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Day Safari Visit At Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park is a forested wildlife sanctuary in northern India’s Uttarakhand State. Rich in flora and fauna, it’s known for its Bengal tigers. Animals, including tigers, leopards, and wild elephants, roam the Dhikala zone.

Day Safari in the Jim Corbett National Park is quite famous among wildlife lovers because of the highest population of Tigers in this National Park which makes it heavenly for Tiger Spotting.

Spans over an extent of 520 square kilometres, its whole area comprises hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands, and a large lake.

It is among the few tiger reserves in India that allow overnight stays in the lap of the National Park.

To discover its beauty safaris are used by people so that they don’t miss any inch of this amazing park.

Jeep safari is the most popular safari in the Corbett national park. You can almost cover 75% of the park using this Jeep safari managed by forest officials. So your jeep safari ride is safe and secure.

How to Reach to Jim Corbett for Day Safari

By Road:

Ramnagar is connected by road to Delhi, Moradabad, Bareilly and Nainital. State transport buses ply regularly from Delhi, Moradabad, and Haldwani to Ramnagar.

The approach routes are:-
Delhi-Hapur-Moradabad-Kashipur-Ramnagar: 250 Kms
Dehradun-Haridwar-Dhampur-kashipur-Ramnagar: 230 Kms
Nainital-Kaladhungi-Ramnagar: 66 Kms

By Train:

A direct train to Ramnagar runs from New Delhi.
Delhi-Moradabad-Kashipur-Ramnagar
Alternatively, one can come up to Haldwani/Kashipur/Kathgodam and come to Ramnagar by road.

By Air:

Dehradun and Delhi are the nearest airports. Regular flights have also started from the nearby Pantnagar Airport in Udham Singh Nagar District.

Which zones to visit in Jim Corbett for Day Safari

1.Dhikala

Overview: About Dhikala

Dhikala is one of the most popularly sought after tourist destinations in the Jim Corbett National Park. You can see a herd of elephants and a pack of spotted deers in the vast expanse of Dhikala Chaur (grassland).

If you’re lucky you can probably see the very rare Hog Deer at the location.

Dhikala night stay is an amazing experience for every wildlife lover. You can enter this zone from Dhangari which is approx. 18 km away from Ramnagar.

The time for visiting Dhikala is from 15th November to 15th June cause National Park remains shut during Monsoon. While staying at Dhikala you can also spot some Crocodiles and Gharials in the Ramganga River.

Flora & Fauna: Dhikala Flora Fauna

One can spot several types of Deers when in the zone including Spotted Deer and others like Para (Axis pernicious), The Sambar (Cervus unicolour), Kakkar (Muntiacus muntjak) which is also called the barking deer due to the hoarse sound it makes resembling the bark of a Dog.

It is one of the best places on earth to spot a tiger and wild elephants. This area is also bird watchers’ dream destination. The surrounding forests and the large water body supports a wide diversity of birds in the area.

The chances of spotting a sloth bear are very high in this section of forest. They are attracted by both termites and the sweet nectar of Mahua flowers.

The bears have been recorded in an intoxicated state when the Mahua ferments in their digestive system.

Accommodation : Dhikala Forest Rest House

Different kinds of accommodations are available at Dhikala. Along with the Forest Rest House, Cabins, Hutment, Annexe Dhikala also has 24 bunk beds in Log Huts. The rooms are comfortable with basic amenities.

Food & Other Services: Dhikala Forest Rest House

A very good restaurant caters to the need of visitors staying in the Dhikala Tourist Complex. The restaurant serves buffet meals with a good choice of quality foods. A small Canteen is also available for the visitors.

Visitors can enjoy wildlife movie show in the evening and also spend their leisure time reading books in the well-stocked library.

How to Reach Dhikala Zone for Day Safari/Canter Safari

One can reach Dhikala for Day Safari via Dhangarhi gate which is 18 km from Ramnagar. One can enter the Dhikala range via Dhangarhi Gate and the entry timing to the Dhikala range from this gate is 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM.

Day Visit Timings

Dhikala Safari timings for Day Safari are different than any other zones because in this zone you get to visit on Canter for a day visit permit and jeep Safaris are allowed for those people who choose to stay for the night in Dhikala FRHs.
Day visit timings for the Dhikala zone are:
6:00 am to 10:30 am for Morning Jeep Safari
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm for Evening Jeep Safari

The timing of jeep Safaris can vary by a difference of half an hour during the Winter season or Monsoon season.

