JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK – UTTARANCHAL – By Laurent Ribes
After one night in the train for Delhi, a car driver awaited us at the railway station direction Uttaranchal and Jim Corbett N.P.
JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK – UTTARANCHAL
Fauna presents in the park:
about 100 Leopards
about 800 Elephants
10 To 30 Sloth Bears
+ of 280 species of birds
The dream of much of the visitors of national parks in India is to see the Bengal tiger in front of them.It is also the dream of all Indians, therefore there is now crowd in the parks where the tiger easily lets itself see (Corbett, Kanha, Bandhavgardh) Moreover to make even more under the directors of these parks had authorised the entry of a too great number of car.
We have stayed in Ramnagar 2 km of the gate of ijrani in the east of the park, the 1st afternoon safari was done since this gate. As usual after the entry a troop of Elephants wishes us the welcome, we remain more than 45 mn with them. A wind of madness does seize all the jeeps of the surroundings; a tiger was seen. Everybody drive speed to have the opportunity to see the Tiger !!!!.
We arrive in the dried up bed of a river where about fifteen jeeps are trying to put itself in the best position to see a beautiful male tiger laying down at more than 200 meters far from them!!! Which madness to see all these people getting down the jeeps, which is prohibited, jumping from jeep into jeep by hustling all and all on their passage (impossible to take a good picture because of that) and shouting instead of keeping silent. Still more shouts, the animal condescends to rise and aproche us, we must transfer from our jeep a man which is encrusted and jumped everywhere!!!
The Tiger aggravated by the noise and the madness of the vehicles making of farwards and backwards to be in the good position to see him (that mean in front of the others!!!) decides to go up on a hill and disepears in our eyes our driver (very profesional and very calm, I am always lucky to have the best one) place our jeep on the suposed way of the tiger; after 10 mn waiting there it is on the road 10 meters in front of us.Unfortunately we are not alone and the other jeeps are hustled, they overtake us and make flee the majestic king of the Jungle definitively in the thick forest. Result of this capharnaum: two good pictures.
2nd day Morning Bijrani Gate Afternoon Jhiona Gate:Chitals, Sambars, Langurs, Macaques, King Vulture, king-fishers and many birds.
No tiger in this second day but grat pictures of dears and monkeys as well as King Vulture (Vulture with red head), the track of a very large python having crossed the road 15/20 mn before us.
3rd day Morning Jhina Gate Afternoon Bijrani Gate: Chitals, Sambars, Langurs, Macaques, king Cobra, king-fishers and many birds.
No tigers, Elephants or Leopards, pugmarks of a sloth Bear and a king cobra fleeing with our approach.
The following day visits in morning of the winter house of Jim Corbett 25 km of Ramanagar before going back to Delhi.
Thus not so conclusive that this 2nd park of which I had a joy, it would have been necessary that we stayed in the north of the park in luxuary lodges to have access to the gate which goes towards Dhikala in the center of the park where finds Gavials, Crocodiles and other headlights of the park. It is my fault, I wanted to save money while placing in Ramnagar.
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