I spent a whole day travelling to Ramnagar, the town head for before Corbett National Park. Here is the entry from my journal for the day.
“This is a day for journey. Got up easily, without any hurry, got ready and headed out for Ramnagar. The journey, broken at multiple place, took seven hours.
Took a Vikram(a kind of big auto-rickshaw that can take around 8 people) to Haridwar only to figure out that there are no buses to Ramnagar. A bus guy who was headed to Moradabad said I could go to Moradabad and then find a bus to Ramnagar from there. I consulted my map and figured out that going to Kashipur would be a much better option.
The bus to Kashipur leaves Haridwar and passes through Rajaji National Park. It then goes through the plains of Uttar Pradesh. This is a densely populated region. Concept of free space and open areas doesn’t seem to exist! Every inch of land is taken up by agriculture or construction. There is no free land, no trees or forest to be seen for miles and miles. It took around 6 hours to reach Kashipur, and I was welcomed to this small town by traffic jam caused by trucks.
I got a bus from here to Ramnagar in no time. It is a 45-minute, 30-kilometer journey. There are numerous resorts spread on this road, attracting tourists headed to Corbett National Park. I reached Ramnagar at 6.30 and checked into a hotel close to the National Park office.
My hotel owner turned out to be a helpful guy and gave me plenty of information about Corbett without confusing me much, like many other people did. As I had guessed, staying inside the National Park at Dhikala tourist complex was an expensive affair, and I am glad I had budgeted it. I shall be heading for a visit to the park tomorrow!”
More on Corbett National Park at paintedstork.com
* Images from Corbett
* Arriving at Corbett
* First day at Corbett: safari day trip to Dhikala
* Corbett: In the nature – A struggle between fear and love
* The desperate tourist’s tiger hunt
* Photo Essay: Landscapes of Corbett
* My Days in Corbett
* Encounter with Pachyderms
* Information about Corbett National Park
* Moving on from Corbett