Corbett Trip report_Jan2017

#1 Feb 22nd, 2017, 20:45
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Sharing some information on my Corbett trip of January 2017

The most important thing of Corbett trip is to get an accommodation inside forest, which is given 45 days in advance for Indians and 90 days in advance for Foreigners. So after I fixed the dates of my trip, booked flight & train tickets the final work was to sit before computer 45days ago just before 10am.

I had 3N & 4D for the trip and for the first night I booked outside forest at Corbett Motel resort which I found to have very good reviews and very close to Ramnagar station. For the 2nd night I tried to book one double bed room at Dhikala and they were just vanished within some seconds. Only Ghairal was available till around 10:10am but I didn't book since I had some false information which many others also can have. Let me correct the information for everyone.

For Ghairal and Sultan FRHs, what I heard there is no electricity and hot water available -which is totally wrong. We visited both Ghairal & Sultan FRHs for a short break and found there is solar electricity available at every room and hot water also available on request. Also there is basic canteen facilities.

So for first day I didn't book Ghairal and thus no FRH was available for me. I booked one day more at Corbett Motel resort. Next day morning again sat before 10am and this time was lucky enough to got a room at main Dhikala FRH, it was an Anexe room. Total room rent including taxes, entry charge, vehicle entry and driver entry charge it was Rs.3437.50. At that point accommodations were all set.
Then I quickly booked one morning and one evening permit of Bijrani from website of Rs.1000 each. For Dhikala if you have night stay booked either at Main Dhikala or FRHs like Ghairal/Sultan etc, you can have atleast two safaris for one night stay.

Next task was to book driver for two Bijrani safaris and two Dhikala safaris. From one of the thread got contact of driver Maheshji, called him and booked him for our safaris. Rates were Rs.1650 for each Bijrani safaris and Rs.3800 for two Dhikala safaris with a night stay.

Next was only wait for the journey date to come which was 26th January 2017

To be continued...
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Dear Mr. Amber,

Can I have your email ID please? Just would like to get in touch for some information.

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On 26th January Republic day, reached Kolkata NSCBI Airport at 8:15am. After clearing all formalities got to know that our Air-India flight got delayed by 30minutes due to Republic day parade at Delhi and will depart at 10:30am. Flight departed finally at 10:50am and while we're just about to land at Delhi IGI Airport seems it was too foggy outside. Thought that it's Delhi's natural winter fog, nothing to be surprised. But after landing, saw some rain drops falling on the glass window. When got down from flight to board the Airport bus it started drizzling and after we boarded taxi to go to Old Delhi railway station it was started raining heavily. At that moment I saw the weather forecast at Ramnagar and it was showing rain til next day afternoon 3pm and I got disappointed a lot with my fate.

Reached Old Delhi station and we had a retiring room booked. Was not finding where it is and people there also not able to guide properly. Seeing no way booked a coolie and checked into the room. Rain was happening continuously with some variation of speed.

I must point out the present condition of Old Delhi station and it's like hell. I visited there a few years ago and it was much in good condition. The only eatable option in the entire station premises is McDonalds. Grabbed some food for lunch and went to room again to spend some hours before our train at 10pm. At evening started having tension of what to eat at dinner considering no same McD again. Went through some online food delivery options and most of them denied to serve at Old Delhi station. Finally got one and booked some meal for dinner to serve at train coach itself (Only veg options were available). Still it was raining at some slower speed.

The same coolie took us to the platform and train arrived almost one hour late from Jaisalmir. Boarded and also received the dinner on time. Rain has stopped by then at Delhi but didn't know it will go with us till Ramnagar.

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Originally Posted by kaustav39 View Post Dear Mr. Amber,

Can I have your email ID please? Just would like to get in touch for some information.

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You can write here whatever information you need
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Dear Amber81, you should have gone to Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib since you have lot of time. Its so near to railway Station . Historic Gurdwara also Langar Seva all the time
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Originally Posted by deepkalra View Post Dear Amber81, you should have gone to Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib since you have lot of time. Its so near to railway Station . Historic Gurdwara also Langar Seva all the time
Thank you... Didn't know about this. May be next time
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It's nice to hear that finally you have made your safaris with Mahesh. He is really a wonderful driver & spotter. Hope you have enjoyed your time with him. Great narration .. Following
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post It's nice to hear that finally you have made your safaris with Mahesh. He is really a wonderful driver & spotter. Hope you have enjoyed your time with him. Great narration .. Following
Thanks again Arup for sharing Maheshji's contact, I'll also share at the end of my post for other people's help. Yes Mahesh ji was very good person but we're not enough lucky to see tigers from close. But overall it was a very good trip.
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Continuing from previous post..

