Wildlife Safaris in Jim Corbett National Park
Wildlife, Jeep and elephant Safaris are the ideal way of exploring the Indian land. In fact, jungle safari tours have added excitement and fun to the journey. There are number of ways to cover the Jim Corbett National Park. Jim Corbett National Park endorses Jeep Safari, Horse Safari, Bird Safari, Elephant Safari, Fishing safari and the Nature walk.
You can explore the richness of flora and fauna with the Safari that unfolds the beauty of the Jim Corbett National Park in India. Wildlife Safari of this park is a delight for adventure lovers and wildlife photographers. Away from the confines of mundane life, the Corbett Jeep safari is a journey into the world that is still untouched by mechanization. The Indian wildlife safari explores the basic wilderness still alive in the Jim Corbett National Park. Several species of deer, sloth bear, wild boar, fresh water dolphin, leopard, the marsh mugger and gharial crocodiles, over 450 species of birds and the elusive, nocturnal Royal Bengal tiger…you can find them at the verdant Jim Corbett National Park.
Jim Corbett National Park Wildlife Jeep Safari Timings:
The park normally opens at 0600 hrs in the morning and is open till about 1100 hrs in the morning. However tourists who are booked for full day safari spend the time from 1130 Hrs – 1300 Hrs at any of the rest houses inside the forest and do bird watching, or can take rest on machaan and enjoy the wildlife. In the afternoon the park timings usually are from 1430 to 1730. However depending on the season the timings change locally which the forest authorities of Jim Corbett National Park notify.
Best Time to visit Jim Corbett National Park:
One can visit Jim Corbett National Park and do the wildlife day safari anytime round the year, depending upon his convenience and purpose of visit. However the beat time to come to Jim Corbett National Park is between October to June every year.
Winter (September - March):
Days are clear and pleasant, Nights get cold. Great time for bird-watching and Tiger sighting in Jim Corbett National Park.
Summer (April to June):
Hot days with pleasant nights. Ideal time for sighting animals, especially elephants and Tigers in Jim Corbett National Park.
Monsoon (July - August):
Humid days and nights. Great time for walks and trekking. Because of less crowd and rush probability of sighting animals. Good for observing flora in Jim Corbett National Park.
Booking Procedure of Wildlife Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett National Park:
All the Safari’s are booked by the Forest Department & it is completely at the discretion of the forest department. However there are restriction of number of vehicles which can enter in each zone and it is strictly followed. The vehicle restrictions are
|Zone||Morning||Afternoon||Morning Jeep Safari and Afternoon Jeep Safari Timings|
|Bijrani||30||30||6:00am to 10:00am / 1:00 pm to 5:00pm|
|Jhirna||30||30||6:00am to 10:00am / 1:00 pm to 5:00pm|
|Dhela||08||08||6:00am to 10:00am / 1:00 pm to 5:00pm|
|Durgadevi||11||11||6:00am to 10:00am / 1:00 pm to 5:00pm|
|Dhikala||Canter Safari||Canter Safari||6:00am to 11:00am / 11:00 pm to 5:00pm|
|Sitavani||60||60||6:00am to 10:00am / 1:00 pm to 5:00pm|
Advance Booking of Jeep Safari at Jim Corbett National Park:
Advance booking of Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett National Park is available for morning Safari’s in Bijrani, Jhirna and Durgadevi Zones. The Booking is on first cum first serve basis and a non refundable advance need to be deposited with complete details of the members going for safari. We request you to send the details well in advance for avoiding the hassle of visit into the park as there is a limitation of number of vehicles permitted. You have to carry the given id at the time of safari. For advance booking a photo id for Indian Nationals and Passport Details of Foreign Nationals is mandatory. Advance booking of Safari can be done 30 Days in advance for foreign national and 20 days in advance for Indian Nationals. However it is advisable to place the application to the forest department the moment you decide about the safari for better chances of confirmation.
Driving License/ Voter Id / Pan card is required. One can send us the id number, date of birth, full name and gender, date of expiry of the ID for booking .While traveling the guest will have to carry the same ID.
