Nestled in the Nainital district of Uttrakhand is one of the earliest National Parks of the country, Jim Corbett National Park. Est. in 1936 as Hailey National Park, this diverse natural beauty is a part of the larger Tiger Project initiated by the celebrated conservationist Jim Corbett. Witness the magical combo of river belts, hills, lush greenery, grasslands, marshy depressions and a large lake in an adventurous safari of the dense jungle. With leopards, elephants and several mammal species, over 33 reptile species, a whopping 586 bird species, innumerable species of dragonflies and 7 distinct fish species, the magnificent Bengal Tiger range is the star attraction here, which you absolutely cannot miss!
i. Sonanadi Zone This zone is a part of the Sonandi Wildlife Sanctuary. The magnificent beauty of the lush zone is enchanting while it has a range of non-venomous snakes. The arrangements of the peaceful Japanese practice of ‘Forest Bathing’ can be made here too. As far as wildlife is concerned, elephants and tigers can be a spot here as well. It is the least explored zone & allows you to stay overnight for wildlife experience.
ii. Sitabani Buffer Zone It isn’t a Corbett zone but a Buffer area of the forest. It can be explored without any prior permissions from October to June-end. Its rich bird species and temples add to its popularity.
iii. Chaurs The grasslands near Bijrani zone add to the vibe of the green area. Some dense grasslands include Badhai & Ringora.
Jeep safari is the most common & preferred way to explore the lush green forest of Corbett National Park. A typical jeep safari is an open Maruti Gypsy which can accomodate 6 adults and 2 kids however it can be only booked exclusively and you can not get an individual seat. You need to book the entire vehicle. Visitors can not enter any of the zones of the national park in their own private vehicles. Once you have obtained the permit to visit, you need to find an experienced & licensed vendor. To make the process hassle free, we have developed our web portal to request a booking online.
|Pricing (Indian)||INR 5,000/- Jeep|
|Pricing (Foreigner)||INR 9,00/- Jeep|
|Timings||Morning 6:00 AM – 10.00 AM
Evening 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
|Zones||Bijrani/ Jhirna/ Durgadevi/Garjia
Sitabani & Dhela
Canter is an open mini bus which starts from Corbett Tiger Reserve office, Ramanagar & takes visitors to Dhikala zone. Canter safari is your only option if you are living outside of the forest or just willing to visit Dhikala for the day. Canter can accommodate up to 16 persons. Individual seats can be booked. Canter safari is only available for Dhikala zone.
|Price(Indian)||INR 1,600/ Person|
|Price(Foreigner)||INR 3,000/ Person|
|Timings||Morning 6:00 AM – 11.50 AM (approx.)
Evening 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM (approx.)
Here is a 3-step guide to book your jeep safari most conveniently :
1. Get the Permits: You will first need government permits beforehand to enter the forest. You can obtain the required permits from Corbett Tiger Reserve itself.Now, this can be a little challenging process if you plan to get the permits before and then book the safari.So, you are advised to fill the form below and wait for our tour advisor to get in touch with you, who will further obtain your permits from the Corbett Tiger Reserve on your behalf.
2. Hire a Gypsy: Then you need to hire a gypsy for the safari through a licensed vendor. Once you reach there, you will see the jeep vendors lined up at various stands at short distances. You need to be careful with your research to pick the trusted vendor, guide and your driver.A lot of tourists are duped due to their lack of knowledge about the area as they are made to roam about in the buffer zone in the name of the jungle, and much to their disappointment, they end up spotting nothing. You are again advised to allow us to do the research for you and assign a top-rated guide, a trusted driver and a good-condition vehicle for a perfect safari experience.
3. Distance between the Safari Gate and your Resort: This is a very crucial step to be kept in mind as tourists often get exhausted by the long distances between their resort and the chosen Safari Gate. This lack of knowledge often creates possibilities of getting deceived by unethical vendors.
