Jim Corbett National Park
DHELA- a new fifth eco-tourism zone will become fully functional from December 01, 2014. Deputy Director Corbett Tiger Reserve Saket Badola quoted that Tourist and wildlife lovers can also enjoy nature trail from 1st January next year. The new zone will be an addition to the four zones that is already operational in the park namely Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna and Durgadevi. Saket Badola gave the information about fifth tourism zone and told that the whole Zone will be sprawl over 1173 hectare of area with 46 Kilometers of jungle path. Tourists can do jeep safari in morning as well as in evening shift. Only 15 gypsies will be allowed to enter in to the zone in each of the shift. The charge for new safari initiative will be same as day visit charge. And above all tourists will be able to get down from their vehicles and can enjoy nature trail up to 05 kilometers. They have decided to establish two nature trails where only eight tourists will get the permit in each of the shift and can enjoy lovely bird watching. The zone will remain open all throughout the year.
Good news pertaining to Corbett National Park awaits for nature and wildlife lovers as the forest department of Uttarakhand has decided to create a new zone in the park that will offer the guaranteed glimpse of the elusive big cat. As we know that Corbett Tiger Reserve is a home to the densest tiger population in the world but we often claim that it does always offer a glimpse of the Tiger. We become disappointed and our whole trip to the CTR gets spoiled. But need not to worry now because Uttarakhand Government has decided to set up a 200 hectare fenced enclosure for rescued tigers, guaranteeing a glimpse of the tigers as a part of a new safari zone.
The visitors can go for an Elephant Safari or Jeep Safari. Both facilities are provided in the Sanctuary. Prior bookings are required for Jeep safari. Tourists can also go for a forest trail with armed guard. This can prove to be real thrilling experience of a life time. Sanctuary is located near Corbett National Park, and tourists can expect to see Asiatic Elephants, Tigers and many other species in their natural Habitat.
A vast Laldhang chaur is the main attraction of this zone. The grassland is often seen packed with elephants and Deer. Several wild pigs and Neelgai can also be seen here. The area is also a very sought after place for visitors interested in grassland birds.
Sheesam, Dhak, Sisoo, and Khair are the most visible trees found in Corbett. A lot of other varieties are found around the park which contributes to the diversity of species. The only conifer found in the park is Chir Pine, and is seen on ridge tops like Chir Choti and declines in Gajar Sot. The higher reaches near Kanda shelters Banj Oak growing, which is a typical Himalayan species. Kanju (Holoptelia Integrifolia), Jamun (Syzygium Cumini) and Aamla (Emblica Officinalis) are seen growing in major areas. Other main types of trees in Corbett Park.