Permits Booking and Reservations
Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest tiger reserve forest in India, is a highly popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Thousands of people from all over the world used to visit here to have a tryst with one of the most ruthless predators of the wild forest, the Bengal Tiger. Being a reserved natural habitat for plenty of wild animals, all the tourism activity in the forest is managed by the forest department of the Govt. of Uttarakhand state.
Day Visit Permit in Dhikala zone: Canter Safari:
The jeep safari is an excellent option to explore the wildlife in its natural habitat inside the Corbett tiger reserve in a day. Every eco-tourism zone of the park allows the jeep safari except the Dhikala zone. In the Dhikala zone, jeep safari is available only for the tourists who have prior booking for the night stay in the Dhikala forest rest house. However, the Canter safari is made available in this zone for the day visit tourists and is the only option to explore the Dhikala zone if you don’t have the booking for the forest house. Canter Safari is actually a bus safari with 16 seats in it and operated by the forest authority only in the Dhikala zone. Always book your seat in canter safari in advance to make sure you will get the seat on the bus when you visit the Corbett Tiger reserve.
Permits for Elephant Safari
Exploring the wilderness of the Corbett forest riding on the elephant’s back could be a thrilling experience, especially to the children. Elephant ride is available only in Dhikala and Bijrani zones. However, elephant ride in Dhikala zone is available only for the tourists staying at the forest rest house, but in the Bijrani zone, day visitors can enjoy the elephant ride after paying for it at the camp. There are very limited numbers of elephant used for the safari and it is available on the first-come-first-served basis. Four persons are allowed at a time to sit on an elephant and children up to 5 years of age are complimentary with the adults. There is no elephant safari organized on Monday as it is the rest day for the elephants.
Permits for Accommodation at Forest Rest Houses
Jim Corbett National Park is among few national parks in India that allows night halts in the heart of the forest. For the night halts in forest, park administration provides three tourist complexes located at Dhikala, Gairal and Bijrani with the choices of accommodation types. Dhikala forest lodge has the maximum bed capacity including the two dormitories. Dhikala is the premium zone and a most sought after destination by the wildlife lovers. Basic dining & lodging facility is available for tourists at other Forest Rest Houses at Sultan, Malani, Gairal, Khinanauli, Sarpduli, Kanda and Jhirna. Tourists can make the booking minimum for one night and a maximum of three nights only. Some of the other available options where visitors can stay at the Forest Rest Houses are Lohachaur, Rathuadhab, Halduparao, Mundiapani, Morghatti, Sendhikhal and Dhela.
Don’t forget to carry:
- Video camera
- Travelling clothes
- Travel bag
Do not Forget
A well-planned travel is not only blissful but lingers fresh in the memory for a long time. One obviously would love a hassle-free travel, as it is meant for rest and enjoyment and above all to escape from the daily ordeal of life. If on a travel too, one finds oneself running from pillar to post and making last-minute arrangements, one would love to forget the holiday and the horrifying memories associated with it. India is a tough country, in terms of temperament and terrain. Before venturing on a sojourn to India, one needs to follow some simple guidelines to make the stay a pleasant one. Follow the tips in earnest and put your best foot forth and come to India with a desire, and India promises that you will leave the land with an ardent wish to come back again.
India Travel – Do’s and Don’ts
Follow these do’s and don’ts while you are traveling in India and you will remain out of any trouble hopefully.
Language – Make others understand what you are saying, speak slowly and repeat the things. Chances are that whatever you are saying is being misunderstood due to the differences in accent.
Permission for Photography – Take the necessary permissions and permits before photographing any government property, especially railways.
Beware – Never reply to a ‘hello’ of a common and never catch the eye of a professional beggar. Your simulated brutal indifference saves you energy and them time. No one pesters a hard touch when there are other tourists around.
Bargaining – Try to bargain as much possible, as most of the shopkeepers price the products well over the normal retail price.
Photography – Never buy camera film except from a recognized dealer. For places on higher altitude try using manual Indian cameras, as sophisticated automatic cameras might not be able to withstand extreme climates.
Beware of Dogs – Always give wide berth to the dogs that cross your path. The alternative may be two weeks of painful injections. Don’t run away or show fear to a stray dog or monkey, hold your ground and they will back off.
First Aid Kit – Don’t forget to keep the tablets of aspirin, paracetamol, and vitamins like the B-Complex. Check out with your doctor about the medicines you can use during your travel in India. Also try to keep in your first-aid kit, a pack of glucose powder, bandages, antiseptic creams or lotions, and Isabgol for abdominal problems.
Newspapers – Always buy a newspaper even if you are not going to read the news. They are very handy in relieving you of any boredom, work as a paper bag for shoes and fruits, help in stabilizing the rocking tables in a restaurant, sealing a window that rattles, swat flies, work as blotting paper, and will turn into paper airplanes.
Other Important Items – A small torch is an essential equipment as the lights are prone to power cuts. Always carry a small lock to double-lock the doors of the tourist bungalow or budget accommodation you are staying in. Also carry a string, if you have the urge to measure the length of everything in sight, an umbrella, which can be used as a walking stick, to scare off dogs, and to save yourself from raindrops.