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Jun 6, 2009 - Final Safari in Jim Corbett National Park & Stay at Shyam’s Country Farm

Today got off to an early start at the park lodge at Gairal in Jim Corbett National Park when the shutters of our bungalow began to swing wildly, opening back and forth.. Shortly after midnight, what had been a sweltering humid summer night with nary a breeze became transformed as a windy hailstorm blew through our campsite at Gairal. While the storm passed within an hour or so, I never would have expected that type of weather here this time of year! After falling back asleep, we woke up again at 5 a.m. to go on this morning's safari. As we...

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Jun 5, 2009 - In Search of Tigers - Day 4 in Jim Corbett National Park

I arrived at the dreaded reception center of Jim Corbett National Park shortly before 7 a.m. this morning. Our driver from the previous 3 days’ safaris had promised to send a tout to assist me in obtaining a permit to stay at one of the lodges within the park, but to my dismay he failed to do so. While trying to sort things out, however, good luck intervened as I began speaking with the guy next to me. As it turned out, this stranger - Shyam - was a lawyer from Delhi and deals from time to time with my employer. Small world indeed! Anyway,...

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Jun 4, 2009 - In Search of Tigers - Day 3 in Jim Corbett National Park

At around 6:30 this morning, I went to the reception center of Jim Corbett National Park to procure a permit for us to visit the park this afternoon on a jeep safari. The process one has to go through to even get a day permit to visit Jim Corbett National Park is chaotic and unpleasant, almost necessitating everyone (including Indian visitors) to use a local tout familiar with the park’s arcane booking rules in order to increase their chances of securing a permit. It strikes me as an example of the license raj at its worst. I felt exhausted...

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Jun 3, 2009 - In Search of Tigers - Day 2 in Jim Corbett National Park

This morning we moved from Corbett Camp to the adjacent Tiger Camp. Although more expensive than Corbett Camp, the Tiger Camp resort represents a far better value proposition. It is a real luxury safari lodge, and with a price of IR 3000 (a little more than US$60) per night with full board for 2 persons, the Tiger Camp provides good value for the money. I spent the late morning and early afternoon at the pool at Tiger Camp's adjacent sister resort. Unfortunately, as the time to leave for the safari came, Vikki felt a bit under the weather...

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Jun 2, 2009 - In Search of Tigers - Day 1 in Jim Corbett National Park

This morning the driver we hired to take us on the 4 hour drive to Jim Corbett National Park came to our hotel in Haridwar at 4 a.m. and escorted us to his Ambassador car outside of the pedestrian only zone. To say the driver drove fast would be an understatement. Thankfully, we made it to the visitor center of Jim Corbett National Park - located in the town of Ramnagar - in one piece less than 4 hours after leaving Haridwar. Our previous experience with the Indian national park system at the Jaldapura Wildlife Sanctuary had done little to...

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Dec 22, 2006 - Christmas at Joybells

The last five days have been a whirlwind and have gone way too fast. We arrived back at Joybells (which is 200kms from Delhi and takes between 6-8 hours to reach by car depending on the traffic) on Sunday night. It was so wonderful to see the children again and get to kiss them each good-night before we also fell fast asleep. The next 3 days were back to normal with us teaching and nursing and playing and singing and then we started Christmas celebrations. On Thursday Joy had organized a day at a fun park. So 53 children and 5 grown-ups...

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May 27, 2005 - Tiger-Tiger!

From Nainital, we went straight to the wilds! We arrived in Ramnagar at the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve Reception Center ready to go on a safari and then we waited, and waited, and got pushed and elbowed by some Indians and waited and begged a little more attention from the man with the name tag. Really it's just like this, my patience is increasing, I swear. Finally, we set off with our driver, Ganeesh, for the park. There is limited accomodation in the park and they are very strict about the number of visitors, we got the last two bunk...

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Apr 4, 2005 - Corbett National Park and Ramnagar, India

Corbett is a tiger reserve named after the guy famous for killing about a million Indian Tigers. I guess he was feeling guilty about the slaughter or else he just didn't want anyone else to beat his killing record so he started a tiger conservation program. We went on a 4 hour jeep safari in the jungle like reserve. It started at sunrise and was a pleasant atmosphere. As for seeing animals, we were both lucky and unlucky. On the one hand we were fortunate to see a herd of elephants. According to the guide he hadn't seen any in 2 months. The...

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Mar 15, 2005 - Tigers!

We left Delhi after finally working out all of our visa woes and travelled on another night train to Ramnagar, about six hours north east. This town is on the border of Corbett Tiger Preserve, where we travelled by hired jeep for a three-day trip in the wilds. We stayed in the park at the safari-center known as Dhikala, where you can take morning and evening safaris by elephant or jeep into the park (no walking in the park allowed because the tigers might eatchya'). Our lodging was in dormatory bunks, similar to the three-tier train sleeper...

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