Ranikhet express gets splitted into two halves at Moradabad. One part goes to Kathgodam and another part goes to Ramnagar which is the entry point for Jim Corbett National Park. Despite being late at night, our train reached Ramnagar on time around 4:50am in the morning. We got up a little earlier and even from the glass window felt that some rain is going on. Got down from the train and was a little bit confused whether to wait some time at waiting room till dawn because it was raining outside. Just reached at the exit gate of station, a car driver approached us and we said we have booking at Corbett Motel resort. He quoted 300 and we agreed. He bought his brand new invova as close as possible to the gate and also helped us to get into the car using his big umbrella. It was hardly 10mins we reached our hotel within 5:30am. Shocked to see someone already awake at that time (We didn't notify before our arrival time) and opened the front gate. We showed our booking voucher and was anticipating that he'll told us to wait at the lawn because it was too ahead of actual check-in time. But that boy called up his manager and after getting approval he opened a room for us within 10mins. This was so surprising for us and at the same time we're very grateful to them as we didn't have a good sleep in train. Room was in ground floor and was neat and clean.

Was having a short nap and woke up with lots of noise from the roof, didn't understand what it could be whether it's monkeys or any other animals. At around 6:50am got out of room to order some tea and saw a big St.Bernard loitering in front of our room. Both myself, my wife and my son are great fond of dog so called him and did a lots of cuddle

It was still drizzling. Ordered tea and called up Maheshji. Maheshji told he's about to leave for a morning safari and will meet us at hotel after he comes back. Surprised that people going to safaris even when it's raining. Thankfully rain got completely stopped by 9am but it was still very cloudy. We went for our complimentary breakfast and this time met with two labradors, one more St.Bernard and a few local breeds. To us this was the most beautiful part of this resort. Also we got to know that a few of them were tied over our roof and that was the noise we're getting at morning Took Alu-paratha and bread-omlet at breakfast and spent some time loitering around the big resort campus, it was too nice and green. Maheshji as promised, came at 11am and told that he'll come again at 1pm for our evening safari at Bijrani. We quickly placed the order for our lunch so that we can be ready by that time.

To be continued...
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Sorry for some late in posting..

Continued from previous post

As promised, Maheshji came at 1:00pm and we saw the gypsy was covered at top due to rain, and seats were still wet. We took some newspaper and placed over the seats and started at 1:10pm. From the resort the entry point of Bijrani zone or Amdanda gate is very near hardly it took 15mins. And after the checking formalities at gate (valid permit and photo id proof), a guide got into our car and that moment itself we needed to pay Rs.500.

Seeing there is no rain (Still it was cloudy and cool), Maheshji asked us and opened the top cover of gypsy. Now it was feeling good to start a real safari inside jungle, although Maheshji told us that due to rain some of the roads have become non-accessible and we'll do safari in the other parts.

Our car started inside the jungle and after moving a little we say the last village before the core area. First sighting was spotted deers, some birds and monkeys. We reached the Bijrani FRH area, there all guides need to sign some register. There is washroom if someone wants to use. After waiting 10mins, we moved on inside the zone. Road conditions was not good due to heavy rain last day, we're just moving from one place to another and was seeing spotted deers, monkeys, sambar deers etc. And the weather started to open up with blue sky and sunshine.

At some point there was an alarm call from deer and monkeys, Maheshji told probably there is a tiger nearby. We started wait at that place by switching off the gypsy engine. Some other gypsies also reached there and started wait. After some time all the animal calls suddenly got stopped and what Maheshji and our driver told Tiger is normally a shy animal and as much as possible they try to avoid human interaction. And thus sensing some human presence he or she just sat somewhere and if a tiger is not active, alarm calls from animals will be off.

