Kalagarh Tiger Reserve: Untouched Side of Corbett Tiger Reserve

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Are you looking to visit Kalagarh Tiger Reserve? Have you been planning to book a rest house or dreaming of a forest stay for a long? Well, you have arrived at the right platform.

In this article, you will get to know everything about Kalagarh Tiger Reserve plus all the peripheral information too.

We have been living in Uttarakhand for a couple of years now and have gathered decent knowledge about the place. You will get the right and detailed information about Kalagarh Tiger Reserve in this article. After you have read this article you need not worry about anything, you will know all the required information. Let’s make your stay an interesting experience.

Kalagarh Tiger Reserve: A Brief Background

It is one of India’s principal national reserves. The northern portion of Jim Corbett got the designation Kalagarh Tiger Reserve when Project Tiger came to India in 1974. (KTR).
The reserve’s administrative centre is in the Nainital District. However, it is within Lansdowne Division by the Uttarakhand Forest Department.

A total of 301.18 square kilometres make up Kalagarh (KTR), which also contains Jim Corbett Park and the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary. Around 70% of Corbett is in the Pauri Garhwal district, with the remaining portion falling under Nainital and Almora districts. In the Shivalik Mountain Range of Pauri, Garhwal, Kalagarh serves as a haven for various wildlife species.

sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Biodiversity in Kalagarh Tiger reserve

As implied by the name, there are many tigers, leopards, and other cat family members there. Chital, barking deer, goral, sambar, and hog deer are among the various breeds of deer found there. While on a trip, you can see the elephant herd anywhere in the region. Langurs, yellow-throated martens, and porcupines are a few more.

More than 580 bird species, including kingfishers, wagtails, forktails, pheasants, hornbills, eagles, and vultures, 50 mammal species, 25 species of reptiles, including crocodiles, king cobras, rock pythons, and monitor lizards, as well as hundreds of plant and insect species, can be found in the park.
Along with medicinal plants, the area is home to a variety of tree species, including sal, Sheesham, email, Bakli, Haladu, tun, and sain.

How to Reach Kalagarh Tiger Reserve

One can quickly come here by road from all corners of the country. Kalagarh Tiger Reserve is reasonably accessible. Through the NH-58, it is only 275 kilometres from Delhi, and there are fast trains from Delhi to Kotdwar, where visitors can access the park. Kotdwar is almost 60 kilometres away from Vatanvasa Gate.

Kalagarh Tiger Reserve Distance: MAP

Safari availability

A 2-3 hour Jeep excursion through the jungle is available. In the Indian state of Uttarakhand, the Kalagarh Tiger Reserve is a well-known tourist destination and a part of the Corbett scenery. The region is well-known for its tigers, elephants, leopards, and other exotic wildlife. Jeep safaris are the primary means of transportation within the reserve.
One thing to remember while planning a Tiger Reserve trip is that private cars can’t go inside the Reserve forest. You can see spotted deer, sambhar, wild boar, tigers, leopards, barking deer, and goral at the Kalagarh Tiger Reserve. The Kalagarh Tiger Reserve is the ideal location for a wildlife safari and bird viewing due to its two types of bears—Himalayan Black and Sloth—and more than 400 species of birds.
tiger pugmark inside dhikala
tiger pugmark inside dhikala

TIGER RESERVE ZONES open from 15th November – 15th June every year for visits

Vatanvasa Zone
15th November – 15th February
Timing: 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

Sitabani Zone
16th May – 15th June
Timing: 5:30 am – 7:15 pm

16th February – 31st March
Timing: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Durga Devi Zone
16th June- 14th November
Timing: Closed

Dhikala Zone
1st April – 15th May
Timing: 5:45 am – 7:00 pm

TIGER RESERVE ZONES that is open round the year

Dhela Zone

15th November – 15th February

Timing: 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

Pakhro Zone

16th May – 15th June

Timing: 5:30 am – 7:15 pm

Garjiya Zone

16th February – 31st March

Timing: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Jhirna Zone

16th June- 14th November

Timing:6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sonanadi zone of jim corbett national park kalagarh tiger reserve
Sonanadi zone of jim corbett national park

Easy Availability of Rest Houses/Cottages

Visitors can also stay in the Forest Rest House of Halduparao, Rathuwadhab, Mundiyapani Sendhikhal, Pakhro etc., after prior bookings. Private Camps/cottages are also available in the buffer zone of the tiger reserve.