Open & Close

:- Dhikala is open for tourists from 15th November to 15th June. But remains inaccessible during Monsoon season.

Zone Map

dhikala zone

Bijrani

Overview: About Bijrani

Bijrani Tourist Zone is a very popular area of the spectacular Corbett Tiger Reserve. This zone is enriched with a huge number of floral and faunal species.

Bijrani gives a tough competition to the Dhikala zone while the tourist’s preferences are concerned. The zone is known for its wonderful landscape and is a very calm and quiet place.

The beauty of this place is appreciated by all the visitors. This is one of the most tiger rich areas of the park. Bijrani consists of a mixed topography with dense Sal forests combined with grasslands.

The entry to this zone is through Aamdanda Gate.

Flora & Fauna

Bijrani safari zone is a favourite hotspot for wildlife lovers and the most preferred zone at Corbett.

It is highly enriched with the diversity of flora and fauna and gives a brilliant picturesque and great experience of beautiful forests.

When it comes to flora the Sal forest, Bali flower, Kusum flower, and Mahua trees are the main attractions of the Bijrani Zone. This zone has several types of Deer (Spotted Deer, Para, The Sambar, Barking deer) Jackal, Monitor Lizard, Wild boar Monkeys, Langoors, peacocks, and Wild Hen.

It has a diverse population of Royal Bengal tiger and Asian elephants which makes this zone the best zone to spot tigers & elephants.

How to Reach Bijrani zone for Day Safai

You can go for the Bijrani zone via Aamdanda gate which is located 1km from Ramnagar, Uttrakhand. The entry timing to Bijrani Zone from Aamnanda gate starts at 10:00 AM and stops at 4:00 PM.

Day Visit Timings

6:30 am to 10:30 am for Morning Jeep Safari
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm for Evening Jeep Safari

Open & Close

Bijrani Zone is open for tourists from 15th November to 15th June. But remains inaccessible during Monsoon season.

Zone Map

bijrani zone

Jhirna

Overview

Jhirna Zone is a southern zone of the Jim Corbett National Park which is near the Dhela Village. Even Entry gate for this Zone is Dhela Gate which is located on the periphery of Dhela Village which is 20kms from Ramnagar, Uttrakhand.

Jhirna has a very beautiful landscape and you can see nature and peace at their best here.

Flora & Fauna

Jhirna zone flare mainly consists of large open grasslands Chaur. It has dry deciduous type secondary forest when it comes to its topography.

Jhirna zone has some river streams inside this zone which are natural and the advantage of stream bed exploration is that there may be cliff edges along with some streams due to which you can enjoy bird sightings with great visibility.

Grassland in this zone provides great visibility for wild animals like tigers, elephants and sloth bears.

How to Reach Jhirna zone for Day Safari

You can go for the Jhirna zone via Dhela gate which is located 20kms from Ramnagar, Uttrakhand. The entry timing to Jhirna Zone from Dhela gate starts at 10:00 AM and stops at 4:00 PM.

Day Visit Timings

6:30 am to 10:30 am for Morning Jeep Safari
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm for Evening Jeep Safari

Open & Close

Jhirna Zone is open for tourists from 15th November to 15th June. But remains inaccessible during Monsoon season.

Zone Map

jhirna zone

Dhela

Overview

Dhela zone is the sixth zone of Jim Corbett National park. Being spread over 1173 hectares this zone was opened for tourists in December 2014.

This Eco-Tourism zone is quite rich in flora and fauna and remains open throughout the year for safari rides.

This zone has Chaur grasslands which provide great visibility of wild animals and this is very famous for bird watching.

For Day Safari in this zone, only 15 gypsies are allowed per shift for Morning and Evening Safari rides.

Flora & Fauna

This zone is extremely rich in flora and fauna. This zone has mixed forests of Sal, Rohini, Haldu, Bahera, Kusum vegetation, and tigers, leopards, Asiatic elephants, sloth bears and king cobras.

Dhela Zone forest area is particularly rich in bird diversity which makes it popular among Bird lovers.

Dhela zone has a large population of sloth bear tigers, king cobras, Asiatic elephants, and monkeys which can be seen throughout the year, you can also spot some leopards here if you are lucky.

How to Reach Dhela zone for Day Safari

The Entry Gate for the Dhela zone is Dhela Gate which is located in Dhela village 20kms from Ramnagar, Uttrakhand. The entry time to Dhela gate starts from 10:00 AM and stops at 4:00 PM.

