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Jim Corbett National Park made Easy

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Arranging a trip to Jim Corbett National Park is not as easy as many may think. So, please read this entire article before going off half cocked.

You start by Googling Corbett, and you will be given many websites as recommendeds to visit. These and other websites are full of lovely pictures, theres an odd email link to info@ some-website.com, and a phone number. So you email these people and "No Reply" comes the stern answer.
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Excellent post, very detailed and truthful, it clearly describes all that is involved in planning such a trip.So much better to let Ramesh at http://tigersincorbett.wetpaint.com/ organise it as Fugly says.
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Originally Posted by tripsammy View Post Excellent post, very detailed and truthful, it clearly describes all that is involved in planning such a trip.So much better to let Ramesh at http://tigersincorbett.wetpaint.com/ organise it as Fugly says.
But I talked with Ramesh Suyal couple of times and insisted that we definitely want to do the elephant safari. He gave me a package for 2 nights in Myrica Anand Van which includes 2 jeep safaris. He says that elephant safari will be very difficult to get.

Now there is a resort called Tiger Camp Resort in Corbett who is giving me the same package including jeep and elephant safari. They tell me that they can easily book an elephant safari for me as long as I book it early and make the full payment. Even their reviews on the net are very good.

So naturally I am inclined to go with this resort.

Please advice.

Thanks.
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Hi golfdude

If you wish to book through the Tiger camp resort, I am sure you will be well looked after by them.
They have their own elephants, but the safari on elephant back will be in the buffer zone.
These IMHO,are generally intended for children, and are merely joy rides,not for the wildlife enthusiasts among us
How much this will cost ? I have not a clue, it would I imagine depend on how long the ride was. For that same cost you could have a Jeep safari into a core area, seeing tigers, Maybe ?

I know that Ramesh could arrange the same service, but when I asked a few years back for such a ride, he said it was expensive, and there was next to no chance of seeing tigers.
With all the maneaters that are now in the buffer zone the chances have maybe increased ?

In your post you wrote " It would be difficult" he obviously was referring to an elephant ride at Bijrani, as you said also that your accommodation was at the Myrica Anand resort. From that I deduce that your safaris would be to Bijrani, he has a remarkably good record of getting elephant safaris at Bijrani.

Hope this helps ?
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Originally Posted by FUGLY View Post Hi golfdude

If you wish to book through the Tiger camp resort, I am sure you will be well looked after by them.
They have their own elephants, but the safari on elephant back will be in the buffer zone.
These IMHO,are generally intended for children, and are merely joy rides,not for the wildlife enthusiasts among us
How much this will cost ? I have not a clue, it would I imagine depend on how long the ride was. For that same cost you could have a Jeep safari into a core area, seeing tigers, Maybe ?

I know that Ramesh could arrange the same service, but when I asked a few years back for such a ride, he said it was expensive, and there was next to no chance of seeing tigers.
With all the maneaters that are now in the buffer zone the chances have maybe increased ?

In your post you wrote " It would be difficult" he obviously was referring to an elephant ride at Bijrani, as you said also that your accommodation was at the Myrica Anand resort. From that I deduce that your safaris would be to Bijrani, he has a remarkably good record of getting elephant safaris at Bijrani.

Hope this helps ?
Hi Fugly,

You are very much right. The elephant safari organized by Tiger Camp resort is a "joyride" in the buffer zone. It costs Rs. 3,500 per elephant for 4 pax.

Now Ramesh gave me a package at Myrica Anandvan resort which includes the jeep safaris. While I would like Ramesh to arrange the safaris for us, I am not very impressed with Myrica Anandvan resort as compared to Hotel Tiger Camp.

So I am thinking of asking Ramesh to arrange only the safaris for us including a real elephant safari if possible. And I will take care of the accommodation myself at Hotel Tiger Camp.

Is Hotel Tiger Camp different from Tiger Camp resort ?

I hope this will work out.
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FUGLY, this is such detailed and important information! This will help others have a successful trip, thanks for sharing!!
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Its my pleasure DaisyL, and you are most welcome.

Hi golfdude
Personally speaking I would sooner spend that 3,500/- on a jeep safari to Bijrani

I have'nt been to the Myrica resort. It was still being built this time last year, when I last visited.
I have been too ill to travel of late, so that pleasure still awaits, but Ramesh tells me that its pretty good there, and I always trust his instincts, and he has never disappointed me

I am not a salesperson for Ramesh, and I would not try to influence you in any way.
If you know what you want, then go for it, and be happy.

Its easy if you have been before, and have that hindsight to help make your mind up.
Without that knowledge, you need to have someone who you can trust.
Good luck to you golfdude
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FUGLY - thanks for sharing such detailed and helpful informations, undoubtedly this is going to help lot of traveler's planning for Corbett trip.

One question, are you sure that Monday's are rest days for elephants and no elephant safari takes place even in Dhikala zone??
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Hi spashmcpi
Unless there has been a recent change of plan at Corbett
Elephants have Mondays, as a day of rest.
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Such Details information on Corbett National Park.

Thanks
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Thanks fugly
this is what i needed. Ha! Perfect
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What an info .. Thanks soo much for all the pains u took to jot down these authentic and honest info. God blees!
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Well done FUGLY

I was hoping that next time I visited Corbett it would be quieter.

Its just the sort of useful information that people really need, and the fewer the better.
Take no notice, I am just being self serving, and greedy.

But mark my words, when you can travel again, it will be packed in Corbett, and with no rooms to be had at any of the lodges, or resorts.
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Sorry tigerman.
I do know exactly what you mean and I completely agree.
My logic was, the more people who visit, the more will appreciate.
The more that appreciate, the more likely something will be achieved towards saving the tigers.

The cost is something that will stop many from learning about Corbett. I believe that the cost is amazingly high, and this will stop many from visiting, especially the Indian people who can do the most towards helping to preserve the tigers.
Sadly it is those same people who are ultimately going to lead to the downfall of the tiger, at least in the wild.

As you yourself more or less said in your last post in tripsammys thread..

Too many people.
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Hello all,

We have booked our visit to Corbett with Ramesh.

I'll write a report on here when we get back (mid July).


Thanks for all the useful info and recommendations.
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