Day 4-Gairal Guesthouse-Dhikala and around. 

I awoke after a rough night to tell Mr. Om that I could not eat the breakfast they were having and they fixed me an omelette and butter toast with chai tea. It seemed to sooth me. I was better as it warmed up and Mr. Om talked me into going over to Dhikala for a safari ride through the park. 

I was unable to eat much at lunch. I realized than I would need to do something tomorrow about this and it probably meant not being on my original itinerary. Gairal rest house.

Dhikala is that magical spot on a bluff overlooking a sprawling river savannah with wild West Indian elephants and all kinds of birds and river otter. 

This baby leopard cub was killed according to Mr. Om by this type of owl.

Sambar deer males. Favorite food of the Royal Bengal tiger. 

A very small dinner of 1/2 omelette and one slice of bread. Slept as much as I could. 

Day 2-Old Delhi train station to Ramnagar, India

I slept in as best I could and a quick around my little part of Delhi. 

My driver and bellhop scoop me up and on to the Old Delhi train station. 

It was huge and required a local to get me on the right train in the right seat. A real Indian railways experience. 

The Yamuna River and Delhi our skirts were pretty dirty. 

The people were nice an a young Indian couple had gotten on the wrong train. The train was an hour and a half late and my driver was there scooping me up. The staff made me dinner at 11:00 pm at night. They were great. 

Day 5, 6, 7, 8-Corbett to TAJ Corbett Gateway Resort. 

I realized that being this sick I would do better to go to a town of bigger size. I had seen two doctors available on a sign at the gas station in Ramnagar when I left there for “Jim Corbett” the Indian way the park is called. It made no sense to me to go further away from help at a Himalayan hill station at Nainital. I had asked Mr. Om to take me to The TAJ Resort in North Ramnagar. 

I was able to get a nice cottage room for the 4 nights I needed. The staff was very sympathetic to my problems and made every effort to ensure I was well taken care. I called Mariella for the formulation in a plan to come home when I was better. My med-surgery room. 

My mini hospital for 4 days. I know rough. 

My first day had me eating and drinking but really no better and still really sick. Second day I was not improving and my abdominal cramping continued. The second morning I asked a local physician to see me at the hotel. He changed my Cipro and Imodium to Norfloxacin with Zantac and as necessary medications for the cramping. He also used some homeopathic medications as well. He had the staff start me on a bland style of Indian food and a salt, sugar, lemon and bottled water solution. It began to work. Sleeping quite a bit. Day 2 did have me at the Jiva Spa for a complimentary head massage. It was gooood. 

The grounds helped me relax and not try to do too much. It was the first of the week and there were not a lot of people there. 

The third day after massive amounts of sleep. I was able to go out the front gate and walk 1500 feet one way and 1000 feet the other way and come back to the resort. It was raining a little. 

A better day but still sleeping quite a bit. The fourth morning I felt much more like myself and arranged a car to Corbett museum, small and not that big a deal but I did not see it. 

I regretted not getting a picture of the tiger spotting log book at Corbett. I got it today.

Also, the Girigi Devi Temple. I took off my socks and shoes and made my way up. 

The pilgrims. 

Day 3-Ramnagar to Corbett Nat’l Park

Aura Resort was very nice. 

I was a little early to pick up and watched the favorite Indian sports obsession, cricket. They were having a blast. The Indian national team have a superstar batsman named Kohli. 

My driver picked me up and he did some errands and to the park we went. Downtown Ramnagar. 

Official sign in. 

Immense park and beautiful. 

I was not at Dhikala much to my disbelief. No matter what I said I was not getting in there and was to be at Gairal rest house for 2 nights. A nice spot on the Kosi River. 

My guide “Mr. Om” spoke little English but was a very nice man and was very well liked by the guides. 

The river did not disappoint. Crocs and a gator like thing. After lunch we saw a tigress and her 2 cubs about an hour or so after lunch. Nikon auto focus. 

Along with all kinds of deer and birds. 

We got back to Gairal and I took a 2 hour nap and was starting not to feel well. It was cold and the rest houses were basic. That night I was very sick.