Passport Number, Full Name & Gender, Date of Issue and expiry, date of Birth, Nationality is required for Advance Bookings of Morning jeep safari
Booking of Afternoon Jeep Safari:
It cannot be booked in advance by the third party and permits are issued to the guests only It is strictly on first come first serve basis and guest has to personally travel to Ramnagar Forest Office to book the safari. The permit for afternoon safari is issued 48 hours prior to safari.
Various Zones of Jim Corbett National Park for Jeep Safari:
Durga Devi is a tourism zone within the Jim Corbett National Park. It is a area used for long elephant safaris and has access to the Ramganga River for the purpose of fishing. While staying at Wild Jungle Lodge has got the opportunity to go to Ramganga River for angling facilities at the Ramganga camp at bhikiasen crossing the gate further 30 KMs in the untouched pool in the Ramganga river. The Durgadevi tourism zone is open from the 15th October to 30th June. During monsoon it is closed because of the poor roads in the forest
DurgaDevi is on the north-eastern boundary of the Park. The entrance gate is about 20 Km away from Wild Jungle Lodge Retreat. The Mandal range of Corbett Tiger Reserve through Durgadevi entrance involve challenging birding species to lookout for include the grey headed fishing eagle, crested laughing thrush, black chinned Yuhina, maroon orile, slaty blue flycatcher, long tailed broadbill, little forktail, and bar tailed tree creeper. Lohachaur forest area is known for wild elephants and the undulating terrain provides excellent opportunity to see the leopards.
Jeep Safari at Bijrani Zone of Jim Corbett National Park:
For Bijrani Zone entry is through Amdanda Gate which is 4 Kms from Wild Jungle Lodge Retreat. Wild Jungle Lodge Retreat & Bijrani has mixed topography with thick sal forests interspersed with grasslands. There are a large number of stream beds which are mainly boulder strewn paths. Along the side of the streams there are riparian forests and thick lantana bushes due to which tiger sighting chances as compared to other tourism zones is higher in this area. Once you reach the Bijrani Campus you can avail the elephant ride also. The Bijrani tourism zone is open from the 15th October to 30th June. During monsoon it is closed because of the poor roads in the forest
Jeep Safari at Jhirna Zone of Jim Corbett National Park:
For Jhirna Zone entry is through Dhela Gate which is 20 Kms from Wild Jungle Lodge Retreat. Jhirna tourism zone falls within the southern part of the Jim Corbett National Park. It is the only tourism zone of the Jim Corbett National Park which remains open throughout the year. Its topography is mainly dry deciduous and secondary forest with large open grasslands, which provides allows good visibility of wild animals. From the machans set up visitors can view wild animals in their natural habitat. Vast stream beds and steep cliff edges provides good opportunity for bird watching. Jhirna Zone is open throughout year
Jeep Safari at Sitavani Safari:
Sitavani is located about 35 km. from Wild Jungle Lodge Retreat and within the reserve forest area of Ramnagar Forest Division. It boasts of beautiful dense forests of sal and mixed vegetation with open grasslands and riverbeds. The safari takes one to the ancient temple of Goddess Sita. According to a legend, this is the place where Goddess Sita disappeared into the earth. Sitavani Zone is open throughout year. Sitavani is a part of Corbett buffer zone and there is a gated entrance but does not require any special permits to venture inside.
Sitavani forest offers ample birding opportunities in the surrounding thick sal and mixed forest. Preferably early morning drive is the best to view wildlife like tiger, sambar, barking deer, porcupine, King cobra and lots more. Sitavani is well known to have visiting wild elephants and tiger all round the year as both the animals frequently visit river kosi for water and get across to raid the crops and lift the domestic animals from the village.
Canter Safari to Dhikala Zone:
It is a picturesque location at the edge of a grassy plateau perched high above the Ramganga reservoir and set into a bend in the river. The famous grasslands of the Dhikala chaur disappear into the dense sal forests at the foot hills in the region. This is indisputably rated as a favourite viewing area to the visitors here. The Dhikala tourism zone is open from 15th November to 15th June. This is an area with very high restrictions as far as tourism is concerned.
