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Etti Bali Nov 08 2014

Jim Corbett National Park Uttarakhand Overview

Sen Deb Nov 08 2014
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Jim Corbett National Park Uttarakhand is one of the best known wildlife sanctuaries in India. But it isn’t just another wildlife sanctuary. The natural uniqueness of the area and the breathtaking landscape has captured the imaginations of many photographers and biologists alike.


Photo courtesy: Anup Shah

If you are planning a trip to Corbett anytime soon, here’s a brief overview on the sanctuary that will come in handy.

Safari Zones

For more efficient tourism management, the sanctuary has been divided into 5 different exclusive zones, each with a separate entry gate.

1. Bijrani - Entry Gate Amadanda

2. Dhikala - Entry Gate Dhangari

3. Jhirna - Entry Gate Khara, Kalagarh

4. Domunda - Entry Gate Durgadevi

5. Sonanadi - Entry Gate Vatanvasa

Timings: Morning 6:30 AM - 10:00 AM & Evening 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Photo courtesy: Anup Shah


Prevalent Wildlife

Tiger, elephant, sambar deer, barking deer, antelope, black bear, red fox, leopard, Rhesus macaque, jungle cat, palm squirrel, hedgehog, porcupine, marsh crocodile, gharial, monitor lizard, and a variety of snakes.

Avian species include: hornbills, orioles, thrushes, parakeets, egrets, wagtail, storks, swallows, crested swifts and many others


Photo courtesy: Anup Shah

Best time to visit

15 November to 15 June

Though the park remains open throughout the year for visitors arriving from the Jhirna Zone, the Bijrani and Dhikala zones are closed off during monsoons, as the rainwater washes away the motorable roads. They are reopened by mid October and mid November respectively.


Location and How to Reach

The Jim Corbett National Park is located in Ramnagar in Nainital District. The town of Ramnagar is well connected with Nainital (66 km), Haridwar (165 km), Dehradun (218 km) and Delhi (260 km).

The closest railway station is in Ramnagar, which is 12 km from the park.
The closest domestic airport is just 50 km away in Phoolbagh, Pantnagar.

Daily buses run from ISBT Anand Vihar and ISBT Kashmiri Gate in Delhi to Ramnagar and Nainital.

Driving Route from Delhi: Delhi--Hapur--Garhmukteshwar--Moradabad--Thakurdwara--Ramnagar--Corbett National Park

Note: Do not enter Moradabad City, turn onto the Moradabad Bypass instead.


Photo courtesy: Anup Shah


Permits


Day visit permits in Corbett National Park Uttaranchal can be obtained at the respective entry gates. The night visit permits are issued at the CTR Reception Office in Ramnagar.

Day visits to the Dhikala Zone are not permitted unless you have booked a conducted safari organized by the Corbett Tiger Reserve. However, visitors who have prior accommodation reservations are allowed entry.


Tariffs

Travelling within the Park

Personal vehicles are allowed within the park premises, but it is not recommended. Private jeeps and gypsies are available for hire in Ramnagar. The park authorities also provide conducted tours that include a vehicle and guide, but this facility is limited and on a first come first serve basis. Walking and trekking within the park is prohibited except at certain places.



Photo courtesy: Anup Shah


Visitor Facilities

  1. Canteens are located at Dhikala, Gairal and Bijrani, which serve strictly vegetarian food.
  2. There is a Visitor Centre and Museum located at the Dhangarhi Gate.
  3. Elephant rides are available at Dhikala, Bijrani, Gairal, Khinnanauli and Jhirna during mornings and evenings
  4. There are several watch towers erected within the park to facilitate better viewing of the wildlife.
  5. Lodgers at Dhikala and Bijrani are shown educational films on the local wildlife
  6. Dhikala also has a well-stocked library with many publications on wildlife and other general topics.


Photo courtesy: Anup Shah


Rules

  1. Smoking, consuming alcohol/non-vegetarian food/ littering/making loud noises are not allowed inside the park.
  2. Do not stray from the nature trails, or you might be damaging the delicate ecosystem in the park.
  3. Do not attempt to feed or approach wild animals.
  4. Avoid wearing bright coloured clothes.
  5. Drive slowly and pay attention to your guide/naturalist.


Accomodations

For night halts, there are 3 tourist complexes located within the Dhikala, Gairal and Bijrani zones. Visitors can also stay at the various Forest Rest Houses at Rathuadhab, Lohachaur, Halduparao, Morghatti, Mundiapani, Sendhikhal and Dhela.

Advance reservations for night halts can be made through:

The Director
Corbett Tiger Reserve
Ramnagar 244715
District Nainital
Uttarakhand
Tel.: +91-5947-253977, Reception – 251489
Fax: +91-5947-251489 and 251376


The Chief Wildlife Warden, Uttaranchal
85, Rajpur Road
Dehradun 248001
Uttarakhand
Tel/Fax. : +91-135-2744225, 2741607
Uttaranchal Tourism
Indraprakash Building
Barakhamba Road
New Delhi 110001
Tel. +91-11-23319835


Namah Resorts (from the official website)

There are many wildlife lodges and hotels outside the Corbett National Park Uttaranchal. Jim’s Jungle Resort and Namah Resorts are amongst the recommended ones. For more details, check out the best resorts in Jim Corbett National Park.
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