Corbett Trip report_Jan2017

#16 Mar 23rd, 2017, 00:20
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Next day morning 29th January we had to go to Dhikala since we had accommodation booked there. So on 28th night we cleared all payments at Corbett resort after dinner and told them that we'll check-out early morning.

29th morning Mahaeshji came at 5:45am. We had our tea and took some packed breakfast from the hotel (Yes they arranged this at that time of the morning ). And we started for Dhikala at 6am. It was too cold and cool breeze due to fast moving gypsy was just unbearable. Finally we reached at Dhangiri gate by 6:25am. We're the first car to appear there. After initial verification of accommodation, we needed to pay Rs.50 for garbage bag and officials told that our paper looks ok but they will give final permit to enter the gate after they receives the accommodation list coming in the first canter. The canters appeared with passengers after 10 minutes. Every day morning & evening, two canters (16 seaters each) do Dhikala safari through the main roads of the zones. No other gypsy safaris are permitted inside Dhikala zone unless someone have accommodation booking in any of the FRHs inside Dhikala zone. Maheshji told we need to enter fast and proceed as faster as possible ahead of canter because canters make bad noise due to which animals can go away.

From Dhangiri gate we didn't see any guides to hire unlike Amdanda gate for Bijrani, where it's mandatory to take guides. So after we got the permit we quickly proceeded inside the zone without any guide, saw some deers and other common animals. After moving a bit saw two elephants inside jungle and took photos, moving a little further saw a tusker a little close may be 20-25 Fts from road. Maheshji didn't notice the tusker or may be moved ahead because we saw some elephants just a few minutes before. I told Maheshji, hey this one is more closer can you please move a little backwards. Maheshji did and I was just opening my camera shutter, the tusker started charging us from jungle with its loud enough roar and was quickly moving towards us. Maheshji immediately pressed the accelerator of car and we in appx 3-4 seconds of time got ahead from that place. I just turned backward and saw within that time the beast has already came at the road where we're standing to take photo and was again returning back to the jungle, I saw his back portion still on the road. It was a thrilling as well as scary experience for us. By any chance if the car would have failed to move quickly we could be in a dangerous situation.

To be continued....
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Continued from previous post...

After the elephant attack, we moved a bit here and there through different roads and somewhere over a small stream we saw another gypsy seeing something in the jungle. When we reached there, they told that they saw a tiger for some moment and the tiger just entered inside the bush. So we waited there for about 30mins but he/she didn't come out. So we again moved on. On the road we saw a gypsy coming from opposite direction and they just said 'Gairal Watch Tower'. Hearing that Maheshji started moving to the watch tower with a high speed, we're jumping in the car for the ups & downs in the road. But after we reached the watch tower there was nobody. Then we proceeded towards Gairal FRH for a break. It's a beautifully placed FRH with Ramganga flowing beside. Also it has solar electricity in the campus as well as in the rooms. Many people has an opinion that staying has Gairal gives better feel of a jungle than other Dhikala FRHs. After taking hot cup of tea we moved on towards Dhikala FRH. There is a crocodile view point at some point of the road. Where we could see some crocodiles in the Ramganga river but from a long distance from top. A few Kms before the FRH we met some forest officials walking through the road and they said a few moments ago some jeeps saw a tigress with her cubs sitting on the road but they won't be anymore when we'll reach there.

So luck was not with us again and again. We reached Dhikala FRH campus at around 11:00am. We got the room at Anexe building but got a bad news that there is no electricity for last two days. What we observed probably the Anexe building don't have any solar panel on it's roof but the other buildings have. The main restaurant is at the ground floor of the new FRH building. They told lunch will be served from 12noon. So we're just loitering inside the campus and taking photos. Thankfully electricity came up within some time. Was having some chats with a few other gypsy drivers who came later than us. They told due to a large group of elephants blocking the roads they needed to wait 2.5hrs at the same spot of the road till the elephants moved away from there. What a bad experience it was for them.

