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Jungle exploration at Jim Corbett National Park

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  • 2 Days/ 2 NightsTotal Duration
  • 520 Sq. kmCorbett National Park Area:
  • 1318 Sq. kmCorbett Tiger Reserve Area:
  • 385-1100 m above sea levelMaximum Altitude
  • DelhiPickup/Drop point
  • November- JuneBest Season
  • 35°C to 47°CSummer Temperature
  • min 4°CWinter Temperature
  • Jim Corbett national Park, Nainital district, Uttarakhand, IndiaLocation
  • Customized fees Fees based on the final number of participants. Kindly contact +91-9051055011/ +91-8969336262 for the further detail before proceeding for the payment.

Glimpse of Jungle exploration at Jim Corbett National Park:

  • Location: Jim Corbett national Park, Nainital district, Uttarakhand, India
  • Duration: 2 Days/ 2 Nights
  • Corbett National Park Area: 520 Sq. km
  • Corbett Tiger Reserve Area: 1318 Sq. km
  • Altitude: 385-1100 m above sea level
  • Pickup/ Drop Point: Delhi
  • Best season: November- June
  • Temperature: Summer: 35°C to 47°C ; Winter: min 4°C

Overview of Jim Corbett National Park:

  • Jim Corbett National Park, in Nainital district is the Oldest National Park of Asia and the Largest National Park of India. It is the first Tiger Reserve (Tiger conservation program) in India.
  • The National Park lies in the area known as the South Patlidun in the Himalayan foothills. The Corbett National Park is at an altitude of 1312 feet (400 m) at its lowest and 3970 feet (1210 m) at its highest.
  • Corbett is a large valley with its axis running from east to west. Three ridge systems covered with dense forest and running parallel to each another make the topography of Corbett. Small offshoots from these ridges run north to south. The valleys formed by these offshoots are known as “Sots”. The ridge to the north forms the Northern boundary of the National Park. “Kanda” is the highest point in Jim Corbett National Park which lies in this ridge in the Northern direction. You can get a magnificent panoramic view of the Corbett National Park from here.
  • Ramganga river lies between the northern ridge and the median ridge, entering the park from the north east, flows through the park into a reservoir before making its exit at Kalagarh towards the south-west. The southern ridge is at a lower altitude and is drier, with deciduous type of vegetation and rugged terrain.
  • Eco-Tourism Zones: Corbett Tiger Reserve has been divided into five ecotourism zones, each with separate gate for entry.
  • Durga Devi Zone (Jeep Safari Zone)
    Entry Gate: Durga Devi Gate
    Distance from Ramnagar: 28 km
    Forest Rest House: Lohachaur FRH
  • Dhikala Zone (Canter Safari Zone, no Jeep safari)
    Entry Gate: Dhangadi Gate
    Distance from Ramnagar: 32 km
    Forest Rest House: Dhikala FRH, Sultan FRH, Gairal FRH, Sarapduli FRH
  • Bijrani Zone (Jeep Safari Zone/ Elephant Safari)
    Entry Gate: Amdanda Gate.
    Distance from Ramnagar: 2 km
    Forest Rest House: Bijrani FRH, Malani FRH
  • Jhirna Zone (Jeep Safai Zone/ Elephant Safari)
    Entry Gate: Dhela Gate
    Distance from Ramnagar: 15 km
    Open throughout the year
    Forest Rest House: Jhirna FRH, Dhela FRH
  • Dhela Zone (Jeep Safari Zone)
    Entry Gate: Dhela Gate
    Distance from Ramnagar: 15 km
    Forest Rest House: Nil
  • Sitabani Forest Zone (Buffer Zone) (Jeep Safari/ Elephant Safari):
    Entry Gate: Near Teda Village (Private Vehicle Allowed)
    Exit Gate: Paulgarh Gate
    Distance from Ramnagar: 4 km
    Forest Rest House: Nil (private hotels/resorts available)
  • Forest Rest Houses (FRH): Each eco-tourism zone has a provision of night stay inside the Forest Rest Houses (FRH), built around 100 years back for the forest officers who were required to camp inside the forests, after forestrelated work, with no alternative accommodation. Like any other National Park, no private property is permitted inside Corbett National Park. Tourists can make reservation, minimum for 01 Night and maximum for 03 nights here.
  • Wildlife lovers watch for: Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, critically endangered Ghariyal, Asiatic Black Bear, Hog Deer, Walking Deer, Sambar, Sloth Beer, Yellow-throated marten, Otters are the wildlife of Corbett to look out for. The world’s toughest sporting fish called “Masheer” are inhabitant of the rivers in Corbett National Park.