Stay and Safari Options: Kalagarh Tiger Reserve


Riverside Resort

Riverside resort is one of the most pleasing resorts in this natural setting. It is next to the Kalagarh Tiger Reserve, and Lansdowne is only a short drive away. One of the first resorts to establish in this area, Resort offers its visitors excellent services and a fantastic experience.

Vanvasa Resort

Vanvasa, or residing remote from urban life, means “in the forest.”
They created Vanvasa Resort with this idea: a restful and refreshing getaway where you escape the rush of city life and do your best to find peace and tranquilly in the magnificent mountains.
It is the most stunning resort in the Corbett National Park Lansdowne region; Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, was established in 2012 and is called Vanvasa.

Hill Top Resort

The 50-acre Hill Top Resort Resort gives a breathtaking view of Lansdowne Cantt Town and the River Mandaal and is bordered on two sides by the Kalagarh Tiger Reserve (the northern portion of Jim Corbett National Park).
People seeking getaways away from the bustle of typical hill resorts can find paradise at this open resort.
We have made every effort to maintain the native flora in the area without introducing any new species, as it is home to a diverse range of fauna.
More than 40 bird species are in the resort, including the Uttarakhand state bird, the Monal, pheasants, orange bullfinch, babbler, and hornbill.

vatanvasa gate kalagarh tiger reserve
jeep safari inside jim corbett national park

Forest Rest Houses: Ramgarh Tiger Reserve

Halduparao Forest Rest House

The 1890-built Halduparao FRH is 50 kilometres away from Kotdwara. After entering through the Vatanvasa gate, there is a 10-kilometre drive on a woodland road. It gives tourists a panoramic view of the river and the surrounding trees because it is 385 metres on the right bank of the Palain River.
The FRH is older than a century. The entire area has excellent wilderness. Nearby to FRH is where the Palain (Sonanadi/Golden river) river runs.

You may get a clear river view from the little watch tower on the FRH property. Most animals consume liquids, gaze, and play around the Palain (Sonanadi/Golden) river.

Cellphone Network – no cellphone network (Forest Department Wireless is available in case of emergency). Only solar light is available.

Mundiyapani Forest Rest House kalagarh tiger reserve
Mundiyapani Forest Rest House

Other Forest Rest Houses

Mundiapani FRH

Mundia FRH is Fifty-two kilometres away from Kotdwara City. It is 35 kilometres away from Dugadda Town, which serves as the intersection of Kotdwar and Lansdowne. Even though the road is passable, the likelihood of wild activities (movement) increases as you travel farther. There is a woodland barrier that requires entry or proof of a valid stay permit. Otherwise, the forest personnel won’t be allowed to enter any further.

You can experience a fantastic adventure through this Corbett Tiger Reserve environment after driving for about 38 kilometres through a beautiful green highland rainforest. The FRH is older than a century.
The entire area has amazing wilderness. It is a good environment for birds. For birdwatching, you can stroll alongside the water stream.

Morghatti FRH

The Morghatti FRH is accessible from Kotdwar and is on the edge of the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary. How to Go There: To get to Kotdwar City, you must first travel by road or train from any central station, including the national capital of Delhi. The Gypsy is required to get to Morghatti FRH, but you can drive your car up to Pakhro Gate and park there instead. From Kotdwar city, Gypsy (Jeeps) are available for transfers and jungle safaris.

