If you’re a wildlife enthusiast and can’t wait to go on a safari soon, we suggest you consider Corbett Tiger Reserve. That’s because the ban on overnight stays in national parks, reserve forests, and protected forests has been lifted.

In August 2018, the Uttarakhand High Court had got the ban in effect so as to protect the wildlife from incidences of poaching and human trespassing. The court also put a cap on the number of vehicles visiting the wildlife reserve to 100 per day. But in October, the portals of Dhikala zone were opened for the tourists once again, and the rest-houses located close to the Corbett Tiger Reserve again started accepting reservations.

All this has happened in the wake of a declaration made by the Uttarakhand state government that three new eco-tourism zones will be made on the periphery of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. The announcement was made after a month after the ban on overnight stays in the forest rest houses near the tiger reserve was lifted.

Which means, it’s a great time to enjoy adventure and wildlife like never before in Uttarakhand. When the ban was in effect, jeep owners in the Dhikala zone were upset about regular travellers and wildlife supporters shifting to Ranthambore National Park from Corbett.

However, the three new eco-tourism zones that will be built outside the Corbett Reserve will be situated at Nihal, Pawalgarh, and Sandani. They’re also planning on building temporary rest houses so that they can be demolished in case the court enforces more stringent regulations in the future.

Taking the eco-route, the rest-houses will be equipped with rainwater harvesting facilities to relieve pressure on local resources and solar-lit fencing to ward off wild animals. They will be available for bookings January 2019 onwards. Essentially, the three new zones will not only encourage tourism but also create employment opportunities for the locals too.

Jim Corbett National Park has 200 wild cat residents that dwell in the area covering 1288 square kilometres. Everyone who visits the park is likely to encounter the tigers due to their high population in the area. With the new development, you can get up and close to the roars of the striped beast and enjoy the haunting silence of the forest in one of the wildest jungles of the country. Well, it is time to indulge in some local feast, safari rides and other adventure opportunities awaiting you at Jim Corbett.