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Old 10th February 2012, 14:36   #16
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A quick ready reckoner for entry to the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur, from my travelogue. (Hawk-On-Fours® (H-4®) Roadtrip: Ranthambhore & Sariska, then Bharatpur)
Thanks Doc. Would also be really good - if you could do a detailed writeup (provide links to your TL) for Ranthambhore as well.

Including tips for planning and stuff. Appreciate the help.
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...a detailed writeup...for Ranthambhore as well.
All right - here's as much info as I can contribute.

There are essentially 3 routes to access Ranthambhore (the forest) / Sawai Madhopur (the town on the fringe of the forest where all the accommodation is concentrated) from Delhi. Here are the 3 links to Google maps, defining the routes...

The shortest (381 km)
- downside includes covering a majority of distance on not-too-good state highways, and the Dausa - Lalsot section is in poor shape. The condition can be assessed from the photos in this post (Hawk-On-Fours® (H-4®) Roadtrip: Ranthambhore & Sariska, then Bharatpur).
Link to map:
New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi, Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan - Google Maps

Slightly longer (405 km) - again, does not bypass the Dausa - Lalsot section, but reduces the distance covered on potholed state highways.
Link to map:
New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi, Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan - Google Maps

The longest (421 km) - we took this route from Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, and it took us around 9 hours including some bad fog for the first 3-4 hours, which kept speeds down severely. Doable in 7 hours or less if driving in clear weather.
Link to map:
New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi, Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan - Google Maps

Lalsot to Sawai Madhopur is a delightfully smooth and empty section to drive on, with a Rs.35 toll payable midway.

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Have visited Kabini (October-2010), Corbett in 1st week of March-2011 and Kaziranga in Dec-2011. There are multiple zones in each of these parks, each with its specific nuances.

Corbett:
Bijrani - Requires prior booking (minimum 2 weeks, preferably 4) as only 30 vehicles per day are allowed. These are the registered vehicles to operate in the allowed area of the national park. All of them happened t be open Gypsies.

Dhikala - Best at Corbett but requires an overnight stay as it requires a travel of 3-4 ours from the main gate. The fun is to stay at the forest rest house that has very basic facilities but very close to the nature (bingo inside the forest, fence).

Jhirna - To my understanding, this is the only walk in type gate. Sighting sare minimal compared to the other 2 gates.

Dhikala > Bijrani > Jhirna.

We visited Bijrani multiple times and sighted tiger, jackal, different types of monkeys, pack of elephants, tusker, varieties of deer, sambhar etc.

Travel:
2 trains from Old Delhi station (about 4-5 hour journey to Rampur station). Cab is also feasible (6-7 hours depending on traffic, but more flexible).
Tons of hotel options, pretty decent hotels (not like the fancy & expensive Kabini resorts but pretty good - basic to possibly 3 star+ or 4 star, not 5 star)

Kaziranga - Has east, west, central (+another we did not visit)
Rhinos -> head to west.
Birds -> head to east. East is also very close to Brahmaputra and a boat ride is awesome. You can also visit Majoli islands (for Dolphin sightings)
central has mixture of animals.

Travel: Kolkata to Jorhat by air and then 2 hour taxi ride to Kaziranga.
Decent resorts available.


Kabini
Sightings of animals fewer than either Kaziranga or Corbett. However it is more commercial with very fancy hotels etc.

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Accommodation at Ranthambhore: Innumerable hotels, small & large, are available at Sawai Madhopur, and sometimes it is difficult to assess which one is good, and which one bad. Rest assured, in the low season, you are spoilt for choice. But in the peak season (such as the Christmas-New Year week) all hotels get together and get ready to rip off the tourist who unwittingly plans to visit Ranthambhore at the time.

Safaris at Ranthambhore: Ranthambhore jungle safaris can be booked online, in fact bookings should be availed well in time this way, to assure you get a Gypsy in peak season - the bookings can be made online at this site:
Rajasthan Wildlife,Wild Life Rajasthan,Rajasthan Wildlife Sanctuary

The safari tariffs are fixed already, and are corroborated by the signboards placed at the entry to the park. Please remember that if you ask hotels to book you a safari, you can end up paying more than twice the official tariffs.
Wildlife Sanctuaries in India - Comprehensive information-dsc06813k300.jpg

The timings for morning and afternoon safaris in the park
Wildlife Sanctuaries in India - Comprehensive information-dsc06814k300.jpg

IIRC, Ranthambhore NP is divided into 6 zones, into each of which a fixed number of Gypsies and Canters are allowed in each session. The selection is by draw of lots, and you may even be unlucky enough to end up getting the same zone to travel to 4 times out of four!

Accessing the Ranthambhore Fort
: You can access Ranthambhore Fort in your own vehicle - no entry fee required, but make sure you have a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate. Without this document, you would not be allowed to proceed beyond the checkpoint which is located about 0.5 km from the main entry gate.

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All right - here's as much info as I can contribute.

