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The Corbett Canter Safari

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The entrance to the Forest reserve

The Corbett national forest reserve is accesible only on permission and fee being paid to the department. Only two types of vechiles are allowed to take the Safari into the forest and that too between 7am to 10 am and there after between 1 pm to 5 pm. Tours in trucks with seating capacity for 18 persons is called the CANTER Safari and in smaller jeeps with capacity for 8 persons is termed the Jeep Safari. The Canter Safari is slightly less priced although both the Safari tours are expensive. Having shown my Identity proof and having paid the entry fee to my guide I expected him to give me a receipt or ticket or pass but he just moved on and began a briefing in Hindi which meant that the tour would last about 4 hours  and that no one should get down from the vechile unless told.

The map of the resrve

I did not know that we should scamble for the best seats and found that the only seat available was at the last row of the truck. Anticipating the begening of a quite Safari I was surprised at the loud chatter, laughter and banter of the group of fellow travellers. Added to the surprise I was shocked at the annoying loud roar and rattling noise level of the diesel truck. The shock and surprise made me realise I had paid a heavy price for a jungle Safari and this crowd and truck by their  noise and behaviour are going to disturb the animals rather than silently watch them in the wild. Intending to cancel my tour I called for the guide who thought I was getting impatient  and immediately told the driver of the truck to move. Oh........ to my grief and great sorrow the senseless driver just dug his heel into the accelerator and I was in for a High speed Forest  motor car rally and endurance test in a rattling bumpy truck with a bunch of loud travellers for company.
The statue of Jim Corbett.The reserve is named after him.

Digging deep and deeper into my patience I managed to take some pictures of sunlight peering into the forest, the common spotted deer and an elephant and that too only when the truck occasionaly slowed down. It did stop at a few places for a few moments though, in the pretext of searching for tiger or by a river tributary in the guise of looking for Gairials or crocs. 
I can never forget  the Canter Safari or the Canter forest motor rally which has left an indelible mark in memory of how unwary tourists or Safari lovers can be misled into and be taken for a most disappointing ride or rather in other words "taken for a ride at an exorbitant price". 

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The entrance to the Forest reserve
The entrance to the Forest reserve
The map of the resrve
The map of the resrve
The statue of Jim Corbett.The rese…
The statue of Jim Corbett.The res…
The canter truck which never cante…
The canter truck which never cant…
The noisy crowd and the noisiest t…
The noisy crowd and the noisiest …
Senseless speed ...
Senseless speed ...
Trying to take pictures in the spe…
Trying to take pictures in the sp…
A wood pigeon
A wood pigeon
Slowing down on a riverbed
Slowing down on a riverbed
The river where garials or crocs p…
The river where garials or crocs …
Halt to see crocs....none though
Halt to see crocs....none though
Tried focusing hard...no crocs
Tried focusing hard...no crocs
A bridge in the forest
A bridge in the forest
Rallying through the forest
Rallying through the forest
Speeding through tiger territory.
Speeding through tiger territory.
and stopping at grass lands to loo…
and stopping at grass lands to lo…
Look hard there could be a tiger w…
Look hard there could be a tiger …
The jeep safari...
The jeep safari...
The Deer crossing into a solar wir…
The Deer crossing into a solar wi…
A clean Government forest departme…
A clean Government forest departm…
The Dhikala lake
The Dhikala lake
The lake where they say you can so…
The lake where they say you can s…
Too many Jeeps and trucks for the …
Too many Jeeps and trucks for the…
A group of Mynas at the Dhikala ca…
A group of Mynas at the Dhikala c…
The sun peeps through the forest c…
The sun peeps through the forest …
An ant hill
An ant hill
an elephant among the bushes above.
an elephant among the bushes above.
A spotted deer among the bushes
A spotted deer among the bushes
Spotted deer fleeing the river bed
Spotted deer fleeing the river bed
The sun rays  breach the forest co…
The sun rays breach the forest c…
The driver stopped for once
The driver stopped for once
stopped for s few seconds
stopped for s few seconds
But still the deer couldnt put up…
But still the deer could'nt put u…
The so called water hole where ele…
The so called water hole where el…
The entrance to the museum ...good…
The entrance to the museum ...goo…
Getting down from the truck you ca…
Getting down from the truck you c…
a stuffed Tigress
a stuffed Tigress
The entrance into the reserve is c…
The entrance into the reserve is …
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