Sitabani Forest Zone

Sitabani Jim Corbett National Park Buffer Zone in Corbett

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Sitabani is a hard forest area. Not a part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, but is the only spot for bird watching in Jim Corbett. The area is a favorite spot for tourists walking by and is popular because of its mention in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. The legend says that goddess Sita, wife of Lord Rama, spent some days of her exile in Sitabani. The entire place is protected and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Sitabani Zone Jim Corbett

The whole forest area in Sitabani is open all around the year for safari tours and there is absolutely no limit of vehicles entering the area. Corbett national park authority does not offer a permit for entry into this zone. Instead, Sitabani Forest Department provides the permit for a jeep safari in this region. Sitabani forest zone also has a popular temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are shallow brooks flowing through the Sitabani, which offer enjoyable retreats to the tourists passing by. Tourists can also catch fishes and get excited about angling. It would indeed be a great idea to take a tour around this zone and get a real-time glimpse of it. Since you can easily take a walk through the Sitabani region, it would become a memorable adventure for you.

Sitabani is one of the prominent zones which are always full of tourists. Most of the tourists entering the Sitabani Jeep Safari zone are avid bird watchers. They have a fair inkling to watch birds and the best part is that there are plenty of birds to watch around, all through the season. Tourists can also take a glimpse of vultures, which have almost disappeared from the cities and towns.

Flora & Fauna in Saitabani Zone

Sitabani forest zone is very popular for its rich diversity of flora. There are more than 600 species of trees, shrubs, bamboos, herbs, grasses, orchids, woody climbers, and wetland vegetation. Some of the most important evergreen flora of this zone are Sal, Sheesham, Kanju, Dhak, Haldu, Pipal, Mangos, and Rohini trees.

Besides all these, Sitabani is indeed a fabulous spot and natural habitat for tigers, elephants, deers, sambhars, barking deers, porcupines, and king cobras. The place is a paradise for bird watchers and there is also an ashram where tourists can take a rest for a while.

Accommodation in Sitabani Forest Zone

There is no accommodation available for tourists in this zone.

Best Time to Visit Sitabani Forest

Avoid in the Monsoon season visiting Sitabani buffer forest. Heavy rain burst the roads so it’s difficult to visit the forest properly. October to Jun is the best timing to visit the Sitabani forest.

How to Book Stabani Jeep Safari

There is no advance booking and permit for the Sitabani forest zone. Corbett park rule regulations do not apply in this zone.

Don’t Forget to Carry

  • Camera
  • Video camera
  • Credit cards
  • Mobile
  • Travel bag
  • Snack
  • Map

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