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#1 Dec 30th, 2016, 11:02
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Hi all Indiamikers,

Going to Corbett next month. Already read some of the threads for good info. Got only two contacts of Ramesh (Too expensive) and Mr.Nandan Mehta (Already have a talk with him).

Any other contact can you share who can provide gypsy at most cheap rate (I already have permit) and contact of some good guide.

Thanks in advance
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#2 Dec 31st, 2016, 23:50
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if you are reaching on time, go to the field director's office in Ramnagar, plenty of guys lounging around. Pick, bargain and choose. Should be between 3-4k/day.
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Also going to Corbett soon

Hi Ambar!

I am also looking for good contacts for Corbett. I am going there approximately the same time as you. I will arrive around Feb 1. Traveling alone, so I am happy to hook up with somenone and share the cost of a guide. Myself I am a biologist and good at spootting birds and wildlife. It is only my second time in India and first time in North India so I am happy for some advice.
When are you arriving in Corbett?
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Originally Posted by Ollkva View Post Hi Ambar!

I am also looking for good contacts for Corbett. I am going there approximately the same time as you. I will arrive around Feb 1. Traveling alone, so I am happy to hook up with somenone and share the cost of a guide. Myself I am a biologist and good at spootting birds and wildlife. It is only my second time in India and first time in North India so I am happy for some advice.
When are you arriving in Corbett?
It would've been great if our travel dates matched, as we are only two plus a kid, we are also looking for some co-traveller to share the cost to some extent.
We are reaching there on 27th morning and leaving from there on 30th.
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Originally Posted by Incog View Post if you are reaching on time, go to the field director's office in Ramnagar, plenty of guys lounging around. Pick, bargain and choose. Should be between 3-4k/day.
As I already have the permit what can be the cost of gypsy and guide. Any good driver & guide contact?
#6 Jan 7th, 2017, 18:42
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Do you have to get a permit in advance?

I plan to arrive on Jan 31st., but could be earlier if I get tired of Goa where I will be for two to three weeks before I get to Corbett. In that case it would be great to hook up with you.
How did you get your permit? Is it important to get that in advance?
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Originally Posted by Ollkva View Post I plan to arrive on Jan 31st., but could be earlier if I get tired of Goa where I will be for two to three weeks before I get to Corbett. In that case it would be great to hook up with you.
How did you get your permit? Is it important to get that in advance?
Yes permit is available online in the following site

http://corbettonline.uk.gov.in/

If not booked in advance, safari can't be guaranteed unless some travel agent give their pre-booked permit to you.
#8 Jan 8th, 2017, 07:28
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Originally Posted by Ollkva View Post ... How did you get your permit? Is it important to get that in advance?
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Originally Posted by ambar_81 View Post Yes permit is available online in the following site

http://corbettonline.uk.gov.in/

If not booked in advance, safari can't be guaranteed unless some travel agent give their pre-booked permit to you.
@ ambar_81 - That's not strictly correct.

You need to have a booking for a safari (which you can do online), and visit with an authorised driver and guide. If you don't have an advance booking, you can also book via the main Corbett Office at Ramnagar if you are turning up at the last minute, as mentioned above by incog, where you can get a driver and guide hanging about there, and/or you can book a day-trip at the Bijrani or Jhirna gates through your driver and guide at the last minute.

It is true that if you want to stay in the forest, you need a residential booking at a FRH (Forest Rest House), which can be booked online from the official booking site, or at the Ramnagar booking office.

For FRH residence, book online from here:

http://corbettonline.uk.gov.in/AccMainMenu.aspx


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#9 Jan 8th, 2017, 11:02
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Sorry Vishva if I've posted any wrong information because I've started research on this trip just a few months ago, and you being a senior might have more correct information.

But please make me clear and also others one thing. If I see the no of permits available for day visit for a particylar day it's only appx 30 and getting reduced very quickly. Availability of next 2-3 days may be even zero. So someone reach there without having a permit where the website shows availability for that day is zero how can he/she do the safari?
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No issue. You may have up to date knowledge, as my info is a year old.

If you have a confirmed booking, then you are all set.

If not, then in my experience from a year ago, the ground reality was very different. The drivers and guides (who are locals and who hang around the Ramnagar office, as described by incog above), are in the loop and in cahoots with the officials at the main office and could get permits at the last minute.

We have turned up on the day a few times over the past few years and have managed bookings through these chaps, when the online system said that there was no slot available. Maybe one of the booked slots was theirs.

There may be an allowance for last minute cancellations, and I think that the online system may also allow
room for last minute entries, especially in the zones I'd mentioned (Bijrani and Jhirna).

(I know that at Bijrani, for a daily safari, we had to queue at first light, as it was first-come-first-served. And no hanky-panky money changed hands). It was all official.
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Thanks for this info. Can you please guide me one matter. I have the day visit permit booked for bijrani and one night accommodation booked at Dhikala FRH. Got a quote of 1500 for gypsy and 500 for guide for Bijrani. And 4500 for gypsy for Dhikala one night stay and with 2 safaris. Are these rates good or I should try to bargain more at Ramnagar.
#12 Jan 8th, 2017, 19:33
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I frankly can't remember what we paid last year but the rates you have quoted sound reasonable to me, and close to incog's estimate of Rs.3000-4000 a day, allowing for rate rises. I doubt whether you will be able to negotiate a meaningful discount, as demand outstrips supply.
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Hi ambar...you said you got a quote for Rs 4500 for a gypsy for a night stay in Dhikala and 2 safaris. When you book a night stay you usually do full day(morning + evening) safari on day 1 and full day safari (morning + evening) on day 2 isnt it? Please clarify. thanks
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Originally Posted by najmasanai View Post Hi ambar...you said you got a quote for Rs 4500 for a gypsy for a night stay in Dhikala and 2 safaris. When you book a night stay you usually do full day(morning + evening) safari on day 1 and full day safari (morning + evening) on day 2 isnt it? Please clarify. thanks
Nope, for one night stay you will get two safaris only, one evening and one next day morning, or both on day 1. If you want more than this, you might need to pay more.

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