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Dec 17, 2013

WANDERLUST: Lost In Tiger's Kingdom - Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve

JIM CORBETT TIGER RESERVE


When you are in wilderness, and come across a signboard like the one below, that has a Tiger's fierce face and reads "This Is My Kingdom", be very very careful. It was an interesting journey last November on the trail of wild Tigers and here are some of my images from the adventure.... Come lets get lost in the Kingdom of Wild Tigers....



A brief note on Jim Corbett Park...

Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. It is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment. The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative.

Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife. Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2. area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grass lands and large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 feet (400 m) to 4,000 feet (1,200 m). Winter nights in Corbett Park are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September.

Dense moist deciduous forest mainly consists of sal, haldu, pipal, rohini and mango trees, and these trees cover almost 73 per cent of the park. The 10 per cent of the area consists of grasslands.It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species. The endangered Bengal tiger of India resides here.
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One of the powerful Temple of Durga Ji on the way to Jim Corbett Park..
The powerful temple was located in riverbed itself...

The beautiful Riverside resort....

Where it feels like you are in the pristine wilderness and specially in the
nights, it has an eerie silence that heightens your senses...

The guide, the Gypsy driver and my friend Chauhan, on
the way to find wild tigers...

... and the Gypsy can almost go anywhere. The best part was it that you
are allowed to stand any where you can but strictly prohibited to
get down... I was wondering if it was ok to fall down.. :-)

The first sighting...

The Rest House within the Jim Corbett, where you are not allowed
to come out after the sunset... due to the wildlife around

But the day time, there's lot of sunshine and lovely walk within
the electric fences...

The trail is captivating...

And the innocent eyes... catch you off-guard

Theres vast expanse of grass land.. 

That hides every kind of wildlife ... including tigers

The dry river bed that flows through the park... 

Is overlooked by the wild foxes, in search of easy prey.

There is a huge variety of birds in the sanctuary ... but very hard to
capture...

By evening the trail ends in silence, as the spotted deer bids
farewell.

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Shashi
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