Durga Devi Forest Zone In Corbett
The all-encompassing beauty of the Kumaon range of Himalayas can be best seen in the Durga Devi safari zone of Corbett tiger reserve. Situated on the north-eastern corner of the Jim Corbett National Park, with Ramganga and Mandal rivers meandering through the area, it offers a beautiful combination of lush green forests, statuesque mountains as well as some of the rare and endangered fauna. This zone is extremely popular among avid birdwatchers as it plays home to a large number of exotic birds. The diverse species of wild animals and birds make it one of the more popular zones in the Corbett tiger reserve.
How and When to Visit Durga Devi Safari Zone
Visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty in the Durga Devi safari zone from 15th October to 15th June. This lush green ecotourism zone is located at a distance of 28 km from Ramnagar, which is easily accessible by road. The entry into the zone is through the Durga Devi gate. It is one of the most adventure-filled and toughest zones for safari. The hilly terrain offers a roller coaster of a ride in a jeep safari. The zone can be explored in 3.5-4 hours in a jeep safari. Tourists can book a safari to visit the zone.
What to Expect in Durga Devi Safari Zone
Tourists can enjoy fishing and angling in this zone which is a unique aspect of ecotourism. The wildlife area of Durga Devi safari zone is used for long elephant safaris too. A variety of flora including sheesam, chir pine, mahua, bel, dhak etc. covering the zone with different shades of green, this zone is home to a wide variety of birds. One can see the little forktail, bar-tailed tree creeper, slaty blue flycatcher, long-tailed broadbill, grey-headed fishing eagle among many other. Wild elephants and leopards are another reason why tourists keep returning to the Durga Devi safari zone. It also plays home and breeding ground for the famous mahasheer fish.
Though there is a forest rest house, Lohachar, night stay is unavailable within the eco-tourism zone. Nonvegetarian food and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited in the zone and so is the disposal of plastic, tin cans etc. for people wishing to stay inside the Durga Devi safari zone, prior booking is recommended as limited rooms and facilities are available. Indian nationals can pre-book 45 days in advance whereas foreigners van book 90 days prior to their visit. All bookings for safari can be made through the website (www.jimcorbettsafaribooking.com).