Hello, this is a long review. Hope it helps you better your trip.
Lets start. usually I do my own research and bookings. This time around, due to time constraints, I asked a travel agent to do my bookings.
TRAVEL AGENCY IN MUMBAI:- HAZEL TOURS, KHAR(WEST)
The Arrangement asked for:-
a) Pick up from Delhi Airport in Innova.
b) The car along with drive to be with us throughout the trip.
c) Hotel Bookings in Jim Corbett, Kausani, Nainital and Delhi,
d) Drop up to Delhi Airport for flight back to Mumbai.
Here is how the disaster starts-
As we reach Delhi airport in the morning at 11am. Was sent an Etios for the trip. When asked my travel agent, was informed by him and the local travel guy-VIshal Singh from MAITREE TRAVELS, that this is only for pick up. We would get the Innova once we reach Karol Bagh. On reaching Karol Bagh, was informed that Innova IS NOT STARTING and has some TECHNICAL GLITCH. Was asked and insisted to take the sad and stinky Etios to JIM Corbett which was out first stop. After speaking to my travel agent in Mumbai and pressurising to be given an Innova, was asked to wait for 1-1.5hrs to get the Innova. (WOW, Travel agents dont book you car even when the itenary was decided 10 days prior. How efficient, and nice Original Excuses). eventually after loads of to and fro was given an Innova at 3pm. 4 Hours Delay on the first day.Note- Drive from Delhi to Jim Corbett-5hrs.
We called the hotel an hour before reaching the hotel near JIM Corbett. Original Hotel booked- Corbett Aroma Havens. Was informed no booking on our your name. However the vouchers were given to us by our Mumbai travel agent. AGAIN, had to coordinate with Mumbai and Vishal Singh(MaitreeTravels). Was informed that booking was done but was upgrading to a hotel to make up for the Innova Goof up. On reaching was given a big but sad room in Corbett County Resort. A poorly maintained Hotel. Definately a DOWNGRADE and not an Upgrade. Cockroaches on the BED. On asking reason for change in hotel, was informed that there was no booking done and all rooms were occupied. (WOW first night in company of roaches. Nice management by the travel agent). Moved to Original Hotel the next day, was a pleasant surprise. Nice rooms, good service, good food, nice staff. However the rooms do not have a view, but a good stay. Surely recommended.
JIM Corbett was awesome. Did 2 safaris. One should only do the jeep safari. Book well in advance. if possible stay inside the Forest. The booking for the same are done atleast 45 days in advance. Best time to visit is in Summers to see the animals.
Moved to Kausani after two days. Hotel Pine Haven. Good service. Very OK food. No view from room. If you are going in Winters there is not heater. No A/c for summers. Place for camp fire and play area. However nothing much to see in Kausani. Only good views from certain places like Gandhi Ashram. This place can be skipped.
On the way from Kausani to Nainital we visited the Army Museum at Ranikhet. Definitely worth a visit. Museum has great collection and history of our armed forces.
Moved to Nainital. Was given a room in Alpine Club. Very nice Hotel. Good food. Good service. No view. Clean Room. Friendly staff. However the Hotel is 3km away from the market and lake. the Approach road to the hotel is steep and scary at times. So if you are looking for easy accessibility to the Market and Lake, you need to find a hotel on the Mall road. tonnes of them available for all price ranges. Places to visit in Nainital. a) The lake b) Rope way c) Naini Devi temple d) Space observatory e) Naukuthia lake and Bhimtal f) Ghoda khal(Golu Dev Mandir). Nainital is a beautiful place. Very cold in winters. But thats the best time to go cause the rooms rates are low and comparatively less crowd.
AGAIN,since the hotel was too far from the lake and we were travelling with a child, we asked the Mumbai travel agent to make arrangements for stay near the lake. Unable to do so, he asked us to speak to Maitree Travels AGAIN. from the past experience we surely did not expect anything from them. And the reply from them was as expected. We decided to change the Hotel on our own and hunted for a few hotels. On informing the mumbai travel agent of the same this was his beatiful reply "Kindly inform the hotel of the early checkout and ask the Maitree travels to give me a refund." WOW WOW. A travel company asking the customer to arrange for a refund. Ever heard of that. Especially when all the bookings, payments etc were done and discussed with Mumbai Travel Agent.
Also, on the last day of our stay in Nainital, we discovered that our driver of all these days has never driven in the ghats, this was his first time. Now that brought us some peace of mind.
Drive from Nainital to Delhi was long. 8-9hrs.
Had asked our Mumbai travel agent to book the hotel in Delhi, AGAIN, not booked when checked with him a couple of hours prior to reaching. AGAIN, was asked to coordinate with hotel for booking.( I still wonder, why did he take money from us if we had to do all the bookings and coordination.)
