The Dedicated 12 Hours NDTV-Aircel Tiger Telethon in Ranthambore

"TIGER, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"

Do you think anyone else can describe this majestic creature more brilliantly than the most popular poet William Blake in his poetry “The Tiger”? Significantly this creature itself has so much of majestic quality that no one can stop himself in praising its muscular look, nimble moves and how can we forget the brilliant sparkling eyes reflecting the glory of the jungle king.

[caption id="attachment_326" align="alignnone" width="700"] Photo Credit: NDTV[/caption] The Ranthambore National Park is such a destination that proudly holds a wide number of tiger species in its vast vicinity. This magnanimous reserve is the same place where a rewarding campaign was being organized by NDTV-Aircel on 15th July on the “Save Our Tigers mission which was hosted, discussed and realized by superstar Amitabh Bachchan along with many actors and celebrities and interestingly the other collaborators and jungle officials about the tiger conservation.

This campaign was being organized dedicatedly for 12 hours and it’s quite appreciating to learn that Rs 5.81 crore was collected in “Telethon 2” when last year’s Telethon collection was Rs 4.5 crore. This campaign was solely dedicated to tigers which helped us to realize that saving tigers is actually saving India for the benefits of the common people only that they needed to get it. It’s all about poaching; where the poachers using steel trappers, killing mercilessly these poor creatures when satirically we feel the entire population of the tigers in India is half of the entire population around the world. With the wealth of information and debates the “Save our Tigers” campaign helped us realize how saving a tiger saves forests, environment, water and other animals that roam the jungles and if they are saved then how mankind survives.

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The most important part of this campaign was to make the younger generation understand the value and importance of wildlife conservation where many of them expressed that they don’t want to introduce their own nestlings to the tigers through pictures only.

So how interestingly this campaign brought magical effects to the people; when we also found that the Ranthambore Authority is running a Rapid Response Unit for the welfare of these wild creatures? In this mission almost 43 conflict resolution vehicles were set out in the jungle and some patrolling activities were organized witnessing around 30 tigers across India. These vehicles were fed with many helpful types of equipment like tracking devices, GPS, chargers, helmet and first aid kit. The sole aim of this patrolling campaign is to solve conflict situations around these areas, rescuing wild animals and to patrol around the reserves spread across 13 states in India. Different officials used this RRU in different fields and many feedbacks were received in response to them and further the officials are putting great efforts in bringing the effectiveness of RRU. This campaign also collected around two and half crores for the welfare of the tigers.

The specialists, their ideas and their concern to the cause, all helped for the righteous efforts of this campaign. The minute points they shared really educated us for the sake of this mission. The entire nonstop day was full of information, opinions, emotions and ideas of how we as a responsible citizen vision the most important pride of our country.

Thus all these activities actually drove the attention of the viewers to attract donations who are sympathetic to the cause.

The entire day was completely for this majestic creature which strongly opposed poaching and spread the message that the return of the tigers is possible only when we come together. A very generous efforts that added more gems to the initiative of the save tiger mission.

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Top Luxury Resorts in Corbett for Wonderful and Comfy Stay

An accommodation has one of the major roles in any kind of expedition or holidaying activities. Whether you are on the first journey of your wedded life (honeymoon) or any spiritual, wildlife or adventurous trip; a comfy accommodation with the finest amenities completes it in every respect. This is the reason why a vacationer always hunts for the best of the best residing zones while exploring the world.

A trip to Corbett Reserve is among such wondrous moments that let you encounter vivid species of wild creatures living majestically in their natural habitat. This wonderful achievement can only get succeeded once you are hiring one of the finest luxury resorts in Corbett.

Come and explore some of the most captivating shelters in the Corbett that brings soothing services for you for a wonderful Corbett Trip.

Corbett Leela Villas Corbett Lillla Villas

The most famed luxury resort in Corbett Park, the Corbett Leela Villas highlights the best luxury services and so is the first choice of any tourists. With the property of having 12 individual luxury cottages, each cottage has an area of above 800 sq ft with the facilities of:

- Private sit out and courtyard.

- Luxury cottages with 32” LCD TV.

- Mini bar, open air multi cuisine restaurant.

- Telephone and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Corbett Hideway Corbett Hideaway Resort

If you love mangoes and want lush surroundings around you, the Corbett Hideway will be the perfect destination for you as this amazing resort is being surrounded with a soothing copse of about 150+ mangoes that brings relaxing ambience to the resort. The facilities you can avail here are:

- The spacious luxurious rooms with impressive hospitality.