Day Visit Timings

6:30 am to 10:30 am for Morning Jeep Safari
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm for Evening Jeep Safari

Open & Close

Dhela Zone is open for tourists throughout the year.

Zone Map

dhela zone

Sonanadi

Overview

Sonanadi zone covers 301.18 sqkm which covers mainly the prime forests of the Shiwalik Terai province.

Sonanadi ecotourism zone is situated in the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary which is an extended part of Corbett Tiger Reserve.

It was a part of Kalagarh Forest Division before becoming a sanctuary in 1991 under the Project of Tiger.

Sonanadi consists dense sal and rich bamboo clusters in its forest areas and it is quite diverse in terms of wildlife.

Flora & Fauna

The sanctuary is match with the typical North Indian tropical forests.

The plant life of the sanctuary is rich in different species of Sal, Sheesham, Semal, Bakli, Aonla, Jamun, Kanthber, Figs and along with medicinal plants and some endangered species of Herbs and Shrubs.

Mammals found in the wildlife sanctuary are Leopard, Sambhar, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Goral, Otter, Porcupine, Yellow-Throated Marten and Sloth Bear.

The kinds of Birds normally seen here are, Thrushes, Pheasants, Hornbills, Warblers, Flycatchers, Wall Creeper, Changeable Hawk Eagle, emerald Dove, Himalayan Bearded Vulture, Falcon, Brown Fish Owls, etc.

This zone is the favourite place for Asiatic Elephant along with the Royal Bengal Tiger, cheetal (axis-axis), sambhar, leopard and reptiles.

This is the only zone in Jim Corbett National Park where you are allowed to walk on foot.

How to Reach Sonanadi Sanctury for Day Safari

You can reach Sonanadi Sanctury via Durga Devi Gate, Kalagarh Gate and Vatanvasa Gate. The entry timing to Sonanadi Zone starts from 10:00 AM and stops at 4:00 PM.

Day Visit Timings

6:30 am to 10:30 am for Morning Jeep Safari
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm for Evening Jeep Safari.

For Day Safari in this zone only 15 gypsies are allowed per shift for Morning and Evening Safari rides.

Open & Close

Sonanadi remains open for 15th of October to 15th of June. And beside this period it remains close.

Zone Map

sonanadi zone

Durga Devi

Overview

Durga Devi Zone is Northern-East zone of Jim Corbett National Park and is located on hilly area.

Day Safari in Durga Devi zone is quite an Adventurous activity cause this Eco-tourism zone has very scenic landscape including hilly slope and river beds of Ramganga river and Mandal river.

Visitors can take the wildlife Day Safari in Durga Devi range to observe the wildlife in their natural habitat and to enjoy the enchanting beauty of hilly area, river streams, greenery and nature at its best.

Flora & Fauna

This zone is enriched with wildlife beauty and very diverse in terms of Flora and Fauna. The Dense and lush green forest of this zone gives visitors the opportunity to spot many beautiful and unique birds.

If you like Bird watching activity then Jeep Safari in Durga Devi zone happens to be a bliss for you as this zone is famous for Bird Watching and if you go fishing you can spot Mahsheer fishes as well.

bird watching

How to Reach Durga Devi Zone for Day Safari

The entry gate for Durga Devi Zone is located at 28 Kms. from Ramnagar and is well-connected by road and train.

Nearest Airport from Ramnagar is Pantnagar Airport and nearest railway station is Ramnagar Railway Station.

Day Visit Timings

6:30 am to 10:30 am for Morning Jeep Safari
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm for Evening Jeep Safari.

For Day Safari in this zone only 15 gypsies are allowed per shift for Morning and Evening Safari rides.

Open & Close

Durgadevi zone remains open for 15th of October to 15th of June. And beside this period it remains close.

Zone Map

durga devi zone

Right Season to Plan Your Visit to Jim Corbett for Day Safari

Winter Season Within October to February
In winter season or a period of October to February, you will find this park a true abode of beautiful and unseen birds. So, for birding, this is the most captivating period as at this time, you will meet unseen variety of birds there.

Monsoon – During July to September Month
Though the monsoon season is not that appealing time for visitors to come over Jim Corbett National Park, yet we suggest you to visit during this time if you do not prefer visiting this site in crowd.

Summer Season – During March to June Month
he time from March to mid of June is called summer season in India. During the summer season, the temperature remains quite high. In day time, the weather becomes too hot and scorching that may go up to 40 degree c.

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