website poster kazi2 Tigertrail corbett2 kazi1 poster2 corbett1

Wildlife Tours / Trips

Magical Grassland - Photography workshop @ Corbett

5 Days /4 Nights, 1 Night at Bijrani FRH and 3 Nights at Dhikala FRH ( Group size 9 people, Full)

Dates

Tour Begins at Ramnagar (Uttrakhand) on 29th April 2017 at 5.30 am and ends at Ramnagar on 3rd May at 6.30 pm. 

Participants

This safari is really for anyone who is serious, either about wildlife and nature photography, or about in-depth, intense and patient animal viewing. Group size will be intimate and limited between 4-5 people so that personal attention can be made to each and every participant.

What we will see and photograph

Jim Corbett National park, India’s first and Asia oldest national park, is 1318-sq-km park has a variety of wildlife and birdlife in grassland, Saal forest and river habitats, and a beautiful location in the foothills of the Himalaya on the Ramganga River. The most famous of Corbett’s wild residents are Asiatic elephant and Bengal Tiger, but with about 600 species of avifauna, Corbett is one of the richest bird regions of India. 

Though Corbett’s five zones – Bijrani, Dhikala, Domunda, Jhirna and Sonanadi, Dhikala will be our main interest. Forty-nine kilometres northwest of Ramnagar and deep inside the reserve, Dhikala is the designated core area, where the highest concentrations of the animals you probably hope to see are found.

During course of our tour, our main emphasis will to observe and document behavior of Asiatic elephant, as during this time large heard of elephant congregate around backwater of ramganga and in chor area of Dhikala. You will not found better locations to photograph these gentle giants with lovely grassland, beautiful sunset sky and picturesque lower Himalaya’s mountain as background.

Where we stay

For serious wildlife viewing Forest rest house (FRH) inside Dhikala Zone, deep inside the reserve is the prime places to stay. But with limited rooms and big on demand, it is big challenge to get accommodation on Desired Rest House. We will stay for 3 nights inside Dhikala zone in one of the forest rest houses ( Dhikala , Sarapduli or  Gairal ) and one night in Bijrani FRH.

Transportation

Once you arrive at Ramnagar by train/taxi you will be picked by hotel vehicle. Safari will be carried out in open Gypsy vehicle (6 seater) with 3-4 participants in each vehicle, for optimal watching & opportunity to photograph both side of vehicle.

Your Guide

Yashpal Rathore, a Naturalist and National & International award winning nature photographer, along with best local guide/Driver from Corbett will assist you. Yashpal is certified Naturist and trained Volunteer from forest department. He has an intimate knowledge of animal & birds behavior. Yashpal being an accomplished nature photographer will provide on field advice to make best out of available situation.

 Detailed Program                                                        

Day

Program

1

Meet & Greet at Ramnagar early morning. Post breakfast we will enter into Bijrani zone. Morning and afternoon safari. Night at FRH Bijrani.

2

Early morning in Bijrani zone. Post safari we leave Bijrani and enter into Dhikala zone through Dhangadi gate. The Pristine saal forest that runs alongside the Ramganga river makes this as one of the most beautiful drives. This route is prime tiger territory, has plenty of bird and landscape photography opportunities. We reach Dhikala FRH around 11am. Post lunch we will have afternoon safari. Dinner and Night at FRH

3

Morning safari at 6.00 am in Dhikala zone, we can carry packet breakfast or have late breakfast depends upon sightings. Those interested can spend noon on Machaan in middle of forest. Post lunch afternoon safaris in Dhikala zone till 6.00pm. Dinner & Night at FRH.

4

Morning safari at 6.00 am in Dhikala zone, we can carry packet breakfast or have late breakfast depends upon sightings. Those interested can spend noon on Machaan in middle of forest. Post lunch afternoon safaris in Dhikala zone till 6.00pm. Dinner & Night at FRH.

5

Morning safari at 6.00 am in Dhikala zone. Post breakfast we will checkout at 10.30 am and enroute safari to Dhangadi gate (exit by 6.00pm). Evening return to Delhi by train/taxi. 

Prices

Price p/person ( rooms)

 Rs 26,500.00

Price p/person ( dormitory )

 Rs 19,500.00

 The Above rate includes:

  • Twin-sharing accommodation 3 nights inside Dhikala zone (or with 1 extra bed if couldn’t got required number rooms)
  • Twin-sharing accommodation 1 nights inside Bijrani zone (or with 1 extra bed if couldn’t got required number rooms)
  • Seat on 4x4 open safari vehicle with two rows.
  • All Park fee, Guide fee and Camera Fee. (Video camera will have to pay separate charges)
  • Guiding service (English speaking) during entire trip.

The rate does not include:

  • Drinks and other extras in the lodges;
  • Additional day stay at Delhi or Ramnagar
  • Any other item not expressly mentioned in included.

Deposit of Rs 10,000 will be required upon booking (non-refundable).The balance should be paid on arrival. If we didn’t get accommodation inside Dhikala zone, we will return advance amount and tour will be cancelled.

Important note:

  1. We can choose to hire taxi from Delhi if all participants can arrive at afternoon. Approx. Innova charges will be Rs 7.5K. else we have overnight train option from old Delhi railway station to arrive at Ramnagar.
  2. Getting accommodation at Dhikala is little tricky. Participants must be mentally prepared to pack & change their accommodation every night.
  3. Someone carrying long lenses or more cameras, and need full row of Gypsy to him/herself, let us know so that he/she get it and pays extra accordingly.

 

Testimonials


Spent a week with Yashpal rathore in Masai mara to witness the annual wildebeest migration in yr 2013. This was my first visit to the Mara, I opted for Yashpal as our mentor to see the Mara as he sees it. We stayed near the junction of the Talek and the Olare orok rivers right in the heart of the Mara in a small camp, comfortable and right in the heart of the action.

We were a group of four and Yashpal accompanied us to the safari and we driven by Simon, our Masai Guide. Usually the safaris were full day, every moment spend on safari was worthwhile, light was fantastic, wildlife was in abundance and Yashpal and Simon could be relied upon to place the vehicle in anticipation of a likely photo-opportunity.

I would have no hesitation to recommend Yashpal as a mentor for anybody planning to visit MARA, his organization Nature glimpses can be relied upon to give the highest level of customization possible in the most reasonable price. Yashpals planning and co-ordination with the local guides and camp managers was perfect and we were specially looked after, including a special Indian meal right in the heart of MARA under a starlit sky with the constant snorting of the Hippos in the pool below.

Dipanker Mazumdar (Architect), New Delhi  


I would like to take this opportunity & chance to thank Mr Yashpal Rathore, for such an amazing experience we had in Kaziranga last week ( Feb 2014). Everything was planned to minute detail and all the logistics were perfect. Timing was superb & we could easily record 40+ photographable species in birds & off course innumerable photo opportunities for mammals. Yashpal is a no nonsense guy, knowing him from last 2 years, I have understood that he organizes things only for serious nature photographers. I can vouch for the economics of the whole trip which was very reasonable....Cheers

Dr Eash Hoskote, Bangalore


I had my first tiger safari to Tadoba Tiger reserve with my friend last June 2013. We had awesome sighting and thanks Yashpal for great experience.

Madhusudan , Bangalore


We have been to Kenya on "Predators & Great migration 2013" trip to Kenya with Yashpal Rathore, what a memorable trip it was. Selection of camp and guide was excellent.  We wish to join him again next year. 

Anand Sachdeva (Architect) , New Delhi


I like travelling with you, as your trips are well planned and economical. I am Looking forward for next Kaziranga trip in Feb 2014.

S. R. Gopalan, Bangalore