- The best part of Corbett Hideway is its food. One can enjoy both Indian and continental beverages at its amazing full-fledged restaurant.

- sit outs outside each comfy room.

- Guests can enjoy other fun activities around the bank of Kosi River.

- Both indoor and outdoor activities at Jim’s Grill House in Corbett Hideway.

Solluna Resort solluna-resort

The Solluna Resort is located on the banks of Ramganga River. With 47 theme-based luxury cottages the adventure lovers can look forward for an exciting stay with action packed activities like river rafting and mountaineering.

- Multi-cuisine restaurant cum bar.

- Outdoor swimming pool to unwind the relaxing days in the sun.

- Variants of cottages like deluxe, high deluxe, premium, presidential and deluxe cottages.

- Additional activities like bicycle riding, jogging track, conference hall facilities etc.

Infinity Resort infinity-resort

The Infinity Resort is just 9 km away from the Ramnagar Railway Station and is just 12-14 kms away from the Dhikala Gate and 7 kms away from the Bijrani Gate. The resort is flourished with mango groves and crisscrossed by artificial waterways.


- 32 air conditioned rooms with attached balcony overlooking the outdoor swimming pool and river valley.

- Tea-coffee maker, telephone, quaint writing desk.

- Room heater, internet and parking facilities.

- En-suite washroom with Jacuzzi, geyser and fresh towels.

- "Gol Ghar" multi cuisine restaurant made of wood and stone.

A comfortable stay at any one of the luxury hotels in Corbett is an unending experience for the jungle and animal lovers. Thus, if you wish to explore the natural beauty with the feathered amenities for a comfortable stay, the luxury resort in Corbett is a wonderful option.

Yes! We Can Save the Indian Tigers via Facebook

How many of you have used the social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter in a more functional and purposeful manner? I bet, everyone will have the social network accounts and the world is connected with it in many ways. Not only for the ad-on, but these sites are the only medium to share your updates in the form of photos, videos and blog posts and thus sharing something noble in your account for promoting purpose; is the most demanding ways for the social media users. Using the power of social media for social welfare is a very noble function and that of course includes the promotion of the wildlife conservation especially the wild species like Indian tigers. Surprisingly, where one end is talking about the merciless poaching of these innocent creatures, the world is taking multiple initiatives to create awareness among the individuals through various ways; and social media are among one of them where people find independence in sharing their views and opinions publicly. Common guys, how long will we talk about the lost species and will hue and cry for “only 1411 left”. It is time now to discover and follow the present species and catch their glimpses at various tiger reserves in India.  Interestingly, many people make a majestic trip to appreciate these wild beasts and capture them in their cameras and then upload them in their websites. Others may “like” the post, comment on them or “share” them thus brings great publicity to these places (wild reserves). Ranthambore National Park Facebook Page Facebook Page: A British conservationist Julian Matthews has created a social media group to allow free membership to the people especially the “tiger lovers” to follow their favorite tigers especially in Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore. He himself has extracted the database and collected information to find that Ranthambhore has 46 tigers (22 new cubs, born between October 2011 and May 2012) while Bandhavgarh has 26 identified tigers and several unrecorded ones. Surprisingly, these data were being discovered through the citizen photography by mapping and tracking the population. Thanks to the animal lovers and to their amazing cameras. Wildlife of India Facebook Page Facebook Page: Consequently, the experienced conservationists thus identify the uploaded tigers and compare them with their present databases. “The mapping and tracking of the population through citizen photography creates a better chance of survival”- says Satyendra Tiwari, a lodge owner in Bandhavgarh. In an another rapid story, the importance of Facebook thus being highlighted specially for the tiger conservation when we find thousands of shares being posted to expose the brutal poaching or the pretty presence of these majestic demons amidst the dense jungles. Quite interesting to discover that India is the third largest user of Facebook and in the coming three years the counts are expected to be more. As it allows to “share”, “like” and “follow” the popular social organization, a concept of tiger preservation thus blooms heartily under its shade. Save the Tiger Facebook Page Facebook Page: An excerpt from an example of a 21 year old engineering student, Ramit Singal signifies how Facebook brings a marvelous contribution in preserving the endangered species. Being an avian fan, Singal discovered that the set up of a cement factory will affect the nearby migratory birds; he uploaded a before and after photograph of that area on Facebook and surprisingly, received more than 100 shares in one day. Further, a non profitable portal, ‘Conservation India’, jumped in and after four applications and repeated visits to the municipal authorities an investigation was ordered and finally the construction was halted being revealing upon the presence of fly ash in the factory. Apart from that the launch of a new iPhone app has exposed the power and portability of the mobile devices that allows the users to upload pictures and data spotted in real time. With project NOAH Rangers, the younger members can edit content, identify species with technical support. Interestingly, users can easily log in through their existing accounts on Facebook and Gmail. Corbett National Park Facebook Page Facebook Page: Bringing greater and nobler advantages to the wildlife preservation and saving the tiger species, Facebook and other social media groups have contributed very effectively with their catchy applications and features. A world which is interestingly free to join, share and comment our views and can definitely appreciate the natural world which is filled with so many amazing creatures. Save Our Tiger Campaign on NDTV Facebook Page: *Inspired from the article by Yolande D’Mello - The Times Group Network.