There are essentially 3 routes to access Ranthambhore (the forest) / Sawai Madhopur (the town on the fringe of the forest where all the accommodation is concentrated) from Delhi. Here are the 3 links to Google maps, defining the routes...

The shortest (381 km)
- downside includes covering a majority of distance on not-too-good state highways, and the Dausa - Lalsot section is in poor shape. The condition can be assessed from the photos in this post (Hawk-On-Fours® (H-4®) Roadtrip: Ranthambhore & Sariska, then Bharatpur).
Link to map:
New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi, Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan - Google Maps

Slightly longer (405 km) - again, does not bypass the Dausa - Lalsot section, but reduces the distance covered on potholed state highways.
Link to map:
New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi, Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan - Google Maps

The longest (421 km) - we took this route from Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, and it took us around 9 hours including some bad fog for the first 3-4 hours, which kept speeds down severely. Doable in 7 hours or less if driving in clear weather.
Link to map:
New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi, Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan - Google Maps

Lalsot to Sawai Madhopur is a delightfully smooth and empty section to drive on, with a Rs.35 toll payable midway.
Doc - there is one more way where you take the left turn from NH8 at Dharuhera and get on the old Alwar highway. Bypass Alwar and continue on that to Bandikui - Sikandra - Dausa - Lalsot - Sawai MAdhopur. This is called MEga Highway.

This road is awesome and the only bad patch is the Dausa - Lalsot patch.
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Doc - there is one more way where you take the left turn from NH8 at Dharuhera and get on the old Alwar highway. Bypass Alwar and continue on that to Bandikui - Sikandra - Dausa - Lalsot - Sawai MAdhopur. This is called MEga Highway.

This road is awesome and the only bad patch is the Dausa - Lalsot patch.
You mean this route: New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi, Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan - Google Maps ? Certainly is the shortest (364 km); have you been on it and actually checked out the road condition to be excellent? In that case this route would be worth taking compared to the others!
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You mean this route: New Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi, Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan - Google Maps ? Certainly is the shortest (364 km); have you been on it and actually checked out the road condition to be excellent? In that case this route would be worth taking compared to the others!
yes - i can personally vouch for the road conditions. The roads are excellent!
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I am happy to help with information about Masinagudi - acco, good roads for animal sightings etc. Interested folks, feel free to PM me.

Can also help with info on Bandipur, Mudumalai, Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
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Very good info here. If one can also include some of the better not too expensive hotels this will be even better.
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I have been to Panna, Kanha, Pench, Bandhavgarh and Tadoba in Nagpur. Anybody wants any information starting from route,s accomodations and safari bookings etc, i can happily help.
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I am happy to help with information about Masinagudi ...
Can also help with info on Bandipur, Mudumalai, Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
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I have been to Panna, Kanha, Pench, Bandhavgarh and Tadoba in Nagpur. Anybody wants any information starting from route,s accomodations and safari bookings etc, i can happily help.
We would be greatly obliged if you can kindly take some time out and share all such relevant information in this single thread, which can then become the comprehensive information resource that its title promises to be.
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We would be greatly obliged if you can kindly take some time out and share all such relevant information in this single thread, which can then become the comprehensive information resource that its title promises to be.
Sure, i will do for sure.
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This is a real good initiative, i missed to see some of the information that i usually get from individual TL's one of them is timings of entry into the forest (e.g. Bandipur) this might be handy as you don't want to reach to the edge of the forest and find that one cannot go through. Apart from this web site/phone number of the info center if any would be helpful.

The other aspect for folks who are interested in driving is, can cars/sedans be taken on the route or only a high GC vehicle is recommended, will be helpful.
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Thank you guys for investing time into building this thread.

Subrat/Nilanjan - waiting for your updates on this thread. Pls help.
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Some information on Jim Corbett National Park.

This park has 3 main zones -

1. Bijrani
2. Jhirna
3. Dhikala

You can do day visits in Bijrani and Jhirna, but for Dhikala night stay is required. You will have to rent your own vehicle to take you to Dhikala FRH and then use that same for SAfaris.

Even though you are inside the jungle - it does not mean that you can be out all day on safaris. You have to follow the morning/evening schedule for the Safaris.

One of the quirks that i saw in Corbett is that - evening safaris cannot be booked by agents, the tourists have to stand in the line themselves to book the evening safaris.

Also, Corbett being a popular wildlife destination - lines often start from morning! So more often than not - you either sacrifice your morning Safari to stand in line for evening, or let go of evening Safari all together.

One can also do full day safaris in Corbett, but again - the catch is that you will have to follow the morning/evening safari timings. The only advantage you get with all day safaris is that you are inside the jungle, albeit waiting for the afternoon safari to begin.

Further details can be found at

Official Website of Corbett National Park

This is the official website - and has quite a lot of information.

Online bookings are also available at -

Corbett Online Reservation..

Attaching a pdf with tariff details for quick reference.

corbett-tiger-reserve-tariff.pdf

Not talking about places to stay - as it is a highly commercialised place and you can find a lot of resorts online.
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