  • Birdwatcher look for: 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. For bird lovers a great time to visit a National Parks is from October to February, when the migratory birds
    can be spotted in abundance.
  • Flora fans attraction: Sal tress (more than 75% of the total area of Corbett), Khair trees and Sissoo tress are the most prominent trees in Corbett. Chir Pine is the only conifer found in the park. A few particular areas are dominated by Bamboo forests. Several species of Ber (Zizyphus) present here provides food and habitat to many birds and animals. Maror Phali (Helicteres isora) is a commonly found shrub. Jhau are shrubs found along the Ramganga basin on sandy or rocky soil. Flowering plants like Kachnar (Bauhinia Variegata) laden with white tom pink flowers, Semal (Bombax ceiba) with giant red flora, Dhak/ Palash (popularly called as “The Flame of the Forest”) with bright orange flowers, Madaar/ Indian Coral (Erythrinia indica) with red blooms and Amaltas (Cassia fistula) covered with
    bright yellow chandelier like blooms paint the forest with various hues during their blooming seasons. There are a few artificially planted vegetation like Teak (Tectona grandis), Silver Oak (Gravillea robusta), Eucalyptus, Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosaefolia) and Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) in the vicinity of the Forest Rest House.
  • Rivers: Ramganga river (West) along with its significant tributaries Sonanadi, Palain and Mandal are the main source of water for Corbett. The river is rain-fed and originates from Gairsain region in Lesser Himalayas.
    Ramganga flows for about 100 km before it enters the National park near Marchula. It flows around 40 Km east to west inside the National park before finally draining into River Ganga near Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh.
    River Kosi also flows by the National park, serving as a significant water resource for the nearby area but it never enters the National park. A major part of Corbett is situated on the bank of River Kosi.
  • Reaching Jim Corbett National Park:
    By Road: Jim Corbett National Park is well connected to the major cities in North India via motorable roads. Regular buses depart from Delhi (Anand Vihar ISBT & Kashmere gate ISBT).
    Route from Delhi: Delhi- Hapur- Gajrola- Moradabad- Kashipur- RamnagarJim Corbett National Park.
    By Rail: Ramnagar is the only nearest railway station to Jim Corbett National Park. A direct train to Ramnagar runs from Delhi. Alternatively, one can reach up to Haldwani/Kashipur/Kathgodam and come to Ramnagar by road. Taxis are easily available from these stations.
    By Air: The nearest Airport is Pant Nagar Airport (84km from Ramnagar) connected to New Delhi by daily flights.
  • Places to see around Jim Corbett National Park:
    Garjia Devi Temple: Located 14 km from Ramnagar, on the way to Ranikhet. The temple is a huge rock placed amidst river Kosi.
    Sitabani Forest: Situated at around 10 km from Ramnagar, Sitabani is a hard forest area but not the part of Corbett Tiger Reserve. It is said to be the same place where Goddess Sita (wife of Lord Rama)
    spent her days of expulsion. It is declared as a buffer zone area by the forest officials with only two modes of transport – Elephant and Jeep Safari
    Corbett Water Fall: 25 km from Ramnagar, this waterfall cascades down into a small pool. Pack your swim-wear if you are planning to visit this waterfall after your safari.
    Dhangarhi Museum: Dhangarhi gate, 20 km from Ramnagar railway station, leads to the museum which has been set up at the main entry gate of the National Park as an introduction to Jim Corbett National Park. The museum will enlighten you with the information regarding the land topography and wildlife species residing the National Park.
    River Kosi: Forms the eastern boundary of the National Park inhabited by Masheer and a major attraction for various Migratory birds. Although the river doesn’t enter the National Park but the wild
    animals residing in Corbett come to the river banks for drinking water.
    Adventure activities around Jim Corbett National Park: River Crossing (Kosi), River Rafting on Kosi, Rope slithering on Kosi, Body surfing in Kichadi River, Fishing & Angling, Rappelling, Mountain Climbing, Nature Walk, Birding, Jungle Drive, Cycling, Trekking, etc.

