One Week in Corbett’s Tiger Land
Duration: 06 Nights & 07 Days
Destinations: Corbett National Park (Dhikala Forest Lodge, Tiger Camp, Riverine Woods) & Pangot
Best Time: November to April
Tour Code: CPS-TL67
Day 01: Corbett National Park
Meals: Lunch at Tiger Camp & Dinner in Dhikala
Connect overnight air-conditioned train the previous night from Old Delhi railway station at 2245 hours. Arrival at Ramnagar today at 0500 hours. You will be met at the station. Wash & Change, Breakfast at Tiger Camp (optional). OR Drive from Delhi or Dehradun, arriving at Tiger Camp by noon for lunch.
Drive onward to Dhangarhi gate for entry to Dhikala tourism zone in a 4WD. Visit the Interpretation Centre. Jeep safari through the stately dense Sal jungle and the wildlife adventure of Corbett park begins. Jeep safari by the lower jungle track along the Ramganga River accompanied by an expert guide. A great opportunity for viewing wildlife, especially the tiger in its natural habitat. Cross the river at Gethia Rao Bridge for the Kanda Range, where Jim Corbett shot the famous Kanda man-eater. Arrive at the main tourist complex, Dhikala. Lunch and relax a bit in the serene, lingering quietness of the park and capture the panoramic expanse on your camera. Visit one of the best wildlife libraries of India.
You will be given an elephant ride, if available otherwise an afternoon safari on a track along the periphery of the core area. An exciting drive through the unforgettable, sylvan beauty of the Khinanauli range offers wildlife viewing in plenty and a chance sighting of the elusive tiger. Return to the tourist complex. Film show on wildlife. Dinner and overnight stay. Please note that the accommodation in Dhikala is not luxurious.
Day 02: Corbett National Park
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch at Dhikala, Dinner at Tiger Camp
If you have not done an elephant ride the previous afternoon, you will be taken on an elephant in the morning (optional and subject to availability) through the open grasslands and dense forests by an unconventional route. Return for breakfast, and then again drive by jeep to the scenic lake area – wait a while for a chance to sight the marsh crocodile basking in the sun. Visit the Jhirnajhali area for viewing the famous gavial – fish eating crocodile. After lunch, drive back to Tiger Camp. The drive is a safari in itself. Arrive at Tiger Camp for early dinner. Overnight stay in comfortable cottages / rooms.
Day 03: Corbett National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Tiger Camp
Morning safari through the open chaurs (grasslands) and mixed forests in Bijrani Range Forest, a safari that would last about 3-4 hours. Return for breakfast. After lunch you may opt for an elephant ride at Tiger Camp and you will have ample time to study the behaviour of this magnificent and intelligent mammal. Or you may go bird watching with a guide. Overnight stay in comfortable cottages / rooms.
Day 04: Corbett National Park
Meals: Breakfast at Tiger Camp, Lunch & Dinner at Riverine Woods
Breakfast at Tiger Camp. Drive onward to Balluli Bridge for a walk to Riverine Woods (2 km; the wildest lodge!). Cross the river at Balluli Bridge for the Kanda Range, where Jim Corbett shot the famous Kanda man-eater. Arrive at the Riverine Woods. Lunch and relax a bit in the serene, lingering quietness of the jungle and capture the panoramic expanse on your camera. Rest of the day go for long walks, for wildlife tracking and birding with a guide. Bar-be-que dinner and overnight stay in a cottage.
Day 05: Corbett National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Riverine Woods
Walks for wildlife tracking and birding with a guide. The days are spent experiencing real wilderness of Corbett National Park. Bar-be-que dinner and overnight stay in a cottage.
Day 06: Corbett National Park-Pangot
Meals: Breakfast in Riverine Woods, Lunch at Tiger Camp & Dinner in Pangot
Drive back to Tiger Camp at a slow pace, this is a wildlife safari in itself. Arrive at Tiger Camp for lunch. After lunch, drive to Pangot in the evening through the Himalayan roads (2.5 hours; 2000m). Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.
Day 07: Pangot-Train
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Pangot
Early morning birding in Pangot. One can see crested woodpeckers such as greater yellownape, scaly-breasted, speckled piculet etc. Large flocks of slaty-headed parakeets, numerous spotted and oriental turtle doves, grey bushchat, russet sparrow. Cuckoo: indian, oriental, large-hawk and Eurasian. Large-billed crow, grey treepie, black-headed jay, maroon oriole, large cuckoo shrike, tits such as rufous-naped, black-throated & yellow-browed and smaller numbers of black-lored and green-backed. White-tailed nuthatches, chestnut bellied nuthatches and bar-tailed treecreeper.
You would enjoy the Himalayan oak jungles and breath taking views of the snow clad central Himalayan peaks. Visit ‘the very British’ Nainital town in the afternoon where one can enjoy the British hill architecture, a boat ride in Naini Lake, shopping on the mall road, a cable car ride to the highest point etc. You will be transferred to Kathgodam railway station to connect overnight air-conditioned train at 2030 hours, arriving old Delhi railway station the next morning at 0500 hours. OR drive back to Delhi (8 hours) at noon, arriving in the evening.
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