Day 01 : Delhi - Corbett : O/N The Corbett Hideaway
Arrival and check in at The Corbett Hideaway. After a welcome drink and an
orientation, our caring and indulgent personnel will escort you to your
cottage. After a sumptuous buffet lunch, the time in the afternoon is to be
utilized for a jungle trek. The evenings are used as an orientation to the
geographical area you are in through a cultural folk show and a talk/slide
show on the Corbett Tiger Reserve.
Day 02 : Corbett : O/N Dhikala Forest Rest House.
Breakfast is served at 6:00 a.m. Experience the magic of the game view
drive inside the National Park on the trail of a tiger. Drive along the
Ramganga River looking for the fish eating gharial and marsh crocodiles. One
can also observe 5 species of Kingfishers, Pallas & Himalayan Grey
headed fishing eagles, Osprey, Crested serpent eagle and of course different
species of mammals.
Arrive in Dhikala, the natural setting is awesome and the location is
picturesque. Lunch/rest/relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the grassland
area and its abundant wildlife. The elephant ride from Dhikala provides
another opportunity for viewing the wildlife in close proximity. The
overnight stay is at the Dhikala FRH.
Day 03 : O/N Rathuadab Forest Guest House.
Wake up with the song of birds. The morning air in the jungle is crisp and
fresh. After a steaming cup of tea before breakfast, start your day early,
as it could be more rewarding with better sightings. One may spot the chital
deer returning to the thick forests after having spent the night feeding in
the open "chaurs". One might even chance upon a tiger, (if one's
lucky) returning after a night's hunt. Your elephant will follow the game
paths through the jungle before entering the Mandal Valley. This is one of
the most picturesque valleys in the Himalayas, where the Mandal River flows
through thick forest up to Maidavan where it reaches an old forest "chowky"
(guard post). You stop there for lunch and a short rest.
The afternoon safari takes you up a wooded hillside, which is ideal for
bird watching. You descend into the same valley, which has high mountains
and thick forests. The lower reaches are dotted with farmhouses surrounded
by lush terraced rice fields. You follow the Mandal River to Rathuadhab
where your camp has been set up for the night.
Day 04 : O/N Halduparao.
is the most exciting day as you visit Sonanadi Sanctuary (River of Gold). A
heaven for wildlife, this sanctuary has recently been included in the
Corbett Tiger Reserve because of the abundance of game. On the morning
Safari, your elephant follows the old bridle path used by British officers
who traveled on horses, (their ladies followed in palanquins carried by camp
followers) through the Palain river valley to Mondiapani. This old forest
rest house is used as a stop to stretch ones legs and a quick lunch.
After lunch your safari continues through one of the most beautiful parts
of your trip. In the bamboo forests here, one can expect to come across wild
elephants. This sanctuary has the largest concentration of elephants. Herds
of elephants gather here to satisfy their enormous appetite by feeding on
the tender green bamboo. The Palain River is perennial and provides
essential water for elephants. Your camp here is on the banks of the river.
There is a "Machan" (watch tower) from where you can safely view
the game coming to drink and bathe in the river. The stay overnight is at
Day 05 : O/N The Corbett Hideaway
(You sleep late today!). And after a leisurely breakfast, bid good-bye to
your elephant and the mahout. Your jeep will take you back through another
part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve to The Corbett Hideaway. On your way back,
stop for lunch at one of the forest bungalows enroute. You will arrive at
your destination before dusk, just in time to enjoy dinner and watch a
Kumaoni cultural show. The stay overnight is at the resort.
Day 06 : Leave for Delhi after breakfast.
Trip Inclusions :
The accommodations inside Rathuadab/Halduparao forest rest houses (FRH) are
basic on Twin/Triple sharing basis with non-flushing, Indian style toilets.
Our support team comprises of 6 persons including Naturalist, Driver,
Attendant & Chef apart from the mahout (elephant rider) who is there to
assist you for the duration of your wilderness delight. The resort will
provide for all back end logistics including boarding & lodging, meals,
linen & bath room accessories. We do serve Continental cuisines on the
trip. Please do enquire for any special meal preferences. We would only be
too happy to entertain such requests. Conditions Apply.