Price Includes

  • Transportation: Drive from Delhi to Jim Corbett National Park & back to Delhi in in a private vehicle booked exclusively for our team.
  • Accommodation: Forest Rest House of British’s time- dormitory stay with basic amenities
  • Food: All meals from Breakfast on Day 1 till Breakfast on day 2 Breakfasts (Day 1-2), Lunch (Day 1), Evening tea with snacks (Day 1), Dinner (Day 1) Non-vegetarian food is prohibited inside the National Park. Hence, the basic Indian Vegetarian cuisines will be served.
  • Support staff: Team leader, Driver, Cook, Helpers Trained nature guide registered with the forest officials
  • Jeep safari: Afternoon Jeep safari on Day 1 Morning Jeep Safari on Day 2
  • Medical: Emergency medical kit, Pulse oximeter, BP apparatus, Infrared thermometer
  • Permits: All permits & entry fees

Price Excludes

  • Insurance
  • Dinner on day 0 & Lunch Day 2
  • In an event of an explorer deciding on discontinuing the program mid-way due to any circumstance/ evacuation, he/she will be escorted till the nearest road end from where the further expenses of transportation, hotel/hospital and food shall be managed and borne by that explorer. In such unfortunate event the explorer won’t be eligible for the refund
  • Personal items like toiletry and other items mentioned later in things to carry section.
  • Any cost escalation (accommodation, food, transportation) due to unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, wildlife movement, bad weather, pandemic crisis, sudden government policies or regulations.
  • Any expense arising out of itinerary will have to be borne by the explorer.
  • Gratuity/ Tips

