DAY 01 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Halduparao
This 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 the FRH.
DAY 05 : 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 Rishikesh after breakfast.