Corbett National Park: December 7th -10th, 2018 (4 Day Tour)

Bengal Tiger in backlight - Corbett National Park

Wild Solitude - Corbett National Park

1024px Dollarbird in Middle Andamans - Corbett National Park

Dhikala Chaur Shashank Birla - Corbett National Park

Sultan FRH Shashank Birla - Corbett National Park

Hair over Bear - Corbett National Park

Bengal Tiger - Corbett National Park

Dhikala Sambar Road Shashank Birla - Corbett National Park

Dhikala FRH 2 - Corbett National Park

Herd of elephants in Dhikala chaur AJTJ DSCN8222 - Corbett National Park

Highlights

  • A personalized group, not exceeding 4 adults
  • Stay in the forest rest houses inside Dhikala zone with all meals
  • A professional naturalist who will be your host for the experience
  • A video highlight reel of your entire experience
  • High quality roof prism binoculars for each guest to view wildlife up close
  • 8 safaris in the Dhikala zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve (including entry and exit from Dhangarhi gate)
  •  INR 35,000  per person Ex Ramnagar station

The Stay
Dhikala Chaur Shashank Birla - Corbett National Park

The View from Dhikala FRH

The Corbett Tiger Reserve is divided into six ecotourism zones- Bijrani, Dhikala, Jhirna, Durgadevi, Sonanadi and Dhela. Dhikala being the most popular among all.

Dhikala, situated at the border of the extensive Patil Dun valley, is the most popular destination in Corbett because of its superb location and sheer abundance of wildlife present. The zone is accessible on jeep presently only if you are staying in the forest rest houses located within the zone.

Dhikala Forest House

Dhikala forest rest house is a well-known tourist destination located at the edge of Patli Dun valley through which River Ramganga flows in numerous channels. Dhikala is an easy gateway to the various parts of the park. The place offers panoramic view of the valley with the Kanda ridge in backdrop. Herds of elephants and spotted deers can be seen here. Dhanghari gate is the entrance for Dhikala zone. Dhangiri gate is located 18kms away from Ramnagar while Dhikala tourist complex is located 31kms inside the Dhangarhi gate. Dhikala is open to tourist from 15th November to 15th june. The tourist complex overlooks the Ramganga reservoir and is a perfect place to observe crocodiles and gharials basking in the sun on the banks Ramganga.

ACCOMODATION-

Dhikala offers a variety of stay options like forest rest house, cabins, hutments, bunk beds in log huts. All with basic amenities. The six different wings of the Dhikala Forest Lodge can be categorized as:

  • Old Forest Rest House (Number of Room -05)
  • Dhikala Annexes ( Number of Rooms – 07)
  • Hutment ( Number of Rooms – 06)
  • Cabins ( Number of Rooms – 06)
  • New Forest Rest House ( Number of Rooms – 04)
  • Old Range Quarters ( Number of Rooms – 04)

A restaurant caters to the needs of the visitors at the dikhala tourist complex . A canteen is also available for the guests. This place also has a well stocked library.

Sultan Forest Rest House :

If we head towards Dhikala from Dhangarhi gate, Sultan is the first Forest Rest House we come across. This rest house is named after the seasonal stream running through that area called Sultan sot. It typifies the dense forest area of pure saal that are found in the park.

ACCOMODATION-

With only 2 double bedrooms Sultan Forest lodge is one of the smallest rest house in Dhikala zone of corbett national park. It provides a kitchen facility with a room attendent. Visitors have to bring the raw ration with them which can be cooked in the kitchen facility.

Gairal Forest House :

The Gairal Rest House is the best forest house after the Dhikala rest house in the Dhikala zone. This place is situated cozily in the lap of nature away from the crowd and chaos of the city. It is located around the 13 km from Dhangarhi, the entry gate of Dhikala zone and around 40 km from the Ramnagar city. The FRH compound is safeguarded by the solar electric wire to ward away wild animals to enter the premises. As the Gairal FRH is located deep in the forest so an amazing tranquility envelopes the whole surroundings, making it an enchanting place to calm your mind from all the chaotic thoughts and invigorate it while staying here.

