Guided by the experiences of the legendary naturalist, Jim Corbett, many explorers and wildlife seekers from around the world are drawn to the Jim Corbett National Park, put on the map by his celebrated book ‘The Maneaters of Kumaon’.
A wildlife haven, Corbett is home to some 50 different species of mammals with the most famous residents being the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and the Asiatic Elephant. The most easily spotted species are the chital, sambar, hog deer, leopard, jackal, langur, sloth bear, wild boar, nilgai, wild pig, fresh water dolphin, turtles, marsh mugger and gharial crocodiles. Less commonly seen are bharal, goral, serow, barking deer, Himalayan tahr and black bear. Not to forget Corbett’s 600 species of birds, including great pied hornbill and the rare ibisbill that make for an awe-inspiring sight.
And to fly in the clear blue Himalayan sky against the pristine white snowy mountains is just heavenly. One doesn’t have to wait to be reborn as a bird. All one needs is a pair of skis and just wait for the winter to set in.Read More »
While Garhwal region of the Himalayas is known for its tremendous beauty at high altitude, Kumaon is known for its beauty at lower altitudes thanks to the lush and unbroken greenery, tall oak and pine trees and dense forests. That makes is a perfect getaway for a weekend or short durations.
Mukteshwar is perfect because it isn’t too remote, yet feels almost like you have the entire landscape to yourself. The apple orchards and in the distance, views of some of the most prominent ranges in the greater Himalayas are a stunner- Mt Trishul, Mt Nanda Devi, Mt Pancha Chuli form a beautiful backdrop.
Obsession is a good thing sometimes. William Wordsworth in the Prelude talks about mountains as an obsession- they move through our thoughts during the day and haunt us at night- haunt us to come back.
Meru Parvat- referred to as the centre of the universe in our old scriptures has been one such obsessession for mountaineers for decades- doesn’t leave their thought and dreams and haunts them to return and Conrad Anker- one of the best known mountaineers in the world had been obsessed with it for decades and attempted to climb it thrice until he finally did in 2012.
At Rustik explorations, our idea is to look for such routes and trails that have never been done before and create an experience that has never been replicated and the trek to the Meru Base camp is one such experience where we aim to recreate a bit of what these dare devil climbers would have experienced- going into the unknown with only old maps for reference. Described as the Anti-Everest of climbs because while Everest has been climbed and documented numerous times, there is very little such documentation available for this and while there is all sorts of support available to those attempting to climb Everest, very little such support is available at Meru Parvat. It really feels a bit like going into the absolute unknown and of being all by yourself.
Rustik Travel with its partners is conducting a photography workshop in the picturesque locale of Mukteshwar in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Mukteshwar is a further 40 km from Nainital and is a perfect place for nature, bird and night photography. Prominent snow capped mountains of the Himalayas including Trishul, Chaukhamba, Pancha Chuli offer stunning view. This contrasting with the dense green of the forests and deep blue of the skies is a paradise for someone who loves to compose that perfect photograph. The night skies are typically crystal clear and perfect for those long exposures. Not to mention the flora and fauna.Read More »
Dayara Bugyal, in Uttarkashi district, meaning “high altitude meadow” is at an elevation of 3,408 metres (11,181 ft). The beautiful meadows are developed into ski slopes covering an area of 28 square kilometres (11 sq mi). It is approached from Uttarkashi, up to village Basru by road and further 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) by trekking.Read More »