As we moved in the direction of Teda, 3 safari jeeps whizzed past us in the opposite direction. Dispirited, I muttered "those folks might get a permit to enter Dhela", as we were exiting Dhela.
The guy from the resort who accompanied us was well informed of the routes & was a great bird spotter too, not to forget his exceptional knowledge of flora and fauna. Like many, we weren't lucky enough to witness an encounter with Tigers, Leopards etc. However, we did spot Monkeys, Peacocks, Sambar Deers (Rusa Unicolor), Spotted Deer (Cheetal), Barking Deer (Indian Muntjac), Wild Boar & Oriental Pied Horn-bills. My digital camera was discharged (unplanned trip right?) & all pictures/videos were shot with my phone.
Why can't you spot elephants, tigers in off-season that easily?
Allow me to explain. When do we have a better chance of spotting the animals? Naturally, when the animal is out exploring or hunting, rather than sitting in one area, right? Now in the monsoons (off-season), they have abundance of water deep inside the forest itself. It's the thirst which drives the animal to uncharted territories. That's when you'd see tigers, elephants etc on the move, crossing tracks & thus visible to the tourists. In monsoons, every pit becomes a puddle & they have ample water bodies at their disposal, to gratify their needs, hence they don't about much.
Season to visit Jim Corbett: 15 Oct - 15 June