Elephant & Open Gypsy Safari

Various Zones for Open Gypsy Safari

If you are unable to get accommodation at dhikala forest rest house don't loose heart you can stay at jungle resort just on vicinity of the park and go for jeep safari to bijrani , dhikala. Advance booking of jeep safari in Corbett national park is available for morning jeep safari’s in bijrani ( amdanda gate ), jhirna ( khara gate) and durgadevi zones.

Bijrani Zone

For Bijrani Zone entry is through Amdanda Gate which is 4 Kms from Corbett Wild. Corbett Wild & 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 guest house you can avail the elephant ride also, its available on first reach-get basis. 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. 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. There is No electricity in these rest houses. The jeep safari for bijrani is the most preferred area for the tiger sighting during jeep safari compared to jhirna and durgadevi area.

Jhirna Zone

For Jhirna Zone entry is through Dhela Gate which appx is 20 Kms from bijrani zone entry gate. Jhirna tourism zone falls within the southern part of the Corbett national park. It is the only tourism zone of the Corbett national park which remains open throughout the year. Its topography is mainly dry deciduous and secondary forest with large open grasslands. Jhirna Zone is open throughout year.

Sitavani Safari

Sitavani is located about 25 km. from bijrani zone entry gate and within the 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. The 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 favorite 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 Canter (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.

Elephant Safaris

Journey on the elephant back is the most exclusive safari through the 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

Right outside and flowing into Corbett national park, the Western Ramganga is a classic spring fed mahaseer river. This is one of the few rivers where a grand slam of Mahaseer, 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 mahaseer. 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. Best fishing, March till early June and then in end September till late October, depending on the rains.

Bird Safaris

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 Ram. 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 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.

Night Safaris No vehicle is allowed to run in the park after dawn ( after 17:30 hours). Generally you are taken for ride on the periphery of the Corbett national park, in the name of night safari at Corbett national park.

ACTIVITIES

If you are staying on the outskirt of the reserve area of the Corbett National Park boundary. Should you decide to stretch your legs - Go for nature walks on the Garjia Dhikala Road OR on Bijrani Road, Trek into the forest across river kosi, visit the local village to share the simple joys of the native folk, Walk to the Kosi river side with a packed picnic lunch or just dip your feet in the pond in the Camp. The Safari is the main stay of the Corbett experience but there are many other attractions around the place - the Sitavani Ashram in the virgin forest area, the Corbett Museum which houses memorabilia of the legendary Jim Corbett, the Garjia temple by the river, the Kaladungi falls and many more. Longer drives would get you to the Lake District of Nainital and Or Queen of hills like Ranikhet, Almora and Kausani. Nainital is just an hour and half away from Retreat and can be looked as a day trip. Ranikhet with its awesome views of the snow capped Himalayas is three hours away. No where else would one get to experience the mysterious Forest, the tranquil lakes and the majestic Himalayas in one vacation - all just a couple of hours away.

Good Points about Corbett National Park

  •     Beautiful location with rich variety of wildlife, including tiger and elephant.
  •     Jeep safari and Elephant safaris allow wildlife to be seen from close up and are great fun.
  •     Relatively easy to travel to Corbett because of the morning and overnight train between Delhi and Ramnagar.

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