Whether you are a passionate wildlife lover or quiet admirer, it is always recommended to do enough research before you head to an unknown place. The reasons may vary, but proper homework about the ecology and other related details about the place would turn your wildlife tour memorable. Corbett National Park, being the possessor of a diverse landscape and a distinctive weather, prompts you to evaluate in advance what to look for before going to Corbett.
Corbett National Park is a wonderful natural landscape where you can communicate with the untouched beauty of Nature. The climate of this reserve is pleasant as the temperature ranges from a minimum of 40c in winter and a maximum of 420c in summer. There are total four zones in Corbett National Park which are Dhikala zone, Bijrani Safari Zone, Jhirna Safari Zone, and Durga Devi Safari Zone. Dhikala is known to be the most significant wildlife zone where you can see wild cats roaming in front of your vehicles. While Jhirna can be visited throughout the year, Dhikala, Bijrani, and Durga Devi are accessible only from November to June every year. For the tourists who would like to visit the park around the year Sitabani is another unique option for the bird watchers. Though Sitabani does not fall under the periphery of Corbett, the proximity of the park to Corbett makes it an inseparable part of the Corbett Jeep Safari.
Safari Details in Different Zones
The varied region of Corbett National Park is endowed with different features and thus needs to be explored as per the ideal time set by the authority. For different zones season, specific timing is allotted. Usually, the park opens at 05:30 in the morning and gets closed at 10:00 AM, and again opens at 02:00 PM in the afternoon and closes at 6:00 in the evening. But depending on the season, the visiting hours may vary. For detailed information about the safari, timing click here
However, for getting into different zones separate entry gates are there.
Tourism Zone Entry Gate
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To explore the interiors of different zones in Corbett National Park, jeep safari seems worthy. Tourists can book their safaris in advance and can complete their tour in one day. However, in the case of Dhikala, one needs to book night-stay at the forest lodge located inside the park. To maintain the ecological balance, there are restrictions regarding the number of Jeeps allowed inside the park. Booking of the jeeps is done on the first-come-first-served basis. Advance booking facility is available for Jhirna, Bijrani and Durgadevi zones. Here, one should keep it in mind the passes for jeep safari are given for half of the day at a time. For full day passes extra charges are applied. One can book evening safaris only 48 hours in advance. First-come-first-served is the rule that applies in case of booking.
Exploring the hidden gems of Corbett National Park sitting on the back of a mammoth animal can be a thrilling experience. The ride will take you to the dense forest, grassy land, deep valleys, and rugged trails. Elephant safari is allowed in Dhikala and can be enjoyed by those who are staying in a forest lodge. However, an elephant ride in Bijrani is allowed only on pre-booking basis. The rides go through the buffer zone and cover the central areas of the park.
Though the number of elephants (for safari) is limited in all zones, the first-come-first-serve rule applies here as well. Monday is the rest day for the elephants and elephant safaris are not organized on this day.
Where to stay in Corbett National Park
There are abundant options for a comfortable stay in Corbett National Park. From budget hotels to premium luxury resorts all are distinctive and boost your level of stay.
Luxury- Corbett Leelavilas, Corbett Hideaway, Infinity Resort, Aahana Resort, The Golden Tusk etc.
Deluxe- Wild Crest Resort, Corbett River View Retreat, Ramganga Resort, Manu Maharani Resort, Ashoka’s Tiger Trail etc.
Budget- Kamya Safari Lodge, Falcon Nest Resort, Corbett View Resort, Corbett Machaan Resort etc.
Rules and regulations to follow in Corbett National Park
The experts opine that the irrational human disturbance inside the park in itself is a challenge to the inhabitants of the park. However, to maintain the ecological balance, the forest reserve authority along with environmentalists has implemented certain restrictions for the travelers in Corbett National Park.
Tips for better wildlife sighting in Corbett
Last minute note
It is always advisable to the first-timers to consult with the tour experts if they are facing problems in booking lodges in Corbett National Park. One may not be aware enough about how to extend the duration of their stay in the lodge. Moreover, how to book a safari in Corbett is another query which seems challenging for the travelers going there for the first time. If you are booking an elephant safari only, it does not mean you can go for elephant safari for the starting point itself. You will be taken to the point from where the ride starts by Jeep Safari and then the ride will start accordingly.
Finally, it must be mentioned here that one may not be familiar with the level of restrictions imposed in the park. But, once you are in, you would fall in love with the mesmerizing beauty of this reserve forest. So, pack your backpack and visit India’s pride Corbett National Park this summer vacation.
P.S- all the above-mentioned pieces of information were gathered from the local people/ authorities.