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An exclusive elephant safari in the periphery areas of Corbett Tiger reserve - the Elephant Safari takes you through mysterious thick forests, deep valleys and the rugged trails that offer a lingering thrill to the adventure seeker. This is enhancing by the cultural enigma of the land.
We take you to this thrilling elephant safari in the style of yesteryears, from the first ray of the rising sun to evening's deepest glow; the landscape unravels the untaught harmony of the primitive wild. The grandeur of the' British Raj' is relived in old forest rest houses (FRH) built in 1890's, which compliment the aura with lanterns and fireplaces instead of electricity supplemented with hot buckets baths to add to your comforts .To satiate the jungle appetite you are accompanied by our cook specializing in Indian and continental cuisine. For transport and back up service we provide 4 WD jeeps that are best suited for the rugged terrain of Corbett.
The 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 a language-speaking naturalist accompanies you.
Durgadevi, Lohachaur, Rathuadhab, Mondiapani, Halduparao.
Like most of North India, Corbett has three seasons -
Winter (November to February)
Summer (March to June)
Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Met upon arrival in Delhi and transferred to your hotel
Stay at The Hans Plaza for two nights.
(Standard grade modern hotel)
Day 02 Delhi
Enjoy a sightseeing of Old Delhi in the morning.
(Including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk)
Enjoy a sightseeing of New Delhi in the afternoon.
(Including the Qutb Minar, Humayun's tomb and Lutyen's buildings)
Day 03 Delhi - Corbett
Early morning depart by surface for Corbett (296 kilometres, approximately 7 hours driving distance).
Stay at Hotel The Claridges Corbett Hideaway for the night.
Standard grade resort
Day 04 Corbett - Durgadevi - Mandal - Lohachaur
After breakfast travel by jeep to Durgadevi from where you start your elephant safari. The elephant departs from Durgadevi following the traditional routes of the Gujjar - wandering shepherds of the high Himalayas who trade with Tibet. They take salt and tea during their summer migration and return with Tibetan arts and crafts with their flocks of sheep to spend the winter at Corbett Tiger Reserve. You may come across their camps on the way, usually guarded by the ever-loyal "Bhutia" dogs. These animals are known to keep even a tiger at bay!
Your nature guide / tracker will point our wildlife hiding in the thickets.
By mid-morning, you will reach the banks of the Ramganga River where it meets the Mandal River before entering Corbett National Park. This is an ideal spot for the famous game fish - masher, we can make arrangements (if notified in advance) you can enjoy swimming or paddling in the river before lunch. Packed lunch is carried with you and usually consists of "puri bhaji" (spiced potato with Indian bread) or as specified.
In the afternoon, the safari takes you up the Mandal to a beautiful "chaur" (grassland). Here you may spot a herd of chital grazing or even elephants. You will arrive at your camp before dark. This forest bungalow is at Loha Chaur, which is protected by an elephant moat. During the monsoons, herds of elephant usually visit this bungalow and cause damage to it.
After tea and biscuit, you can enjoy a hot bath; hot water is brought in buckets! Relax and watch the mahouts prepare dinner for your elephants. As darkness falls you may sit around a campfire chatting with friends or your guide about the day's adventure or enjoy a drink before dinner. Dinner consists of very simple but wholesome food. Winter nights are cold in the hills. Now is the time when the denizens of the presence of a predator. Overnight in the tented accommodation at Lohachaur.
Day 05 Lohachaur - Mandal - Ranthuadhab
You wake up to the signing of a variety of birds. The morning air in the jungle is crisp and fresh. Have a steaming cup of tea before breakfast and you start off early, as it is more rewarding. You may spot chital returning to thick forest after having spent the night feeding in the open `chaurs` You may even catch a glimpse of a tiger returning after night's hunt. Your elephant will follow game paths through the jungle before entering the Mandal Valley. This is the most picturesque valley in the Himalayas. 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 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 to Ranthuadhab where your camp has been set up for the night.
Day 06 Ranthuadhab - Sonanadi Sanctuary - Mondiapani
This is the most exciting day as you visit Sonanadi (River of Gold) Sanctuary. A heaven for wildlife, this sanctuary has recently been included in the Corbett Tiger Reserve because of 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. There is old forest rest house here where you can stretch your legs and have a quick lunch.
After lunch your safari continues through the most beautiful part of your trip. Because of the bamboo forests here, one can expect the wild elephants in this path. 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 bank 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.
Day 07 Mondiapani - Corbett
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.
Stay at the The Claridges Corbett Hideaway for the night. On the way, stop for lunch at one of the forest bungalows.
Day 08 Corbett - Delhi / Onward Destination
Morning is at leisure.
Later travel by car to Delhi (296 kilometres, approximately 7 hours driving distance)
Transfer to the International Airport in time to board your flight to onward destination.
Day 09 Delhi / Onward Destination
Fly Delhi / Onward Destination