in a shift. A maximum of 6 adults and 2 children (below 12 years of age) are allowed in a Jeep. You can book your permit, a safari Jeep, a guide for Jhirna Safari along with the accommodation near the zone from our website.
BIJRANI SAFARI ZONE
Corbett National Park, most famous for being a tiger reserve, needs no introduction to the wildlife lovers. The park boasts of the increasing numbers of tigers in the recent years and also offers the Jungle Safari for the tourists to provide the chance to get a glimpse of this majestic king of the wild forest in its natural habitat. The Safari is the magnificent and the only way to get inside the tiger reserve area and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the amazing landscape and wildlife of this area. The park is divided into the six ecotourism zones and the safari tours are organized in each zone by the zone administration of the forest. Among the six safari zones, 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. Along with the big cats like Bengal tigers and leopards, several types other animals like wild elephants, black bears as well as different types of deer and antelopes namely Chital, Sambar, Hog Deer are found in this zone. Also a perfect place for the birding, there are around 600 species of resident and migratory birds are seen here. Aamdanda gate is the entrance to the Bijrani zone, which is located at the distance of around 1 km from the Ramnagar city. There is a buffer zone of 5 km after entering the gate, which you have to cross to get into the core zone. There is two forest rest houses locate in this zone and are available for tourists to stay here after making a booking for the night stay. One is the Bijrani forest rest house and the other is Malani forest rest house. The day safari is not allowed to stay here for the night, but the day safari can enjoy the elephant ride from here. The elephant safari is only available in the Bijrani and Dhikala zones and is subject to availability as there are limited numbers of elephants used for the safari ride. You have to book the elephant safari on the spot and it is booked on the first come, first serve basis. In order to visit the Bijrani zone, you have to obtain an entry permit for the safari, which you have to show to the forest officials at the entry gate. You can book your safari entry permit through online maximum of 45 days in advance or you can book the same day safari from the forest office in the Ramnagar after paying the required fee. Booking is done on the first come, first served basis and is a subject to availability. Along with the entry permit, you also have to hire a safari jeep and a guide/naturist, which are mandatory for the entry in the tiger reserve area. Maximum of six adults and two children (below 12 years) are allowed in one safari jeep apart from the driver and a guide. It is always best to book your permit in advance before reaching at the Corbett tiger reserve as there is always a rush of tourists for the safari and only 30 safari jeeps are allowed to enter into the Bijrani zone in one shift and almost all jeeps are pre-booked. For the accommodation, the tourists who are visiting the Corbett for the day safari to Bijrani zone can stay at the hotels and resorts located in the Dhikuli village, just outside the Bijrani zone, along with the boundary of the zone. From economical hotels to beautiful and luxurious resorts are available here to stay according to your budget.
River crossing is something which is fun yet dangerous and easy at the same time. Dangerous because you need to maintain balance while crossing the river, against its flow. If the current is strong, you might get washed away as well. Easy because if you choose the right spots and go for shallow river crossings, instead of deep ones, you will be much safer. If you know swimming then it will be an added advantage. There are 3 rivers that flow through and close to Corbett, namely Corbett river, Ramganga and Kosi River. All three have many points where one can cross them by foot. There’s another way of crossing river and that is by using ropes. In this, the rope is tied from one end to another, and you have to climb across the single or double rope bridge while holding ropes and maintaining balance.
Now mountain biking is an adventure sport as we all know, and is quite a dangerous and risky one, when it comes to doing it in reality. It is one of the few things to do in Jim Corbett National Park, and you must not miss it if you have the guts and strength needed for it. Though there are many biking tracks in and around the park, but the best one is from Nainital to Jageshwar, through the Binsar sanctuary and culminates in Jim Corbett National Park. This track is approximately 335 kms long and spans over 7 days of daily biking. Its level is moderately challenging, yet many find it difficult to complete it as it demands a lot of endurance and stamina. The terrain is uneven and rocky and mountainous at times, thus testing the physical and mental strength of the bike rider. But it gives captivating view of surroundings throughout the trail.
Now, for all you trekkers, who love discovering forests and wildlife by foot, trekking awaits you at Jim Corbett National Park. Although trekking is not allowed in the core areas of the park, but you can go trekking in the park’s reserve forest area, especially around the tiger reserve. Sitabani is the perfect place for trekking, as this is a densely populated forest area where you might encounter elephants, tigers, jackals, deer and even monkeys; who keep coming close in the hope of food from visitors/tourists. Due to this reason, no eatables are allowed in the forest. If you go to the park in winters, don’t forget to wear thermals, sweaters and jackets to keep yourself warm; as it gets very cold at night. Try to wear green clothes, so you can blend in with the forest and explore the most without getting discovered by the animals. Also wear comfortable walking shoes.
