Drive into the very heart of the green, tranquil and very vast Corbett National Park (about 1,300 sq km) on the Ram Ganga river, near Nainital, in Uttaranchal, and you realise, with a bit of a jolt, that you are in a world you have never experienced before.
A world that has no human habitation. Just animals.
It is a magical moment. There is merely endless wilderness. Solitude.
And if you are lucky... a glimpse of a tiger.
The park, a mix of grassland and forests, in the terai belt, boasts of 500 odd species of birds, 110 varieties of trees, 50 types of mammals and by god's grace hopefully 150 tigers. It is India's oldest game sanctuary and a destination for a memorable holiday.
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Text and Photographs: Vaihayasi Pande Daniel
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