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Guided by Varun Chopra
About this experience
This experience will take you to some of the lesser explored areas of Corbett Tiger reserve which are not flooded with tourists but have plenty in wildlife. The experience of being in the raw nature, looking at captivating views of pristine forest and priviledge of being at locations away from human pollution is in itself a privilege. In this part of forest you will have to track animals using skills and reading signs of the jungles as here you don’t have the privilege of getting much information on animal spotting from other tourists. As we say, Corbett is an experience and not just merely seeing the animals, this will take you on a journey like never experienced before.
Upon arrival, meet and greet at Ramnagar (Around 10:30 am) and board your four wheel drive for a journey to pristine forest. You will head towards Durgadevi gate of Corbett National Park passing through kosi river basin and garjia temple. Durgadevi gate is apporximately 24 kms from Ramnagar. Enter the forest (lohachaur tourism zone) from Durgadevi gate. You can enjoy the richness of forest passing through Sal forest, open meadows and river beds. You will cross Ramganga and Mandal rivers on the way. Have your packed lunch at Lohachaur forest rest house.Start your journey towards Maidawan gate. You will have fair chances of spotting wildlife while crossing Lohachaur tourism zone as the area is fairly rich in wildlife. If lucky you may also apot a Ghoral or Blue sheep, which is found in the area. Maidawan gate is approximately 10 kms from the guest house. Exit from Maidawan gate of Corbett Tiger Reserve and drive almost 30 kms on the road on the periphery of the forest. Here you will drive along the villages of Kumaon and get a fair idea about the culture of Kumaon. You can try a cup of tea in Kumaoni style on the way. Arrive Vatanvasa gate of Corbett Tiger reserve and start your journey towards your forest rest house, which is going to be your home for next 2 days. While travelling towards your rest house read the signs of wildlife or alarm calls if any. The area has very good population fo elephants and tigers and you can also see signs of presence of leopards in terms of pugmarks or scratch marks on the trees. Most of your drive to the rest house will be along the Sonanadi river. The rest house is located on the bank of palain river just before it meets Sonanadi river. The area has abundance of water supporting wildlife in the area.
Early morning wakeup call and after a cup of tea in the fresh air, start for you morning safari. You can plan your safari towards Kakri dhang, which is on the edge of ramganag reservior, the backwaters of ramganga river. Kakri dhang has open meadows and grasslands for supporting herbivorous animals in the area. You can often see heards of elephants crossing the river at kakari dhang. Or depending upon the alrm calls, and signs in the jungle you can also plan your safari towards mandalti sot, which is the crossing area for lot of animals. It is not a bad idea to sip packed tea while waiting for the animals or alarm calls.
Back to the lodge for breakfast. Post breakfast, spend some time with yourself meditating having the feel of freshness in the air. The pure air in the surrondings will pump in your lungs and you can feel the difference in energy levels. Have your lunch at the rest house.
Post lunch start your evening safari. In this area of park you will have to track animals using your skills or your driver’s skills. Since this area is not flooded with tourists, you may not have information from other tourist vehicles about presence of animals in a particular area, unlike in other tourism areas of Corbett National Park. If your tracking skills are good and luck favours you, you may be rewarded with good signtings of carnivore. Unlike other zones of Corbett National Park or other parks in the coutry, here if you spot a tiger or a leopord, your gypsy is likely going to be alone and there is an all together differnet feel and thrill of spotting a big cat without disturbance of other vehilces.
Once back at the lodge, you can enjoy evenings gazing at zillions of starts visible under the clear sky.
Early morning wake up call and tea, pack your luggage and and board your four wheel drive checking out of forest lodge. Spend some time in the forest for safari and then say good bye to the beautiful forest. Take the same route on the way back entering from maidawan gate passing throught lohachaur tourism zone. Take your chances of spotting wildife on the way back. Exit from Durgadevi gate and reach Ramnagar by lunch time.
How to reach
Camp starts at Ramnagar. Assistance on arrival & departure at Ramnagar is provided. Distance between New Delhi to Ramnagar is 252 km by Road.
About your host :
I have been an avid wildlife enthusiast since I knew how to travel alone. Although I'm not from Garhwal, I have roamed these parts extensively over the past decade. The Himalayan foothills have always been close to heart, Mr. Jim Corbett and Ruskin Bond ensured that. Unfortunately most of the Corbett area has been slandered by mindless resort building but I have managed to keep hold of my piece of paradise. These parts that we'll explore are rarely visited by tourists and you ll most probably not see a single one during your stay. I want to take you to a place where the romanticism of the jungle remains intact and the simple pleasures are all that matter. The sheer simplicity of life in these parts are straight out of a Ruskin Bond short story. I'd like to share all of this and more with fellow travel enthusiasts. I look forward to hosting you and sharing with you Garhwal as I see it, as it was meant to be.
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Terms and conditions :
15th Nov to 15th June 2017.
No refund on cancellation.
Bookings preferably to be made at least 60 days prior to date of arrival.
Check in time – 12:00 noon, Check out time – 10:00 am (For the forest rest house).
Accommodation / Electricity / Water supply / Housekeeping / other services are provided by forest department. We do not hold any responsibility in case any of the above is not up to the mark. We are just tour operators and enhance booking procedure for the rest house.
No refund on cancellationIn case of early check in and late check out, rooms will be provided as per the check in and checkout timings of forest department mentioned above. Only the additional safari and permissions are a part of it.
In case of non availability of rooms, 100% refund would be provided.
Children above 11 years would be treated as adults.
Tour starts and ends at ramnagar (Corbett tiger reserve office).
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