Corbett Tiger Reserve is situated in the Terai region and the lower Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand in Northern India. Corbett is the oldest national park of India, established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. The diverse fauna and splendid landscape of Corbett Tiger Reserve makes it a famous destination for tourists and wildlife enthusiast from all over the globe. The Corbett Tiger Reserve has a varied landscape which includes hills, rivers, grasslands, dense forests etc. This rich habitat and the variation in altitude have contributed in making Corbett a heaven for varied fauna.
The Corbett Tiger Reserve is home to the asiatic elephant and the bengal tiger. Many species of deer like the sambar deer, chitals, and the rare hog deer also make this park their home. Other animals which can be seen in Corbett are himalayan black bears, sloth bears, wild boars, jackals, hanuman langurs, rhesus macaques etc. Corbett Tiger Reserve is also home to the rare and endangered gharial. The avifauna is astounding and Corbett boasts a species count of over 550 species of birds which include birds like long-tailed broadbills, collared falconets, Tawny fish owls, several species of flycathers, babblers and warblers etc.
Corbett TR offers so many surprises for all the seasons. Be it the migratory bird species in winters or the jumbo congregation in Dhikala chaur in summers or the sudden tiger spotting round the year, Corbett makes sure that the visitors are on their toes at all the times. And not to forget the varied landscapes on offer, from lofty mountains to the terai grasslands to the swirling Ramganga river. Best way to enjoy Corbett is by staying inside the park in one of the numerous Forest Rest Houses, a facility which is not available in many other Tiger Reserves. To have a good wildlife experience and make brilliant photographs in Corbett, it is recommended to stay inside the park. 5 zones are open to tourists, namely Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanadi. Day visits are allowed in Bijrani, Jhirna and Domunda by Gypsys and in Dhikala by Canters. Day visits in Corbett, however, are not recommended for serious wildlifers and wildlife photographers.
Sattal is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, a town of the Nainital district in Uttarakhand, India. Set amongst dense forests of oak and pine trees, Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted biomes in India. Bird activity can be found round the year at Sattal. The key species to look out for are Red-billed Leiothrix, Long-tailed Broadbill, Crested Kingfisher, Brown Dipper, Spotted Forktail, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Blue-winged Minla etc. If lucky one can spot a leopard too.
Pangot is a village located about 13 kilometers from Nainital, which is a popular hill station. The drive to here passes through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are birding spots. Like Sattal this place too is a birding hotspot round the year. Key species to look out for are Hill Partridge, Koklass Pheasant, Cheer Pheasant, Bearded Vulture, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, etc. If one is lucky then Leopard, Himalayan Goral, Yellow-throated Marten etc. too can be spotted among the mammals.
A loveless life is futile and what could be more satisfying than loving and being loved by nature? Well, this is for you to decide but he always knew that he belonged with nature. At a very tender age he clearly realised that he is increasingly attracted to nature. The constant longing to get away from the city humdrum guided managing partner, Dibyendu to take up birding and wildlife photography as his profession, working in an IT company could never satisfy the hunger of his soul and mind. A very young Dibyendu took interest in animal skull craft for it used to be his favourite pastime, he read his mother’s zoology books which made his interest in animals grow stronger . His love for wildlife groomed him to grow up into a wildlife enthusiast, he is now an avid traveler and has been to many important birding areas in the Himalayas, honing his skills as a naturalist, birder and a wildlife photographer.
With a huge bird list (which is ever increasing) till date he is currently one of the eminent bird watchers in India. Many of his works have been published in domestic and international publishings, books and newspapers.
Breathing life into the frozen moments of nature is what Soumyajit has been doing through his lenses for the last two decades. Trained as an architect, framing comes to him automatically and composition is his high plus point. Given his early schooling in art & painting, the basic concepts of composition and light always titillated his young brain. Being a self taught he strongly believes in the inherent sense of beauty which at all times, is the best guide than the bookish rules of photography. And he got ample opportunities to cross check his concepts with visiting stalwarts of this field. He valued the criticism of professionals as well as laymen and shaped his creativity accordingly. His photographs strike the very chord in the hearts of his audience urging them to react to the strong messages of nature conservation.
Soumyajit had been long drawn by the mystic world of animals and their natural habitat, the jungle. Coupled with this love for nature and unending patience he makes the right individual to practice wildlife photography. The photographs clicked by him play an integral part in altering the monstrosity of the creatures and highlighting their vulnerability.
Soumyajit is currently whetting his tiger tracking skills especially in the Indian Sunderban, exploring the enigmatic mangroves in a whole new light and bringing the wildlife lovers one step closer to the exotic species of Indian Sunderban not only this but also he shares his knowledge with the clients to ensure that they understand better and the awareness is propagated properly. Having said this, it is needless to mention that not only the tigers of Sunderban, Soumyajit’s erudition about other species of the land of Sundari trees is no doubt remarkable for he has acquired such extensive understanding by spending substantial amount of time in the mysterious mangroves, thus playing a key role in rebuilding the forests and providing protection to its inhabitants.
“Love looks not with the eyes, But with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
His love for tigers is unfathomable. The books of Sir Jim Corbett and of course the wanderlust always made him yearn to be at one with nature, the very thought of observing and photographing the majestic Bengal tigers “filled up his senses like a storm in the desert”, the burning eyes of the majestic beast have lured him to leave his job as an IT professional and made him delve deep into the tangled heart of the forests and breath in the redolence of the jungles. Managing partner, Tamanud Mitra developed a strong understanding of nature and its components, first from the books of Sir Jim Corbett and then by absorbing the jungle lore in the Indian jungles over a considerable period of time, his perseverance and strong determination to walk on the path of his long cherished dream have led him into being an excellent, self-taught tiger tracker and a good enough photographer.