Advisory

  • Always carry a valid original photo ID card (preferably Adhaar card) with you.
  • More than 50% chances of facing uncertainty are there during Adventure activities. Hence, you see it’s mentioned “Tentative” itinerary. Weather conditions, wildlife movements, permission changes can often force the team leader to change the itinerary.
  • Throughout the program, starting from the pick up to the drop, the final decision will be taken by the team leader and all the explorer will be expected to abide to the same.
  • All the explorers are expected to have some interest in the wildlife as the accommodation is with basic amenities at the heart of the National Park. Leaving back the city-like luxury assures minimal human interference in the nature. Grab maximum opportunity to witness wildlife movement by staying in the core jungle even in the night.
  • Every explorer will have to undergo a temperature and other vitals check-up every day.
  • The National Park is not a zoo. So do not expect to see wildlife everywhere. Give time to the nature as Mother Nature doesn’t respond to a deadline.
  • The participants are requires to carry a litter bag while entering the park any bring back their non-biodegradable garbage like plastic, bottle, metal foils, tin can etc.
  • Carrying any kind of firearms within the Tiger Reserve is strictly prohibited
  • Smoking and lighting any king of fire is strictly prohibited inside the National Park.
  • Do not play any kind of audio music on speaker. This disturbs the wildlife hence creating nuisance. Enjoy the sound of the nature. Remember you are the wildlife’s guest and should respect the host like a responsible human.
  • Avoid perfume, deodorant, or any other kind of body fragrance during Jungle safari as the smell plays an important role in the wild
  • Maintain silence during the safari. This increases your chance of spotting wild animals. Wild animals typically have distinct alarm calls, which when heard by the guides can be used to locate the direction of the animals.
  • Shouting, teasing or attempts to feed animals (their unpredictable behaviour might prove fatal either for you or for them) are punishable offence. Jungle safari is not you cup of tea if you go to a National Park with an intention of partying in a jungle. Animals, although living in the wilderness, deserve to live without human nuisance around them. Control your excitement and stay calm even if you spot a Feline.
  • Do not trespass an animal’s private space under any circumstances. It can be life-threatening.
  • Do not use the camera flashes
  • Do not get off from the jeep unless and until asked to
  • Carry a flashlight/torch in the darkness while night stay in the Forest Rest House and do not wander alone at night or very early morning
  • Keep all the windows and doors of the Forest Rest House closed at the dusk, to prevent entry of any reptiles or insects inside the rooms.
  • Avoid carrying any food items into the rooms of the Forest Rest House, which might unnecessarily invite the insects. If at all kept in the rooms store them in a closed container.
  • Corbett Jungle Safaris are regularly monitored and operated efficiently by the Indian Forest Services. Only limited numbers of open gypsies are allowed to enter each zone in the National park at a time. Even when conducted in Open Jeeps, Corbett Jungle safaris are extremely safe as the naturalists/drivers are well trained and a safe distance is maintained between the jeep and the animals.
  • Note: Jungle safari is not just about spotting animals. Hence, don’t get disheartened if you don’t get an opportunity to confront an animal during the safari. Jungle in itself has many hidden gems apart from the wildlife, like various landscapes, flora, serenity, fragrance which you will definitely miss once you are back to the concrete jungle. So, enjoy the jungle safari like a child- without a predetermined notion and expectation.
ABOUT

Why Jungle exploration at Jim Corbett National Park?

  • Being a weekend adventure program, Jungle exploration at Jim Corbett National Park is an ideal way to take a quick break from the city chaos, without taking leave from the office.
  • Me & Mountain calls it a “Jungle Exploration” because it is not just a Jungle safari in the National Park but a complete Jungle experience in the core of the National Park where you stay as a guest to the wild creatures in the National park. Let yourself blend in the nature, disconnect from the outside
    world, and let go the worries of life.
  • Highly recommended for the beginners in the world of adventure, who are keen to explore the raw beauty of the world but are not sure from where to start.

History of Jim Corbett National Park:

Named as a tribute to the legendary Sir Edward Jim Corbett (legend hunter, eminent author, pioneer conservationist and an active member of many wildlife preservation organizations), Jim Corbett National park is the first National Park of Asia.

Sir Edward Jim Corbett, a postmaster’s son was born of the English ancestry in Nainital districts of Uttarakhand on 25th July 1875. He worked in the Railways and had spent the major part of his life at Gurney House in Nainital, amidst the dense jungle. After years of experiences, he had well versed himself in reading the signs of the forest and the movements of wildlife just by his senses (sight, hearing and smelling). He holds a record of hunting down several man-eaters (19 tigers and 14 leopards) and immortalizing them in his books. One such dreadful tiger was “Champawat”, who is said to have killed 434 people before Sir Corbett finally shot him down.

Decades ago, a community flourished along the banks of river Ramganga who lived by clearing some of the forest in the valleys. The evidence of their culture is found in the form of the fragments of terra-cotta and the remains of their temples along the river. This community had to fight a constant battle to keep their farmlands free from the invading jungle.

In 19th century, it was under the guidance of Major Ramsay, a British officer appointed as the in-charge of this area, that an initiation to save the forest was taken for the first time.

Cultivation and operation of cattle stations were prohibited in these areas in 1868.

In 1879, these forests were turned into “Reserved Forest Area” where restricted felling was permitted.

