Nainital and Marchula


Sailing on Nainital Lake
Sailing on Nainital Lake

Nainital & Marchula (adjoining Corbett National Park)




Trip Highlights:

  • Stay in a cottage where Jim Corbett once lived and an eco lodge in the fringes of Jim Corbett National Park
  • Curated walks include Nainital's lesser known Colonial heritage & nature trails by expert naturalists in Corbett
  • Personal attention: Group tours are for minimum 8 and maximum 12 people
Ranganga River
Ranganga River


This experience is ideal for those of you who like being in the midst of nature, enjoy long walks, bird watching (you don't need to be an expert) and lesser known built heritage. Some of the properties you will be staying in will most likely have no television in the rooms and Internet data / wifi will be sketchy. Not ideal for people who like to party all night long with blaring music or people with mobility issues as most of the places are not handicap accessible. Get a book or two, board games, star gaze and be thankful that you are in nature breathing fresh air. 



Itinerary (will be customized to your requirements):



Day 1 
Take the early morning (06:00) train from Delhi to Haldwani (train tickets in the Shatabdi must be booked at-least 45 days in advance). Arrive Haldwani by 11:00 and get shuttled (two hour drive) to the drop off point from where you begin our 02 km hike to the eco friendly jungle lodge. At some point in our hike, you will also get on a raft to cross the Ramganga River. Estimated time of arrival to the lodge is 02:00 PM. After lunch & a round of introduction with the naturalists and lodge staff settle into your cottage, freshen up. Guided nature walk in the afternoon along the property.

Walking to the Eco Lodge in Corbett
Walking to the Eco Lodge in Corbett

Day 2
Post breakfast, Camera Trap & forest surveys – Today you will learn about using camera traps equipped with infrared triggers or heat to obtain critical data about wildlife and their habitats. You will get an insight into all manner of tiger conservation activities, wildlife management, and community focused initiatives during your time on this trip. This includes tasks such as setting up and checking camera traps, learning how to identify animal tracks and other important signs like scat and scratch-marks.

Nature walks, river crossing in Corbett
Nature walks, river crossing in Corbett

After lunch & a mid day siesta, participate in the afternoon activities. Wildlife conservation, guided nature walks, birding trails, scat analysis, river crossing with rafts. Back at the lodge for tea, coffee & cookies. Settle down for a wildlife slideshow/presentation followed by dinner. End our day with an interactive session & your favourite experience today.

Conservation initiatives by the Eco Lodge
Conservation initiatives by the Eco Lodge

Day 3
Early morning after tea and coffee get ready to check camera traps, & pug marks of free ranging/wild animals and similar observations in captivity (zoo). Food habits analysis by testing scat sampling in wild. Have breakfast. Relax.

After a quick session, my team will focus on Jungle Survival – challenge your inner self to survive in an unknown terrain with very few available resources. Your instructors will aim at imparting the most authentic, exciting and extreme experience of jungle craft and survival skills while developing a sense of responsibility towards the natural ecosystem and its preservation. Dinner in the outdoors. Star gazing, the group will reflect on the day’s experience.

Enroute Nainital
Enroute Nainital


Day 4
Post breakfast, depart for your onward journey - Nainital. Couple of hours later and after having driven to an elevation of almost 7,000 feet, you will reach Nainital and check in to our heritage homestay which was once where Jim Corbett lived for some time. Post lunch, go on a nature trail to get an aerial view of Nainital. As a boarding school kid growing up in Nainital, the trail was strictly (caning on the backside strict) out of bounds for us but we still did manage to sneak our way there, especially when we craved freshly made bun and omelettes.

Governor's Mansion, Nainital
Governor's Mansion, Nainital

Day 5
After breakfast, visit Gurney House (provided the current residents are not in town). Gurney House is where Corbett lived for most of his time during the last few years before India's independence. This part of Nainital still retains it's former British past as there are several other bungalows some are still in two acre property sizes complete with tennis courts! 

Visit the Governor's Mansion or Raj Bhawan, a 90 bedroom Scottish gothic style mansion created in 1900. The mansion is still used by the Governor when he / she is in town and adjoins a beautiful nine hole golf course. Kumaoni lunch in town. No trip to Nainital is complete unless you walk the upper and lower Mall road. Walk the Mall with me and discover the favorite hang out places of boarding school kids. You are free to explore the town, go on a boat ride or grab a drink or pastries at Sakley's Cafe. 

Nainital Lake from Boat House Club
Nainital Lake from Boat House Club

Day 6
Check out and drive towards Kathgodam train station for the train to Delhi.

Price 


Pricing depends on number of people, length of stay and customization. Contact kunal@totravelwith.com or +91 9717148483. On occasion, I will lead a group tour to these destinations, however, you can absolutely do them on your own as well. 



Please Note:



  • There is no guarantee that you will see the above wildlife. The river and / or sanctuary is their habitat and sightings depend on water level in the river, human interference, climatic conditions, weather and other factors, migratory pattern of birds, most of which are beyond your and my control. I will do my best to show you all there is to see. 
  • What to carry during the safari: photo identification, camera, binoculars, warm jacket (in the winter), backpack, sun glasses, cap, vizer, sun block, some cash, and drinking water.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly not permitted in National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
  • Please do not throw trash on the floor even if you don't see a trash can. Please ask me and I help to dispose it off properly.
  • To prevent any disturbance to wildlife, I do not permit the use of any call playback to attract birds, feeding or baiting of wildlife. Despite this, if you do and are caught by the authorities or called out by locals or fellow wildlife enthusiasts, then you are entirely on your own - embarrassment, fines and other penalties as per the local laws governing national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are to be borne by you.

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