We all know that life is unpredictable, then why not use this unpredictable life experiencing the best Tiger Safari in India on your next Vacation? Safari in Jim Corbett National Park not only gives you a glimpse of the largest number of majestic tigers in the world but also connects you to the luxury of nature.

The Safari in the thick and dense jungle of Jim Corbett allows you to spend quality time with your loved ones away from the work stress and boring life. It also offers an excellent opportunity to witness the endangered Leopards and Asiatic Elephants, along with varied flora and fauna. So if you are an adventure lover or wildlife enthusiast or a photographer, you should not miss the opportunity to live your dream before life gets over.

Being the oldest National park of India and located in the 2 districts of Uttarakhand, i.e., Pauri Gharwal and Nainital district., Jim Corbett draws 70,000 tourists every year from all over the world. The forest covers 70% of dense forests and 10% of grassland. The Park homes 488 varied species of plants, seven species of amphibians, 586 species of resident and migratory birds, 33 species of reptiles, 36 species of dragonflies, and 7 species of birds. With all the massive variety of species, you can make your Jim Corbett tour worthwhile.

Jim Corbett, divided into 7 different zones named as – Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhela, Sonandi, Sitabeni, and Durgadevi, where Sonandi and Sitabeni are buffer zones and remains open throughout the year. This is the only park that has the highest number of safari zones after Ranthambore National Park.

The types of safaris provided in zones are elephant safari, jeep safari, and canter safari, and each safari has two shifts – one in the morning and other in the evening. In Buffer Zones, private vehicles are allowed. Still, the permit is required to enter the region at their entrance gate.

The Jim Corbett safari cost is based on safari zones, safari types, season, timings, etc. whereas cameras include extra charges.
The best time to visit Jim Corbett is in the Winters, i.e., between November to February, when all the safari rides are open for tourists. Still, due to Peak Season, advanced online booking is highly advisable.

Jim Corbett Safari Zones

Tourists can visit Jim Corbett in any 365 days of the year. To make Safari in Jim Corbett easy and accessible, the Jim Corbett National Park is divided into 5 different safari zones based on topography and visiting time.

Jhirna Zone

jhirna zone of Jim Corbett

Known for best scenic beauty and photography, the Jhirna zone is one of the best zones in Jim Corbett. The nature lovers should not miss the zone and enjoy every moment spent here between animals surrounded by hills and lush greenery. The Jhirna zone is the only zone that remains open for the entire year. Irrespective of this, the region is famous for being sighting Elephants, deer, and wild bears.

Entry Gate NameDhela Gate
Best time to visit the zoneOctober to June
Safari offeredMorning and Evening safari

Dhikala Zone

dhikala zone in jim corbett

The Dhikala zone is one of the famous zones for people expecting luxury safari in Jim Corbett as along with three types of safaris, i.e., Elephant safari, jeep safari, and canter safari in the day time, it provides night stay as well. The Zone, situated on the borders of Patli Dun valley, makes it the best place to spot elephants, Cheetah, Bengal Tigers, etc.

Entry Gate NameDhangadi Gate
Best time to visit the zoneNovember to June
Safari offeredMorning and Evening safari

Bijrani Zone

Bijrani zone of Jim Corbett

Bestowed with mixed topography, the chances of spotting big cats in the Bijrani zone is higher than the other zones. There are various forest rest house accommodations available for tourists visiting for Safari in Jim Corbett.

Entry Gate NameAmdanda Gate
Best time to visit the zoneMid October to Mid June
Safari offeredMorning and Evening safari

Durga Devi Zone

Durga Devi Zone of Jim Corbett

The high elevation of the Durga Devi zone makes treks a bit difficult for tourists visiting for the safari in Jim Corbett. But its deep dark woody vegetation and hilly topography are quite favorable for witnessing the wide variety of resident and migratory birds’ species in the Durga Devi Zone. A large number of world-famous Mahasheer fish can be spotted in the Jim Corbett river. Tourists can also enjoy catching the fishes in Kosi and Ramganga river passing through Jim Corbett.

