Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand is well know for its serene landscapes, flora & fauna. Being a nature lover, this national park is always on my bucket list. I started almost 1 month back to plan this exciting trip knowing the fact that getting night stay inside the Dhikala Zone is next to impossible. Luckily, I got the stay via Corbett website(https://www.corbettonline.uk.gov.in/) and we are all set to explore Corbett. Without any further delay I booked the Safari Jeep through KMVN Ramnagar contact and its all set.
How to Reach :
Ramnagar(250km from Ghaziabad) is the base camp for safari to any zone. (Except sonanadi zone). You can go by trains(there are 3 daily trains) or commute by rental vehicles or drive on your own. It will take 6-7 hours to drive.
Where to Stay:
If you are getting online booking inside Dhikala zone then go for Dhikala( FRH & Dorm), Sarpduli Dormitory or Gairal(FRH & Dorm). Distance matters alot and reduces your safari duration if the FRH location is far from Dhikala FRH. Sultan FRH is least preferred due to long distance from Dhikala core zone. Bijrani zone also offers night stay. You can book stay online. Sonandi zone is altogether a separate zone and you need to go Kotdwar to cover that zone, not feasible from Ramnagar. It also offers very secluded night stay option in Halduparao and Rathuthab FRH. Other than these FRH, if you want then you can stay outside in a resort and book day safari gypsy to Bijrani or Canter ride to Dhikala. KMVN Ramnagar is good option for overnight stay in Ramnagar before your FRH stay.
What to see:
Garjiya mata temple, Dhikala zone, Bijrani zone. If you are staying outside in a resort then don’t fall into trap of sitabani safari. Its a purely buffer zone with least present of wild animals. Better go for day safaris in Dhikala/Brijrani. During safari don’t rely only on your guide/driver to locate animals for you. You need to be very vigilant to spot the animals on your own and engage the guide /driver in a conversation you will hear numerous stories.
You need not to book safari separately if you have booked your night stay in Dhikala & Bijrani zones. The interesting part is that you need to hire an authorised gypsy from outside to accompany you during your stay in FRH. Simple trick is to connect with local gypsy operator and bargain for your entire stay ,fix the number of safaris. You can also get some reliable gypsy operator at reasonable prices from KMVN Ramnagar contacts. We paid 11K INR for gypsy that covered 5 safaris.For Dhikala zone only canters are available for day safaris that can be booked online.For Bijrani zone gypsies are available for day safaris online.
What to Carry:
Binoculars, you will get it on rent at zone gates. Camera with good battery life , you will not get electricity to charge your devices anywhere except Dhikala FRH. Carry water bottles and some edible items that can last for 2-3 days. All FRH have canteen facility except Sarpduli FRH, you need to carry raw food items with you and you will get cook to prepare your food with small tips. For summers do carry mosquito repellents and for winters carry good woollens.
When to Go:
Winters are preferred choice for me anytime. Summers may give you tough time in open gypsies. Park opens from nov to jun only.