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Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhikala: Unraveling Corbett's Different Zones

by Nimisha Tewari 16 Oct 2023

Jim Corbett National Park, nestled in the heart of Uttarakhand, India, offers an incredible array of wildlife and landscapes. It's a park of diverse habitats, and three prominent zones - Bijrani, Jhirna, and Dhikala - beckon wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers to explore their unique charms. Here, we unravel the distinct characteristics of each zone:

  1. Bijrani Zone:       

    • Lush Sal Forests: The Bijrani zone is famous for its dense Sal forests. These forests provide excellent cover and habitat for a variety of wildlife, making it a prime location for tiger sightings.

    • Wildlife Haven: Apart from tigers, this zone is home to leopards, sloth bears, elephants and a multitude of bird species. Bijrani's water sources attract a variety of wildlife, especially during the scorching summers.

    • Open Grasslands: While dense forests dominate, there are open grasslands that provide beautiful backdrops for photography, particularly during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset.

  2. Jhirna Zone

    • Year-Round Access: Unlike other zones that remain closed during the monsoon, the Jhirna zone is open throughout the year. This makes it a go-to choice for those visiting during the rainy season.

    • Birdwatcher's Paradise: Jhirna's landscape is a haven for birdwatchers. A range of avian species, including peafowls, red junglefowls and several raptors, make it an ideal place for bird photography.

    • Herbivore Haven: Jhirna is known for its healthy population of herbivores, such as spotted deer and sambar. This abundance of prey species makes it a favored hunting ground for tigers and leopards, offering photographers exciting opportunities to capture predator-prey interactions.

  3. Dhikala Zone

    • Varied Landscapes: Dhikala stands out for its diverse landscapes, from grassy meadows to thick forests and the serene Ramganga River. Each landscape type presents its own photographic opportunities.

    • Corbett's Heart: Dhikala is often considered the heart of Corbett National Park. It's a place of legendary wildlife sightings and has a deep-rooted history of tiger conservation.

    • River Reflections: The Ramganga River, which meanders through the Dhikala zone, offers remarkable photo opportunities with reflections of the surrounding wildlife and landscapes.

    • Famous Watchtowers: Dhikala has well-known watchtowers, like the Dhikala Watchtower and the Gairal Watchtower, that provide elevated vantage points for wildlife observation and photography.

Visiting these distinct zones within Jim Corbett National Park is like exploring different facets of a multifaceted gem. Each zone offers a unique blend of landscapes, wildlife, and photographic moments. Whether you're a wildlife photographer, bird enthusiast, or simply a nature lover, Corbett's diverse zones cater to a spectrum of interests, ensuring that every visitor leaves with unforgettable memories and captivating photographs.

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