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Elephant Safari India
way to explore the park is through the "Elephant Safari". Undisturbed
by the mechanical roar of a car or jeep, open to the skies, accompanied only by
the rhythmic scuff-scuff-scuff of elephant's feet and the creaks of the wooden
howdah. The occasional booming of wild elephants to each other in close proximity
can make you hang on tight to the wooden pole of the howdah. The ride can be a
mix of moments of pure terror interspersed with long period of Uttar peace.
Corbett Hideaway Elephant Safari, an exclusive elephant safari in the periphery
areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve takes you through mysterious thick forests, deep
valleys and rugged trails that offer a lingering thrill to the adventure seeker.
This is enhanced by the cultural enigma of the land.
We take you on this
thrilling sojourn in the same way the royalty of yore did, centuries ago. From
the first ray of the rising sun to the evening's deepest glow; the landscape unravels
the untaught harmony of the primitive wild. The grandeur of the "British
Raj" is relived in an old forest rest house (FRH) built in the late nineteenth
century. The aura created compliments the aura of the past century when lanterns
and fireplaces were used instead of electricity and where hot bucket baths were
the only way to supplement your comforts.
Whilst you are in Corbett,
the mountain air will make you hungry and to satiate this "jungle" appetite,
our specialty chefs will dish out just that ensemble. The emphasis is on freshness
of produce, so whether it is that Indian dish or that Continental fare you have
asked for, to our chefs its all in the day's passion.
We encourage our
guests to travel well prepared, this ensures that we are able to organise their
logistics with ease. To ensure this all transport and back end logistics is done
on 4WD jeeps that are best suited for the rugged terrain of Corbett.
abundant Airborne Species, the mysterious wild and the picturesque valley come
together to offer a romantic hitherto unseen, unheard or untold. To enhance this
unique experience an English-speaking naturalist accompanies you through out your
trip. 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.
: Dhikala Forest Rest House
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
: 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
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.
: 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 Delhi after breakfast. PRICE
USD 1350.00 Trip Inclusions
inside Rathuadab/Halduparao forest rest houses (FRH) are basic on Twin/Triple
sharing basis with non-flushing, Indian style toilets. Our support team comprises
of 6 persons including Naturalist, Driver, Attendant & Chef apart from the
mahout (elephant rider) who is there to assist you for the duration of your wilderness
delight. The resort will provide for all back end logistics including boarding
& lodging, meals, linen & bath room accessories. We do serve Continental
cuisines on the trip. Please do enquire for any special meal preferences. We would
only be too happy to entertain such requests. Conditions Apply.
Fishing Safari Corbett
Sustainable angling, as opposed to intensive fishing, benefits conservation of
prized fishes like mahseer. Angling is allowed in certain areas in the buffer
region of Corbett after taking permits from the Forest Department.
of the fascinating narration's of Jim Corbett in his book "Man Eaters of
Kumaon" is about his fishing holidays for Mahseer (barbus tour), in a river
that flowed through a beautiful wooded valley. When Corbett was fishing, the air
was filled with the fragrance of flora and songs of a multitude of birds. Corbett
opined that angling in such an atmosphere is a sport fit for kings. After catching
a 50 lb. mahseer, he concluded that the sublime surroundings in which he had caught
the fish will not be forgotten, and will draw him back to this valley, which to
date still unspoiled by the hand of man. His descriptions fit well with the Ramganga
The Mahseer is a fresh water scaly fish, which can attain a huge
size, and shows more sport for its size than a Salmon and therefore is considered
the best sport fish in the world. Mahseer quite avidly takes to bait such as spoon,
plug, fly and live fish, are omnivorous in feeding habits - eating snails, crabs
and weeds like algae, etc. Etymology of Mahseer suggests the word could mean a
fish with "lion's gameness" and "fish par excellence".
Experts have identified about six species in India, but no detailed information
on the present status and distribution of these species is available. Though fisherman
consider consider the Golden or Himalayan Mahseer (tor putitora) as the main species
available on the Ramganga / Kosi rivers, besides the Silver and Black Mahseer.
Goonch (bagaraus bagarius), a fresh water scavenger is also another species that
thrives in these rivers.
The challenge and thrill of an encounter with
the Mahseer attracts anglers from all over the world. It offers a holiday with
a fish, which not only rules the Indian waters like the tiger does the jungle,
but also fights the way, no one can. Best Time
& April - June is the best season to venture out for fishing in the Himalayan
region. However, there is ample scope for angling that can be enjoyed even throughout
the year in India. The Process
The time to angle the big Mahseer
is when they return after breeding to chase the shoals of minnows. Angling the
Mahseer is a virtual battle of strength, tact and speed. On overcast days the
fish tend not to bite in the regular places, therefore try out new places. Use
'hing' in your bait made of paste. Let the bait lie in a deep pool next to a big
rapid and remember, patience is the virtue of the angler when fishing with ground
bait. With fly you can land upto 50 pounds fly fish in the calmer areas around
Remember there is more oxygen in rapids and the big ones are
in and around these. Don't try and stop the first run, hold the line tight let
the fish complete its first run. Remember the fish can see you, therefore make
sure you avoid its eye. Do not disturb the water where you intend to fish, as
the fish can hear any disturbances on the surface. Patiently sit it out and try
for other fish.