This rest house can be accessed by a short detour of the Dhangarhi-Dhikala main forest road. The prime attraction of this rest house is that it lies on the banks of River Ramganga. Tourists staying here can experience crystal clear, fast flowing mountain river running through the scenic forests. Situated in the lap of the nature Gairal presents ideal condition for nature watch and wildlife viewing. You can spot elephants bathing in the water, tiger and other animals who come to quench their thirst. It’s a great spot for bird lovers too.

ACCOMODATION-

The accommodation at the Gairal FRH is nice and comfortable it offers only limited amenities in its rooms but rooms and attached bathrooms are neat and clean. Simple home cooked food is available at the FRH canteen.

The accommodation in Gairal is divided into the three sections which are-

  • Old Forest Rest House – consists of 02 rooms
  • New Forest Rest House – consists of 04 rooms
  • Dormitory – consists of 08 bedsSultan FRH Shashank Birla - Corbett National Park

Dhikala FRH 2 - Corbett National Park

Dhikala FRH 4 - Corbett National Park

The Plan

Day 1 (December 7, 2018):

Arrival at Ramnagar station (we suggest taking Train No. 15013 (Raniket Express) from Delhi on 6th December night) and after a light breakfast, we head to Dhangarhi gate. The route passes through prime Corbett territory and will be a safari itself as we transfer to our rest house in the Dhikala zone. Over the next few days, we will be undertaking morning and evening safaris discovering the many wild wonders of the Corbett Tiger Reserve

Day 2 & 3 (December 8, 9, 2018):

We spend the next few days exploring perhaps the most iconic landscapes of Corbett. Our location of stay ensures we are right within the forest and don’t be surprised to see wildlife right from where you’re staying. In the morning and evening safaris, we discover the park’s diverse wildlife including its over 50 species of mammals such as leopards, elephants, yellow-throated martens, over 540 species of birds, gharials, mugger crocodiles and of course, aim to gain an audience with the striped enigma of the jungles, the tiger.

Day 4 (December 10, 2018):

As we check out from the forest rest house post the morning safari, we aim to spend most of the day inside the reserve, slowly keeping an eye of wildlife we encounter on the way out the gate. We have dinner in Ramnagar town and depart till our next wild wandering (We suggest taking Train No. 25014 (Corbett Prk Link Exp) to Delhi).

The Place

Jim Corbett National Park, which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The magical landscape of Corbett is well known and fabled for its magnificent biodiversity, at the centre of it, the iconic Kumaon tigers. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, The reserve was renamed in 1954–55 as Ramganga National Park and was again renamed in 1955–56 as Corbett national park. The new name honors the well-known author and wildlife conservationist, Jim corbett who played a key role in creating the reserve by using his influence to persuade the provincial government to establish it. Corbett has the glory of being India’s oldest and most prestigious National Park. It is also honored as the place where Project Tiger was first launched in 1973.

The park spans over an extent of 520 square kilometers, its whole area comprises of hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands and large lake this vivid mosaic of habitats represents both Himalayan and plains ecosystem. Geographically it is located between the shivalik Himalayas and the terai. the park is divided into six ecotourism zones- Bijrani, Dhikala, Jhirna, Durgadevi, Sonanadi and Dhela. Dhikala being the most popular among all. The forest covers almost 73% of the park, 10% of the area consists of grassland. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species. Sheltering a healthy population of tigers and rare species like Otters and the endemic fish eating crocodile, the national park is one of the most sought after destinations for the wildlife buffs.

FLORA AT JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK

According to botanical survey of India Corbett has 600 species of plants – trees, shrubs, ferns, grass, climbers, herbs and bamboos. Sal, Khair and Sissoo are the most visible trees found in Corbett. Some part of the park is dominated by bamboo trees (Dendrocalamus strictus) Green is the fundamental color of nature and variety of flowering trees in Corbett lend that beautiful color to the forests. The forests of the Corbett is dominated by numerous flowering plant, some of them can be named as Kachnar (Bauhinia Variegata) with white tom pink flowers, Semal (Bombax ceiba) with giant red blooms, Dhak or popularly called as the flame of the forest with bright and eye pleasing orange flowers, Madaar or Indian Coral (Erythrinia indica) with red flowers and Amaltas (Cassia fistula) with bright yellow chandelier like blooms. You will also find shrubs like that of Ber (zizyphus) Maror Phali (Helicteres isora) and jhau.

