Durga Devi Safari zone is around 28 Km from Ramnagar. Lies on the north-eastern boundary of the Jim Corbett National Park, it covered with hills along with the bank of Ramganga river. Tourists have to take the permission from the Forest authorities before entering the zone. Durgadevi zone is the untouched territory of the park and one can explore the zone via elephant safari and jeep safari. But to explore the durga Devi zone, elephant safari is considered to be the best option. The entrance gate is located just few kilometres away from some good known resorts. Besides wildlife, one has a easy access to the banks of Ramganga river which is the best place to enjoy fishing and angling. Mahseer fish is common in the river waters. During stay in this fantastic zone, you get once-in-life opportunity to go for angling facilities at the Ramganga camp at bhikiasen crossing the gate.
This is the best place considered for bird watching. One can easily see black chinned yuhina, grey headed fishing eagle, little forktailand bar tailed tree creeper, crested laughing thrush, slaty blue flycatcher and maroon orile. Lohachaur forest area at Durga Devi zone is known for leopards and wild animal.
Quick Facts about the Durgadevi Tourism Zone:
Mentioned below are the timings of jeep safari in Corbett National Park
Winter Safaris Timings
Morning: 07:00 am – 10:00 am
Evening: 02:00PM to 05:30PM
Safari Timings in Summer
Morning: 06:00 am – 09:30 am
Evening: 03:00PM to 06:30PM
The Dhela zone can be visited on a day safari, the permit for which can be reserved using the official website. The safari is done using the registered vehicles and a mandatory guide. Private vehicles are not allowed in this zone just like the other zones of CTR
A vast Laldhang chaur is the main attraction of this zone. The grassland is often seen packed with elephants and Deer. Several wild pigs and Neelgai can also be seen here. The area is also a very sought after place for visitors interested in grassland birds.
Sheesam, Dhak, Sisoo, and Khair are the most visible trees found in Corbett. A lot of other varieties are found around the park which contributes to the diversity of species. The only conifer found in the park is Chir Pine, and is seen on ridge tops like Chir Choti and declines in Gajar Sot. The higher reaches near Kanda shelters Banj Oak growing, which is a typical Himalayan species. Kanju (Holoptelia Integrifolia), Jamun (Syzygium Cumini) and Aamla (Emblica Officinalis) are seen growing in major areas. Other main types of trees in Corbett Park.
Corbett National Park is home for many wonderful as well as endangered species of animals. The natural bounty and vast landscapes provide perfect habitat for wildlife here.
Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Chital, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Black Faced Monkey, Rheus Monkey, Wild Pig and Jackal etc.
Peacock, Jungle Foul, White Bush Chat, Oriental Pied, Emerald Dove, Red Wattle Lapwing, the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Rested Kingfisher, Indian Shirks, Indian Alpine Swift, Woodpecker, laughing Thrush, Vulture, Parakeet, kales Pheasant, Oriole, Common Grey Hornbill, Duck, Stork, Cormorant, Parrot, Indian Roller, Teal, Seagull etc.
Adventurous wildlife safari to Durga Devi Zone can undertaken using registered vehicles from Durga Devi Gate (28 kms from Ramnagar).