Corbett National Park Safari report

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#16 Jan 11th, 2011, 19:16
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Hi Incog, I am not sure if i am supposed to share contact details on IM threads but will happily pm the details to you.
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Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone.

Fugly, 'we' were so lucky to see so many tigers.......but then how much was it luck!? Certainly it seems unusual to have such good sightings in November but then in November you can be on safari for longer as it is not too hot and the animals tend to be more active.
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Hi there
I am sorry to have to tell you this but. .
There really is'nt a bad time to visit Corbett

Except for when its closed, well . . apart from Jhirna of course.

Many people do go there and fail to see tigers, but it has nothing to do with time of year. That is something noisy people, and poor guides have made up to cover up their inadequacies.

There may be times when Tigresses are with their cubs,and hidden, but then again, they will need to find more food, more often.
Also when it's colder, their metabolism is quicker to keep them warm, so they need to hunt more often.
When its hot there is less water, so find water, find tiger, so hot is also a good time to go. Any time is good.
As I said when its closed is not so good.
Your guide is really what does make all the difference !
I'm so glad you discovered Ramesh's qualities for yourself.

When are we going again ?
February is very good is cold but excellent, because it is cold, there are fewer townies so much less noise too.

There have been some nasty incidents recently in Dhikuli Garjia.
3(I think)women have been killed by tigers.
The most recent,on Monday,or Tuesday was a young woman of 19 or 20.
This was near to Corbetts Hideaway, outside the Jungleview lodge.
There was a declaration of Maneater, and a tiger was shot about half an hour later. This was Monday or Tuesday.
I received a phonecall from his lordship telling me all about it.
Again this is another credit to Ramesh and his attitude.
He knows I cannot go myself, to Corbett, so he is doing his utmost to bring Corbett to me.
How commendable is that ?
I am really itching to go now !
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Tripsammy I did so enjoy your report.
When you and fugly go again can I come with you.

Fugly I completely agree with your last post about when to go.
Tripsammy, re your reluctance to post Rameshs contact details.

http://tigersincorbett.wetpaint.com/

He needs all the help he can get so dont be afraid to post them.
He does so much for his community it would be a cold heart to ask for them to be removed. Besides I dont call this self promotion advertizing or spamming.This is a personal recommendation.
His contribution to the village school and for the schoolkids is wonderful.
He is currently paying out for about 10 orphans and his latest plan to raise money for another local kid to have surgery for facial burn scars is very worthwhile as are the other causes he raises money for.

What a tragedy about the 3 women. I think they are very brave to go into the forest to collect wood and grass. Not sure I would in fact one day Ramesh and me were walking just outside the hideaway when he said there was a cat in the woods opposite it could have been a tiger or a leopard I dont know.
The monkeys and village dogs were making lots of noise and a muntjac was joining in too. Ramesh said come with me and started running towards where he thought the cat was. I started to follow but stopped and said Ramesh you are mad and then ran the other way. It was a tiger.
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Originally Posted by FUGLY View Post Many people do go there and fail to see tigers, but it has nothing to do with time of year. That is something noisy people, and poor guides have made up to cover up their inadequacies.
I completely agree with you it is so frustrating when you see how some people behave.....Why bother going if you are not prepared to make the most of the experience and look and listen rather than chatter all the time!

Certainly Ramesh was brilliant, and he was so enthusiastic to ensure we achieved all our expectations and so much more. It certainly was the trip of a lifetime.

When to return???? February sounds good but we usually throw ourselves down mountains on snowboards in Canada then....but that is another story. For me I enjoyed going in winter as it was so green and lush, and not too hot to stay out all day.

I am gutted to hear about the tigress, Ramesh was telling us about her when we were there but at the time they were hoping to trap her to remove her to she deep forest. Such a shame and it doesnt help with engaging the locals in conservation either.
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He needs all the help he can get so dont be afraid to post them.
He does so much for his community it would be a cold heart to ask for them to be removed. Besides I dont call this self promotion advertizing or spamming.This is a personal recommendation.
His contribution to the village school and for the schoolkids is wonderful.
He is currently paying out for about 10 orphans and his latest plan to raise money for another local kid to have surgery for facial burn scars is very worthwhile as are the other causes he raises money for.
I completely agree with you, I was just unsure of the rules!
I have received several requests for his details so as you put the best way to contact Ramesh is through his website
http://tigersincorbett.wetpaint.com/
Please be aware that Ramesh is often in the forest and has limited or no internet access until he is back home so please allow him time to get back to you.