A few Britishers, including E.R. Stevans and E.A. Smythies proposed the idea of converting these forests into National park in the early 1900s.

British Administration started considering the possibility of establishing a “Game reserve” in 1907.

Finally it was in 1930 that the process of demarcation of identified area started under the supervision of Sir Edward Jim Corbett.

Initially this National Park was named as “Hailey National Park”, as it came in existence during the Governorship of Sir Macolm Hailey in 1935.

After the independence the park was known as Ramganga National Park from 1952 to 1957 before getting renamed to its present identity- Jim Corbett National Park in 1956-57. Thereafter, hunting was strictly prohibited & only timbers cutting for domestic purpose was allowed.

Jim Corbett National Park became India’s first “Tiger Reserve” in 1973.

Tips to make the most of the Jungle safari:

  • Read out about the animals and birds in the Jim Corbett National Park to know what to look for. “Eyes can’t see what a mind doesn’t know.”
  • Prefer visiting the jungle in the dry season. During summers, most of the animals can be found skulking near the water holes. They are more likely to be exposed due to the scanty vegetation at these spots.
  • Try to stay longer at the water bodies: canals, river banks, lakes, ponds.
  • Take the safari between dawn and dusk, as most of the animals can be found outside their shelters during this time. Reptiles and crocodiles can be spotted during midday.
  • Use of your binoculars (or your camera’s zoom lens). They can help you identify animals hiding in the bushes.
  • Indulge time in researching online to familiarise yourself with the sounds of different birds, if you are into bird watching and photography.

Tips to spot Tiger:

  • The trained nature guides are experienced in locating and seeing the tigers.
  • Tigers are the creatures of habits. Example, Tigers are most likely to go back to the same spot to quench their thirst whenever thirsty.
  •  Tigers prefer strolling on well-formed trails or roads because there are no hedges / thorns to obstruct them. Therefore, a clear open road is where you are more likely to spot a tiger.
  • Behold yourself if you see a group of Sambar Deers (Rusa unicolor). A significant population of Sambar is believed to be a good indicator of the presence of tigers in the Corbett. The tigers mainly predate on animals like Sambar deer, Wild boar, Chital deer and Barking deer.
  • The best time to visit a Tiger Reserve is March to June. As dry season and summer heat drive the animals to the waterholes in jungle, making them easy to spot.

Things to carry:

Clothing:

  • Camouflage your clothing by wearing colours like- light brown, olive green, grey, khaki or any dull colour. Avoid loud colours & bold prints.
  • Dress up in layers as the temperature changes within a matter of minutes
  • Summer (April- June):
    2 sets of thin cotton T-shirts-pants
    Light jacket for early morning safari
    Hat/ Sun cap with a back flap to protect the nape of the neck
    Sunglasses with UV protection
    Scarf (to protect you from dust)
  • Winter (mid-November to mid-February):
    2 sets of T-shirts- pants
    Insulated jacket- down or synthetic padded
    Fleece jacket
    1 set of body warmer
    Woollen gloves
    Woollen cap

Footwear:

  • Strong, comfortable, covered sports shoes (or sneakers) with an extra pair of socks
  • Slippers/floaters for the stay at the Forest Rest house

Gears:

  • Daypack- 20-30 litre
  • Quick dry towel
  • Headlamp (for night stay)
  • Water bottle (preferably of 1 litre capacity)

Other essential items:

  • Toilet kit
  • Binoculars (ideal – 8X40 or 10X50)
  • Camera (with zoom lens) to capture memories
  • Sunscreen lotion/ cream (preferably odourless)
  • Mosquito repellent cream/ patch/ roll-on (preferably odourless)
  • Personal medical kit (including specific anti-allergic medicines if allergic to dust, fur or certain flora)
  • Snacks for personal consumption
  • Ladies: Menstrual hygiene products with zip lock bags to carry back waste for disposal. Menstrual cups are recommended over tampons /sanitary napkins.
  • Some handy cash
  • Sporty spirit of an explorer