Entry Gate NameDurga Devi Gate
Best time to visit the zoneNovember 15th to June 15th
Safari offeredMorning and Evening safari

Dhela Zone

dhela zone of Jim Corbett

Dhela added as an eco-tourism zone to Jim Corbett National Park in the year 2014. Due to a wide variety of flora and fauna and good chances to spot tigers in the region, it attracts massive crowds throughout the year to safari in Jim Corbett.

Entry Gate NameDhela Gate
Best time to visit the zoneOctober to June
Safari offeredMorning and Evening safari

Sitabani Zone (Buffer Zone)

Sitabani zone of jim corbett

The Sitabani Zone doesn’t fall under the Jim Corbett area but you can still spot various animals in the zone, i.e., tigers, elephants, sambhar, deer, Nilgai, and many more while you are on Safari in Jim Corbett. Due to the buffer zone, private vehicles are allowed in this zone.

Entry Gate NameNear Teda Village
Best time to visit the zoneThroughout the year
Safari offeredDay, Evening and Night safari

Types of Safari in Jim Corbett

Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett Jeep Safari

Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett is the best mode of safari for tourists who want to discover the true wilderness and vast species of flora and fauna in the park. Jeep which is a four-wheeler and can accommodate 6 people at a time and is the safest mode of transport and can be reachable to every zone of the Jim Corbett i.e. Bijrani, Jhirna, Sitabani, Dhela, Dhikala, Sonandi & Durga Devi.

 

 

Jeep Safari Timings

Jeep Safari zones Season Morning TripEvening Trip
Bijrani, Jhirna, Sitabani, Dhikala, Dhela & Durga DeviSummer 6:00 am to 9:00 am15:00 pm to 18:00 pm
Bijrani, Jhirna, Sitabani, Dhela, Dhikala, & Durga DeviWinter7:00 am to 10:00 am14:00 pm to 17:00 pm
Jhirna and DhelaMonsoon6:00 am to 9:00 am15:00 pm to 18:00 pm

 

Important Note:

  • The benefit of jeep safari is, it will pick you from the resort and will drop you at the resort.
  • Jim Corbett is booked only on the “first come first serve basis” at the office of Jim Corbett National Park or you can also use Jim Corbett’s official website to make an online booking.
  • Only Forest authorized jeep is allowed for jungle safari in Jim Corbett.
  • Due to heavy rush in Jim Corbett, the booking for jeep safari should always be made in advance, i.e., 1 day prior. If you want a last-minute safari booking then Bandipur National Park Safari would be a great choice.
  • A jeep can accommodate only 2 kids with 6 adults.
  • There are no charges for kids aged till 11 years old.
  • An officially registered guard is required for jeep safari which can be hired on the entrance gate.
  • Jeep safari is not allowed after Sunset.
  • Jim Corbett Packages with Safari are advisable to make your Jim Corbett tour easy as it includes all charges from accommodation to the entry fee, guard fee, jeep safari fee, to the guest fee.

Canter Safari in Jim Corbett

Canter safari in jim corbett

If you are planning a Jim Corbett Jungle Safari with your friends and family then Canter safari is highly recommendable. It is an open roof vehicle that can comfortably accommodate 15-20 people at a time. Due to open vehicles, tourists can feel the fresh air along with with spotting varied wild species.

 

 

 

 

Canter Safari Timings

Canter Safari zones Season Morning TripEvening Trip
Dhikala ZoneSummer 5:30 am – 11:30 am12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dhikala ZoneWinter6:00 am – 12:00 am12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 

Important Note:

  • The canter safari is operated by the forest department only.
  • The advance booking for canter safari is required so that you get the seat in canter once you reach there.
  • If you opt for the Jim Corbett Safari package, then make sure Canter safari charges are included in the package.

