Jhirna Zone is one of the popular zones among the six ecotourism zones in the Corbett National Park. The Corbett National Park is divided into the six tourism zone among which Jhirna zone is added much later in 1994. In order to extend the Tiger reserve zone, the farming lands of the Jhirna village and other two villages were included in the reserve territory and the villages were relocated at some other place nearby.
And then, the land was redeveloped and turned into an exotic lush forest. Due to being operational throughout the year for the wildlife safari in contrary of other zones which are closed during the monsoon season (except the Dhela zone), the Jhirna zone witnesses much footfalls all-round the year.
Situated at the southern edge of the Corbett Reserve Park, the Jhirna tourism zone offers some exclusive tiger and sloth bear sighting along with the spectacular view of the landscape which is pretty rich in wildlife. The topography of the Jhirna zone primarily is a dry deciduous type and consists of a large Grassland (Chaur) known as the Laldhang Chaur. This big Chaur is the favorite place for the herbivores of the zone like deer, chitals, nilgai and elephants. Numerous water streams in this zone nourish the wildlife of this zone and adding the natural ambiance of the zone. Also, the zone is considered an excellent spot for bird watching.
In order to get inside the Jhirna zone, you need to obtain the safari permit from the forest officials and also have to hire a safari vehicle and a naturist/guide. The entrance gate of the Jhirna zone is Dhela Gate, which is around 15 km from the Ramnagar, the nearest town which is also the railway station and bus stand from the zone. The safari for Jhirna zone is organized throughout the year and two shifts in a day with the maximum of 30 Jeeps in a shift. A maximum of 6 adults and 2 children (below 12 years of age) are allowed in a Jeep. You can book your permit, a safari Jeep, a guide for Jhirna Safari along with the accommodation near the zone from our website.
Note: During the monsoon season, from July to September, the advance booking of safaris is not allowed in the Jhirna zone as the safari can be cancelled for the day if there is heavy rain or bad weather so for the convenience, the day permits for the safaris are issued on the current basis from the counter.
The Jhirna zone offers night stay for the wildlife enthusiasts in its forest rest house located inside the zone. The Jhirna Forest rest House has a large compound where day safari visitors too can stay for a while and get refreshed before returning back to the exit gate. Jhirna FRH is located on the southern boundary of the Corbett Tiger Reserve and may be approached from the Dhela entry gate.
Vegetation here is drier and mostly shrub. It was a farming land till the villages (Dhara, Jhirna and Kothirau) were relocated in 1994 under Project Tiger. The area has recovered really well and is a testimony of the rejuvenating power of nature. After the successful ecological recovery, the area is a favored ground of Wild animals now.
Entry Gate: Dhela Gate
Distance from Ramnagar : 15Km
Open and Closed Period : Open throughout the year (subject to road and weather condition)
Safari Offered : Day Jeep Safari
Maximum Number of Safari Jeep : 30 Jeeps per Shift (2 Shift in a day)
Forest Rest House : Jhirna FRH)
Exploration Time : 03 hours 30 min