Need details about Jim Corbett

#1 Dec 16th, 2003, 16:15
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Hi All,

I am planning a visit to Jim Corbett from 25th to 29th. So I have three nights and four days n want to make the best of it. So I dearly need your suggestions. I will let you know about my expectations (may look a little too much ) and accordingly want to chalk out my plans.

I was wondering incase I could stay in the inner ring. I know about Dhikala but I guess there are only three accomodation options there. Plus incase I go and stay there then I will not have the option of moving around on foot and be tied up always at the Rest house.
Secondly I wanted an accomodation to be by the river side , gives me that much more options to spent my day.
Thirdly incase I reach Ramnagar by the nightly Ranikhet Express from New Delhi..is there a way I can get to the accomadtion in Dhikala by bus or something. Cause the jeep option is about Rs 700/- , which is steep.

I also wanted to make a trip to the Resevoir on Ramganga River. Is that possible to be able to make it on foot .Or is the same prohibited too.
Does anyone know about any places to stay at Khinnanauli? And what are my options there. Maximum I can spent is a Rs 400-500 for a double. And I really don't want to stay at Ramnagar.

Waiting for your suggestions..
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#2 Dec 16th, 2003, 17:18
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Hi free2b!

My total experience of Corbett NP is three days spent there about 6 years ago. We stayed at Dhikala but as we hadn't pre-booked it was touch and go whether we got to stay there or not.

I would imagine all accomodation inside the park will be fully booked over the Xmas/New Year period. You might be able to get a cheap bed at the bunkhouse at Dhikala but it's pretty basic. The Forest Rest House at Kinnanauli has only 3 suites and is also liable to be booked up. The Forest Department is not too happy about people wandering about the park on foot - there have been tiger and elephant attacks there in the past.

There are quite a few hotels outside the park but they're generally way above your budget range and already probably booked up by tour companies.

I know it's your least desirable option but you may be forced to stay in Ramnagar at one of the KMVN places or a private hotel and take a shared jeep into the park from the reception centre.

I'm sorry to be so negative about most of your queries - it's just that it is such a busy time for travelling. I realise you are tied to certain dates for your holidays unlike some of us long stay travellers so the choice is yours. It might be a good idea to get in touch with the Forest Dept or KMVN and find out what the actual situation is likely to be.
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Thanks Alan,
Atleast you got me aware with the hazards. Will try my luck out.

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I agree completely with Alan something’s I want to add…

(1) You are at a disadvantage as you will be dependent on local transport (especially jeeps as buses may not be available WHEN you want it) for getting around – thereby reducing chances of looking around too much for accommodation.
(2) You need to book the accommodation at Dhikala at the gate of the park and there is no surety that the rooms will be available.
(3) The bus to Dhikala is not operational – have called them to cross check again.
(4) People are NOT ALLOWED to walk around on foot.
(5) As said by Alan - with your budget, you will be forced to stay in Ramnagar.
(6) These dates fall in the ‘Christmas’ period – therefore the hotel rates are much more expensive than usual.

You might be better off trying to get a ‘Christmas’ getaway package or something from the other hotels (if your budget allows) and it may turn out to be good value for money as everything is prearranged. Remember that the meals in such places are MUCH MORE expensive IF you pay them separately/ a package with all meals is greater value.

Have a look at the Corbett Ramganga resort – it seems to fulfil one of your requirements. There are some other tented places
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Hi Mountaingirl,
Points taken. I have actually being quite some research and you know the prices are extravagent . Phew !! I am so disgusted now that I guess I will be better off at some other place. I have very few choices left with the place. I am going to close in on them and see incase I can plan things out.
Just tell me incase I do stay over at Ramnagar. What kind of trips would I be able to make to the Reserve and at what costs.
Is there no way I can be mobile on local transport.?

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Anand
#6 Dec 17th, 2003, 23:22
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november to march is the right time to visit corbett .. but this is an extremely busy season , if yu could list where you are presently may be we could suggest another good destination closeby ..and as far as tiger is concerned it will be difficult to spot anyhow :-).. and those lodges will be damn expensive ...what yu could do would be to book a tour ..it is hassle there
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You can only take jeep tours inside the park. It will cost you: Rs.1500 for half day game drive. 2500.00 for full day game driver (this rate could vary by 100 rupees or so). Entry fees for Indian nationas for hald day/ full day: Rs.30 & Rs.50 respectively. Elephant safari depends on availability of elephants and is available mostly inside the park.

A package at the other resorts will cost around Rs.7000.00 per couple all-inclusive (still very expensive, personally speaking, I won’t take that).

Two other parks would be Rajaji national park – you could stay at the GMVN bungalow at Chilla (it fits your budget). Or, the Similipal national park (easier to get from Calcutta). You will need to prebook accommodation at both these places.
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7000 bucks for a trip and that too for a day ..I would only spent that much on my marraige .
Simplipal is too far considering the time I have , which is actually 4 days. I have seen Rajaji before so taht is out of my list too. I have gather some information about these people putting up camps by Kosi on request. And it is not very expensive too. Let me see incase I can get confirmation on the same. but I guess their problem is that they always need a group.

Sharp , your suggestion would be most welcome , and yes without tigers would be just fine . I am presently at Chandigarh.
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Yeah i know that it is expensive.

however, that price is for 02 nights/ 03 days package.

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