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Corbett National Park Uttarakhand Reviews
The highlight of our tigers and Taj trip Jun 08, 2010
The aim of our trip was a Tigers and Taj tour
The highlight of our tigers and taj tour was Corbett National Park
On arrival at Ramanagar train station we were met by our guide, and driver.
It was 5.00 am, and we had enjoyed a good nights sleep on the overnight train from Delhi. We were escorted to our waiting jeep and enjoyed to be out of the city, and grateful to be able to taste, and breathe, the clean fresh air.
The first safari was not to start for an hour so we were taken for a most welcome breakfast of eggs, toast and coffee which was wolfed down.
Our guide (Ramesh) had already obtained the entry permits in advance, this saved a lot of waiting about, and we were at the front of the line of Jeeps waiting to enter. The gate opened, and we were waved through.
This safari was in the Bijrani zone. The setting was beautiful, there were deer everywhere. We were only about ten minutes into our safari when Ramesh called for the driver to stop. Had he seen a tiger ? He stood watching, and listening to the forest noises, for a couple of minutes, and then said I think it is tiger.
We rolled down the track a little further, and waited again.
After about 5 minutes, which seemed a lot longer when holding your breath, we were rewarded by our first sighting of a Royal Bengal Tiger.
A very pretty tiger looking for her breakfast, she stopped and looked at us, and then just looked up, and around, as if to say “what are they looking at, what is so interesting” for you. After about 30 seconds she had gone. Gone maybe, but I am sure never to be forgotten. Just as we were to move away, another 2 jeeps came around the bend. They had missed out.
The rest of our day was spent trying to double our sightings tally, but it never happened. Back at the Corbett Legend resort, where we stayed, we both realised just how special that sighting was, and what it was worth. Totally fabulous.
It had been a very long, and very exciting, day, and we both slept very heavy
The next day we set off for Dhikala Forest lodge for 2 days of safari, and an overnight stay. On the way we saw both Mugger, and Gharial, crocodiles, Otters, and yes, again, a tiger, a female, she had come to the rivers edge for a long drink, and then, when we thought she would just walk off, she lay down in the river to cool herself. She was there for about half an hour or more. By which time quite a crowd had now gathered, and the noise levels were getting higher by the minute. We waved her bye-bye and left the noise behind. Ramesh remarked that we should have moved on a little sooner, before others had joined us. But hey, while they were watching her, they were leaving the other animals alone, and in peace.
We arrived to Dhikala Forest Lodge just before 11.00am. We checked-in, and dropped off our bags, had a drink, and jumped back in the jeep, we headed to a watchtower, before returning for lunch.
Meals are served in the dining room, it is very basic, and the food looks not so good, but it did taste so very good.
That afternoon was spent watching a herd of around 50 elephants. Again the number of jeeps grew, along with the noise from the complacent visitors, who, seemingly thought the animals would not mind. But they did, and after a show of bravado from the matriarch, they all disappeared off into the cover of the dense forest.
When we returned to Dhikala forest lodge for the night, the man was waiting to close the gate.
Dinner was not to be for another hour or more, we sat out in the porch way of the room, there were 2 lovely young couples from Delhi, and about the same age group as us, who sat and chatted with us for a while, before one of the guys went off and returned 2 minutes later with a pack of beers. We sat and chatted then we had some food, again the food was very nice, or maybe the beers had whetted our appetite, but the evening was very nice, and spent with great company. We all slept like logs after a very long day.
The next day started with a cup of chai, which served as an early call to get ready for our elephant safari, which was terrific. An hour into the safari and the elephant started to get a little uneasy. It was giving out some very loud low rumbling noises, and then a screech, and I too screamed with shock as a huge male tiger spinted away from about 20 yards away. The elephant had no doubt smelled him, but I was so surprised to see the tiger so close, and, only at the last second. This was some adventure.
The other tourist elephants came to join us, and started to try and flush out the tiger, but he was not to be found. We saw lots of other animals returning from our safari back to Dhikuli, but no more tigers
We returned to the Corbett Legend resort later that evening for a farewell meal, and then headed off back to the train station for our return journey to Delhi.
That night on the train back to Delhi we dreamt of tigers.
Tomorrow it would be the Taj Mahal, and then to the beaches of Goa
We booked the Corbett trip with Ramesh Suyal (just google Tigersincorbett or Ramesh Suyal) Corbett is not an easy trip to organise without help.
Ramesh is a lovely man, and a very good guide. He made our trip so special.
Corbett is a special treat for everybody, young and old.
But, 3 days is not to be long enough. Our only regret was to not stay longer.
The accommodation at the Corbett Legend was much better than we could have hoped for. Half expecting something like a dormitory room, because it was not so expensive, we were pleasantly surprised to find the room tastefully decorated, spacious, and very comfortable. Highly recommend this place for sure
The room at Dhikala was best described as great for the forest location , but we really enjoyed our stay there. The food was very good, and we both, definitely would recommend to others, staying there .
Ramesh gave us a very good value for money package, and was a super guide.
Again, would highly recommend to others.
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