Geographically, Corbett Tiger Reserve is situated in the Shivalik hills of Himalayas while administratively it spreads over Pauri Garhwal, Nainital and Almora districts of Uttarakhand State in India. Ramnagar, in Nainital district is its administrative head-quarter.
Corbett is accessible –
By Road: Delhi-Moradabad-Kashipur-Ramnagar
By Train: Delhi-Moradabad-Kashipur-Ramnagar (Ramnagar is the nearest railway station)
By Air: Dehradun and Delhi are the nearest operational airports.
Regular flights are also being proposed from the nearby Pantnagar Airport in Udham Singh Nagar District.
Corbett Tiger Reserve has five entry gates for access to its Tourism Zones, namely Bijrani, Dhangari, Jhirna, Durgadevi, and Vatanbasa (Kotdwar). Vatanvasa (Kotdwar) gate is the entry point for the Sonanadi Tourism Zone and is regulated from the Kotdwara reception centre.
Corbett Tiger Reserve remains closed during the monsoons. All zones of Corbett Tiger Reserve are closed for night halts by visitors from 15th June to 14th November. The Bijrani Zone remains closed for day visits from 30th June to 14th October. The Dhikala, Lohachaur and Sonanadi Tourism Zones are closed for day visits from 16th June to 14th November. The Jhirna Tourism Zone, however remains open for day safaris throughout the year, subject to road and weather conditions being safe.
Between 1st to 15th June, the Dhikala, Lohachaur and Sonanadi Zones are on standby mode. During this period, advance reservations are not done and these Zones can be shut down by the Director, Corbett Tiger Reserve at short notice depending on weather conditions and in consideration of visitor safety.
In Corbett Tiger Reserve, minimum temperatures can reach as low as 2 Degree C, in the months of December and January while the maximum temperature during the months of May and June reaches as high as 42 Degree C
Entry permits are issued for a specific tourism zone. Safari is permitted only for the specific zone booked for. Other zones shall remain out of bounds for the visitor.
Day safaris are allowed in five Zones in Corbett Tiger Reserve. These Zones are Bijrani, Dhangari, Jhirna, Durgadevi and Sonanadi (Kotdwar).
Inside Corbett Tiger Reserve, accommodation facilities are available in Dhikala FRH, Sultan FRH, Sarpduli FRH and Gairal FRH in Dhikala Zone, Bijrani FRH and Malani FRH in Bijrani Zone, Jhirna FRH in Jhirna Zone; KandaFRH and Lohachaur FRH in Durgadevi Zone. Accommodation is also available at Halduparao in the Sonanadi Tourism Zone. All rooms are provided with double beds and basic amenities. A twelve bed dormitory at Dhikala and an eight bed dormitory at Gairal are also available. Electricity is not available at any of the FRHs except at Dhikala. Some campuses have a limited Generator backup
Visitors are allowed to move only in designated vehicles in Corbett Tiger Reserve with a registered Nature Guide/Naturalist. Always keep a safe distance from wild animals. One should refrain from teasing wild animals and should never try to feed them. Getting off the vehicle and moving on foot is strictly prohibited. These are punishable offences. First-aid box is mandatory in all the vehicles. Winter garments are advised during the months of December and January. It is always advisable to follow the instructions of the Guide and adhere to the Do’s and Dont’s. Sitting firmly inside the vehicle, remaining watchful to any dangling branches, avoiding touching of plants, eating of leaves/fruits and obeying all rules and regulations are important for your own safety. Please be well informed about such rules and regulations before entering Corbett Tiger Reserve.o.