Though, some species of trees that do not occur naturally in the park have been artificially planted in and around the habitation of the park. These include Teak (Tectona grandis), Silver Oak (Gravillea robusta), Eucalyptus, Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosaefolia) and Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis), and can be seen in and around forest rest houses inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve area.

FAUNA AT JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK

The royal Bengal tiger is the star attraction of Corbett, however the park also boasts  a sizeable population of the endangered Asiatic elephant and other critically endangered species including the Ghariyal. Some of the other known mammal species reside in Corbett include Asiatic Black Bear, Hog Deer, Walking Deer, Sambar, Sloth Beer, Yellow-throated marten, Otters and many more to list.

Corbett also hosts a diversity of aqua fauna and birdlife also declared as IMPORTANT BIRD AREA (IBA) by Bird life International with over 550 species (resident and migratory) including the great pied hornbill, white-Backed Vulture, Hodgson’s bushchat, orange breasted green pigeon, Pallas fish eagle, golden oriole, tawny fish owl, Indian Pitta, Scarlet Minivet and reptile like the critically endangered Ghariyal, mugger Crocodiles, the king Cobra and many more.

Corbett tiger reserve is full of surprises, be it the migratory winter visitors or the sudden spotting of the majestic Bengal tiger not to forget the beautiful landscape. The best way to enjoy the place in its full glory is by staying right inside the tiger reserve, in one of the numerous forest rest houses. This facility is not available in many other tiger reserves. so to make the most of your wildlife experience come join us on this beautiful journey to the jim Corbett national park.

 

The Package

INR 35,000/- per person

A maximum of 4 adults will be accommodated on this expedition.

Inclusions:

  1. 4 days’ stay in Forest rest houses inside Dhikala zone
  2. 8 safaris with 4 guests and your accompanying skipper in each vehicle for comfort, apart from the mandatory forest guide and driver
  3. All park & safari fees (except camera fees where applicable)
  4. Skipper mentorship fees
  5. Complimentary roof prism binoculars for the duration of the expedition.
  6. Transfers ex-Ramnagar station by air-conditioned cars
  7. A 4-5 minute highlight reel of the expedition
  8. All associated taxes based on the costs above

Exclusions:

  1. Airfare/Rail fare to transit point
  2. Any additional services or meals requested at the property
  3. Beverages not included as part of meals as well as bottled water
  4. Tips/gratuities to hotel or safari personnel
  5. Any other fees or costs not mentioned in the inclusions

For payment terms & other enquiries, please contact us

The Experience
  1. Wilderness Exploration: This expedition is not recommended if the intention of your travel is to purely kick back and relax. While relaxing in the lap of nature will be part of the experience, the majority of our day will spent exploring the wilderness. Sighting wildlife can never be predicted, however the more time you spend exploring the wilderness, the better the chances are you will be witness to amazing natural spectacles.
  1. The Best of Guidance: Our accompanying skippers include some of the most well-renowned naturalists of India, having accomplished a level of expertise in their domains where they now inspire others to follow in their footsteps. With their in-depth knowledge of the wilderness and its denizens, we are sure as they reveal the hidden treasures of the wild, you will experience nature like never before.
  1. Personalized Experience: With a maximum group size of eight and a ratio of naturalist to guest of 1:4 during this expedition, we wish to provide a customized and intimate nature interpretation experience. In addition, we provide complimentary roof prism binoculars on our expedition to enhance your viewing experience when we encounter the wonders of the wild.
  1. Stay: Our chosen place of stay would be one that allows you to truly experience the wilderness and natural environment with the additional benefits of providing all modern amenities, comforts and a professional service level.
  1. Memories: We will be documenting the expedition on video, capturing not only those amazing moments of rare and endangered wildlife we see, but also of you watching them, together with all other fun-filled memories. We will be providing a short highlight movie (ranging from 3-5 minutes) within 2 weeks of return from the expedition to reminisce with your family & friends at leisure.
  1. A Responsible Outlook: It will be our effort to minimize the impact of our time spent in the wilderness on the natural environment by making responsible and sustainable choices wherever possible and try to leave the wilderness as it was, if not in a better condition.
Gallery

Wild Solitude - Corbett National Park

Bengal Tiger in backlight - Corbett National ParkBengal Tiger - Corbett National ParkHair over Bear - Corbett National ParkSiberian stonechat - Corbett National Park1024px Dollarbird in Middle Andamans - Corbett National Park
Dhikala Chaur Shashank Birla - Corbett National Park

