When it comes to going on Safari, I found Uttarakhand to be much more relaxed with their rules than Madhya Pradesh. In our excitement to be first inside the jungle we were parked in front of the gate at 5.15 am, and there was not a soul there! A huge number of jeeps rushed to the gate at 5.50, but till then there was just us.
The Birjani zone (please feel free to read it as Biryani) has more roads open, which means there is a greater chance that you will be able to follow pug marks and see some carnivores. It’s therefore much more crowded than any other zone, though the rangers don’t allow more than 30 jeeps into the jungle at any time. We spent some time there the first morning and it was beautiful. Most of Corbett is full of dried out river beds, which the guides assure us run full in the monsoon. There are piles and piles of the most amazingly coloured and shaped stones everywhere. We must have seen 7 different sets of pug marks (paw prints in jungle vocab) but did not see hide nor hair of the elusive tiger.
|Crossing the river|
|Yellow eyed babbler|