Corbett Tiger Reserve- The Prettiest Destination for Wildlife Tourism with Eco-Conservatism

Tigress in Bijrani Range

Pristine jungle, dense and lush areas, serene environment and eloquently murmuring wild species rambling around the Jim Corbett Reserve; all set for the finest wildlife tour in India. The oldest national park in India, Corbett is best known for tiger reserve and large crowd thronging in this area to admire the royal presence of the national animal in the Himalayan foothills in Nainital, Uttarakhand positioned between 29-25' to 29-39'N latitude and 78-44' to 79-07'E longitude.

With a core area of around 520 sq km and more than 100 species of trees, around 50 mammal species, nearly 600 bird species and more than 20 reptile species, Corbett Park truly offers tourists more than they can bargain for such a tremendous wildlife tourism in the virgin land of the Himalayas.

Tigress in Bijrani Range

Being an animal lover you must be enthralled to step into the vast environment of the Corbett Reserve which has been best known for the tiger reserve project and can experience how fantabulously this larger part of the globe has been maintained for the conservation of wildlife.

The land of the roar, trumpet and song, representing the scene of remarkable beauty has the proud distinction of being chosen as the venue for the inauguration of Project tiger in India. Also, the presence of both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna found in the reserve make this land more adorable for the “mission save the tiger project”. Surprisingly the geological survey of India has recorded over 585 species of resident and migratory birds here.

The Corbett Tiger Reserve Management had undergone several initiatives during the last five years. These initiatives are:

1. Eco-Development: The eco-development Committee members are being trained in participatory methods for micro-planning and monitoring at Corbett Centre for Conservation by conducting workshops and study tours.

2. Nature Guide Programs:A training course of two and a half-month duration was organized for 25 educated unemployed youth in 1993 to train the people in natural history, visitor management and park interpretation and later registered as nature guides in Corbett.

3. Eco Tourism: Different workshops have been organized to develop and understanding and agreement between different stakeholders to ensure biodiversity conservation and maximize benefits to the local communities.

4. Voluntary Support: The directors of the National Parks is being authorized to receive voluntary gifts from visitors and the NGOs which is being maintained by the director of the reserve.

5. NGO Support: NGOs are coming forward to assist the reserve in strengthening protection measures.

6. Education and Awareness: A visitor’s center has been constructed to organize activities for both children and the villagers and provide information to the visitors. Additionally, the reserve has its own in-house magazine to highlight the incidents and activities in Corbett.

The Corbett Reserve majestically bears different kinds of forests including Northern Moist Deciduous, Northern Tropical Dry, Himalayan Subtropical Pine Forests. When we talk about the wildlife conservation, the department of forest reserve focuses on protection and the other thrust area is the management. Apart from that the management is also focusing on eco-tourism, the most splendid part of this reserve.

To highlight this part, the reserve has been modishly divided into four amazing entry gates; of course for your convenience and you can easily get inside the reserve from all the corners of the jungle. These tourism zones are Bizrani Safari Zone, Dhikala Zone, Durga Devi Safari Zone and Jhirna Safari Zone.

Corbett National Park is one and only destination that offers multiple activities for the tourists to enjoy at this jungle completely. With the sole  objective of wildlife conservation you can also enjoy some of the finest engagements stated below at Corbett Reserve:

- Wildlife safaris like elephant, jeep and canter safari to appreciate the natural creatures in the jungle.

