Corbett National Park

Ramganga River Sunrise
Sunrise on the Ramganga River as we make our way to the Jungle Lodge


A not too long drive or train ride from Delhi lies the world famous Corbett National Park and if you go a bit further beyond Ramnagar, lies a paradise smack in the middle of the forest meant only for those of you looking to surround yourself with nature, where there is zero pollution of all kinds and the only noise you will hear is that of the forests' inhabitants, excellent fresh food and digital detox (for a few days).


Ramganga river
Aerial view of the Jungle Lodge and River
The below itinerary is circled around an eco friendly jungle lodge which is on the fringes of the Corbett National Park on the banks of the Ramganga River going towards Marchula. The location of the jungle lodge is such that if you're lucky you may see elephants bathing in the river, an osprey catching fish, several species of birds and if you're really really lucky perhaps even a big cat! 

Please be mindful that there may be power cuts, there are no televisions in the rooms and your phone will most likely not get any signal. Finally, because of it's proximity to the National Park, loud music, parties and rowdy behavior is not permitted.



If you are keen to stay inside the Corbett National Park or in one of the resorts in Ramnagar with the purpose of doing jungle safaris, then this is probably not the itinerary you should be reading. Instead, please email those requirements to kunal@totravelwith.com or call 9717148483.

Hiking near Marchula
Hike to reach the Jungle Lodge


To arrive to the jungle lodge you need to walk up and down a hill for at least 02 to 03 km and also board a bamboo raft to cross the river. There will be a person from the Lodge with you at all times so don't sweat, you're in good hands. You should also travel light as your luggage will be carried by porters (humans) organized by the Lodge.


Crossing river on bamboo raft
Crossing the Ramganga river on a bamboo raft


Itinerary:

Day 1

Take the early morning (06:00am) train from Delhi to Haldwani/ Kathgodam (train tickets must be booked in advance as this is a very popular train). Arrive Haldwani or Kathgodam by 11:00am and get shuttled (02 hours by road) to the drop off point from where the hike to the eco friendly jungle lodge will begin. Estimated time of arrival to the lodge will be around 03:00PM. After lunch & a round of introduction with your hosts, naturalists and camp staff settle into your rooms, freshen up.

Cottages near Marchula
Your bedroom for the next 3 nights

Gather in the common area for an introduction & briefing on your upcoming adventure. Explore the lodge surroundings. Dinner at the lodge.

Day 2
Breakfast, followed by 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.

Guests with naturalists


After lunch & a mid day siesta, participate in the evening 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. Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 3
Early morning after tea, coffee and cookies we 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.

Wild Elephant Ramganga River
Wild Elephant in the river near the Lodge

Today we will take case studies of animal rescue, translocation, radio tagging from various regions of India, animal handling tools and techniques, applications and limitations.

After a quick session, we will focus on Jungle Survival – Fight your fears, live a dream and come breathe in the wilderness of the fames Corbett Tiger Reserve and adjoining Kalagarh Tiger Reserve India, to experience the wild, to explore the unexplored and to challenge your inner self to survive in an unknown terrain with very few available resources. Lunch will be an amazing array of Indian dishes served to you.

Birdwatching and crossing river in the bamboo raft
Birdwatching and crossing river in the bamboo raft

After lunch, the group will gather in the common area. 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.

Dinner at the Lodge
Dinner at the Lodge

Day 4
Breakfast followed by a workshop on making natural soap & antiseptic cream. Our facilitator is Ramawtar Singh- For the last 12 years, has been studying and practicing various self-healing techniques. This includes traditional techniques of healing through herbal plants, organic farming (as food and herbs are medicine for the body), creating his own natural herbal cosmetics and medicines. The whole purpose of using soap should be to clean and detox your body, but instead we add harmful chemicals to our body and the water. There are several natural ways to clean yourself, but you don’t feel ‘clean’ until you rub some kind of white foam!

Emerald Dove on the way to the Lodge

Depart for Haldwani/Kathgodam train station or your onward destination by 11am. Train departs from Haldwani/Kathgodam at 03:54PM and arrives Delhi at 09:10PM.

Inclusions:

  • 3 nights stay in the jungle lodge
  • all meals (freshly made with local pahari ingredients and flavor), tea, coffee, light refreshments, bonfire and soup
  • activities as per the itinerary above
  • naturalist and guide fees
  • transportation from Haldwani or Kathgodam train station to jungle lodge and back
  • porter to carry luggage
Muntjac or the Barking Deer
Muntjac or the Barking Deer

Exclusions:

  • tips and gratuities
  • jungle safaris in Corbett National Park
  • expenses for activities not included in the itinerary above
  • personal expenses
  • transportation from your home city to Kathgodam / Haldwani train station
Yellow-throated Pine Martin
Yellow-throated Pine Martin

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.

Price:

Price varies and depends on time of the year you visit, number of people and any customization in the above itinerary that you may require. Please email kunal@totravelwith.com or call 9717148483 for a quotation and questions.

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