Restricted Area and Protected Area Permit Regime in Corbett National park


The Corbett National Park is the first national park of India, declared as protected area in 1935. The park is situated in the foothills of Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. The park is stretch over vast acres of 1318.54 sq.km of land including 520 sq. Km of core area and 797.72 sq.km of buffer area. The core area of the Corbett Tiger Reserve forms the Jim Corbett National Park and Buffer Zone/area forms reserve forest as well as the Sonanadi wildlife sanctuary.

Info About Elephant Safari in Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett Safari Zones (Restricted Area of the Park) The Corbett National Park has total five zones where tourist can enter and roam around. The park is a dream destination for nature and wildlife lovers. Below are the selected areas where tourist can be the part of the flora and fauna and can watch the wildlife with bare eyes. To cherish the spectacular view of wildlife safari in different zones of the Corbett, you need to take permit and natural guide from the concerned authority. You need to take permit and book your safari one month prior to your actual arrival. It is so because the park remains crowded during 15th November to 15th June every year. Considering the flow of tourists from different part of the country and world, Corbett has been divided in to four zones. This separation helps the park authorities in easy administration. Let us focus on the key glimpses of the different safari Zones:

Dhikala ZoneWelcome to the largest zone of the Corbett National park. Dhikala Zone is very much popular among the tourists because of its breathtaking beauty and spectacular view it offers. That is why the Dhikala zone is mentioned at the first place. Apart from these traits it offers various comfortable forest lodges that allow tourists to enjoy their stay amid the wilderness of the Corbett. The most amazing zone of the Corbett National Park is home to many species like Bengal Tigers, Elephants, Deer, Crocodile, Cobra and many more. One thing that is important to note here is Dhikala forest lodge is run and managed by Indian Tourism Department of the state and getting accommodation and permit here is major task. So do take your night stay permit before proceeding towards any forest rest house at Dhikala. You will not be permitted unless you have the permit.

Jhirna ZoneThis zone become the part of the tiger reserve area in 1994, prior to that it was an agricultural land. It is another important tourist destination within the Jim Corbett National Park that is blessed with different varieties of trees, shrubs and encountering with the tiger makes your journey soothing. It is strategically located at a distance of 16 kms from the reception office Ramnagar which is easily accessible by tourists. The major attraction of this zone is presence of wild bear. Before you proceed to Jhirna zone get the permit issued by the Corbett Tiger Reserve, prior to your actual trip.

Bijrani ZoneBijrani Zone is also as good as Dhikala Zone, popular among the tourists for day visit at Corbett National Park. It is beautiful spot known for its vast green landscapes, dense forest and stormy drains and rich wildlife. To visit Bijrani Safari zone, it is mandatory to take permission from the Director, Corbett National Park. We recommend advance booking or permit if you are insisting to visit the heaven of the earth.

Durga Devi ZoneWarm welcome to the zone of bird chirping as Durga Devi Zone is spot for Grey Headed Fishing Eagle, Black Chinned Yuhina, Maroon Orile and many more. It is the only zone within the Corbett National Park where visitors can experience fun and thrills by travelling through the rivers and streams.

Sitabani Buffer ZoneSitabani Zone does not fall under the Corbett Tiger Reserve area; it is just only the buffer area of the forest. It is the only zone in the Jim Corbett where tourists can walk along the jungle path on foot. Visitors can walk as there is no entry fee till the entry of main gate. People who want to move beyond 18 Km going to Sitabani Temple, have to obtain entry permit for it. Another important zone is Tiger Reserve area i.e. highly restricted and abides by the rules of the wildlife protection act. For every activity that is permissible within the reserve area, you have to obtain permission and permit from the concerned authority.