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Ramesh said come with me and started running towards where he thought the cat was. I started to follow but stopped and said Ramesh you are mad and then ran the other way. It was a tiger.
I know completely what you mean. I think one of the great advantages of going on safari with Ramesh is his enthusiasm, he sees tigers so often that you might think he would not bother so much but he is so enthusiastic that it is infectious!

Thanks for the positive feedback TIGERMAN
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Tripsammy, Excellent trip report. I have been to Corbett but that was only for a day in Feb '05, think it is time to go back for a longer duration.

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I have been to Corbett but that was only for a day in Feb '05, think it is time to go back for a longer duration.
You really should, a day is just not enough, spend 4 days minimum, more if possible as you see different and new things every day.
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Originally Posted by tripsammy View Post You really should, a day is just not enough, spend 4 days minimum, more if possible as you see different and new things every day.
I have already started communicating with Ramesh by E-mail & recd. a reply also from his side. We (me & wife) are planning to go there in April second week for our annual wildlife vacation in summer. So far we have been to Bandhavagarh, Tadoba, Nagarhole (was in November) & Kaziranga (part of our one month North east trip). All this trips we stayed a min. of 4 - 5 days except Nagarhole & we have great time enjoying the wild life. After our 1 day Corbett trip we decided that for better sightings & experience we need to spend at least 4 - 5 days in any of the wild life places & we have sticked to it except Nagahole which was part of our Coorg trip. Hope the cost factor does not come in between our trip to Corbett, at present I am finding it quite higher.

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Hi Ronak
Corbett prices went up quite dramatically in January last year, this certainly stopped me in my tracks, cost wise, for a while at least, but the place is worth every penny. Ramesh gives such a good service it is worth the extra.
You can do it yourself reasonably easy if you know what to do, and where to go, but you still need to add on unforeseen extras,like transfers from the station,odd meals here and there, and someone to get the permits for you. Little items like this are needed to make the trip better.
I have been there so many times, I could certainly organise a trip myself but having Ramesh arrange things does make it even easier.
The best thing though, something that is very clear to me, your guide makes all the difference in the world, and is probably the most important ingredient to having a successful trip. Even if Ramesh is busy, the stand-in he sends in his place will be just as good. You just dont get the same service elsewhere.
When travelling so far, to see the beautiful park that is Corbett, I for one dont wish to take any chances of not getting such a good guide.
It must be said, the value for money he gives is top class.
I hope you have a ball with Ramesh in Corbett.

I'm gonna have a little tear or two now,. . cos I cant go !! sniff sniff !!
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Hi Ronak
What FUGLY says is absolutely correct, we were surprised at the increased cost of visiting Corbett and there was some discussion on these threads when we were booking our trip, we had to pay the increased foreign tourist rates as well. That said we had the holiday of a lifetime which we would not have achieved without Ramesh. I do hope you can manage it.
I join FUGLY with a tear or two as I would just love to be going back soon.....have to keep working to save up again!!
Let me know how you get on.
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Fugly & tripsammy, I have asked Ramesh to let me know package rates for Indians as it should be comparatively cheaper to what you pay as a foreigners because of the differential entry fees & FRH charges. It's like I have fixed some amount of budget but I am ready to shell out 25 - 50 % more. Hope it works out.

By the way what do you think about a full day safari in second week of April, will the heat be bearable (during afternoons) at that time ?

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I have never been in April, so I cannot tell you exactly how hot it gets.
I prefer to visit when its cold, as I mentioned earlier, less townies around.
If I were there, and it was hot, I would find a shaded spot,sit quietly and let the world come to me.
So many race around in these parks, making noise, kicking up dust,etc.
If you sit quietly you see lots more.
I cant be too bothered with birdwatchers, they are on the whole, anti social creatures, but they do see more wildlife as a result of sitting patiently.
I would let Ramesh advise you where, and when is good.
Being an avid birder himself he is sometimes too patient for my liking, and I have been known to drive off and leave him behind.
This happened at high view in the Dhikala area. A very good vantage point overlooking a river, grasslands and forest
When I returned, and only a few minutes later, a tigress had been and gone, I missed her. I swore, and he laughed.
In fact my other half does'nt let me forget that day, that was 3 years ago.
Corbett has a lot of shaded places to sit and wait, so dont worry too much about the heat.
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Fugly, from your reply I have concluded that I should not worry about the heat part. Since I plan to visit in second week of April I expect less people to be around since the summer vacation in most of the schools will not have started.

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