Jim Corbet Park and staying options. 

Staying in forest.

To those who live in urban concrete jungle, spending time near nature is a dream come true. While New Delhi has it’s share of forest in the form of Ridge forest in central Delhi but being inside the forest and on the banks of a river or its tributary is a different experience. Watching nature from very near is a different experience. This is a Monitor Lizard, we met last month inside Jim Corbet National Park:

moniter-lizard

Jim Corbett National Park, which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The magical landscape of Corbett is well known and fabled for its tiger richness. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett has the glory of being India’s oldest and most prestigious National Park.

We were at Jim Corbet Park a fortnight or so ago for a weekend. It is 130 Miles from Delhi. However it is not advisable to visit this place during rains. The main Park remains closed at this time. Check its official site for more details: http://corbettonline.uk.gov.in/

We kind of wandered off on a whim without caring about planning. We stayed in a Government owned and maintained Guest house which was quite good and rather economical. Since Park was closed due to rains, the only animal we could see is the lizard above who has a habitat near the Tourist Lodge we were staying in.  In fact the lizard parred through our steps on a hunting expedition. This tourist lodge is uniquely developed inside natural forest. Various huts have been built at a distance from each other maintaining privacy for all. Continue reading

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Traveling to India: How to greet people?

India is a part of global village. While it is a country and almost a nation, it is a place of diversity in all respect. The crucial problem is greeting on first meeting. How do we greet each other. While there are many methods but there is thread of emotion behind the gestures. The gesture varies from the clasping of hands in traditional Namaste or Namaskar to plain or simple nod.
The popular gesture is plain and simple nodding of head with short bowing like gesture. This is presently the universal greeting if there no further interaction is intended.
Namaste
Next is handshake in English way. This is popular in all business meets. Continue reading

Travelling to India: Safety first!

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Atithi Devo Bhava is the official tagline of Tourism Department of India which is in Sanskrit. It means that the ‘Guest is God.’ It appears that tourism Department has taken this tagline too literally. They also presume that the visiting God is omniscient. They fail to appraise basic law and order situation prevailing at different places at ground level. The tourist, as gullible and vulnerable we are as tourist, hits the land mine of violence without even knowing that is was there. Continue reading

Travelling to India? Caution and Advice!

India is a multiverse. With over thirty languages and hundreds of dialects it is a continent of small provinces.  Cultures differ so does traditions. Different dresses, food and rituals. India houses more than 1/6th  population of the entire Universe. For a tourist travelling to India it means that often after one night journey by train there is a different culture.New Delhi, its capital is second most populous city in the world. New Delhi is also the fourth most expensive office space in terms of price. My guess is that it would also be as expensive in housing. Real Estate prices in New Delhi has risen by whopping 40 times in last two decades which is not in tune with inflation. Economically there are masses and there are classes. There are 165,000 cars produced in the world, everyday, this year. In 2011-12, the India had produced 20,366,432 vehicles of which 76% were two wheelers, 15% passenger vehicles, 4% three wheelers and 4% were commercial vehicles. These figures indicate shows the large number of middle class. However 85% are still poor. While nearly 50% are downtrodden. For a tourist it means that he/she can not presume about the standard of living. While many do not have shoes to wear, many Indian travel to Paris for weekend. It also means all kinds of facilities exist in New Delhi and such urban cities. but at a price. If for any reason a tourist need something badly he has to find right place or ask right person. Continue reading