Corbett national park : A trip report

#1 Mar 5th, 2014, 12:55
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I have recently visited Corbett National Park (From 17 Th Feb to 19Th Feb '14). Here is my trip report for India Mikers :

On 17 Th Feb we reached Moradabad Railway Station in the morning around 8 A.M & hired a Car from there to Ramnagar (@ Rs 3,000/- ) . It took around Two & Half Hrs to cover the distance of 90 Kms .

We had our bookings in Bijrani Forest Rest House for 1 Night (on 17th Feb) & in Dhikala Log Huts for next 2 Days (on 18th & 19th Feb).

After reaching Ramnagar , we met our Driver Cum Guide Mr. Mahesh . He told us that Evening Safari starts from 2.30 P.M. So it's better to have the lunch in Ramnagar . In that case we can start the evening safari just after making an entry & dumping our luggage in the Bijrani FRH . And we exactly did so to avoid any wastage of time.

Our 3 day Jungle trip started around 12.30 P.M from Ramnagar . The entry point of Bijrani zone ( Amdanda Gate ) is just 2 Kms away from Ramnagar & our gypsy reached there with in 10 Mintues . After making an entry in the gate & producing our ID proofs , we were allowed to enter the National Park & suddenly everything changed .. the landscape.. the wind & the sky .. the road .. only green & green prevailed everywhere.

On the way to Bijrani Forest Rest House, we saw lots of spotted deer , monkeys & Maheshji also spotted an Eagle on the tip of a dried tree & stopped the Gypsy for us to spot the big bird.

Bijrani Rest House is around 8 Kms From Amdanda Gate & we reached there with in 1 hr. Once again we have to make an entry in Forest Office adjacent to the Rest house & we were allotted 2 rooms , booking for which was done through National Park's online portal 45 days ago. Still we had some time left for the evening safari to start. We talked with Maheshji . He told us that for last one week or so Tiger sighting in Bijrani zone had become more frequent. One tigress with 4 of her cubs were spotted by many jungle lovers in the past few days . We were excited enough .

The evening sfari started at 2.30 p.m & for the next 3 hours we travelled through several roads in the Bijrani Zone.

In Bijrani Zone there is a "Machaan" Or Watch Tower . It is a meeting place as well. Gypsies running through different roads meet at this point & the drivers exchange information . We met atleast 7 /8 Gypsies & none of them was lucky enough to see the big cat that evening.

We waited there for some time & saw a couple of Wild Boars in the vast grassland in front of the Watch Tower. The sun was about to set & we had to return back to Rest House with in 6.30 P.M. Maheshji told : " Don't worry. 3 Nights stay in Corbett is long enough for Tiger Sighting & we have 4 More safaris left in the Next 2 Days."

We were on our way back . At a junction of three roads , Maheshji took a left turn & suddenly stopped the car & with in few seconds took a right turn & just like a magician told : " Look ! There is SHE !!" We were spell bound .. The tigress was walking down the road .. Just 20 Meters away from us.. We gently followed her & for about next 25 Minutes she kept on walking , sat in the bushes beside the road for a while & again started walking. Even she turned towards us once for few seconds & we got some face on Pics of her also.. But we had not seen any cub with her .

After retuning at the forest rest house , we asked Maheshji, how he was able to spot the tiger , he kept on smiling & told after taking the left turn he got glimpses of the Tigress walking down the other road through the looking glass.

Next morning we went for an early morning safari at around 6.30 A.M & this time heard a strong Alarm Call near the watch tower & waited there for atleast half an hour. But then there was no more calls. It was our last safari in Bijrani Zone. On our way back to Bijrani FRH we saw three Jackals quickly crossing the road & also a group of Sambars near the watch tower .

We checked out after break fast & started our journey to Dhikala. From Bijrani Zone there is no direct road connection to Dhikala Zone. One has to exit through Amdanda Gate & cover 16 Kms distance through Ramnagar-Ranikhet Highway to reach the entry point of Dhikala Zone (Dhangari Gate). The scenic beauty of this 16 Km stretch is very nice. On one side you have lash green jungle & mountains of Corbett National Park & on the other side flows the River Koshi. With in half an hour we reached the Dhangari Gate. Once again there was a vivid checking at the gate & after showing ID proofs & the night stay permits we entered in the Dhikala Zone .

