बहरहाल हम सब जीप पे सवार हो के अन्दर गये ।एक अजीब सा सन्नाटा छाया हुआ था। कभी कभी किसी पक्षी की आवाज़ सन्नाटे को तोडती थी। तभी कुछ दूर स्पॉटेड हिरनों का झुण्ड दिखाई दिया। जैसे जैसे आगे बढे अन्य हिरन भी दिखे। बन्दर भी खूब थे। किन्तु बाघ अब भी नज़र नही आ रहे थे।अचानक ड्राईवर ने ब्रेक लगाया और चुप रहने का इशारा किया,हमे लगा बाघ होगा किन्तु कच्ची सड़क पार करता हुआ लगभग 10/12 फीट लम्बा किंग कोबरा अपना फन फैलाये बीच में खड़ा था। यु तो कई बार देखा था किन्तु उसके प्राकृतिक निवास में देखकर रोंगटे खड़े हो गये थे। लगभग 5 मिनट में हमें हतप्रभ कर नागराज जंगल में अंतर्ध्यान हो गये। हम और आगे बढे, कुछ दुरी पर जंगली हाथियों का एक झुण्ड दिखाई दिया।Read More
We started our journey from Delhi to Ramnagar for a two days weekend trip to visit Jim Corbett National Park.
Ramnagar is a small town located near famous Corbett National Park in Nainital districts of Uttarakhand. The city is said to be dream destination for wildlife traveler as this is the sole park in India where richest concentrations of wildlife occur.
The king with his entourage was passing through jungles of Kumaon, when a saint crossed his path. The vain king was offended and soon the saint was brought before him. The saffron clad saint, annoyed with King’s heckles, plucked a leafy branch from a wayside bush and swiped it across the King’s bare arms – it sent the king writhing and groaning in pain, as if a million needles were inserted in his arm. This is how the hymns of Ranikhet started.Read More
Our safari driver cum guide has made a wonderful job by describing the facts of the jungle. Understood that Tiger sighting needs a patience and more than one safari but we were not demoralized at all.Read More
very much a bird-watcher’s paradise . Purple sunbirds, orange bee-eaters, humming birds, pintails, wagtails, minivets, flycatchers, jays, bronze green doves, golden orioles, baya weaver birds, hoopoes, woodpeckers, kingfishers, whistling thrushes, drongos, cuckoos and the green coppersmith barbet calling “k-tong ! k-tong ! “ were all out there . A family of transiting langurs were busy shaking treesRead More
guide took us on the another side of the road and we were shocked. At the first sight we could not understand what to do. Wow! such a beautiful creature of God. We scared as the tiger was just aprox 20 ft away from our Gypsy but he was calm and not in hurry.Read More
We had the permit to enter from Durga Devi gate and our safari timing was from 3PM for 3 hours, while on our way to Corbett National Park we also visited the Corbett water fall which is small water fall situated within the forest area.Read More
On 29-Jun 2014 morning, we took the bus at 6:30 am from Ramnagar bus stand and reached Nainital at 9:00 am. There were some taxiwalas standing for sightseeing packages but we denied them and thought to roam around on our own. So we walked on our foot till Tallital bus stand and hired a bike on rent for Rs. 1000 and Security Rs.2000. Then we have gone for boating in Mallital and Tallital Lake for Rs. 210. We have done our breakfast and shopping on Mall Road itself which is near to Tallital bus stand.
Then we moved ahead on bike for RajBhawan(Governor’s House). Wow it is a very beautiful place and the gardens, the sightseeing near it is really awesome. The guide there guided us and told us about the history of this place. Then we headed towards Himalayan view point, Lover’s point and Suicide point. Awesome the weather, the scenery, the clouds coming over the hills, just WOW:) And then monsoon 1st rainfall started :D so we moved back to Mall road for some shopping near Tallital bus stand. We returned our bike at 6:00 pm and got our Security money Rs. 2000 back. There were tourists and tourists only all around on the Mall road. No vehicles are allowed between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. The traffic management is very good. At 7:00 pm, we booked 2 seats in a Volvo bus. There were agents sitting in some shops on Mall road.Read More
The road upto Bareilly was generally good and but bad in a few patches. However, Bareilly to Lalkuan was a different story altogether. I believe there is a bypass outside of Bareilly but I couldn’t find it so I had to go through the city. If someone gets to know of the location of the bypass do inform. The number of trucks have to be seen to be believed. Coupled with bad roads it’s definitely a slow track. There’s some kinda factory before Lalkuan and trucks are lined up on both sides of the road. Where there are trucks, there are traffic jams and coupled with atrocious truck drivers the experience is tough. There is also extensive construction work on this sector.
