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Corbett Calling

Zones & Wildlife

Jim Corbett National Park, a diadem of India’s Wildlife tourism is Asia’s first national park and is known for its exotic flora and fauna. The natural uniqueness of Jim Corbett National Park area was recognized long ago as a result of which it attained the distinction of becoming the first National Park to be established in mainland Asia in 1936 as Hailey’s National Park under the aegis of Jim Corbett. In 1952, the park’s name was changed to Ramganga National Park and again in 1957, but this time after Jim Corbett – A tribute to his conservation philosophies. Jim Corbett National Park covers an area of 521 sq. km and together with the neighbouring Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve Forest areas, forms the Corbett Tiger Reserve COVERING about 1300 sq. km Geographically it is located between the Shivalik Himalayas and the Terai. This vivid mosaic of habitats – wet and dry, plain and mountainous, gentle and rugged, forests and grasslands

support numerous plant and animal species, representing Himalayan as well as Plains

ecosystem. Elusive, yet the most famous of Corbett’s wild residents is the Royal Bengal

Tiger. Corbett also is particularly rich population of Asiatic Elephant & different kinds of Deer.

In addition to that, Corbett is a home to over 50 species of mammals and 30 species of

Reptiles and with over 550 species of avifauna Corbett is one of the richest bird regions of

the Country and has been declared as an ‘Important Bird Area’ (IBA) by Birdlife International.

ZONES

Safari is the most popular way to enjoy and explore the forest of Corbett. Following are the

key tourism zones of Corbett for safaris:

 

Dhikala zone

(Opens 15 th Nov to 15 th of June)

(Entry Gate: Dhangari, 32Km from Resort Boarding Point: Ramnagar, 15 Km from Resort & Dhangari,

32Km from Resort)

Safari Vehicle: Canter, Accomodates upto 18 Guests

Largest Tourism zone of Corbett National Park, Dhikala is also the most versatile with flora

and fauna. With famous and the largest grasslands of Corbett disappear into a thick sal

forest, a panoramic view of the reservoir with grasslands ahead is breathtaking.

Day visits to Dhikala are only through open Canter bus which are arranged by the forest

department twice a day – morning 6 am and 11:30am from Ramnagar CTR reception.

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Jhirna zone

(Open throughout the year)

(Entry Gate: Dhela,1.5Km from Resort)

Safari Vehicle: Open Jeep, Accomodates upto 6 Adults & 2 Children (upto 12 yrs)

Closest to the Resort, Jhirna falls in the southern periphery of the Park with mainly

deciduous topography and secondary forest cover with large open grasslands. Vast stream

beds and steep cliff edges provide excellent visibility of wild animals. Jhirna is also one of

the richest bird watching sites with a plethora of exotic avifauna.

 

Bijrani Zone

(Open 1 st Oct to 15 th of June)

(Entry Gate: Amdanda, 17Km from Resort)

Safari Vehicle: Open Jeep, Accomodates upto 6 Adults &  2 Children (upto 12 yrs)

Bijrani has mixed topography with thick sal forests, three major grasslands and a number of

stream beds. Grasslands offer good wildlife sightseeing opportunity. During monsoon it is

closed because of the poor roads in the forest.

PAWALGARH CONSERVATION RESERVE:

(Opens 1 st Oct to 15 th of June)

(Entry Gate: Kosi Barrage, 17 Km from Resort. Exit Gate: Pawalgarh, 35Km from Resort)

Safari Vehicle: Open Jeep, Accomodates upto 6 Adults & 2 Children (upto 12 yrs)

Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve is the third conservation reserve of Uttarakhand, notified in

2012. It is located in the terai-bhabhar forests of Ramnagar Forest Division. It encompasses

an area of 49.41 square kilometres. The region is drained by the Kosi and Dabka rivers,

while the Baur river flows to the east. The altitude of the reserve varies between 300-700m.

The landscape of Pawalgarh consists of a combination of hills and plains, with a mixed

habitat comprising of moist and dry Sal and mixed forests, terai grasslands and riverine

forest. This varied ecosystem hosts a rich diversity of flora and fauna, including tiger,

elephant, leopard and over 350 species of birds.
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Durga Devi Zone 

(Opens 1 st Oct to 15 th of June)

(Entry Gate: Durgadevi, 43Km from Resort)

Safari Vehicle: Open Jeep, Accomodates upto 6 Adults & 2 Children (upto 12 yrs)

Located at the North-Eastern side of the reserve, Durga Devi Zone is the hill safari zone

criss-crossed by Ramganga and Mandal rivers at several places. This zone is particularly

famous for sighting wild elephants and Otters at Domunda Bridge. Famous Mahsheer fish

can also be seen in the river water of Durga Devi zone. Lush green forest in this range

provides ample opportunity for bird watching as well.

 

Safari

 

Winter Safari Timings for Jhirna, Dhela, Bijrani, Dhikala, Durgadevi

Entry Exit
Morning Safari – 6:30 Morning Safari -10:30
Evening Safari – 13:30 Evening Safari – 17:30

 

Summer Safari Timings Bijrani, Dhela, Dhikala, Durgadevi & Jhirna.

Entry Exit
Morning Safari – 05:30 Morning Safari – 09:30
Evening Safari – 14:30 Evening Safari – 18:30

Summer/Winter Safari Timings PCR

Entry Exit
Morning Safari – 6:30 Morning Safari -10:30
Evening Safari – 13:30 Evening Safari – 17:30
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