Destinations Covered : Delhi – Corbett National Park – Delhi
Corbett National Park, established in 1936 with the core area of 308 sq km, is one of the best wildlife resource in India and a worthy weekend getaway from New Delhi. The national park provides shelter to exotic flora and fauna. In the year
1974, the national park was the first Indian national park to inaugurate ‘Project Tiger’, a program initiated with the motive to save the royal predators ‘tiger’. The park was formerly known as ‘Hailey National Park’ and later in 1955 it was renamed as ‘Corbett National Park’ to commemorate the diligent efforts of Jim Corbett (popular author and wildlife conservationist). The rich flora of the park expands to an area of 521 sq km, dominated by Sal forest. There also are about 488 species of flora recorded in the park. Additionally, the wildlife directory features 586 species of birds, 33 species of reptiles, 36 species of dragonflies, 7 species of amphibians and 50 species of mammals. To spot some of the amazing wildlife species in the park, there are three types of safaris, namely Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, and Canter Safari, are available.
Depart early from New Delhi to arrive for lunch at the wildlife resort. Take a nature walk accompanied by a naturalist, along the Kosi River. This area is a bird watcher’s paradise. In the evening watch a slide show on the flora & fauna present in the Corbett area.
Jeep Safari in Corbett National Park for tiger tracking. Drive along the Ramganga, to look for some fish-eating Gharial and Marsh Crocodiles. If you are lucky enough, you will possibly see the some species of Kingfishers, Pallas & Himalayan Greyheaded Fishing Eagles, Osprey, Crested Serpent Eagle and of course the Mammalia.
Later on arrive at Dhikala, where the natural setting will take your breath away. Have lunch and rest for while, enjoying the panoramic view of the grassland area and its abundant wildlife. The elephant ride from Dhikala provides the opportunity get a close view of the Himalayan wildlife. Jeep ride back to the lodge for overnight stay.
Early morning Jeep Safari in the Ghairal area and into the awesome wilderness of the Corbett national park. Arrive at the wildlife resort. Drive in a jeep to get to the start-off point of the Elephant safari. Enroute visit Kanda situated at an elevation of 1,020m, where Jim Corbett shot the Kanda Man-eater. After having a picnic lunch, start the Elephant Safari in the Himalayan foothills. Arrive, after enjoying the leisure ride, at the forest rest house, built in British bungalow style for overnight stay in the wilderness.
Start a full day wildlife expedition on an Elephant back, stopping enroute at a picturesque spot for breakfast. Stop by again for rest at a forest rest house and letting the elephant also some break as well as bath in the stream. After rest, start the Elephant safari for the Sonanadi sanctuary, going along the Rocky Plain river, the forested areas and the scenery is spectacular over here.
Arrive at the Halduparao Forest Rest House, built in 1892 it was broken down by the Wild Elephants and abandoned. The Sonanadi Sanctuary was included in the Corbett Tiger Reserve and this Forest Rest House was restored, a few years ago. After a hot water bucket wash, get together at a campfire. Overnight stay at the forest rest house.
Wildlife enthusiasts can also choose option of either going for an elephant ride or Jeep Safari or go for a forest trail with an armed guard in the Sonanadi Sanctuary area, for wildlife viewing. After having breakfast, depart by Jeep with packed lunch via Sendhikhal – Saneh – Morghatti – Kalagarh – Jhirna – Dhela – Ramnagar, reaching the resort by late evening.
After breakfast depart for the onward journey from the Corbett national park to New Delhi. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the railway station / airport for onwards journey.