In a snag the line remains constantly in one place but
if a big fish is on the line then the line will keep moving on water and will
not stay in one place. If the line is snagged don't pull or you will snap your
line but if the fish is on the line and is not snagged then try to wear it out,
before it tires you into making a mistake. Keep fighting and reeling in, never
let the fish rest. Learn the importance of pumping your rod and keep your reel
properly oiled. Also try and discard a shredded line.
- Should you be staying at The Corbett Hideaway or The Corbett River View Retreat
for a brief period of 02 nights or 03 nights & love to indulge in sport fishing
besides your Game View Drives, Our Naturalist recommend 02 or 03 sessions, depending
on your continued interest of sport fishing in rivers of Kosi & Ramganga covering
Jamun & Domunda beat.
For die-hard anglers, a long haul itinerary
is suggested covering all the major rivers & seasonal streams. Having written
that we would invite the interest from individual anglers to suggest an itinerary
& thus details on all other aspects. It requires our Naturalist to do prior
survey of the rivers that you would be angling at & update you with latest
weather conditions. Just to give you an idea, we are producing one of the itinerary
that we followed for our guest recently. Day 01 : The Corbett Hideaway/
The Corbett River View Retreat Day 02 : The Corbett Hideaway
Day 03 : Bhikya Sain, fish home pools afternoon & evening. O/N The
Camp Day 04 : Fish Upper Bhikya Sein and Jainal beats. O/N The
Camp Day 05 : Drive to The Camp 5 Elements, Rest. O/N The Camp
5 Elements Day 06 : Fish Badghat - Jamun beat. O/N The Camp 5
Elements Day 07 : Fish Jamun - Domunda beat in Park buffer zone.
O/N The Camp 5 Elements
Day 08 : Fish Domunda beat morning session,
drive back for The Corbett Hideaway/ The Corbett River View Retreat
PLACES FOR FISHING Ramganga
The largest of the precious
few perennial sources of water in the Park. A rain-fed river originating near
Gairsain in the Lesser Himalayas, the Ramganga traverses more than 100 km before
entering Corbett near Marchula. Inside the Park it flows roughly from east to
west for 40 km till Kalagarh where it enters the plains. During this run through
the Park it gathers waters from the Palain, Mandal and Sonanadi rivers.
dam on the Ramganga at Kalagarh (built in the mid-1970s) forms a reservoir of
about 80 sq. km. area, the backwaters of which reach till Dhikala.
Ramganga is inhabited by key aquatic species like Mahseer fish, the endangered
gharials, mugger crocodiles, otters and turtles. Many species of birds, like kingfishers,
fish-eagles, terns and storks depend on the Ramganga. During winters the Ramganga
reservoir attracts many migratory bird species, especially waterbirds from Europe
and Central Asia.
The road from Dhangarhi to Dhikala runs along the Ramganga
for most of its length. Kosi
The Kosi is a perennial river
like the Ramganga and its catchment lies partially in Corbett NP. From Mohan through
Dhikuli till Ramnagar, the Kosi forms the eastern boundary of Corbett National
Park. Even though the Kosi does not enter the Park boundary, wild animals from
Corbett use it for drinking especially during pinch periods.
is strewn with boulders and its flow is erratic and often changes course. Kosi
is notorious for its unpredictable and damaging torrents during monsoon.
Like Ramganga, the Kosi too is inhabited by mahseer and attracts migratory
birds. At places Kosi has steep cliffs flanking its banks. At such spots one can
see goral, the goat-like creatures, grazing on precipitous slopes. Sonanadi
The Sonanadi is an important tributary of the Ramganga. Named after this
river the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary adjoins Corbett National Park and forms
an important part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. The Sonanadi enters the Park from
the northwest direction and meets the Ramganga at the reservoir.
name 'Sonanadi' means 'river of gold'. At one time grains of gold, found in the
alluvial deposits washed down from the higher areas, were extracted from the bed
sand by sieving, washing and mercury treatment. Mandal and Palain
The Mandal rises in the eastern heights in Talla Salan in Chamoli district.
Forming a part of the northeastern boundary, Mandal flows for 32 km and joins
the Ramganga at Domunda a little distance above Gairal. During the dry season,
the Mandal contains very little water but during the monsoons it turns into a
furious torrent. It forms a vital breeding ground for the endangered mahseer.
The Palain is the third important tributary of the Ramganga and enters
the Park from a northern direction. It meets the Ramganga about 3 km north of
the submerged Boxar settlement at the Ramganga reservoir.