Corbett and Mukteshwar – The gems of Kumaon

After all the initial planning, we managed to book accommodation in the guest house in Dhikala area for 2 nights from the above mentioned website. Since this was meant to be a low cost trip and we didn’t feel like splurging on flights to Delhi, we booked tickets on the Rajdhani Express. We also booked our taxi (Innova) for the entire trip after doing some research online. Our taxi driver picked us up from the New Delhi Railway station and we made our way to Ramnagar, the entrance town to Corbett national park. It is about 250 km from Delhi and took us 5 hours to reach there. Our booking for Dhikala guest house was for the next 2 days and so we had booked accommodation for that night at one of the smaller hotels in Ramnagar. Unlike many other national parks where the safari permit comes with a gypsy run by forest department, here you need to get your own gypsy arranged. If you are staying in one of the hotels/resorts in Ramnagar, you can ask your hotel to arrange one for you. If you are planning on directly going to Dhikala guest house, you need to ask one of the agents in Ramnagar area to arrange a gypsy for you.

We had also booked a safari permit for Bijrani area for that afternoon. Our gypsy driver, Rizwan, picked us up from our hotel at 3 pm and we were on our way to our first safari. There will be a guide from the department accompanying us on every safari who charges us 400 Rs per safari. The gypsy cost us around 10k Rs for 3 days. As expected, the safari in the Bijrani wasn’t much to write home about. You hardly touch upon the beauty of the forest. Though we did manage to spot some Yellow throated Martens which are quite rare. The rest of the day was uneventful and we were all set to enter the core forest area the following day.

Yellow throated Martens
Yellow throated Martens

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