It is one of the rarest place where you’ll tired of asking but offering will remain one step ahead. There are many articles and travelogue full of information about Jim Corbett, so why this one. It is because once you’ll be here; you simply can’t resist yourself of describing the matchless beauty, the wilderness, the unparalleled thrill, and many such words which is not sufficient to capture the whole aura of its divinity.
You just name it and you have it. Be it dense forest, wide grass land, river side, one of the best flora and fauna, surround by large hills and nurtured by real blue water river, every single moment feels like Wow! Is it real?
Corbett National Park is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, and is haven for wildlife lovers in India. The present area of the Corbett national park is 1318.54 sq. km. including 520 sq. km. of core area of and 797.72 sq. km. of buffer area. The core area of the Corbett tiger reserve forms the Corbett National Park while the buffer contains reserve forests (496.54 sq.km.) as well as the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary (301.18 sq.km.). It has a tiger population of around 160, which again boost its prospects as a hottest wildlife destination.
My journey started with two of my friends from Ghaziabad at 12 in night, and in our Alto car we reached Ramnagar by 5 in the morning with normal traffic on the way. Due to Christmas we witnessed heavy rush at the booking counter. Finally thanks to our guide Lakshman that we managed to get dormitory at the main Dhikala area and entered in the forest by 4 pm. To avoid the last time disappointment, plan in advance and book the room in Delhi itself at:
New Delhi – 110001
Or, you may also contact at
Corbett Tiger Reserve
Ramnagar – 244 715
Tel.: +91-5947-253977, Reception – 251489
Fax: +91-5947-251489 and 251376
The Chief Wildlife Warden, Uttaranchal
85, Rajpur Road
Tel/Fax. : +91-135-2744225, 2741607
Since it was my first encounter with forest so after entering few kilometers, I was like shocked, scared, pleasantly surprised and very much excited that lets see what is yet to come. We reached at Dhikala base before closing time that was 5:30 pm, because after that no vehicle movement is allowed. A word of caution, while driving you can’t blow horn, can’t put the light on, can’t race to much and never throw any plastic, rapper or burning cigarette etc into the area, as it could prove fatal to yourself and to those who actually belongs there.
|Looking for Tuskar through a Machan.|
In the night I took a quick round with my friend around the camp. It was scary, but an experience to feel and listen the voice of forest, which is always mix of few known and many unknown things. In dormitory it was so chilled that we need to wear the protection from inside in liquid form. With high spirit in all means we sleep tight waiting for another day’s endless excitement to happen.
|In my happiest moment|
Next morning we woke up early to catch the virgin beauty of wild. To enjoy this place, one must hire an experienced guide, and luckily we get so. Our guide was so familiar with forest that he can understood most of the voices of different animals, let the path aside. We had a great time covering around 50km or something inside the deepest area as far allowed for vehicle movement.
We had our lunch at Dhikala base itself, which was great but what surprises us is the taste of water. Believe me friends you can’t have such a taste of water anywhere else.
Since our booking was for one night so we came back to forest but didn’t leave the area. We decided to move Ramnagar for night stay and promised to back another day for a day picnic in Mohan another paradise just few kilometers away from Jim Corbett. In Ramnagar there is a Shama hotel, which offers delicious non-vegetarian food that you must try.
We reached Mohan by 11 in the morning, crossed few small streams and finally zeroed on a beautiful location to have our blast. We had our life time fun there to cook food right in the elephant zone, and fear gets doubled and so the excitement when our guide narrate the story of a man-eater that was there, at that particular location, few days back. We ate, sang, drink enjoyed the bonfire and had a blast of lifetime. Finally we started by 7:30 in the evening and drove back to Delhi.
A last piece of advice. You need to visit in just two cases; you love forest and you will enjoy it, you don’t love forest you’ll fall in love with it.
Thanks for Reading.