Bijrani: Bijrani is one of the prominent zones of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. There is a Government forest rest house inside this zone that permits night stay in the lap of nature. The area in and the Bijrani was once dedicated to shooting block during the British period. The area was much loved by the Shikaris as it offered quality of game hunting. As far as the terrain of Bijrani is concerned it is drier and also has more diverse vegetation as compare to Dhikala.
This wonderful forest rest house is located 12 Kms due northwest of Bijrani. Strategically located on the edge of core zone of then tiger reserve, Malani has lot to offer from most picturesque surrounding and solitude. The game drive to Malani is quite rewarding experience amidst nature as its easy opportunity to watch different mammals and birdlife in their natural habitats.
If we head towards Dhikala from Dhangarhi gate, Sultan is the first Forest Rest House we come across. This rest house is named after the seasonal stream running through that area called Sultan sot. It typifies the dense forest area of pure saal that occupy in the park.
This rest house can be accessed by a short detour of the Dhangarhi-Dhikala main forest road. The prime attraction of this rest house is that it lies on the banks of River Ramganga. Tourists staying here can experience crystal clear, fast flowing mountain river running through the scenic forests. Situated in the lap of the nature Gairal presents ideal condition for nature watch and wildlife viewing.
Another forest rest house inside Dhikala zone is Sarapduli that is located downstream of Gairal on the flat southern bank of the Ramganga. It is preferred by wildlife lover as here one can spot movements of large mammals including tiger and elephants. It is also perfect place to watch crocodiles and birdlife viewing.
Strategically located amid the Khinnanauli Chuar, this wonderful forest rest house is an excellent tiger territory. It has been developed recently in order to promote easy tourism to the various parts of the park.
Dhikala forest rest house needs not much introduction if we talk about wildlife tourism in Corbett. This well-known tourist destination is located at the edge of Patli Dun valley through which River Ramganga flows in numerous channels. Dhikala is an easy gateway to the various part of the park. The place offers panoramic view of the valley with the Kanda ridge in backdrop. The old Forest Rest House at Dhikala is a historic structure, built over a hundred years ago.
Jhirna: Jhirna is also well known forest house lies just inside the southern boundary of the park. If we move from Ramnagar to Kalagarh road that runs in east-west direction of the park, Jhirna lies on that particular road. If we talk about the landscape it is drier as compare to Dhikala and vegetation is mostly scrub. The area in and around Jhirna was a farming village till 1994 when it was successfully relocated under project tiger. This important zone of the Corbett is a good habitat for tiger, elephant, deer and mother interesting mammals like sloth bear and wild boar. Visitors can enjoy bird watching as many species of residents and migrated bird can be seen.
Dhela 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.
The region has FRHs (Forest Rest Houses) in both the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and the Domunda Tourism Zone of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. Halduparao, the only FRH in the Sonanadi Sanctuary and can be accessed from the Vatanvasa gate. The FRH at Kanda is in Corbett National Park. The FRHs of Morghatti and Pakhro are on the periphery of the Sonanadi Sanctuary and can be approached from Kalagarh and Kotdwar. The FRHs of Lohachaur, Rathuawadhab and Mundiyapani are in the Domunda Tourism Zone of CTR (Corbett Tiger Reserve) accessed from the. Durgadevi gate ahead of Ramnagar, The FRH of Kalagarh can be approached short of Ramnagar while that of Mohaan is 3okm ahead of Ramnagar.
Sonanadi Sanctuary is spread over 301.18 sqkm of prime forests of the Shiwalik Terai biotic province. Sonanadi literally means the river of gold. Gold panning used to be carried out in the river before the area became a sanctuary. The Palain and the Mandal are the perennial streams of the sanctuary. Historically, it was carved out of Kalagarh Forest Division. It was brought under the umbrella of Project Tiger and became a part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve in 1991 and also a part of Project Elephant. There are no villages inside the sanctuary. The forests of Sonanadi are remarkable for dense sal and rich bamboo clusters besides other species and is teeming with wildlife.
Sonanadi range is located in Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary which is a part of Corbett National Park. Developed as a natural habitat of wildlife animals and birds, Sonanadi range is blessed with amazing beauty of flora and fauna. Situated in the north of Sonanadi river, this zone is favoruite place for Asiatic Elephant along with tiger, cheetal, sambhar, leopard and reptiles. Visitors can also enjoy over 550 of birds in their natural habitat.
Lohachaur, Rithuadhab and Halduparao are some Forest Rest Houses in Sonanadi range available for night stay. Safari options like Jeep and elephant are available to enjoy wildlife at Sonanadi Range. Tourists are advised to pre-book entry ticket for a Safari in Sonanadi Zone. One can pre-book entry tickets from Ramnagar office. Sonanadi Zone is open for visitors from 15 October to 15 June and closed for monsoon. There are several safaris operated during a day in Sonanadi zone.
Sonanadi zone falls on Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary which is a part of Corbett Tiger Reserve. This is the only zone in Jim Corbett where tourists can walk on foot but richly housed by non-venomous snakes of different kinds. Popular mammals in the region are tiger, leopards and elephants. Tourists can take wildlife safari on jeep around Sonanadi zone observing the wild beings at proximity and enjoying the enchanting beauty of greenery and nature.