Located in the north-eastern region of Corbett National Park, Durgadevi Zone boasts of the most beautiful landscape in the park. The hilly terrain with lush green forests and profound serenity defines the splendid beauty of Durgadevi tourist area in Corbett Tiger Reserve. One of the six eco-tourism zones of the park, this area is known to be home to a particularly large number of exotic birds. Truly, the area is a paradise for bird-watching enthusiasts. Enriching the peaceful forest of the region, this part of Corbett forest is home to a variety of wild animals and attracts a large number of tourists every year. Corbett Forest Department organizes day jeep safaris in this area to explore the vibrancy and natural beauty of this Corbett tourist area.
This Durgadevi zone is situated on the hills and thus offers the most breathtaking view of nature along with the diversity of wildlife. The Ramganga river and the Mandal river cross each other at many places in the region, which adds to the charm of this forest landscape. Like other areas of Corbett National Park, Durgadevi area is also a natural habitat for a large number of amazing wildlife species including some endangered wild animals. The friendly ecosystem and large landscape make it ideal habitat for wildlife to survive and thrive. The mesmerizing topography and rich wildlife scene attract nature-loving tourists to the region.
Flora and Fauna : The major species of flora of the area include Shisham, Sisu, Dhak and Khair which are found in abundance in the park. Other vegetation of the area, such as chir pine, chir chhoti, gajar sot, banj oak, kanju, jamun, amla, etc. are seen growing in most of the park area. Common fauna species of the area are Royal Bengal tiger, wild boar, wild Asian elephant, various species of deer like spotted deer, sambar deer, barking deer, chital, rhesus monkey, black-faced monkey, jackal etc. Durgadevi area Corbett National Park has more number of wild elephants than other areas, hence this area is especially famous for spectacular sightings of wild elephants and birds. The river waters of the zone are home to the famous mahseer fish which can be seen in the river channels of the zone.
Durgadevi Dwar is the gateway to this area, located at a distance of 28 km from the nearest town Ramnagar which makes it the farthest area from Ramnagar. There is also a forest rest house called Lohachaur Van Griha in this area where tourists can enjoy night stay and get the immersive experience of the dense raw forest. Tourists have to take permission to enter the park to enjoy jeep safaris during the day or night stay at the forest rest house. It is better to book well in advance as the park is crowded with tourists, especially on weekends and holidays. Durgadevi Zone is open for tourists from 15th October to 15th June every year. During the monsoon season, the park is closed for any tourist activity.