Let‟s do a mind exercise. Close your eyes and say the words „Jim Corbett Nature Park‟ aloud.
What comes to your mind? A thick, dense jungle? A tiger hiding in the bushes? What else?
Deer, monkeys, elephants? What if we told you there‟s more. There‟s magic.
Jim Corbett is rightly associated with tigers, but we at The Golden Tusk know there is more to
the jungle than just tigers. Sure, they are the pride of the place, but the forests are home to
animals other than tigers, deers, monkey and elephants. In fact, the Jim Corbett jungle is home
to 488 varieties of flora and more than 600 varieties of birds, as well as animals like the chital,
sambar, nilgai, gharial, king cobra, muntjac, wild boar, hedgehog, common musk shrew, flying
fox and Indian pangolin spread over its many zones, which cannot be viewed on a short visit.
Or can they?
A good time to look at the Jim Corbett‟s diverse ecosystem is in the monsoons. During this time,
the jungles are flooded and so animals tend to move a lot from one place to another, thus
becoming more visible.
We at The Golden Tusk enjoy sighting a rare variety of bird that has flown in for the rains. A
favourite is the Indian Cuckoo bird, locally called the Kafal Pako bird. This bird has deep
resonance with Garhwali folklore. Its presence means that the kafal fruit (Bay Berry) has
Monsoons are also a good time to spot the Scaly Breasted Munia/Magpie belting a melodious
tune for its mate, or flocks Baya weaver birds (Baya) raiding the ground for seeds or serenading
with a mate.
Our staff being locals, an evening at The Golden Tusk can easily become storytelling sessions
that being alive the local folktales. We highly recommend the story of Radhu, associated with
the Kafal Pako bird.
Monsoons are Jim Corbett bring a spurt of local vegetation too. While the local varieties of
mangoes such as Langda, Chausa and Dusseri can be enjoyed anywhere in India, local
vegetables like Lingda (wild fiddlehead fern) can only be enjoyed here, cooked by locals.
Monsoons see a wild growth of mushrooms too that give the impression of the dark earth
tearing up to reveal its whiteness underneath.
Staying at The Golden Tusk resort during monsoons is a chance to watch local folklore come
alive. With a drop in the number of visitors to the national park, the jungles are eerily silent and
the air is punctuated with the sounds of animals and birds. It is such settings that give rise to
folk tales, and magical stories of boys turning to birds and much more told around a bonfire. The
jungle environs are a pleasant surprise for city dweller; the magic of Jim Corbett in July takes it
to a level where reality and magic converge.