If you love birds and have a soft corner for the winged mammals, then bird watching is one of the important things to do in Jim Corbett National Park. For many, it is hard to believe that the Corbett Park boasts of over 650 bird species, including migratory birds. The best time to go on a bird watching trip in this park is in winters, in the months of November-December. This is the time when migratory birds come to India from as far as Siberia, to escape cold. Some of the many birds include forest dove, finch, robvin, hornbill, Siberian crane, babbler and kingfisher. That’s not all, if you are lucky enough, you might also get a glimpse of white stork, woodpecker, black-headed night heron, white pelican, cinnamon Bittern and cattle egret to name a few. The latter ones are rare species of birds that are hard to catch a sight of.
The environs of this place make it simply incredible and nothing could be a better way to explore the lushness of this place than by going on a nature trek. This adventure recreation allows a delightful experience in the middle of the nature’s exquisiteness, where one can meander at his own pace and stop wherever he finds something interesting. An adventurer coming on a trip to Jim Corbett should make certain that he includes nature walk in his itinerary. There are numerous treks that are categorized according to their difficulty levels. Nature trek is allowed only at a small number of regions and is restricted at the majority of the regions of the Corbett. It is conducted by skilled and knowledgeable naturalists, who disclose the charms and astonishment.
Rappelling is a method of controlled descent from a clip with the help of a rope. This activity is counted among the prominent adventure activities in Jim Corbett National Park. At the time when a tourist want to descent, there are principally two alternatives- he can either walk or hike down, or he can rappel. However, when the terrain turns is too steep, rappelling is the quicker, easier and safer way out.
Fishing & Angling
Corbett National Park is no less than an Eden for those who love fishing and angling. Ramganga and Kosi rivers offer an ample of opportunities for this recreational adventure. In Corbett, a freak of fishing can easily find Goonch, Silver and black Mahseer. Although, fishing is not permitted inside the park premises, one can enjoy this game in the nearby areas of the park. Best time for fishing in the areas around Corbett is from March to early June and then from end of September to late October. This time may vary due to rain.
River Rafting in Corbett National Park
River Rafting is a spine-tingling sport and the water of Kosi River in Corbett offers just that. This is a must have experience that involves often taking on the rock-studded rapids. However, river rafting in Corbett is a seasonal water activity; as it can only be enjoyed during the monsoon season, on a condition that there has not been a heavy downpour. Kosi River, which flanks the national park offers an excellent rafting experience for beginners and professionals as well. The rapids here, are that of grade II and III. The best time for river rafting in Kosi River is between July and September. Apart from river rafting one can partake activities like wildlife safari in Jhirna and Sitabani buffer zone, bird watching, fishing and angling, bridge slithering, and rappelling.
Corbett is well-connected via Ramnagar by buses or Car. There are daily buses from Delhi, Haridwar and Nainital to Ramnagar. You can choose from a regular to a semi-deluxe and deluxe bus, fares of which would depend upon the type of bus and the distance covered.
Delhi - Gajrola - Moradabad - Kashipur - Ramnagar (around 245 km) :
Whether you are traveling by your private vehicle or by the hired vehicle, this is the easiest and shortest road route to reach Corbett from Delhi. Start your journey from Delhi and by crossing the Ghaziabad or Noida road, hit the NH24 to drive towards Hapur. Crossing the Hapur, Gajrola and Garhmukeshwar you will reach Moradabad. Here, at Moradabad, do not enter into the city instead take the right turn to Muradabad bypass road and crossing the Thakurdwara and then Kashipur you will finally reach the Ramnagar
From Ramnagar, you can either directly reach the entry gate of the Corbett Park or visit at your pre-booked hotel or resort to stay. The whole distance will be around 245 km which will take nearly 6 hours to cover. The roads are in decent conditions except for the little stretch of state road near Ramnagar.
The nearest railway station from Corbett is Ramnagar which is around 12 km from the park and the station is directly connected to the railway stations in Delhi. A direct train named Ranikhet Express runs from Delhi to Ramnagar which is the best train to reach Corbett from Delhi. You can catch the Ranikhet express at 10:50 pm at Delhi to reach Ramnagar at 04:35 am next day, and again return by catching the same train at Ramnagar at 09:05 pm to reach Delhi at 05:00 am next day. The train operates on a daily basis. However, Ramnagar station is the best option to reach Corbett but alternatively, you can also arrive at the Kathgodam station and visit Ramnagar by taxi or cab which will take around 3 and half hours by road.
This is not an ideal mode of transport to reach Corbett. However, if you are coming from a different part of the country, Patanagar airport is the nearest domestic airport, approximately 50 kilometres away from the town. From here, you can hire a taxi; the charge would vary from vendor to vendor. IGI airport in New Delhi is the nearest International airport (approximately 235 kilometres), which is well-connected with different cities across the globe.
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