Day visits to Dhikala are only through canters (an open bus with gallery seating)which are arranged by the forest department. For overnight stays visitors can take their own vehicles.
The Vehicle Timings are 0600 Hrs – 1200 Hrs and 1100 Hrs – 1700 Hrs. There are two canters each of 14 seats in during both morning and afternoon.
Jeep Safari to Bhownkhal Located in the foothills of the lower Himalayas, Bhowankhal falls on the border of the Kumaon and Garhwal region. The safari goes around the periphery of Corbett Tiger Reserve and takes one through the dense forests, picturesque landscapes and river beds. It is situated at a distance of around 30 km. from the retreat.
The safari provides a very scenic drive dotted along the way by typical Kumaoni/Garhwali villages. From a place called ‘Kaath Ki Nau’ one can view the breathtakingly beautiful Himalayan ranges.
Elephant Safaris in Jim Corbett National Park:
Journey on the Elephant back is the most exclusive safari through the Jim Corbett National Park, India's first and one of its finest Tiger Reserve. These safaris not only make it possible to view wildlife from the back of an elephant, but perhaps more importantly, provide the unique opportunity to share a day in the life of the elephant. Whether it's game viewing from their backs, picnicking with them in the bush, grooming, feeding or swimming with them, or simply experiencing the pleasure of being close to such magnificent animals, the encounter is truly unforgettable.
The Safari starts from the Northeastern side of the reserve from the Durgadevi gate and continuous along the northern boundary ending at Halduparao on the northwestern boundary. Besides traveling on the elephant the tour plan includes various activities including Game drives into the national park and Bird watching hikes, Village visits, Visits to various tribes in the area, learning to ride the elephant, elephant baths to name a few.
Angling Safaris in Jim Corbett National Park:
Right outside and flowing into Corbett Tiger Reserve, the Western Ramganga is a classic springfed mahseer river. This is one of the few rivers where a Grand Slam of Mahseer, Indian Trout and Goonch is possible in the same day- you just need to get away from the pet fish and resort side pools. Combine a trip to the park to complete the Indian jungle experience- it's not unusual to fish alongside tigers sometimes. Best fishing, early February till early June and then October till mid-November. Eastern Ramganga Big, fast mahseer. Not fishable without a planned expedition, the righteous Eastern Ramganga itinerary takes one along pools fished maybe twice a year. The fishing is preserved by lack of habitation and its ills. This trip is not for the slight of constitution or the short of time. Balaghat gorge is our personal favourite- this is one of those places where the biggest fish are always seen but never seem to take. One of these days one of us is going to get really lucky and possibly, even land a record fish. Best fishing, March till early June and then in end September till late October, depending on the rains.
Bird Watching Safaris in Jim Corbett National Park:
Birds occupy a very significant place in Indian culture and tradition. The steed of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver of the Universe, is a giant bird. The epic Ramayana tells of a bird injured trying to rescue the kidnapped wife of Lord Rama. The bird song of the koel signifies the end of winter. The cawing of a crow indicates the arrival of guests - the inclusion of birds in myths and superstitions is endless. And no wonder - there are more than 1200 species of birds in nearly 2100 forms native to India with a large number of migratory birds visiting during the winter months. No wonder ancient love songs tell of birds carrying messages to the distant beloved! There are a number of wildlife sanctuaries in the country where the bird enthusiast can see the wonder of Indian avian life. For instance, the Bharatpur bird sanctuary whose marshes provide a huge breeding area for native water birds and a temporary home to a large number of migratory birds, including the Siberian crane in the winter months. The adjoining Thar desert boasts of the Great Indian bustard while the Jim Corbett National Park in the foothills of the Himalayas houses 585 species of birds, greater than the total number of bird species found in Europe, in an area of just about 520 sq km. In Andaman and Nicobar’s six national parks and over ninety wildlife sanctuaries, about 250 species and sub-species of birds can be seen. Some of the wildlife sanctuaries a keen birdwatcher should visit and the birds which can be seen there are described below.
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