Monday, May 06, 2013

Still at Corbett - Holiday Part III

And now it was time for that Canter Safari that was in a large 16-18 seater open vehicle.. we started off with a bit of hesitation as we were in the last row, and the seats and the state of the vehicle in general did not inspire confidence. Unfortunately our fears were confirmed and the next 6 hours were the most uncomfortable I have spent in recent times. I don't have any diagnosed back problems but have neck issues due to spondylitis, and I can't imagine what someone with an acute problem would feel like. Noisy vehicle, somewhat noisy (though not bad) co-travelers made it nearly impossible to come close to any animal except maybe the deer who were used to it all. 

I would definitely not recommend this for elderly travelers, there was a lady in the other vehicle who was finding it tough to even get in and off. Someone definitely needs to be held accountable for posting some health warnings here. It's just so easy to get away with stuff like this in India :(.

The male Chital is the one with antlers
Tailor bird nests if my memory serves me right

Desolate trees always seem to make for nice photos :)

Gharials sunning themselves, photo taken with super-zoom  as we were really far away

Large flocks of deer by the side of the water body
My back was feeling so stiff after this that I knew there was no way I could put up with a long drive to Binsar the next day(even in a comfortable Innova) if I didn't take some rest! So that's pretty much what we did :). All in all, with the absence of ever spotting any tigers or lions on all our holidays, and the discomfort caused by this one, we have decided that our next Jungle safari shall be a few years from now, and definitely in Africa ;).

While on the subject of the resort, I must mention that we have been blown away by the food in a couple of the Club Mahindra destinations, especially Coorg & Munnar. The Zest resort at Pondicherry also had an exceptional spread. At Corbett, our experience was that while the rates for the "Fun dining" that is offered only to members remains the same, the quality and spread of food definitely doesn't. Maybe the rates should also be based on what is actually available? Just a thought. On the positive side though, they do not charge for young children upto the age of 5, and though S has turned 5 and we told them that, they took one look at his size and courteously charged us only for D.

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    1. Thanks for dropping in Vijay :)

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  2. Ooh the safari sounds seriously uncomfortable...don't get discouraged. I wold definitely reco a trip to gir and kanha or bandhavgarh. Btw why are the kids in jackets? It must have been hot no?

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    1. Hmm.. I have got another reco for Gir, and there's a Club M resort there too so maybe I will let hope win again after all ;)

      Though the weather was warm in general, this was an early morning start so was chill for a couple of hours.

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  3. Hey more people recommending Gir here :-). Munnar is on our hot list.

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    1. Yeah seems like we have to check out Gir sometime soon :). Munnar is a great place, we went about 6 years back, and have nice memories of the Club M resort and food there, not to mention the beauty of God's own country as usual.

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  4. Wow - you all seem to be having total fun- Enjoy!! Having just came back from a vacation/ fully understand the Zeal around you.
    Have a great time - you clicks already saying a lot about the Good Time you are having.

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping in Viyoma! And for your kind words :)

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  5. i was wondering the same... why in jackets... but i forgot to mention it earlier.. u have 2 awesomely cute looknig kids... wud love to meet them.. well i dont know when do i get to meet u ...

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    1. Thanks so much Swati :) and yes, I really hope we can meet sometime soon!!

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