Dhikala Zone Special
Crown of Indian Wildlife & Tiger Reserves !!
About the Tour :
Jim Corbett national park is one of the largest national parks in India and is named after the famous hunter sir Jim Corbett who shot a number of man-eating leopards and tigers in Kumaon Himalaya region during his early days and later he turned into a conservationist. The area of about 520 sq.km shelters more than 50 species of mammals, 27 reptiles, 488 plants and 580 birds including some popular entries like Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Himalayan bears, Otters, Fishing cats, Leopard cats, Yellow throated martens, Crested serpent eagles, Collared falconets, Pallas’s fish eagle, Blossom headed parakeets, Tawny fish owls, Red jungle fowls, Gharials, Marsh crocodiles and King cobras.
The geological formations have carved Corbett national park into a photographers dreamland! From beautiful forest canopies to milky white river beds, from starry nights to chilling winds, Corbett offers a perfect composition to observe, enjoy and photograph the biodiversity in its natural habitat. These Terai forests and its wildlife has their own uniqueness quotient and makes sure every traveller exploring this territory gets some mesmerizing take home.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation on triple sharing basis in Dhikala Forest Resthouse
- Transfers fro / to Ramnagar station to Dhikala Rest house in open Gyspy
- 02 transit safaris in Corbett National Park
- 04 Jungle Safaris in Corbett National Park.
- All meals from Corbett Dhikala
- Expertise Charges
- All entry fees, tolls, guide fees etc.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Transfers from Mumbai to Mumbai
- Meals during the train/flight journey
- Lens/Camera charges
- Any personal orders, laundary, phone calls
- Any porter charges,tips and gratitude
- Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities or sudden changes in forest fees, permits etc.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusion list
- Taxes as applicable
- Note: Accommodation on twin sharing available on request.(Nominal charges to be paid by participant as applicable)
Day 00 :
Meet at Delhi. Board train from Delhi to Ramnagar, overnight train journey.
Day 01 :
Reach Ramnagar early monrning. After freshen up, get prepared for the first safari as our first safari starts right there while we get transferred from Ramnagar to Dhikala Rest house in open gypsy. Its all wilderness out there and you can spot anything at any point while in forest. Till we reach the rest house nestled right inside the Corbet tiger reserve forest, we must have sighted at least a couple of birds and mammals, if not a tiger! Breakfast during this transit safari will be some dry snacks / packed food.
Rest at house and check in around 12 noon. Freshen up and have hot yummy lunch served for you. Post lunch we will have introduction session where one gets to know their fellow participant. Post lunch we will leave for our most awaited jungle safari. Explore the enchanting forest of Corbett National Park…India’s first and unboutebly the most beautiful forest area. It is a land of Trumpets and Roars and will surely not disappoint you. Post safari we will have dinner and rest for the day.
Day 02 :
Early morning after having hot tea we will leave for next Jungle safari, where we will be tracking Tigers based on alarm calls and pugmarks. Also we will be doing birding and spotting of other mammals in the forest like elephants, yellow throated martins, leopards, jackals, hog deers etc. Post lunch leave for next jungle safari to once again enjoy the scenic forest of Corbett, this time may be at a new terrain of Grassland or Paar. After safari we will have a discussion session wherein we will be discussing about our experience in the forest and some general and interesting facts about Tigers and other mammals. Post dinner rest at resort.
Day 03 :
Get ready for our next jungle safari and ride your gyspy with luck. Post safari back to resort for breakfast. Freshen up and check out rooms. Post check out meet up for lunch and post lunch start with our last safari. This will be again transit safari between Dhikala to Ramnagar and will make it extremely hard to say goodbye to the beautiful forest of Corbett located at foothills of Himalayas. Let us assure you that your Corbett experience and memories will be the the ones to cherish forever, so soak in as much as possible from this magical forest. As we reach Ramnagar, we can taste some yummy street food in town before we are transferred to a resort for dinner. Post dinner set out to Ramnagar station and take the over night train to Delhi.
Reach Delhi next day early morning!
Tour Concludes with Happy memories :D
1. Tiger sighting is matter of luck, so enjoy the forest with other mammals and birds.
2. Costing might increase at last minute if there is any changes made in Fee structure by Forest department.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
It’s a non-refundable tour, once booked it cannot be cancelled.
Things to carry
- Id Proof Compulsory
- Lunch / Dinner as per schedule.
- Water Bottle (2 Liters Compulsory)
- Electral Powder / Energy bars / Dry Snacks (dry fruits. biscuits, plum cakes etc).
- Good grip quality trekking shoes – Must (Please check soles of your shoes and get them stitched if necessary).
