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:


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

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.
Next is handshake in English way. This is popular in all business meets. Continue reading

Travelling to India: Safety first!

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