Jhirna Forest Zone
The Jhirna forest zone is located on the southern part of the Corbett tiger reserve It is one of the six zones of the park which was opened in 1994. The zone is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Jhirna and Dhela forest zones are the only two zones in the forest which remain open all year round. Other zones of the park remain inaccessible to the public during monsoon season.
The Jhirna forest zone is the main territory of the Royal Bengal tigers in the Corbett national park. The zone is covered with lush forests and dense grasslands where these animals can hunt and live freely. Apart from tigers, this zone also consists of nilgai, sambhar, cheetah, and wild boar.
Jhirna Forest Rest House
The Jhirna forest rest house is located in the centre of the Jhirna forest zone. The Jhirna forest lodge is only available accommodation in the zone with 4 rooms rented for overnight stay. A visitor can book only 2 rooms in his name at a time for a stretch of 3 days max.
Each of the rooms in the Jhirna forest rest house comes with an attached bathroom and enough space for comfortable overnight stays. The electricity here is powered by solar energy hence the availability is limited. For dining, Visitors have to bring the raw materials to the lodge and the cook can prepare dishes according to their needs. Bringing non-vegetarian food and alcoholic drinks are prohibited. Image Courtesy.
How to Reach Jhirna Forest Rest House?
To get to the Jhirna forest lodge, visitors need to enter through the Dhela gate which is located 15 km away from Ramnagar. The day visit to this zone is open throughout the year, however, for night stay at the Jhirna forest rest house, the facility is only available from 15th November to 15th June.
Activities in Jhirna Forest Zone
The day jeep safari is the best attraction in the Jhirna forest zone. There are 30 jeeps in total which run in 2 shifts. The total duration of the safari is 3 hours and 30 minutes approximately. During the safari, visitors can spot varieties of birds and animals. There is a large, open compound adjacent to the Jhirna forest rest house, where visitors can sit and relax after the safari. Prior booking of jeep safari and guide is mandatory for all visitors.