Journeys on the Elephant is an exclusive safari on
elephant back through the famous Corbett Tiger
Reserve, India's first and one of its finest Tiger
Reserve. Nesting in the foothills of the Mighty
Himalayas, the Corbett Tiger Reserve lies mainly in
the hilly districts of Nainital, Almora and Pauri
Garhwal in the state of Uttaranchal. The Safari is a
great combination of various ways to observe
wildlife, the main attraction being riding the
Pachyderm for a whole week. The Safari starts from
the Northeastern periphary of the reserve from the
Durgadevi gate and continuous along the northern
boundary ending at Halduparao on the northwestern
boundary. Besides traveling on the elephant the tour
plan includes various activities including Game
drives into the national park and Bird watching
hikes, Village visits, Visits to various tribes in
the area, learning to ride the elephant, elephant
baths to name a few.
The Journey begins as we enter the Ramganga valley
and onwards crossing over to the Mandal valley,
covering some varied tracts of forest and ending in
the Beautiful Forest Resthouse of Halduparao in the
Palain Valley. The wildlife observed on the trip
also varies as we pass through different terriens
and some mammal species that can be sighted are the
Elephant, Spotted deer, Barking deer, Sambar, Ghoral
(Mountain goat), Rhesus & Langur monkey, Wild boar,
Jackal, Civets, Porcupine, etc. The Rare ones
include the Bengal Tiger, Leopard and a variety of
lesser cats, Hog deer, Sloth & Himalayan black bear.
The Mugger or fresh water crocodile, Gharial,
Otters, turtles and a variety of fishes (Mahseer,
Goonch, Trout, etc.) are seen in and around the
Ramganga River. Reptile species include Monitor
Lizard, king Cobra, Python, etc.
Corbett is also a bird watchers paradise and some of
the Avian attractions include a Varity of
Woodpeckers, Kingfishers, Hornbills Parakeets,
Shrikes, Barbets, Drongos, Minivets, Storks,
Partridge and various Birds of Prey.
Sample Tour Plan [Nine Days and Eight Nights- Nov to
Day One [Arrive at Wild Jungle Lodge]
Depart Delhi early morning. Arrive
at the Wild Jungle Lodge by lunch. Evening walk to
the surrounding forest and riverside to observe the
flora and fauna of the area. Back to camp by sundown
for campfire barbecue. Dinner and overnight at Camp.
Day Two [Wild Jungle Lodge to Lohachaur]
Early morning game drive by jeep
from Camp to the Durgadevi gate and enter the tiger
reserve on the Elephants. The journey takes you
through a stretch of about 16 Kms through the
Ramganga valley to Lohachaur - 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 hope to
encounter a variety of wildlife. 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 Lohachaur by
evening. Overnight in the forest rest house / tents.
Day Three [Lohachaur 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
Day Four [Kanda to Dhikala and back]
Early morning game drives into the
national park with packed breakfast. Lunch at
Dhikala and evening game drive back to Kanda.
Overnight in the forest rest house/ tents
Day Five [Kanda to Mundiapani]
Early morning depart by jeeps to
Rathuadhab forest rest house where we meet the
Elephants and the Mahouts. Breakfast at Rathuadhab
and onward we travel on the elephant to Mundiapani
Forest Rest house. Overnight in the forest rest
Day Six [Mundiapani to Gujjar Dera ( Palain Valley)]
Early morning ride the Elephants
towards the Palain valley. Breakfast at Vatanvasa
gate. After breakfast we carry on upstream along the
Palain River. Arrive at the Gujjar dera by lunch.
The rest of the afternoon is spent with the Gujjars
- a semi nomadic tribe that is also the most
prominent tribe in the area. Overnight at the Gujjar
dera in tents.
Day Seven [Gujjar Dera to Haldupardao]
Early morning ride the Elephants
downstream on the Palain River towards Haldupardao
Forest rest house. 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 tents.
Day Eight [Haldupardao to
Wild Jungle Lodge
Depart for Delhi]
Wake up at leisure. Bid goodbye to
the Elephants, Mahouts and the rest of the team and
depart for Wild Jungle Lodge after breakfast. Arrive
Wild Jungle Lodge for lunch. Day free for relax and
walks across Kosi river .Overnight stay Wild Jungle
Day Nine [Wild
Jungle Lodge Depart
Wake up at leisure. After Brunch,
Bid goodbye to the Naturalist and the rest of the
staff at Wild Jungle Lodge after breakfast. Arrive
at Delhi by evening.
Transport used from Delhi- Rudrapur/ Kathgodaam and
back to Delhi from Ramnagar/ Rudrapur/ Kathgodam is
AC Coach/ Train. Form Kathgodaam Regular Cab.
Best time to visit Corbett National Park India is
between Mid-October to May End.
Bird and animal sightings depend greatly on season,
timing, and patience.
Sightings mentioned in the itinerary are only a
guide and cannot be guaranteed.
You may ask for the Inclusion list with the
available Itinerary at the time of Reservation.
Cost of the package:
150 USD per pax/per day on minimum 04 full per
per pax/per day on minimum 02 full per person
on Single supplement /per day.
NOTE: This is combination trip including game drives
by 4X4 jeeps, elephant rides and nature hikes. The
whole trip would be escorted with our resident
naturalist, kitchen staff and camp staff. The costs
include all boarding and lodging as mentioned and
all activities as mentioned in the tour plan.
Mineral water and alcoholic beverages are not
included in the cost.
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Corbett Park and Uttarakhand, email at