Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve Opens for Winter Tourism Season

The winter tourism season at Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) is back, bringing the wilderness alive for nature enthusiasts. With improved amenities and heightened security measures, the reserve promises an unforgettable experience.

The winter tourism season at Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) has officially commenced, attracting wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers from all around.

Diganth Nayak, Deputy Director of CTR, reported a significant influx of visitors on Sunday, marking the beginning of this highly anticipated season.

A Glance at the Recent Developments

During his visit to the reserve on October 13, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami discussed the establishment of a special tiger protection force (STPF) with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), following the model of Karnataka.

This initiative aims to further protect the endangered tiger population in the reserve.


Reopening the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve

A flag-off ceremony was held at the Bijrani gate, symbolizing the commencement of the season. The zones of Bijrani, Dhikala, and Garjiya were temporarily closed during the rainy season to repair jungle roads damaged by the monsoon. These repairs were essential before the new season began, as explained by forest officials.

Gypsies, the popular mode of transportation for tourists, were dispatched in two phases, morning and afternoon, ensuring a seamless experience for visitors.

Local Community Welcomes the Reopening

Tour operators, guides, gypsy drivers, and other businesses associated with CTR celebrated the reopening, as their livelihoods heavily depended on the tourism generated by the reserve. According to reserve officials, there are 360 registered gypsies available for safaris, pre-booked by tourists eager to explore the reserve.

Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve: A Natural Wonderland

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.

FAQs Answered

Q: When is the best time to visit Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve?

A: The best time to visit Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve is during the winter season (November to February) when the weather is pleasant and the animals are more active.

Q: What zones are open for tourists during the winter season?

A: During the winter season, all six zones of Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve are open for tourists. These zones are Bijrani, Dhikala, Garjia, Jhirna, Pakhro, and Sonanadi.

Q: How can I book a safari at Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve?

A: You can book a safari at Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve online or through a registered tour operator. It is advisable to book your safari in advance, especially during the peak season.

Q: What are the different types of safaris available at Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve?

A: There are two types of safaris available at Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve: jeep safaris and canter safaris. Jeep safaris are more expensive but offer a more personalized experience, while canter safaris are more affordable but can be crowded.

Q: What should I pack for a safari at Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve?

A: You should pack comfortable clothing, shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a camera for your safari at Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve. It is also advisable to carry a water bottle and some snacks.

With these developments, Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve promises an unforgettable and conservation-conscious experience for all those who seek to reconnect with nature and its untamed beauty.

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Manish Khandelwal
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Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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