I didn’t. Not sure if it is a totally disinterested set of safari guys who were responsible or the thick dense jungles. The tiger stayed elusive. All we managed to catch as our Gypsy rattled and tumbled over the jungle paths was this:
Our guides said its about two days old. So I guess they wanted to show that they did take us to the places of possible sighting.
We did see a lot of deers though:
Not spotting the tiger at the Corbett Tiger Reserve, which incidentally has over 200 tigers (the highest number across all the tiger sanctuaries) was disappointing, especially when you fancy your wildlife spotting odds to be pretty good. I’d after all been pretty lucky at Ranthambore just over a year back!
Hey, but don’t be too hasty and cancel your weekend getaway plans to visit Corbett. There’s more to this lovely part of the state of Uttarakhand of India.
How does the idea of a total digital detox sound? The resort that I stayed at had no mobile data signal. To make a call, we had to step out a fair bit away from our rooms. So if you need some away time from your daily life, climbing the Shivalik hills into Marchula from Ramnagar might be an option worth exploring.
The Ramganga that cuts through the Corbett flows by silently. In the winters, it’s a shadow of its mighty monsoon self. But the first sight can make the jaw drop:
Here are a few more: these were taken during a morning walk when there was only the river and the crimson morning sky for company.
Another weekend option for the backpacking Dilliwalas.
How to get there: 7-8 hour drive (traffic and some road stretches are dampeners) or take the Kathgodam Shatabdi to Haldwani and take a taxi from there.
Places to stay: a host of options for all budgets.
Things to remember: Stay in Ramnagar if mobile connectivity cannot be compromised.
Carry sensible shoes, its the glorious outdoors.
Don’t peg too much hopes on the safari, unless you are staying inside the reserve, which increases the chances of tiger-spotting. Or so they say.
As for me, tiger or no, the three days of digital detox proved that I do not really miss being social 24×7 and having an overactive phone that gets me messages instantly. Small joys..and proved to be a great time to catch up with some reading too.