Booking Canter Safari in Jim Corbett
The process is almost the same, except, the canter safari follows fixed routes. So, you will either have to reach the Dhangadi Gate or the Corbett Tiger Reserve office in Ramnagar for your safari.
This does sound like a lot of work for a safari, no doubt about it. We would like to plan just the best experience for you without getting you worried about any of these hassles. For a safe, trusted and highly comfortable safari experience, you must leave it to our team of experienced locals to arrange nothing but the best for you and your family. With our:
Note: You are advised to book 1 month in advance to get the desired zone.
Jim Corbett national park is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. Nearest town near Corbett National Park is Ramnagar. It is 264 kms from the national capital, New Delhi & 220 kms from the state capital, Dehradun.
Nearest town near Jim Corbett National Park is Ramnagar which is well connected to major cities of north India.
By Rail : Ramnagar is the nearest railway station which is barely 5kms from Aamdanda (Bijrani) tourism gate of Corbett National Park. There are 2 trains (Ranikhet express & Uttarakhand sampark kranti express) run daily from Delhi – Ramnagar – Delhi. One can also reach Moradabad or Kathgodam and reach Ramnagar via road. Ramnagar is 100 kms from Moradaabd railway station & 60kms from Kathgodam.
By Road : Ramnagar is well connected to Delhi. Luxury volvo & ordinary buses are available from Anand Vihar bus station, New Delhi. Buses to Ramnagar are also available from Nainital, Haridwar & Dehradun.
By Air : Nearest airport to Ramnagar is Pantnagar however there are very limited flights available to Pantnagar. Most people prefer to reach New Delhi airport & then hire a cab to Corbett which is 270 kms from Corbett National Park.
There are two types of accommodation in and around the Corbett National Park. Private Resorts & Govt controlled Forest Rest Houses aka FRHs. Resorts can be booked directly as well as through the local tour operators. Going with the local tour operators based at Ramnagar would anyday be a much cheaper option because the resorts have a bad habit of selling a bit high to their direct clients. But booking a Forest Rest House is a tricky one. Although you can book it directly through the govt website. Very limited availability of rooms and a massive demand make it very difficult for a common man to book directly. We would highly recommend getting it done through some local & reputed tour operator such as Dhikala Tourism.
Safari in Jim Corbett National Park remains open throughout the year, at least in two tourism zones.
Following is the zone wise details :-
1) Dhikala – 15th November to 15th June
2) Durgadevi – 15th November to 15th June
3) Bijrani – 15th October to 30th June
4) Sitabani – 01st October to 30th June
5) Jhirna – Throughout the year
6) Dhela – Throughout the year
However it is advised to check weather prediction as safari in Corbett National can be cancelled without any prior notice in case of heavy rain.
You can book directly through the official website of Corbett National Park but then you have to book permit & search for a licensed jeep safari vendor separately.You need to reach Corbett Tiger Reserve office prior to your safari. It is advised to book it through a reputed local travel agency & they should be able to pick you from your resort.
No. Private vehicles are strictly prohibited inside Corbett National Park. Only registered jungle gypsies and drivers are allowed to enter the park keeping safety of the tourists in mind.
A minimum of 2 nights & 3 days package is ideal if you want to explore the jungle well. Although, some nature and wildlife lovers opt for 3 nights / 4 days for optimum experience of Jungle.
Corbett National Park remains as beautiful as it can get throughout the year.
December and January is best for enjoying the chilly weather of the jungle.
March to June, particularly May is the best time for tiger sightings. And, July to November is best if you are a nature lover and like greenery all around. Monsoon brings a new colour to the jungle.
The nearest town to Corbett Park, Ramnagar is 65kms away from Nainital through Kaladhungi road.
It is located in the foothills of himalayas in the nainital district of Uttarakhand, in northern India. Nearest town to Corbett National Park is Ramnagar which is 270 kms from Delhi & 100 kms from Moradabad.