As expected, on arrival to the hotel, no rooms available cause booking not done by travel agent. Was moved to another hotel. Hotel Midtown in Karol Bagh. Very OK for a night stay. Decent food. Has A/c.
And as always, there has to be the climax for anything. The CAR. the present car was gonna be with us only till the Delhi Hotel drop. On inquiring, due to the awesome management by the Mumbai travel agent, no car was booked for Delhi. Had to once again coordinate with Vishal Singh(Maitree Travels) and try to get this done. So the customer is coordinating once again. Asked for an Innova for next day 0930hrs. On Calling at 9am, was informed that the car will be arrive at 1030 due to TECHNICAL and Traffic concerns. DEJA VU. On fighting, got a car at 1030 but not an Innova, a small Sedan. Money was already paid for in advance for Innova.
You never want the vacation to get over. But, in My case I was thrilled it was getting over.
Did local sight seeing in Delhi. Decent place.
SO, all in all, a very very very poorly managed trip by Hazel tours from Khar (west). Even thought the payment was made in full on the 4th day of the travel. Left us with a very sour, bitter and pathetic taste. Personal view, beware.
Need a break to get over this break.
Jim Corbett National Park India had the proud distinction of being chosen as the venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India; earlier part of Uttar Pradesh now comes under Uttaranchal, the newly found state. Jim Corbett National Park India is home to a variety of flora and fauna, Corbett park is famous for its wild population of Tigers, Leopards and Elephants. Corbett Tiger Reserve has a great variety of fauna on account of habitat diversity. In the Jim Corbett National Park are found 110 tree species, 50 mammals' species, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.
Jim Corbett National Park India has always been famous for their resident tigers. Initially Jim Corbett National Park reserve was named as 'Hailey National Park' in 1936. Jim Corbett National Park was renamed in 1954-55 as 'Ramganga National Park' and again in 1955-56 as 'Jim Corbett National Park' after Jim Corbett who hunted down tigers that had turned man-eaters, between 1907 to 1939. Jim Corbett National Park India is the 1st and oldest National Park of India. Jim Corbett National Park India was one of the nine Tiger Reserves created at the launch of the Project Tiger in 1973.
Jim Corbett National Park India is a haven for Tigers as well as its prey, which include four kinds of Deer, Wild Boar and some lesser-known animals. Leopards are mostly found in the hilly areas of the Corbett park. Some nocturnal cats found here are the Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat and Fishing Cat. Sloth Bear is found in the lower regions of the park while the Himalayan Black Bear is seen in the higher hills only. The Dole or Wild Dog, though they can be seen in the southern areas of the park along with the Jackal. Some of the smaller residents of the park are Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Gray Mongoose, Common Otter, Blacknaped Hare and Porcupine. Elephants are among one of the main attractions of Jim Corbett Park. Along the Ramganga River shores, one can spot the long-snouted, fish-eating Gharial Crocodile and the 'Mugger' Crocodile. Also seen on the rocky hillsides is the Ghoral or Goat Antelopes. The Langur and Rhesus Monkeys are well distributed through out the jim corbett national park and warning the whole Jungle with alarm calls when they see either a Tiger or Leopard from tree-top perches.
Dhikala Jim Corbett National Park Suitted in Uttranchal State north India is Kms 325 from Delhi by road.Jim Corbett National Park is a haven for Tigers, which include four kinds of Deer, Wild Boar and some lesser-known animals. Leopards are mostly found in the hilly areas of the Corbett park. Some nocturnal cats found here are the Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat and Fishing Cat. Sloth Bear is found in the lower regions of the park while the Himalayan Black Bear is seen in the higher hills only. The Dole or Wild Dog, though they can be seen in the southern areas of the park along with the Jackal. Some of the smaller residents of the park are Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Gray Mongoose, Common Otter, Blacknaped Hare and Porcupine. Elephants are among one of the main attractions of Jim Corbett Park. Along the Ramganga River shores, one can spot the long-snouted, fish-eating Gharial Crocodile and the 'Mugger' Crocodile. Also seen on the rocky hillsides is the Ghoral or Goat Antelopes. The Langur and Rhesus Monkeys are well distributed through out the jim corbett national park and warning the whole Jungle with alarm calls when they see either a Tiger or Leopard from tree-top perches.
Open 15 Novmber to 15 June every year. Jhrina Gate is open all the year.
Entrance fee Rs 100 Included Camera, Car entrance fee Rs 105.
Guied Fee Rs 150 Half Day, Full Day Rs 450.
Jeep Charging for Half Day Rs 800, Full Day Rs 1500