Here’s Good News for Wildlife Explorers! Corbett to Open New Safari Gate Phato
News Update: The Uttarakhand and Union governments have decided to open a new gate to the Corbett Tiger Reserve through Terai western region.
New initiative will now ease tourist pressure in Corbett National Park. Green signal has been given by forest department to start day safari in Terai Western region of the Pahto for the first time. Tourists will be able to enjoy jeep safari in Phato from October. The Forest Department is making the outline of tourism.
Under the Terai Western Forest Division, the demand was being raised to develop the forest of Phato range as tourism due to the presence of unique biodiversity, dense forest and varied wildlife. For this, MLA Dewan Singh Bisht’s representative of Forest Department and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni’s representative Madan Joshi was trying for the last one year.
Joshi had proposed to develop Phato for tourism in front of former CM Trivendra Singh Rawat and current CM Tirath Singh Rawat. Now the Forest Department is going to start Gypsy Day Safari for tourists in Phato range from October 1st this year.
Safari will be within a radius of ten kilometers
Tourists will be able to do safari in the forest within a radius of ten kilometers. On which route the tourists will take the safari, the routes are being determined. The distance from Ramnagar to Phato is 22 kms. After reaching Phato, tourists will take safari from Shikarikuan.
It will generate Employment
Tourists go for safari tourism in Corbett Park. Apart from this, safari is also conducted in Sitabani tourism zone in Ramnagar forest division. Now with the start of tourism in Terai Western Forest Division, the government will get revenue and employment to the local people also.
Tourism Gates in Corbett National Park
At the moment, Corbett has eight entry gates. These lie in the Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhikala, Durgadevi, Dhela, Garjiya, Sonanadi and Pakhro zones of the park, all of which are in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand. Till now, tourists, especially from Delhi and the National Capital Region could travel to the park only via the town of Ramnagar. Due to this, Ramnagar, in peak season, is very overcrowded and tourists have to wait for several hours for their turn to enter the park.