The oldest national park in India is an extremely popular tourist destination. Thronged by tourists all-round the year it offers some of the most wonderful sights and sounds for wildlife enthusiasts. Apart from the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR), there is so much more that the city of Ramnagar has to offer. Here's a look at some of the most amazing and necessary Information about Jim Corbett if you plan to visit there soon.
Best Time to Visit
Though open all around the year, the most preferred time to visit the CTR is from mid-October to February. There is a slight nip in the air because of which you can actually enjoy the safari. The summers are too hot due to which afternoon safari becomes slightly unbearable, especially for foreign tourists. However, it is important that you obtain your permits beforehand as there is quite a rush of visitors all-round the year at Corbett national park.
Best Zone to Visit
Undoubtedly Dhikala is the most popular and preferred zone of the CTR. Though there is an equal chance of tiger sighting in all of the safari zones of Corbett, Dhikala is considered one of the best. It is the only zone where you can enjoy tiger sighting in a canter safari. Other zones of Corbett include Dhela, Jhirna, Bijrani, and Durgadevi.
Sitabani is the buffer zone which is open even in the monsoon. There are no restrictions regarding the number of vehicles entering this area and tourists can even trek inside the forest area. You can see wild animals as well as birds here. Prior booking is not essential hence it is preferred by tourists who decided to take off on the spur of the moment.
Best Forest Rest House (FRH) to stay
Nothing can beat the adventure of staying inside the jungle surrounded by wild animals. FRH offers the unique experience. For all wildlife enthusiasts, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Though various FRH are available in Corbett, Dhikala Forest Rest House is the best. Unlike other FRH, it has more rooms available as well as provision for solar electricity. It is essential to remember that only basic amenities are available inside the forest. Since limited rooms are available, tourists need to book one in advance.
Best Resort to Stay
The city of Ramnagar is sprawling with various resorts. Providing not just accommodation, some of the resort offers you a unique and unparalleled experience while you stay there. Apart from the safari at CTR, these resorts are something to look forward to. Some of the most popular resorts to stay while going to Corbett are Camp Hornbill, Kyari (@INR 6900 per night), The Riverview Retreat (@INR 5600 per night), Corbett the Baagh Spa and Resort (@INR 7500 per night), Aahana - the Corbett Wilderness (@INR 12600 per night).
Which Safari to Choose?
CTR offers you a variety of options when it comes to safari. Jeep safari is the most popular way to explore the Corbett jungle. Canter safari at Dhikala offers you the chance to explore this popular zone even when you could not find accommodation in the FRH there. Elephant safaris are equally popular to explore the wild. Available at Bijrani and Dhikala zone, you can get a unique and unparalleled view of the jungle sitting on the back of the majestic animal. The timings, charges, and booking procedure for all of them vary. If you are with a wildlife enthusiast, then canter safari is advisable. It is also preferred for corporate outings too.
Most sighted animals
There is an abundance of vegetation in CTR which makes it easy for wild animals to hide in plain sight. However, since the park is home to a wide variety of animals and birds, you are bound to spot many animals here. Some of the most often sighted wildlife include spotted deer, barking deer, sambar deer, Indian grey mongoose, langur, Indian elephant, crocodile, peacock, and kingfisher. One can also spot tiger, leopard and sloth bear but they are recluse in nature and spotting them requires patience and luck.
more information about Jim Corbett like booking procedure permits to stay as well as safari etc. can be obtained from the CTR website: www.jimcorbettsafaribooking.com