Elephant Safari at Jim Corbett National Park.

Elephant safaris stand out as one of the safest and most reliable means of transportation during jungle expeditions. Particularly in dense and rugged terrains inaccessible by jeeps or canters, opting for an elephant safari proves to be the most prudent choice.

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This method of exploration extends to very dense forests, muddy landscapes, and deep valleys, presenting a thrilling opportunity to encounter wildlife at remarkably close quarters. Experience the essence of the wild with the safety and reliability that an elephant safari uniquely offers.

A visit to Corbett National Park without partaking in an elephant safari renders your tour incomplete. The elephant safari in Corbett stands as the exclusive means to closely observe wild animals, offering an extended duration to connect with the captivating wildlife. Elevate your experience and make the most of your Corbett tour by indulging in the unique and enriching adventure of an elephant safari.

What can you get from an Elephant Safari?

Joining an elephant safari, accompanied by a skilled Mahout, provides a captivating journey deep into the mysterious forests, rugged treks, scenic valleys, vast grasslands, and alongside rivers. This extraordinary experience offers a diverse blend of watching wildlife and a unique connection with the ‘lord of the jungle.’ The primary allure lies in traversing the terrain atop this majestic pachyderm for an extended period.

This exclusive elephant safari opportunity is reserved for visitors who have secured their night stay permits for Dhikala or Bijrani  and others Forest Rest Houses within the park. A visit to Corbett without an elephant safari renders the tour incomplete, as it stands as the sole means to intimately observe and spend quality time with the wild inhabitants.

Navigating the dense forests, confronting rugged terrains, and encountering the thrill of being in proximity to tigers or herds of wild elephants, the real adventure unfolds during this safari in their natural habitat. With morning and evening timings available, seize the opportunity to partake in Corbett’s elephant safari twice a day. For ardent wildlife enthusiasts, Corbett Tiger Reserve offers an extended elephant safari, requiring a stay at the forest lodges within the park. To ensure your spot on this extraordinary journey, advance booking for the elephant safari is highly recommended.

The area where these majestic rides unfold is known as the Corbett Landscape Area, nestled across the Kosi River into sprawling grasslands and shrub areas. Tailored for optimum tiger and wildlife viewing, the thrill of merely sitting atop an elephant as it crosses the river and forges its own path is an unparalleled and unimaginable experience.

In the heart of the jungle, amidst the mighty foothills of the Himalayas, a ride on an elephant unveils the potential to witness the bright burn of tigers. If luck is on your side, the echoes of Jim Corbett’s wisdom resonate through the jungle: “Capture moments with your camera, be gentle on nature, and cherish memories in your heart” Elevate your adventure with the indelible memories and the magic of the jungle.

Guidelines for Elephant Safaris in Jim Corbett National Park

Safari Slots and Duration: Four slots/sessions are available, accommodating four adult persons on an elephant.

Duration: 2 hours.

Winter Timings:

  • Mornings: 06:00 – 08:00 HRS & 08:00 – 10:00 HRS
  • Evenings: 13:30 – 15:30 HRS & 15:30 – 17:30 HRS.

Summer Timings:

  • Mornings: 05:00 – 07:00 HRS & 07:00 – 09:00 HRS
  • Evenings: 15:00 – 17:00 HRS & 17:00 – 19:00 HRS.

Booking Procedure: Elephant Safari is booked on the spot and is subject to availability.

Entry Permits:

  • Obtain entry permits online by providing the required documents.
  • Note that the entry permit is provisional and may be changed or canceled without prior notice.
  • The decision of the Corbett Tiger Reserve Director is final.

Transferability and Guides:

  • Entry permits are non-transferable.
  • Only official registered guides are permitted to join excursions.
  • Changing the guide or naturalist is not allowed.

Timing Restrictions: Entry to the National Park is prohibited after sunset.

Wildlife Protection Compliance: All visitors must adhere to the rules and regulations of the Wildlife Protection Act.

Cooperation in following these guidelines is essential for a responsible and enjoyable visit.

Other details about Elephant Safari

Elephant Safari is exclusively available during morning and evening hours, with the possibility of timing adjustments due to inclement weather or emergency situations. To book a safari, a Government of India-approved ID proof, including details such as name, age, and gender, is mandatory. Accepted ID proofs encompass a Driving License, PAN Card, Voter ID, AADHAR Card, Passport, etc.

Visitors are required to carry their ID proof during the canter safari tour, as it will be verified at the jungle entrance gate. The Elephant Safari service is centralized at a common point, such as Corbett Reception in Ramnagar or Dhangari Gate in Corbett. To avoid any inconvenience, visitors are advised to arrive at the safari spot gate at least 30 minutes before the designated safari time.

As you are likely aware, Jim Corbett National Park offers two renowned safari options – the Canter Safari and Jeep Safari. Therefore, should you desire, you may also partake in these alternative safari experiences.

Elephant Safari Regulations:

  • A maximum of 4 Adults and 2 Children or a minimum of 2 Adults are permitted on an elephant.
  • Expectant mothers and specially-abled persons are strictly prohibited from participating in elephant safaris.
  • Elephant safari reservations are not available; bookings are made on-site and depend on accessibility.
  • Individuals under the influence of alcohol or other mood-altering substances are strictly prohibited from availing of the elephant safari.
  • The responsibility for consequences arising from incorrect information presentation rests solely with the individual.

More information on Elephant Safari.

Best Season for Elephant Safari: Mid-November to Mid-June

 Zones for Elephant Safari: Dhikala, Bijrani, Corbett Landscape Zone

 Entry Access Point:  Dhangari Gate, Located 17 kilometers from Ramnagar city on the Ranikhet road

 Elephant Safari Schedule in Jim Corbett:

Summer Season:

  • Morning Slot: 7:00 am to 8:00 am
  • Evening Slot: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Winter Season:

  • Morning Slot: 7:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Evening Slot: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Safari Type: Shared Experience, Accommodating up to 4 individuals per elephant ride

Booking fee for elephant safari: ₹4500 (for a group of 4 persons)

Note: The provided terms and conditions, as well as prices, are subject to change without prior notice.


The Elephant Safari season in Jim Corbett is from 15th November to 15th June.

Elephant Safaris are available in the Dhikala Zone, Bijrani Zone, and Corbett Landscape Zone.

 The entry gate for Elephant Safari is Dhangari Gate, situated 17 kilometers away from Ramnagar city on the Ranikhet road.

Summer Season: Morning – 7:00 am to 8:00 am, Evening – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Winter Season: Morning – 7:00 am to 9:00 am, Evening – 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Elephant Safaris are on a sharing basis, allowing up to 4 people to share an elephant ride.

The cost is ₹ 4,500/- for a group of 4 persons.

No, Elephant Safaris are not booked in advance; they are booked on the spot and are subject to availability.

 Maximum of 4 Adults and 2 Children are allowed; pregnant women and specially-abled persons are strictly prohibited.

Individuals under the influence of alcohol or other mood-altering substances are strictly prohibited from availing the Elephant Safari.

 No, safari charges are non-refundable once the permit is booked and confirmed.

No, the entry permit is not transferrable and is strictly for the individual to whom it belongs.

Entry to the National Park is strictly prohibited after sunset.

No, visitors are not allowed to get down from the Elephant during the Safari.

No, pets are not allowed inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

Visitors are advised to stay informed and, in case of changes, cooperate with the instructions provided by the authorities.

Incorrect information presentation is the individual’s responsibility for the consequences.

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