- Birding, fishing and angling in Jim Corbett.

- Adventure activities like rafting, bridge slithering and river crossing on Kosi River.

- Most comfortable and luxurious stay at different Corbett hotels, resorts and lodges to convert the stay into a magnanimous vacation.

How to Plan an Adventurous Trip to a National Park?

Kanha National Park Tiger

Kanha National Park Tiger Are you a wildlife lover? If yes, then what are you waiting for? Pack your bags , move ahead for an adventurous trip now. First of all decide which national park you would like to explore. You can research online about the destination. Before planning just clear some points like are you going on an adventure with your kids, for that you have to be very careful. Make sure that your kids should have an identity card with them, so that even if they get lost you can reach them. Also, go over with them on what to do in case of an emergency. Plan your trip: Are you ready to go? Corbett National Park - Gather all the information about the place before leaving for a trip, like you can carry a map with you. - Budgeting your trip –Like most vacations, a trip to a national park can be as frugal as you like. - Getting in-Make prior bookings to avoid any inconvenience further. The expense may range from free to 300 bucks. You can buy a pass, which will get you and your group members for 1 year into any national parks, if you are a regular visitor. - Sleeping: You can make a reservation to camp in national parks via tour operators or you can reach to the help desk for any inquiries and ask for a reservation near by that place. - Eating: If you have any package? Then people don’t face any problem or else you can get paid food which is quite affordable for anyone. - Entertainment: What else can be more entertaining than this place-exploring wildlife sanctuaries, getting on a toy train, feeding animals, which is a total enjoyable package for a family.  

What to Pack? Camping Checklist - Binoculars for sightseeing, watching animals and birds that are beyond your reach to have a look from far places. - Warm and Cold clothes depending on the climate-Days could be warm but night turns cold at these kind of places. - Digital Camera- Capture as much as beautiful memories on camera. - Skin Care Therapies- As you might need a moisturizer or a lip balm. - Sunglasses and Hats- Save skin from the sun rays. - Snacks and Water- Bring plenty of snacks as there you might feel a shortage of food. Choosing a Perfect Package - Package depends on the national park you are going to visit? Different packages for different places are available, for which you can do an online research. Why not, consult tour operators specialized in wildlife tours to arrange a trip for you. - Make a prior booking in the hotels/resorts available nearby the national park as per your budget. If you follow all the tips above, you can make your wildlife trip a memorable experience for you, and your family/friends. Enjoy your trip!!

What You Can Do to Help Save Tigers

Save Tiger Poster

As a matter of fact, tigers are the top predator in the food chain that keeps the eco-system going in the tropical jungles of Asia. Due to human misdeeds, these wild creatures including tigers are in danger of extinction. Cutting trees, polluting air, rise in poaching and much more are the human deeds that impact the tiger species. There are several ways for saving tigers in which few of the simplest ways you can adopt to save the Indian tiger from becoming extinct. Those measures are as follows:

Create Awareness: The tiger species is in danger and only excessive awareness programs can save the species. Everybody can help if they did their part. You could help as well, all you have to do is to make posters or fliers illustrating about the significance of tigers on the planet earth. Our small efforts can bring awareness among locals, which makes a lot of difference.

Poaching: Hunting of tigers is legally banned throughout the country. This step has been taken because selling tiger skin or any other body parts is the biggest reason why the Tigers are going extinct. If you know somebody who is involved in Indian tiger hunting then it is your duty to report the officials.

Support a Cause: You might have come across of several programs that are running to save the tiger. You should take part in it and support their cause as it can bring the awareness among the people. You could also start your own blog on how to save the tigers or a save tiger campaign, it will really educate the people.

Stop the use of Goods made of Tiger Skin: You should stop using those goods that are made of tiger skin. Also please don't use the medicine made out of the tiger's body parts. On an average one wild tiger is killed each day for profit killing.

Forest Protection: It is required and a very necessary step to make as we need to save the tigers. Saving the natural habitat will ultimately help us in saving tigers. You can also plant as much tree as possible. Your small contribution can make a lot of difference.

There were almost eight species of tigers on the planet earth. However, three of them are already extinct. We should be making efforts to save the rest five species. There have been several ongoing campaigns for saving the tigers started by NDTV, Aircel and so on. As a common person we need to take a few steps, which can make a lot of difference. Our awareness will bring the revolutionary changes in the current situations.