We approached the canteen and saw there is a buffet option with veg dishes rate being Rs.240 for breakfast and Rs.290 for both lunch & dinner. In lunch there was options like rice,chapati, dal fry, noodles, palak paneer and one more potato subji. Also there was rice kheer as desert. There is another canteen in the complex which is smaller and serves food like rice, chapati, subji, egg (boiled/omlet), maggi, tea etc. and it is cheaper than the main cafeteria.

We made a mistake not registering our name for the elephant ride just when we reached because it is considered as first come first serve basis. Actually we're not sure whether doing an elephant safari will miss a gypsy safari for us for which we're already paying. So when we inquired about it just before the lunch, they wrote down our name in the waiting list and told if somebody from the main list doesn't appear we would be able to do elephant safari. They also told there is a fair chance as there will be safari on three elephants and each elephant can carry four persons.

It's again 1:30pm and time for another evening safari. Maheshji called us and we told him that we've registered our name in the elephant safari list which normally starts from 3pm. So Maheshji told ok fine lets go and come back by 3pm, we agreed. We started again our journey initially through the jungle roads and then through the vast glass fields. At the end of the grass fields we saw plenty of deers in far distance with two hog deers. Also we came across a popular spot called 'Mota Shal' where there used to be a very large Shal tree whose stem is obviously thicker than normal may be 5-6 ft in diameter. There was a tiger previous day evening at this spot, which we saw written in the black board placed at Dhikala reception. We returned back to the campus by 3pm but sad news was out of the three elephants one was become ill and there was only one seat vacant but we needed two.

So we again went for the safari. Here one point need to mention we had to hire a guide for Rs.500 for the Dhikala safari and it was mandatory. After moving a bit we saw a group of gypsies waiting at some point at the end of the hill almost. Our guide spotted them and we quickly moved there. And it was indeed at the verge of the hillside after that is the ramganga river and on the opposite side of the river two tigers or may be tigresses were sitting on the river bed. So atlast we could see them but due to poor daylight and distance from the place we couldn't click any photo. Using our guide's binocular we saw them very clearly and it's a real charming indeed. After spending some time we returned back to FRH. Had some omlet and coffee at the smaller canteen and in the main cafeteria took buffet dinner at 8:30pm. Dinner menu was almost similar to lunch.

Next day morning we checkout from the room cleared payment of Rs.50 for parking and started for our return journey as we had to board train from Ramnagar station by 9:50am. We started at 6:30am and Maheshji moved on with some higher speed as we need to cross the entire jungle and also then the road outside Dhikala zone to reach station. At 8am we reached Sultan FRH campus just to have a look. Maheshji told just one or two year back there was no electric fence beside the Sultan FRH and elephants used to come very close to the rooms of FRHs We proceeded again for the final part of the road inside the zone and we exited from the Dhangiri gate by 8:30am. We had some quick breakfast at some roadside food joint and finally reached station by 9:30am and saw train is already there waiting at platform. Quickly did a calculation and paid the entire due to Maheshji. It was a nice experience with Maheshji for the last 3 days and bid him goodbye with some promise to come again.

Our train started on time we reached Delhi only 15mins late. Then we proceeded to the IGI airport and reached Kolkata by 10pm. Trip ends
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Marvellous report! Thanks.
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Beautiful writing with minute details , i am feeling to write my own Tadoba report now , thanks for the post .
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Thanks for your comments..

Some more pictures...Dhikala FRH campus, Anexe building room & bathroom photo, cafeteria photo with food price and food. Also photo of elephant at Dhikala, the famous Mota Shal and a Sambar deer while returning from Dhikala
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Now left is the final part to share all contacts I collected before the trip, some of them I used to get different quotation:

Our driver Maheshji: 09012756221

Other guide/drivers I contacted:
Driver Mehta: 09411166758
Himanshu: 09999313163
MR.Hussain: 09758390867
Nasir: 09720874988
Sanjay Chhimwal of Pugmark safari & Tours: 09837517359

For any other queries you can ask freely in this thread, I'll try to reply if I can provide any information.

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