- Personal Medication / First Aid kit
- Toiletries (Napkin, facewash, tissue paper etc.).
- Cap, goggles, sunscreen, moisturizer, mosquito repellent etc. (as per season)
- Proper Backpack to carry all these things (No handbags, duffle bag or jholas)
- Camera (Optional)
- Rainwear (Jacket / Ponchos ) or Winter wear (Jackets, warmers or sweaters) – (as per season).
How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour?
– All wildlife safaris will have 6 pax in one gypsy (Unless otherwise mentioned particularly regarding 4 or 3 sharing)
Can I get a Safari on 4 sharing basis?
– Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.
What is the Child policy for Wildlife Safaris?
– A child above 05 years of age is considered as an adult for any safari permit all over India. Children below 05 years of age exempted from any safari costs and can travel free of charge.
Are Wildlife Safaris safe?
– Absolutely! Even if all the safaris are carried out in an open gypsy, there is hardly any danger from wildlife when travellers are siting inside the vehicle. Plus on every safari we would have a Forest guide with us along with the gypsy driver and our expert who will help out if any unwanted situation arises.
What are the safari timings?
– Safari timings change from season to season in different National Parks depending on the Sunrise and Sunset. Usually a safari lasts for 3-4 hours morning and evening.
Approximately the timings are:
Morning: 6.00 am – 10 am
Afternoon : 3.00 pm – 6 pm
What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
– A tourism zone in any National Park is divided into two zones: Core Zone and Buffer Zone. Buffer zone lies around the periphery of core forest area. Most of the tourism/safaris takes place in core zone.
What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
– The wildlife safari season starts from October-June. In Winter, from October to March one can have amazing birding opportunities with some migratory birds along with decent Tiger sightings and other mammals. March to May as the summer approaches one can have good tiger sightings along with other mammalian sightings and birding. So if you are a tiger centric wildlifer, we suggest you do a safari from March-May.
What are chances of Tiger Sightings during the safaris?
– Tiger sightings are dependent on tracking skills,knowledge of the forest along with luck & chance. Weather conditions also affect tiger sightings. But all our safari tours are well guided with experts and local guides who help track tigers along with other mammals and birds! This has resulted in extremely successful tiger sighting ratio for us compared to others. We also focus on overall biodiversity and hence we ensure that you take back some unique experiences with you if not tiger sightings!
Why does one has to book Wildlife Tours in advance?
– The safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual travel date and this is governed by forest department. Plus there are limited number of gypsies that are allowed to enter each gate during every safari session. Hence securing your safari booking before others grab it is very crucial and needs to be done at the earliest.
What kind of facilities will be available at the destination we are travelling to?
– Though we are taking you to wilderness places away from luxury, we have ensured that you will get at least all the required basic comforts during the tour. Our resorts in all the wildlife safaris tours are Deluxe Category; comfortable and homely. All resorts are equipped with all amenities like comfortable bedding, hot/cold water, western toiletries, A/C facilities, laundry on request, doctor on call, mineral water, generator backup etc. Along with this, Veg-Non veg meals will be available in buffet style. Jain food provision, Wifi connection and Television is also available at most of the places.
What are the camera charges for safaris?
– Some National parks forest permit charge extra camera fees to the travellers who are carrying high-end cameras with telephoto lenses or video cameras for photography and videography. Rules are different for different forests. Eg: In Tadoba : A camera with lens of 250 mm and above is charged Rs.200 per safari.
I am not a professional photographer or frequent wildlifer…can i still enroll for safari tour?
– Yes,why not?? Every nature lover is welcomed on a safari tour! We feel every traveller must do a wildlife safari at least once in his lifetime! Its an experience that every individual must take in especially when India has such a rich biodiversity and Tiger is our national animal.
What are photography opportunities for someone who is keen on wildlife photography and will he/she get guidance for the same?
– All our safari tours are balanced providing ample opportunities for wildlife photography. It not only focuses on tigers but also on other mammalian species, birds, reptiles along with capturing beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty. Our experts also help the participants with guidance and tips for wildlife photography.
What will the climate/weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
– The weather differs from region to region. Winters are usually cool with temperature ranging from 8-20 degrees while Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-45 degrees.
- Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
- Always carry original identity proof.
- Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
- Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
- Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
- Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for camera and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
- Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place. Remember patience is the only key.
- Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do co-operate with them.
- o follow strict timings as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
- Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during an safari.
- For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.
- Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas.
- Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
- Do not yell, scream or wave at the animals.
- Do not wear brightly colored clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deodorants.
- Never feed any animals.
- Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
- No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
- Do not argue with any person like forest guards, guides, locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.