It is a virgin area located on the northeastern boundary of the park. The Mandal range of Corbett tiger Reserve through this entrance involve challenging birding species to look out for including the grey headed fishing eagle, crested laughing thrush, maroon orile, black chinned yuhina, slaty blue flycatcher, little forktailand bar tailed tree creeper.
This forest area is known for wild elephants all round the year and the undulating terrain provides excellent opportunity to see leopards as well as tigers.
Durga Devi tourism zone is opened from the 1st November to 30th June and is closed during monsoons and this is one of the major zone in jim corbett safari zones.
Jhirna is located on the southern periphery of Corbett Tiger Reserve. It is one of the man animal conflict zone years ago. Jhirna was one of the three villages which have been relocated to other places for the sake of the conflict. This particular zones village namely Jhirna, Dhara and Kothirau transformed into densely forested and grassland habitat which is excellent for bird viewing.
This zone is the prey ground of the nilgai, cheetal, sambhar and the wild boar by the big cats, which makes this place much appropriate for exploring tigers. The animal population also comprises sloth bear and wild elephants which provide great sights for the wild life enthusiasts. Jhirna zone is open throughout the year.
Bijrani being one of the 3 zones was once a shooting block having crossing jungle roads. This place is apt for tiger sighting. Located on the eastern side of the of the Corbett national park, Bijrani house a wide variety of flora which includes of pure Sal forests on the upper reaches and tropical moist, deciduous mixed forests in the valley and plains. The continuous water availability and an extremely wide grass lands makes it a point of strong base for the prey as well as big cats. The Bijrani tourism zone is open from 15th October to 30th June.
Dhikala has the widest range of the forest rest house accommodation in the park. The reservoir created by Ramganga falls into this particular stretch of land. Ramganga stretches through the middle and falls into this multi necked reservoir. Here, both species of crocodiles for which Corbett National Park is famous for are found namely – Gharial and Magar. The Dhikala tourism zone is open from 15th November to 15th June.
Note : Morning and Evening gypsy safaris are permitted in Durgadevi, Jhirna and Bijrani zone while in Dhikala day visits are permitted only through canters, which are arranged by the forest department.
Always wear light colors like khakis, browns and greens. Darker shades tend to disturb wild life. Blend yourself with surrounding, and let the animals reveal themselves.Not the other way round. Keep your conversational tones to the lowest. No conversation in the jungle.
In case of animal sightings avoid sudden movements or making any kind of unprecedented noise. Ensure slow deliberate movements. It is better to nudge your fellow traveler rather to yell.
As per the rules of authority do not litter plastic and modern day packaging is severely harmful to the environment and animals. Water bottles, food wrappers and plastic containers should be taken back to the retreat and disposed off.
In the jungle your guide is your true friend. Listening to his advice will not only put you in a safer scenario but also let you have wonderful experience.