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Top of the World: To the Jungle & Beyond.

Roaring announcement: Himalayan Safari allows you to witness rare jungle sights on your journey to the top. Join in for an adventurous ride to experience a complete 360 degrees birds eye view of Corbett.

While this was not the year for most, it has been the year for nature to flourish in seclusion. Many people had spotted and recorded wildlife finding its way into urban spaces when they are less populated by the constant buzz of human activity. This may seem amusing and has caught a lot of attention on social media but what it also indicates is that,

we are all merely residents of this planet and humans have been the least considerate of the other inhabitants. If we can learn to eliminate the unnecessary, life will still go on without nature and wildlife having to bear the cost of our

impulsive consumption habits. One of the most thriving regions in 2020 has been the Corbett National Reserve which has seen unprecedented growth, especially in the tiger population of the region.

“Nature has rebooted itself in every form, in fact Corbett has been declared the national reserve with the highest number of tigers. This year alone a spike of 21 tigers was witnessed in the region… we have surpassed the tiger population at any reserve nationwide” said Imran Khan, a globally recognised naturalist, located in Corbett. He has been in Jim Corbett for over two and a half decades and played an influential role in promoting responsible tourism.

Jim Corbett is the oldest national park in India, established in 1936. It is named after Edward James Corbett (July 1875 — 19 April 1955) a British hunter, tracker, naturalist and author who hunted a number of man-eating tigers & leopards. Ironical to its name, this national park is widely known and revered for its tiger population and sightings. Corbett is believed to be a home to 600 elephants, 252 tigers and 586 resident and migratory birds as of February 2020. The Jim Corbett National Park is covered with Sal Trees and 600 species of flora. Moreover, the Ramganga

river houses a diverse marine life. Animals that one is sure to spot in the region are the Bengal tiger, a variety of deer species, Asiatic black bear, leopard, otter and several others.

The very first jungle safari group of 2020, witnessed a tiger in all its glory. Around 7:00 am in the Dikhala region, a leopard was dragging a buck he had hunted to the privacy of a few bushes, he was hoping to steer clear of any predators who might battle him for his prize. Sadly so, he caught the eye of the mightiest predator of all, the tiger.

This caused the agile leopard to drop his meal and flee to the highest tree branch he could jump and climb to. The

wildlife expert on the scene remarked to the jungle safari visitors, that the height was approximately twenty feet above the ground. The tiger pursued our spotted friend only to be restricted by its own weight. A tiger is usually twice as heavy as a leopard, which affects his agility. A leopard can only consume 12-15 kgs of meat in a single sitting but a tiger is known to consume 20-25 kgs of meat for a single meal. This does make the tiger heavier and more powerful and gives our leopard the advantage of agility and the safety of altitude. As the tourists watched this unfold from the safety of their gypsy, the leopard was peeking at his predator through the branches. The tiger waited for the leopard but began losing his patience. Not too quick though, he had patiently circled the tree for an hour or so (half a day in cat years). Eventually the tiger decided to dig his jaws into the prized buck hunted by the leopard and drag him to the riverside to eat in peace, we believe he prefers the view. Upon seeing this, the leopard descended from the tree and made its escape deep into the forest. Tigers and leopards are both solitary and territorial animals, the tiger extends its territory upto twenty five sq.km, while the leopard only lives within half the radius. The territories rarely overlap but if they ever are in each other’s territory, the leopard is sure to regret or be above your eye line.

“This is the time to come to Corbett and enjoy this action-packed park.” said Imran Khan. There hasn’t been a better time in the history of the reserve to witness wildlife. The jungle safari is not limited to the sightings of a tiger, one can rarely prepare or imagine the experience of witnessing the jungle, treading through the wooded pathways, the humming of birds at a distance or an elephant towering over you, mighty and calm.

At Alaya, the safari can also become a part of a bigger journey, the Himalayan safari goes through the dense Corbett jungle, brimming with activity and action to a peaceful higher altitude. The gypsy car ride to the hills and back offer

you the chance to become well acquainted with the vendors selling steaming chai and maggi noodles cooked to perfection (it is possible to make maggi wrong, we just never met a street vendor who did). The uphill scenic drive leads you to a birds eye view of the Corbett Park, Nanda Devi and Panchachuli peaks. The refreshing view of the forest and hills in the distance is the perfect spot to let your hair down, take a few deep breaths and live in the

moment. Nothing says a vacation like a little excitement and an opportunity to wind down all at once.

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