The View from Dhikala FRH

Dhikala Sambar Road Shashank Birla - Corbett National Park

Herd of elephants in Dhikala chaur AJTJ DSCN8222 - Corbett National Park
Your Skipper
Shashank Birla 300x300 - Corbett National Park

Shashank Birla is a naturalist & photojournalist. Passionate about wildlife since childhood, he is happiest tramping of into the wilderness whenever the opportunity arises. His formal background has been in the management and business domain having worked with companies such as Jumbo Electronics, Sanctuary Asia and the Seascope Group. Wishing to make a career in his field of passion, he has undertaken several short-term courses with organizations such as The Wildlife Institute of India (WII), The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), United For Nature (A joint initiative by WWF, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy and several organizations) and the iNaturewatch Foundation to improve his understanding of natural history & conservation by first participating, and then undertaking coordination and leadership roles in biodiversity survey programmes, conservation initiatives & events. Some of his past works have been featured in publications such as National Geographic Traveller India, Nature in Focus, Sanctuary Asia, Saevus, and Hornbill among others, and he continues to contribute to many of the above. He is also the founder of Wilderlust, an initiative he hopes will bring people closer to nature and forge a lifelong connection with it.

FAQs

What do I need to be pack for?

We advise winter clothing for this time of year. We advise carrying winter jackets, sweaters, woollen caps and gloves and thermals. We also suggest avoiding bright colored clothing. You may also carry sunglasses, scarf, comfortable walking shoes with socks, insect repellant (recommended to be used sparingly and only if needed), lip balm, and a flashlight/torch. You may also carry a dust mask if you are allergic. Please also carry along a first aid kit and prescription medication.

Do you provide guidance for photography?

While photography is not the primary focus of our expedition, we recognize that rarely anyone travels to the wilderness without a camera in one form or the other. We will do our best to provide you opportunities for photography as well, however please keep in mind the focus remains experiential so if you are travelling to photograph a particular subject, this may not be the trip for you.

How many people will be with me in a safari jeep?

To provide comfortable seating during the safari, you would be in the company of three guests and your expedition skipper which ensures a comfortable seating of four in the safari jeep. The jeep driver and mandatory forest guide would be seated in front in separate seats.

Is there a more budget-friendly option?

Yes, trips to the wilderness can be far more budget-friendly than this, you can choose to join tours more friendly on the pocket or plan to travel on your own, which we will be happy to help you with. However, the experience we wish to provide on this expedition goes far beyond a regular trip, and it is our belief you will find as much value, if not more in such an expedition.

How are your tours different?

Please find the full details of the same here

This will be my first trip to the wilderness? Is this recommended?

Absolutely! The objective of this expedition is make you experience the magic of the wild, and we will be always be thrilled to share this with someone who will be visiting the wilderness for the first time. Our trips are designed to introduce you to the wild in a comfortable environment, in an unhurried manner, which we truly believe is the way to be one with nature.

How will I reach the destination?

Corbett is best accessed from Ramnagar station where the Dhangarhi gate is only about 40 minutes away by road. We advise taking the trains advised in the itinerary (The Plan) or we can arrange for a transfer via road from Delhi at an additional cost.

Is it safe to go?

Yes, visiting tiger reserves is quite safe. Many of our country’s popular tiger reserves see lakhs of visitors every year and numbers are growing every year and instances of travellers or tourists facing any threat from wildlife are extremely rare. However, especially when exploring a wilderness on foot, we should take necessary precautions as this is the wild. Our skippers are always on hand to guide you for the same, and we believe there should be no hindrance to you enjoying your time in the wilderness.

Can I get my children along?

While we believe the sooner children are introduced to the wilderness the better, a 4-hour long safari can provide challenging for a young child’s comfort. Therefore as a policy, we believe it is best that children younger than 10 years old not be part of the expedition. We do realize that some children adapt to safaris much quicker, and if a child is comfortable and used to taking safaris, we can look at exceptions but we believe such a policy is in the interest of comfort for all as well as the welfare of wildlife.

Can you arrange for a camera as well along with the binoculars?

We do not currently offer camera equipment rental but would happy to assist you and put you in touch with third-party providers who can seek to provide you with the camera equipment of your choosing.

For more details, please contact +91 976-9005751