The road improves dramatically from Lalkuan. A stop is advised before the climb from Kathghodham to Nainital. The Drive from this point on is smooth cos the roads are very good, maintained well and aren’t as steep as people would have you believe.Read More
At last we reached Dhikala. It was a cluster of small buildings at the edge of the trees and beginning of a vast grassland which reminded me of some African hamlet deep inside the jungle. The buildings are very much in tune with its surroundings and have appeared to be from the late 19th century. However, it is protected by electric fence. The complex is situated high above the banks of Ramganga but one is not allowed to venture out into the river for fear of crocodiles and other animals.
The view from the complex was simply awesome; to one side is the forest, the expanse of grassland on the other and on the third side stood blue mountains in a coat of mist far beyond the river bank. The breeze that flows brings in the fresh smell of the forest. Sitting under a huge tree, soaking in nature’s beauty all around, one simply is transported to another world, far from the madding crowd and toxic fumes – a world without worries.Read More
The different zones offer varied landscapes with opportunities to sight different floras and faunas. The presence of animals varies in accordance with the landscape suitable to their habitats. The landscape of Jhirna is drier than in Dhikala and vegetation is mostly scrub. Jhirna was a farming village until 1994 when it was successfully relocated under Project Tiger. The abandoned farmland is gradually reverting to a wild state and is being managed to develop grassland habitat. The nearby terrain consists of numerous sots and narrow gorges running through typically Shiwalik landscape. The hills to the north of Jhirna are covered with dense patches of bamboo. Apart from being a good habitat for tiger, leopard and deer, the place hosts other interesting mammals like sloth bear and wild boar. A variety of birds can also be enjoyed here.
were informed that a male tiger is also reported wandering in the area during the early morning. There is a defined route for every visitor to follow from the entry gate which ends at the FRH inside the jungle. On the way there is a watch tower alongside the river for watching animals reaching at the stream for drinking water and bathing. We tried it but in vain. The spotted deer, peacocks, variety of birds including the sparrows were a delight to watch. Suddenly, the driver stopped the vehicle and we found some fresh pug marks of a tiger on the sand beside the road. After a few meters we spotted some scratch marks on a tree probably made in the past. These proofs however, evidenced the truth of story we were told by the nature guide about the male tiger visited the place early morning. Elephant herd might have walked away leaving signs of crushed bushes and flattened shrubs. The dream of sighting the mighty RBT remained a dream but it was good to see the evidence of their presence that retained the hope to see the king in future also.Read More
पानी इतना साफ़ था की नीचे के पत्थर साफ़ चमक रहे थे। इतनी छोटी सी जगह पर इतना आनंद भी लिया जा सकता है, सोचा न था। धूप धीरे धीरे हलकी हो रही थी और पानी भी अब ज्यादा ठंडा लगने लगा था इसलिए सोचा कि अब यहा से चलना चाहिए। इसी बीच मनमोहन दो तीन बार पानी से निकला तो हर बार एक मच्छर उसको काटता था और वो चिल्लाता था और गालिया देता था। हम सब हँसते थे कि मच्छर को गोरी चमड़ी पसंद आ रही है लेकिन अब जैसे ही हम सभी पानी से बाहर निकले तो उस मच्छर ने मेरे पैर मे बहुत तेज काटा, अब चिल्लाने की बारी मेरी थी और हसने की मनमोहन की। खैर हमने जल्दी जल्दी कपड़े पहने और वहा से बाहर की और चल दिए।
पानी मे इतनी देर रहने के बाद अब काफी थकान महसूस हो रही थी इसलिए प्रदीप को भी बोला कि अब सीधे गेस्ट हाउस चले लेकिन उसने रास्ते मे गाड़ी एक लम्बे से ब्रिज के सामने रोक दी। जगह अच्छी थी लेकिन अब रुकने के मन ही नहीं था लेकिन फिर भी उतर गए की कुछ फोटो ही खीच ले। उतरने पर देखा कि वो केंद्रीय जल आयोग से सम्बंधित था। हम वहा पाँच दस मिनट ही रुके और फिर वापिस चल दिए। वापिस आते हुए हम मोहान से थोड़ा आगे ही निकले थे कि देखा वहा बहुत भीड़ थी, हम भी गाड़ी से बाहर आ गए तो पता चला कि हाथी का बच्चा झाड़ियो मे उलझ गया है, सड़क के एक तरफ जंगल ही था और उसमे थोड़ा सा अन्दर ही वो बच्चा फसा हुआ था और उसके पास हाथियों का पूरा झुण्ड था, उनको देखने के लिए ही वहा भीड़ जमा थी। लोग हाथियों को परेशान कर रहे थे और बार बार अन्दर जा रहे थे जो कि खतरनाक था अगर एक बार हाथी पीछे भाग लेते तो भगदड़ मच जाती। हाथियों ने बच्चे को झाड़ियो से छुड़ा लिया था लेकिन वो वही थे। हम लोगो ने वहा से निकलना ही सही समझा। रास्ते मे हमने रामनगर से जरूरी सामान ख़रीदा और वापिस गेस्ट हाउस की और चल दिए।Read More