Uttarakhand: Jim Corbett opens for winter tourism


Good news for all wildlife enthusiasts. The winter tourism season at Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) has recently kicked off, and saw a surge of wildlife enthusiasts flocking to the reserve.

Currently, Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhela, and Garjia zones are open to tourists. CTR officials announced that the other four zones — Sonanadi, Pakhro, Dhikala, and Durga Devi — will open for day safaris next month. Reports add that you will be able to stay at the reserve’s forest rest houses (FRHs) from November 15, the booking of which has already begun.

Officials also noted that visitors can anticipate an enhanced experience this season, which will be complemented with an upgraded reservation system and new amenities. It was further reported that they have introduced scanners at the entrance to prevent any fraudulent activities or the forgery of entry passes.

Zones like Bijrani, Dhikala, and Garjiya were closed during the rainy season due to the damage that monsoon causes to jungle roads. These roads needed repairs before the new season, as explained by forest officials.

Gypsies were dispatched in two phases, one in the morning, while the other in afternoon. Tourists not only relished their day visits, but loved every bit of it.
Tour operators, guides, gypsy drivers, along with other businesses associated with CTR, welcomed this move of reopening the reserve, as they depend heavily on CTR tourism. As per the reserve officials, there are 360 registered gypsies under the reserve administration, sent for safaris upon advance booking by tourists.

Corbett Tiger Reserve covers an expansive 1,288 sq km and stands as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. The gates of Corbett traditionally open on November 15 each year and remain accessible for six months until mid-June. Corbett annually draws around 300,000 tourists.

Corbett Park is typically closed every year from June 15 due to the monsoon season. As forest roads get washed away during the rainy season, and pose risks to human life, the reserve usually remains closed till October 15.

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