Elephant Safari in Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett Elephant Safari

It is a more fun and adventurous experience to sit on the back of the elephant and see the real wilderness of Jim Corbett. The Elephant safari is allowed only in the 2 safari zones of Jim Corbett,i.e., Bijrani and Dhikala. The elephant safari paths are pre-designed by the forest department so that tourists do not miss any opportunity witnessing birds, mammals, and various reptile species.

 

 

 

Elephant Safari Timings

Elephant Safari zones DurationMorning TripEvening Trip
Bijrani Zone2 Hours6:00 am – 8:00 am15:00 pm – 17:00 pm
Dhikala Zone2 Hours6:00 am – 8:00 am15:00 pm – 17:00 pm

 

Important Note:

  • For the last 2 years, Elephant safari has been banned in Jim Corbett as well as in entire Uttarakhand due to commercial activity.
  • Prior booking online for elephant safari, check whether elephant safari is opened for tourists or not.
  • The elephant safari is allowed only for the tourists who book stay at Dhikala Zone for night stay while the Bijrani zone doesn’t require any stay in the zone for the night.
  • The Elephant safari is given on the basis of a first come first serve basis to maintain eco-tourism in the park.

Jim Corbett National Park Safari Price

Safari NameSafari Price
Jeep SafariFor Indian Nationals: Rs. 4,500 per jeep

For Foreign Nationals: Rs. 9,000 per jeep

Canter SafariFor Indian Nationals: Rs.1,500/per person

For Foreign Nationals: Rs. 3,000/person

Elephant SafariFor Indian Nationals: Rs. 3000/ Elephant ( max. 4 persons per elephant)

For Foreign Nationals: Rs. 4,000/-Elephant (max. 4 persons per elephant)

Jim Corbett National Park Things to do

  • Camping
  • Jungle Safari
  • Wildlife Spotting
  • Bird Watching
  • Nature Photography
  • River Rafting
  • Angling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing and Rappelling
  • Nature Treks
  • River Crossing

Safari Resorts in Jim Corbett

Whenever we plan jungle Safari, luxury accommodation is prime. Here is the list of few luxury resorts in and around Jim Corbett National Park.

  • Taj Corbett Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand
    Le Roi Corbett
  • Jackson Resorts Jim Corbett – The Tiger Groove
  • Corbett The Baagh Spa & Resort
  • Iris Resort
  • The Riverview Retreat by Leisure Hotels
  • Corbett Woods Resort
  • Paatlidun Safari Lodge

How to Reach Jim Corbett

The headquarters of Jim Corbett National Park lies in the small city of Nainital, i.e., Ramnagar city, which is only 15 km away from the park. The Ramnagar has excellent road and rail networks with major cities of India, i.e., Bareilly, Delhi, Moradabad, and Nainital.

By Air: The nearest domestic airport is Pantnagar Airport in Phoolbagh and the nearest International Airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

By Road: The Jim Corbett Park is 260 km away from New Delhi (India’s Capital city). Once you reach Delhi, you can either hire a government or private buses or cab, whatever is comfortable to reach the park directly. The Uttarakhand Govt. also receive direct buses from Nainital, Moradabad, Delhi, and Haldwani for short interval.

By Rail: The Ramnagar railway station is the nearest station to the park. It hosts various trains from major cities of India named as Bareilly, Delhi, and Moradabad. Other then this, Ramnagar is also a direct stop for The Corbett Link Express, Ranikhet Express, and Kathgodam Express.

Thus, Safari in Jim Corbett is one of the best holiday destinations to go with family and friends. There you will be able to experience different safari zones of Jim Corbett nestling exotic and endangered animals and plants. Each zone has some exclusive and adventurous fun to explore such as types of safaris, activities inside the park, and so forth. There are various places to visit in Jim Corbett, where Corbett falls and the Dhikala zone draws all the attention. The resorts are also available inside the park for the comfortable and luxurious stay to experience a unique night-life in the Jim Corbett jungles. Concluding Safari in Jim Corbett National Park should be on your bucket list of the places to visit and you can plan a perfect trip and create memories for a lifetime.