Rathudhab FRH

The Rathudhab FRH is situated in the Rathuadhab village, 60 kilometres from the Uttarakhand State capital of Kotdwara. Vatanvasa gate is where you can enter a safari the closest. Ten kilometres separate FRH and Safari Gate. Although the road is passable, erratic movements are dangerous as you pass through Dugadda town. The entire route is a hilly, jungled drive. People hardly ever move, and cars hardly ever pass. Small settlements like Sendhikhal, Dhontiyal, and Ramisera are there. Due to wild activity, driving at night or in the late evening is not advised. Elephants and leopards are present here. 

Weak mobile networks: BSNL, IDEA, and AIRTEL. 

Electricity is accessible 

Rathuadhab Village: You can easily find the necessary stores here because the FRH is about 300 metres away. 

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Kalagarh Town


Kalagarh is a small town in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. It is located on the banks of the Ramganga River, which is also known as the Ganges of Kumaon.

Kalagarh has been mentioned in several Hindu scriptures and texts, such as Mahabharat and Ramayana.

It is located at an altitude of 248 m above sea level. It has a lot of attractions including natural beauty, adventure activities and cultural heritage.

Kalagarh elephant hospital

Kalagarh was originally called Kalaguru and it was founded in 1689 AD by Bhagwan Singh Bisht who was also known as “Guruji”.

Kalagarh has a population of around 3,000 people.

Kalagarh lies on the bank of the Ramganga River which flows through Kalagarh city and provides it with water for irrigation purposes. Kalagarh experiences an arid climate with hot summers and cool winters. The average annual rainfall is around.

Kalagarh dam
kalagarh dam

According to researchers, the Kalagarh region of Uttarakhand’s Pauri district can shed light on the evolution of primates, including early humans.
A researcher from the nearby Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology discovered a primate fossil in Kalagarh in 1983 that dates back 11 million years. A primate is a member of a group of mammals that includes early humans, apes, and monkeys.

Ramesh Kumar Sehgal, a scientist at the Wadia Institute, said, “We have asked the Anthropological Survey of India in Dehradun to include Kalagarh in their investigations so that details regarding the evolution of early primates can be discovered.” “This (Kalagarh) may be the ideal location in Uttarakhand to research the evolution of monkeys.”

ramganga dam
ramganga dam

Studies have been done in the Kalagarh region, which is a part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, and fossils have been unearthed. However, few research excursions have been performed in recent years, according to Sehgal.
Scientists from the Wadia Institute have also requested that the Anthropological Survey of India (ASI) research at Ramnagar in Jammu and Kashmir because a 13 million-year-old fossil has been discovered there.

According to scientists from the Wadia Institute, studies will be carried out in Kalagarh and Ramnagar, according to ASI office head Harsh Vardhan.

According to Vardhan, the Kalagarh site may be significant for us because our research primarily focuses on social behaviour, environmental factors, and species evolution.

He mentioned that the Shivalik hills in the outer Himalayas are where ASI scientists have been gathering fossils. “They (fossils) are being investigated to learn more about the prehistoric environment and the species’ eating and behavioural routines.”

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jim corbett national park kalagarh leopard

Motives to Visit Kalagarh

Kalagarh provides travellers with a different entry point (Kalagarh Range) into Corbett National Park because it is located between Ramnagar (Corbett) and Kotdwara (Lansdowne) (Open all through the year)
Due to its proximity to the Sonanadi area (home to 500+ bird species), Kalagarh is a top spot for bird watching.

Kalagarh Dam

The Ramganga Dam often referred to as the Kalagarh Dam, is an embankment dam on the Ramganga River in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, India, three kilometres (two miles) upstream of Kalagarh. The Jim Corbett National Park contains it.

Distance from main cities

Pantnagar (115 km), Bareily (177 km), and Dehradun are the closest airports (192 km)
Nearby are Kashipur (51 km), Ramnagar (78 km), and Moradabad (94 km)


With a population of 31156, the Pauri Garhwal district in the state of Uttarakhand contains the Pincode 246142 for Kalagarh. There are 15826 females and 15330 males, respectively, in the population. The area is around 549.08 square kilometres in size.

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