Elephant Safari Corbett
Duration : 08 nights / 09 days
Places Covered : Delhi - Corbett - Durgadevi Gate - Lohachur - Kanda - Dhikala - Haldupurao - Delhi
08 Nights/ 09 Days safari by road and elephant 01 Night in Delhi - 07 Nights in Corbett National Park Highlight of this tour is exploring the first National Park of India Corbett National Park on elephants back, is the northern most territory of endangered Asian elephant.
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi to Corbett
Depart Delhi early morning. Arrive at the Corbett by lunch. Evening walk escorted by our resident naturalist into the surrounding forest to observe the flora and fauna of the area. Back to camp/lodge by sundown for campfire and barbecue. Dinner and overnight at Camp.
Day 03 : Durgadevi to Lohachur
Early morning depart for the Durgadevi gate by jeeps. Meet the Elephants and their Mahouts and enter the tiger reserve through the Durgadevi Gate. The journey takes us through a stretch of about 16 Kms through the Ramganga valley to Lohachur - an Old forest rest house built in the early 1900's.
Enroute you shall pass through some excellent patches of fern laden moist sub tropical jungles and would encounter a variety of wildlife and birdlife. Lunch is served at Domunda - The confluence point of the Ramganga and Mandal rivers. Post lunch we trudge up the Mandal valley where we visit the 'Chunars' - a Hill tribe who carve pots out of wood. Arrive at Lohachur by evening. Overnight in the forest rest house / safari tents.
Day 04 : At Lohachur
Early morning Elephant safari along the Mandal River. Back to the Camp for breakfast. Drive to Domunda post breakfast drive to Ramganga River. The Ramganga River is famous for the Mighty Mahasheer - a great sport fish. Picnic lunch by the river. Post lunch join the Elephants for a dip in the river. After a refreshing cup of tea, ride the elephants back to the Lohachur . Arrive at Lohachur by evening. Overnight in the forest rest house / safari tents.
Day 05 : Lohachur to Kanda
Depart early morning upstream along the Mandal River towards Maidavan chowki. The Mandal River forms a part of the northern boundary of the tiger reserve. Breakfast enroute. Post breakfast travel on through small hamlets and patches of thick Sal forest to arrive at Maidavan chowki. Lunch is served at Maidavan and post lunch we drive in jeeps to Kanda the Highest forest rest house in the Tiger reserve. Kanda located atop a ridge on the Shivalik ranges is at an altitude of about 1100 mtrs and commands a breathtaking view of the Dhikala chaur and the Ramganga reservoir. Overnight in the forest rest house/safari tents.
Day 06 : Kanda to Dhikala and back
Early morning game drive into the national park with a packed breakfast. Explore the Grassland and some excellent Sal forest on the drive to Dhikala. Lunch at Dhikala and evening game drive back to Kanda. Overnight in the forest rest house/ safari tents.
Day 07 : Kanda to Haldupurao (Palain Valley)
Early morning breakfast and depart by jeeps to the Vatanvasa Gate, where we meet the Elephants and the Mahouts. Board the Elephants and carry on downstream along the Palain River. This is pure Elephant country and one can expect to see Elephant herds besides other wildlife enroute. Arrive at the Haldupardao Forest rest house by noon. Post lunch a game drive into the Sonanadi wildlife sanctuary - a buffer sanctuary to the Corbett National Park. Overnight in the forest rest house and safari tents.
Day 08 : At Haldupardao
Early morning Elephant safari along the Palain River. Back to Haldupurao for Breakfast. Post Breakfast travel by Elephants/ jeeps to a Gujjar dera (a Gujjar Settlement), the Gujjars are a semi nomadic tribe that coexist in these forest. They are Cattle Herdsmen and depend on these forests for cattle fodder, for which reason they also face a lot of criticism. Warm people by heart they are great host and we spend the rest of the afternoon with them sharing experiences of their lifestyles. Hot lunch at the Gujjar dera. Back to Haldupurao by evening.
Day 09 : Haldupardao to Delhi
Bid goodbye to the Elephants, Mahouts, Naturalist and the rest of the team and depart for Delhi after breakfast. Packed lunch enroute. Arrive at Delhi via Kotdwar by evening in time to connect international flight.
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