Essentials:

  • Enrolment form
  • Medical form
  • Self-declaration form

Booking terms:

  • Confirmation policy
    • Mode of payment: only online
    • The participants will receive the Confirmation email and Ticket via email within 48 hours.
    • Ater the confirmation, you will need to send the dully filled, signed and scanned forms (Enrolment, Medical & Self-declaration) to booking@meandmountain.com, before commencement of the expedition.
    • The forms can be downloaded from the links below.
    • It is mandatory for all the participants to submit all 3 forms before the expedition, in absence of which Me and Mountain shall have a full right to deny the entry of that participant to the particular expedition.
    Cancellation policy
    • Cancellation done by 15 days before the commencement of the expedition: 100% of payment will be refunded.
    • Cancellation done between 10 days to 15 days before the commencement of the expedition: 50% of payment will be refunded.
    • In case of cancellation done within 10 days before the commencement of the expedition, the amount shall be adjusted in any of the events done later with ‘Me and Mountain’.
Itinerary

Short Tentative itinerary

Day 0:Drive from New Delhi to Jim Corbett National Park (overnight road journey); Drive distance: 260km; Drive time: 6-7hr

Day 1:Reach Jim Corbett National Park, Durga Devi Gate Afternoon; Open Jeep safari; ‘A Night like a Primitives’ at the Forest Rest House

Day 2:Morning Open Jeep safari; Drive from Jim Corbett National Park to Delhi after the Breakfast; Drive distance: 260km; Drive duration: 6-7hr

Detailed itinerary:

Day 0:Drive

  • Pick-up from the assembly point in Delhi (Location to be intimated individually after the registration)
  • Note: There will be no Dinner halt. Hence, the explorers are advised to meet at the assembly point after the dinner.
  • Drive overnight from Delhi directly to Forest Rest House in Jim Corbett National
    Park in a private vehicle booked exclusively for our team.

Day 1:

Reach the Forest Rest House inside the core area of Jim Corbett National Park. Jim Corbett National Park is among the few National Parks of India that permits night stay inside the core zone. The night stay inside the core area of the jungle gives you an opportunity to view variety of wild animals by your naked eyes. Please note that consumption of non-vegetarian food and alcohol is strictly prohibited
inside the Forest Rest Houses.

Freshen up and have breakfast in the FRH.

Depart for the first Open Jeep Jungle Safari.

Have evening tea & snacks in FRH on returning from the Jungle Safari.

Group activity in the evening, inside the FRH premises.

Dinner in the FRH and then spend the night under the star-lit sky. Awaken your senses to the calling, movements, and glowing eyes of the wild animals in the background of buzzing of the insects, as you sit back in the FRH campus. The FRH compound is safeguarded by the solar electric wire to ward away wild animals to enter the premises.

Durga Devi zone: Farthest from Ramnagar and located at the north-eastern corner of Corbett National park, Durga Devi zone has the most beautiful landscape as it is on the hills. This zone consists of hilly trails, dark woody vegetation and steep slopes. This zone is a paradise for the bird-lovers and famous for the magnificent sighting of the Wild Elephants. It is renowned for being the home to a huge number of exotic Birds (Gray Headed Fishing Eagle, Maroon Orile, Black chinned Yuhina, Long Tailed Broadbill, Slaty Blue Flycatcher, Bar Tailed Tree Creeper). Tigers, Leopards, Wild Elephants (zone has the greatest number of wild elephants in Corbett Park), Otters can be primarily spotted near the Domunda Bridge in Durga Devi zone. This zone is home to the world’s toughest sporting fish ‘Mahsheer’ fish, found in the river streams of this zone. Ramganga River and Mandal River cross each other at several places in the zone.

Day 2:

Wake up early morning for the Morning Open Jeep jungle Safari
Return to the FRH after the Jeep safari and have breakfast
Depart for Delhi after the breakfast

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