About 15 minutes by road from our property, Jhirna was a man-animal conflict area until just over a decade ago. After relocation of the area’s villages, it now has densely wooded and grassland habitats, excellent for bird viewing with a majority of species such as the Great Hornbill and the Paradise Flycatcher being among the ones found in abundance here. Nilgai, spotted deer, sambhar and wild boar make it an attractive area for the big cats while resident beer and sloth bear populations offer wonderful sighting opportunities. A large grove of Flame of the Forest adds to the drama in Jhirna
This zone, closest to us, was crafted out of the southern buffer forests and a relocated village. The mixed forest plantation and moist deciduous attracts scores of Sambhar Deer, known as the Tiger’s favorite meal. The village fields are now expanses of grasslands where Deer, Elephants and Tigers roam around.
This area, carved out of an old shooting block has a wide network of crisscrossing jungle roads making it excellent tiger sighting territory. The forests here range from pure sal on the upper reaches to deciduous mixed forests in the valley with three major grasslands. With water plentiful throughout the year, Bijrani sustains a long prey base for the tiger and leopard. The area is about a 40 min drive from Jim’s jungle Retreat.
This is the northeastern zone of Corbett with an undulating landscape and densely wooded forests. The area has a lush and hilly terrain that not only offers tremendous birding opportunities but is also known as the leopard’s prime habitat. The Ramganga River flows through this zone before entering the Dhikala forest and provides life to the myriad flora and fauna of this region.
This is the largest and the most varied zone in Corbett, offering the best opportunities for overnight stays in century-old forest rest houses. Dhikala contains a diverse range of habitats from the moist deciduous forests to the vast open grasslands, which is widely considered to be a prime habitat for the Tiger and the Elephant. With many unique habitats, including the Ramganga river and reservoir, this zone is a haven for a wide range of species in Corbett. Dhikala’s higher altitude suits the Ghoral, a goat antelope, while the Gharial and Maggars, as well as the great Mahaseer, inhabit the rivers below. The Hog Deer, the fourth Deer species found in Corbett, is also exclusive to Dhikala.
Marchula is a small hamlet located on the banks of the Ramganga River, famous for angling and wonderful bird watching experiences in Corbett. The predominantly hilly terrain is sliced by the river and hosts unique aquatic life such as Crocodile, Tortoise and the tiger of the rivers - the Golden Mahaseer. The antelope Ghoral, also known as the mountain goat, can be spotted here.
The Sitabani reserve forests have been aptly christened ‘Corbett Landscape’ due to its proximity to the model village set up by Jim Corbett - Choti Haldwani. With the Kosi River providing nourishment to this area’s wildlife, the simple settlements and the Sitabani temple offer a unique rural and jungle experience in Corbett.
Tumheria is said to be Asia’s largest mud-dam with almost 4 kms long embankment of the reservoir. It is located in the southern buffer forest area of Corbett. The local Vangujjar settlements offer a unique glimpse into their traditional lifestyle and this water body attracts a tremendous amount of birdlife and is a haven for winter migratory birds.