After waiting some time, we didn't see any luck and moved on. Common animal sightings were there but there was no sign of tiger or elephants. The evening exit time from the gate is sharp 5:30pm at winter failing which people needs to pay heavy fine. So around 4:00pm we reached the Machan area which is the place where there is a tall watch tower or machan where anybody can climb to see animals using binoculars. Also this is the place where all gypsies meet up between 3:30pm-4:00pm and share animal sighting so that if some sighting has occurred in nearby place, there can be a last chance made by other gypsies to try. What we heard none of the other gypsies had any tiger or elephant sighting that evening. So we proceeded to the gate. At every FRH region there is a blackboard placed and while visiting the FRH region at the time of exit, drivers or the tourists write there with chalk, if anybody has any special sighting. And when we reached there saw there on the board that some lucky people saw a tiger at 3:30pm and it was just below the spot near river where we waited for some time. So we missed to see him/her but some lucky people got it

With some broken heart, we exited from the Bizrani zone and reached our resort by 6pm. Next day morning we had another permit for the same Bizrani zone and Maheshji told he'll report at 6am. Evening time at resort spent in leisure. In our room package breakfast and either of lunch or dinner was included and we opted for free dinner. There was no buffet system for the complimentary meal but the rule is there you can order anything from their veg menu and if any non-veg item is taken that needs to be paid separately. We ordered butter nan, veg noodles, one dal makhani and one paneer dish. We went to bed at 10pm.
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Posting some snaps from Bijrani zone evening safari
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Next day morning 28th January, we woke up early and started for another morning safari at the same Bijrani zone. When it entered the zone it was almost dark and slowly there was dawn. We're among the first few entrants of the day. For next 4 hours we again travelled through different roads of the zone in search of animals. But this time also sightings were same as previous day evening. Again we heard some alarm calls which got stopped after some time. But we luckily saw an elephant family this time, one male tusker, two females and one baby elephant inside jungle beside road. During time of exit we saw a jackal crossing the road before our gypsy.
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Originally Posted by ambar_81 View Post Next day morning 28th January, we woke up early and started for another morning safari at the same Bijrani zone. When it entered the zone it was almost dark and slowly there was dawn. We're among the first few entrants of the day. For next 4 hours we again travelled through different roads of the zone in search of animals. But this time also sightings were same as previous day evening. Again we heard some alarm calls which got stopped after some time. But we luckily saw an elephant family this time, one male tusker, two females and one baby elephant inside jungle beside road. During time of exit we saw a jackal crossing the road before our gypsy.
The photo of the jeep and light play is amazing..carry on.
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Nice report...... waiting for the next part......
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Extremely sorry not posting next part on regular basis due to work pressure..

28th January evening we had no permit booked. Our initial plan was to visit the Sitabani buffer zone which is also very popular among tourists, one of the main reason being no prior permit needed to enter the zone. Probably permit is given on spot @Rs.450 per jeep and there is no such limit on number on jeeps. But Maheshji discouraged us on going there since it was a Saturday and it will be heavily crowded there with local people as well as tourists. So we went to a local sightseeing.

First we proceed for Garjiya Devi temple at Garjiya which is very close to Dhangiri gate, the entry point to Dhikala zone. Journey through the beautiful roads was amazing with cool breeze in the open gypsy. Was imagining how would be the experience next morning as we will have to come through the same road at pitch dark

After going for 25 minutes we reached a point where the road gets diverted one part going towards Dhangiri gate and another part towards the Garjiya temple. We took the right side road and reached the temple premises. It was a beautiful temple of Devi Garjiya beside river Kosi. A bridge is made over the river which we needed to cross on foot and opposite side of the river is the temple built on top of a small mountain. We bought some puja dala and reached in front of Mata Garjiya with crossing some steep stairs. It is mainly an Avatar of Vaishnodevi and there was prayers 'Jai Mada Di' there as well. We offered puja and went back to car.

Our next destination was Hanuman temple at Ramnagar which is still in progress of completely built up, not known to many people yet. But after it gets completed it will surely be a popular tourist spot near Ramnagar. It's built on huge acres of land with temple premises and own guest houses. Inside of main Hanuman temple is complete and it's beautifully decorated with different life events of Lord Hanuman. There are temples of other God as well including Ram, Sita, Durga etc.
As it's in progress photography is not restricted yet even inside temple which probably won't be in future. If you have 1-2 extra hours time at Ramnagar it's a must visit.
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