Nestled within the foothills of the Himalayas, the Sitabani zone carves a unique niche within the Corbett Park landscape. Unlike other zones, it’s not designated as a tiger reserve, offering a distinct experience for visitors.

The name “Sitabani” resonates with Hindu mythology, drawing its fame from the epic Ramayana. Legend has it that Goddess Sita, wife of Lord Rama, spent a part of her exile in this very forest. This association with the epic has made Sitabani a popular spot for nature walks, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the serene beauty and historical significance of the place.

The entire Sitabani zone falls under the watchful eye of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), ensuring its preservation. This zone boasts a vibrant tapestry of flora, with over 600 species of trees, shrubs, and other vegetation thriving within its borders. Sal, Sheesham, Kanju, and many more verdant wonders paint a captivating picture.

While not technically part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, Sitabani offers a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Jeep safaris conducted by the Sitabani Forest Department provide opportunities to spot tigers, elephants, deer, and a plethora of other animals. Unlike the Corbett Tiger Reserve zones, there’s no restriction on the number of vehicles entering Sitabani, allowing for a more flexible safari experience.

Adding to the charm of Sitabani is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, a place of solace for pilgrims and visitors alike. The zone is further graced by shallow streams, offering tranquil retreats for weary travelers. These streams are perfect spots to unwind and soak in the sights and sounds of the captivating wilderness.

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