This post was long due!! Considering the fact that I went to Corbett in January’18 and it is currently April, I am surely very very late in writing and publishing this post!! Anyhow here I am sharing my experience of visiting Corbett National Park (jungle safari to be precise) and staying at The River View Retreat 🙂 Better late then never!!
Road Trip from Delhi to Jim Corbett
I admit, me and my husband are not early risers, definitely not when it comes to travelling by your own car! We always plan to wake up early and leave as soon as possible to hit the road, but looks like it can never happen! Phew!! We left from our home at around 9.30 am (yes that late, wonder how people leave at 6am). The drive to our resort was almost 6 hours (264 kms) and we did not stop for any lunch or tea break in between. The drive was okay in most parts of the journey. The route was Delhi-Gajrola-Moradabad-Kashipur-Ramnagar. The stretch from Moradabad towards Kashipur was the worst due to really bad road conditions. Once you enter Uttarakhand, roads are a bit better. It took us 6 hours to reach our resort “The River View Retreat” in Ramnagar, we quickly freshen up, had tea and pakoras and relaxed a bit.
The River View Retreat
Absolutely loved the property! So peaceful, spacious, great rooms, amazing hospitality and mouth watering food. Located away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is definitely the place to rejuvenate and relax. The river Kosi flowing alongside the resort is the best thing about the resort. They organize live music sessions every evening and it was a lot of fun! We stayed for 2 days and listened to some great live sufi music 🙂
Our cottage 🙂
Beautiful flowers at The River View Resort!
Can you spot the bird?
But first, let me take a Selfie!
Playing muse for the camera 🙂
The Jungle Safari
Corbett National Park is divided into the five ecotourism zones in the Tiger Reserve – Dhikala zone, Bijarani zone, Jhirna Zone, Dhela zone and Durga Devi zone. Out of all the zones only Jhirna & Dhela is open throughout the year whereas Dhikala & Durga Devi Zone is opened from 15th Nov to 15th June, Bijarani is opened from 15th October to 30th June. The safari tour is organized in two shifts by the forest officials of Corbett tiger reserve in all of the ecotourism zones. The limited numbers of safari jeeps are allowed in every zone to ensure the proper distribution of tourist flow in all the zones. Try to book your safari tour well in advance unlike us. Ours was a last minute plan and we booked our safari only after reaching the resort. At that time only Dhela zone was available and we had to book it. Dhela zone, if you do your research, is not much recommended if you want to spot a tiger. The most sought after zones for tiger spotting are Dhikala & Bijarani zones, but we had to go with Dhela as no other zone was available for morning safari the next day and we really wanted to do a safari tour.
The next morning, we left for our jungle safari at about 6.20 am. It was January morning, 7 degrees, open jeep, and I was stupid enough to not wear my gloves! Anyway, there were hot water bottles and blankets in the jeep to brave the chill. The entry point of Dhela zone wasn’t too far off from our resort and we reached there in about 20 minutes. All the jeeps are assigned a guide who will help you in spotting wildlife. After checking our IDs and witnessing beautiful sunrise we started our jungle safari. Tough luck, we could not spot any tiger but really enjoyed the calm and peaceful experience of our safari. The safari lasted for about 3 hours and after that we went back to our resort. Had breakfast and left for Delhi 🙂
Here are some pictures –
Good Morning 🙂
Wearing three layers of woolens! It was freezing!!
Curiosity keeps leading us down new paths – Walt Disney
Do you know Langur Monkey and Spotted Deer work as a team to survive in the forset?
Posing for the camera 🙂
If looks could kill!!
Only bit of tiger we could see – it’s Paw print!!
If you are planning your jungle safari at Corbett National Park, here are few things you should keep in mind –
- Plan ahead – Always plan your trip atleast 20-25 days ahead. Book your resort or hotel and jungle safari well in advance because the preferred zones are at times sold out! You can book your jungle safari online here –www.corbettnationalpark.in/online-corbett-safari-booking.htm
- Stay in Dhikala zone – Corbett is among few national parks of India that allows night stay in the heart of jungle. There are different government forest rest houses in Dhikala where you can stay and enjoy the true wildlife experience. Keep in mind that the day visit to Dhikala Tourism Zone is not permitted except for the tourists staying inside the forest lodges. These all forest rest houses have solar electric fencing that keeps the tourists safe.
- Keep your IDs with you for entering the Corbett National Park.
- Don’t worry if you did not spot any tiger. It all depends on the luck, at times you spot a tiger on your very first safari ( we had a similar experience few years back in Sariska, where we saw the majestic tiger in the first 15 mins of our safari) or you do multiple safari tours and still no sight of the tiger! Just enjoy the rich and wildlife experience of being in a jungle.
Have you been to Jim Corbett? Would love to know your experience 🙂