Dhikala is 31 Kms away from Dhangari Gate . Just after entering into the jungle through Dhangari gate we saw one big elephant on the other side of the River .We crossed Sultan & Gairal Forest Rest House on our way . Near Gairal we stopped after seeing Two Alligators taking sun-bath on the river bank. After some time one of them entered into the River & had a swim .Then again it came out on the river bank. We enjoyed the entire episode sitting on the gypsy .

As we approached further to Dhikala , lots of birds were spotted. There were Kinfishers , Eagles, Vultures , Woodpeckers & River Lapwings . After One & Half Hours we reached Dhikala Tourist Complex . In the Evening Safari nothing special happened. Although we were completely engrossed in the beauty of the famous Dhikala Grasslands , the Ramganga River & the true colours of nature in the perspective of the setting sun.

Next day (19th Feb) morning we had booked an elephant safari (Cost @ Rs 300/- Per Person). This was a Two- hour safari through the grasslands. It was to much foggy .We enjoyed the landscape in the mist . Although there was no Tiger-sighting, we got a fresh " kill" in the grassland ( only few bones were left ) . " Possibly last night the Tiger had killed this deer " - mahout told us.

The weather continued to be foggy & the light condition was very poor through out the day. The chances of animal sighting become very rare in such condition. Our driver cum guide Maheshji tried a lot & after the elephant safari was over, we rushed to famous "Thandi Sadak" (Or "Thandi Road" ) where lots of tiger sighting takes place. But we ended up the Moring Safari seeing only some Spotted & Barking Deer, Sambars & a few wild boars.

In the evening Safari we missed the Tiger just for 2 Mintues . Again it was on the "Thandi Sadak" . Few gypsies were waiting on the road after hearing an alarm call. We also waited there for 20 minutes & then decided to go to the grassland roads again as the safari timing was almost over for the day . After we reached the Dhikala Tourist Complex, we met the tourists of the other gypsies & they told us that there was a Tiger sigting on that very spot just after we left the place .

Next moring again the Jungle was completely under thick Fog & the visibility was very poor . After a short morning safari through the misty roads we checked out from Dhikala around 11 A.M & headed towards Dhangari Gate with a wish to revisit CNP again in the coming summer ..

Some information :


Accomodation in Forset Rest Houses can be booked online, the link is : http://corbettonline.uk.gov.in/ ( generally 45 days advance booking is possible)

Food Charges in Dhikala is @ Rs 250 For Lunch Or Dinner (only Veg Meals are allowed) & For Breakfast they charge @ Rs 200. There is a canteen also in Dhikala which is less costly ( @ Rs 150 For Lunch Or Dinner & For breakfast @ Rs 80 to 100).

In Bijrani they charge @ Rs 200 For Lunch Or Dinner (Only Veg Meals) & for Breafast @ Rs 150.

Gypsy Charges around Rs 4,000/- Per Day with night stay ( Excluding Entry Fees . Entry fees for Gypsy are included in the online permit of accommodation / day visit ). For Gypsy booking you may contact Mr. Joshi at Ramnagar . Ph No : 09719701224 ). Joshiji is a nice person & in case you have any problem in Accommodation Booking he can arrange the same for you also).

Day Visit in Dhikala is not permissible. One must have night stay permits in order to enter Dhikala Zone. In other other Zones ( Like Bijrani Or Jhirna) Day visit is allowed.
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Excellent information arupratan.

Enjoyed your account and happy you got a good sighting. I have been to Corbett numerous times and in over half of those have just missed a tiger sighting. Today, I just enjoy being in them forests and don't worry about seeing tiger. Thanks for posting such a vivid account.
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Nice report arupratan

We also reached Ramnagar from Moradabad but had to stay at Ramnagar. We couldn't manage accommodation inside Corbet NP ..... some of the problems of traveling in big group
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@ ViShVa & @Duronto Jajabar

Thanks a lot for your quick response
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Now add some photos
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@ arupratan

You mentioned that in Dhikala there is canteen also with less expensive food. From where is the more expensive food served, not from the canteen? How far is the canteen from the accomodation? Is the canteen a private canteen or a forest dept canteen?

Can you also give some details of the facilites and condition of the Log Huts at Dhikala, and accomodation at Bijrani?
Thanks..
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At Dhikala there is a buffet style restaurant and a casual canteen. Both are part of the complex and within walking distance from each room. The catering at Dhikala is run by a contracted private company.

