Frequently Asked Questions - Jim Corbett National Park




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Visitors can move about in vehicles inside the park area after making entries at the respective gates. Tourists will have to hire taxi permitted gypsies from Ramnagar which are available near the reception area. Tourist’s own vehicles are not allowed inside the Park so they have to be parked in Ramnagar. It is advisable to refuel vehicles before entering the park because there is no fuel station beyond Ramnagar.
Another option is to undertake a day-tour conducted by the park on a safari bus which is operational only for Dhikala Tourism zone for a ride of max 6 hours. However, the capacity for this facility is limited.
Walking or trekking inside the park is not allowed except at certain places.
Specific trails for vehicles are maintained to enable visitors to watch wildlife at Corbett. Driving off track it is not allowed for reasons of safety. It is to be noted that driving after sunset is strictly prohibited.

Permits are necessary for entering Corbett Tiger Reserve. For day visits, permits can be booked online prior to one month of the date of arrival. However permits for night halts are issued at the CTR Reception Office at Ramnagar for which visitors have to file an application as early as they can by sending fax to the reception office or by hand through any local correspondent. Day visits to Dhikala Tourism zone are not permitted except in conducted safari organized by Corbett Tiger Reserve. Only visitors who have prior accommodation reserved can enter Dhikala Zone.

For night halts three tourist complexes located at Dhikala, Gairal and Bijrani offer a choice of accommodation type. Dhikala has the maximum bed capacity including a dormitory. Basic lodging is available for tourists at other Forest Rest Houses at Malani, Sultan, Gairal, Sarpduli, Khinanauli, Kanda and Jhirna. Visitors can also stay at the Forest Rest Houses at Lohachaur, Rathuadhab, Halduparao, Mundiapani, Morghatti, Sendhikhal and Dhela.

Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Tourism is allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife living here.

In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park from India and abroad.

General Information:
Altitude: 385-1100 m above mean sea level
Annual rainfall: 1400-2800 mm.
Temperature range: 4°C in winter to 42°C during summer.

Food and Canteen
Canteens are located at Dhikala, Gairal and Bijrani. However, at other places where this facility is not available cooking utensils and crockery are have been provided for visitors to carry their rations and cook their own their own meals. Consumption of non-vegetarian food and alcohol is strictly prohibited inside the park.

Interpretive Facilities and Services
Elephant rides offer a unique experience For the purpose of directing visitors and showing them around Corbett, trained Nature Guides are available at their service. These registered guides help tourists spot wildlife and make sure that they do not lose their way inside the forest. Taking a Nature Guide with each vehicle is compulsory. The authorities at Corbett Tiger Reserve have maintained a Visitor Centre and Museum at Dhangarhi Gate. This complex is equipped with displays, exhibits and models for the benefit of visitors to orient them and enable them to understand the history and biodiversity of Corbett. This facility is accessible to everyone, even if they don’t go inside the park, and remains open throughout the year. Elephant Ride is available only at Dhikala & Bijrani on first come first serve basis for only those who are having the permits for the night halt in respective Forest Rest Houses. There are several Watchtowers (Machans) at different locations in Dhikala, Bijrani and Jhirna to facilitate the viewing of wildlife. During evenings the lodgers at Dhikala and Bijrani can enjoy films on wildlife that are screened to provide an educative entertainment to visitors. Dhikala also has a well-stocked library, which has a fine collection of books concerning wildlife and general topics .

Please enter the Park only after taking the necessary permits and follow all the rules.:

Please obtain services of Nature Guides that the Park has trained for your benefit.
They are of great help to you in spotting wildlife and ensuring that you do not lose your way in the forest.
Drive slowly in the Park. In this way you can see, observe and enjoy the most, without disturbing wildlife.
Keep to the specified roads and trails. Driving off track you may trample growing trees and cause disturbance to resting animals and their young.
Respect the wild animals and maintain a safe distance from them. Remember, you are in their home and they get first priority.
Listen to the music of the forest instead of your car stereo or transistor. The quieter you are, the more the chances of your seeing wildlife.
Wear dull-coloured clothes. Bright colours alarm most wild animals and they flee.
Don’t carry guns. Feel free to shoot with a camera instead.
Do not smoke or light campfires in the forest. Accidental fires can destroy this wonderful jungle in no time.
Don’t get off your vehicle at any point in the Park except where it’s allowed. This is for your own safety and the safety of wildlife.
The Park is not a zoo; so don’t expect to see wildlife everywhere. Corbett is breathtaking even in its scenery.
Do not be disappointed if you don’t see a tiger. There are many other interesting creatures that are to be seen and cherished. Having alcohol and non vegetarian food is not allowed.
Help keep the park pollution-free. While inside the park, please put your non-biodegradable litter (tin cans, plastic, glass bottles, metal foils etc.) into the bag provided and dispose of it on your way out.

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