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Does the Forest Rest Houses have Canteen facility?
Canteen facility is available at Dhikala FRH and Gairal FRH, Bijrani FRH. The Canteen are being run by K.M.V.N. Ltd. At other places kitchen facility are provided for cooking for which guests need to take their own ration. The room attendant cum cook provides necessary help in cooking.
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Dhikala Tourist Complex Restaurant : This restaurant offers a large variety of dishes to be chosen from. The menu however mostly consists of Indian dishes along with a couple of Chinese ones. The service at times does tend to be slow but courteous. The pricing is quite economical but is more expensive than the other option available at Dhikala itself.

Dhikala Canteen and Grocery Store : This is a favourite with many visitors to the park. The ambience is very nice in the outdoor seating area with it’s beautiful view. The food here is also very well made but people with weak stomachs should inform the waiter accordingly. A speciality of this place are the "aloo ka paranthas".

Bijrani Complex Restaurant: The restaurant here is well equipped and service here needs to be quite brisk to meet up with the flow of day visitors in the park. However, the wait for your food can at times be quite long. The menu is quite similar to that of the Dhikala restaurant.

Restaurant at Bijrani

The Gairal Forest Rest House Canteen: This is the latest addition of the three eating places in the park. It was opened in latter half of 1999. It offers a similar menu as the restaurant at Dhikala. The speciality here however is the "poori bhaji". This canteen is a very welcome addition to the visitors staying at Gairal, who now don’t have to travel almost the entire length of the park for a meal.
All the restaurants are pure vegetarian
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@ Funny_in

Canteen is run by KMVN. Both the canteen & the restaurant are very close to the rooms & both are situated with in the tourist complex .

Now some information on the facilities & conditions of the accommodation :

In Bijrani FRH the rooms are spacious & clean. The toilet is also good & clean enough . There is power supply only from 6 pm to 9 pm (through Solar System). After that (i.e after 9 P.M) for each room you will get one solar lantern for emergency usage during night. But you can not Charge Mobile / Camera Batteries here. There is no charger connection.

In Dhikala , there is 24 hrs electricity & Mobile / Camera Batteries can be charged easily. Rooms are good & clean . In my opinion Log Hut is the best among the accommodations in Dhikala (Except the OLD FRH, which is too ... too good !!!) . The log Huts have a nice lawn & just in front of it the River Ramganga Flows. Nice & serene atmosphere.
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Now i'm adding some Photos from the Trip.

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A Sambar in Morning Light.jpg A wild Boar & a deer.jpg Bijrani FRH.jpg Bijrani Landscape.jpg River Lapwing.jpg Another Bird ( Don't no the name).jpg Dhikala Grassland.jpg Another Grassland landscape.jpg The Alligator comes on the banks of Ramganga.jpg Deers 2 (1).jpg 
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Ramganga River in Dhikala.jpg The KILL in the Dhikala Grassland.jpg The tigress in BIJRANI.jpg The tigress in BIJRANI 2.jpg The tigress in BIJRANI 4.jpg Hi.jpg Myself & Our Guide Maheshji.jpg 
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Great Travel Log and photographs..
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.. Thanks..
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@aruprata

Thank you very much for giving so many details, and clarifying my queries!

Wonderful pics too!!
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Excellent Coverage...

You drove us almost Dhikala and Bijrani forest... thanks for all the information, I'm planning my trip April/May this summer with family.
Need a little bit of your guidance for FRH online booking in these zones.

1. I understand the online booking is now available and it opens 45 days in advance for the next date, which is the official site that facilitat the booking ?

2. Some other source told me that it is very tough to get the booking online, it's like tatkal system with indian railways, in this view how did you manage to get reservation in FRHs ? did you sit late night at 0:00 hrs to make a first reservation 46 days in advance? I dont want to miss any oppertunity even if I need to do that (or what time the online reservation window opens for the next available booking)

3. Breif me about the important things to carry and keep handy during your stay and safari ride, in Apr end / May it will be very hot ?

4. I believe all FHRs are equiped with firstaid facility in case of any emergency.

awaiting your reply...
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1. I had linked to the official site above: www.corbettnationalpark.in or Corbett Online

2. Read the FAQs

3. Cap. Binoculars. Water bottle.

4. Your faith is warranted.
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