Seeing elephants and riding on them are totally different experiences. An elephant safari is a wonderful way for families seeking adventure to explore India’s wildlife and natural beauty. This is the best way to spot tigers in their natural habitat and watch for the myriad of animals that make India their home. This 9 day/8 night elephant safari takes you to various wildlife parks and sanctuaries within Corbett National Park.
Elephant Safari – Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive – Delhi
Free day in Delhi to enjoy the city’s wonders.
Day 2 Delhi
Morning city tour of New Delhi covering Laxmi Narayan Temple the Place of Gods; India Gate, the memorial of martyrs; Parliament House, the government head quarters. Afternoon city tour of Old Delhi covering Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia; Gandhi memorial, the father of the nation.
Day 3 Delhi to Corbett
This morning travel to Corbett National Park. This afternoon is dedicated to a jungle trek. In the evening there is a Folk Show and orientation about the Flora and Fauna in the area.
Day 4 Corbett – Lohachor
Wake up at sunrise for a Jeep Safari to Durga Devi, gateway of Corbett Tiger Reserve. This is where you start the Elephant Safari and trek. The Himalayan foothills are one of the natural wonders of the earth, with lush Sub Tropical forests and the bountiful Flora & Avifauna, a tribute to the nature lover and the photographer of the wild. Try changing places seats with the Mahout to get the feel for leading the elephant safari, or try catching a “Mighty Mahseer” – the famous fresh water fighting fish, on the Ramganga River. Fishing is allowed only on a “catch and release” system. Equipment, tackle and expertise will be provided (on advance notice).
Enjoy a hot lunch served on the banks of the Ramganga river, then continue on the Elephant Safari. The experience of just being on an Elephant – a silent bulldozer who has unmatched cross-country abilities – cannot be described in words.. Arrive at Lohachaur Forest House for a refreshing cup of tea after the leisurely elephant ride.
Day 5 Corbett – Kana
Start out early for another full day on the back of an elephant. There is a rich array of bird life in this lower altitude wilderness. The morning sun sets the hills on fire in their rich vibrant hues. The rough rocky terrain and the land formations are unbelievable. After giving the Elephant a nice scrub and bath in the Mandal River, enjoy lunch at the river’s edge. Then continue on the Elephant Safari, meandering along the Mandal River, observing the terraced farms, and being followed by curious children, women and villagers, many of whom may be seeing an Elephant for the first time. Here one has the opportunity to study the Kumaon culture and interact with local friendly villagers. In the late afternoon, leave the elephant and continue by Jeep to Kanda, built in characteristic British bungalow style, for an overnight stay in the wilderness. Kanda is the highest point of the Park, situated at an altitude of 1020 m, the view of the Ramganga valley and the grassland areas of Dhikala are mesmerizing. It was in this area that Jim Corbett shot the Kanda man-eater. This evening join the Naturalist for discussion and dinner.
Day 6 Corbett – Dhikala
Wake up early to depart on a Jeep Safari into another region of Corbett National Park – with its varied topography, diverse Flora & Fauna, the beauty of the meandering Ramganga River, and the natural splendor of its landscapes, the Park is a wonderful wildlife sanctuary. In the region the chances of seeing Leopards and Ghoral, mountain goats, are high. Drive to the Ramganga River to look for the long snouted, fish eating Gharial and Marsh Crocodiles. Here there are 5 species of Kingfishers, Pallas & Himalayan Greyheaded Fishing Eagles, Osprey, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Mammalia. Arrive in the awesome natural setting of Dhikala, Enjoy lunch, then rest and relax while taking in the panoramic view of the grassland area and its abundant wildlife. The elephant ride from Dhikala provides the opportunity for close viewing of wildlife.
Day 7 The Corbett Hideaway
Wake up early for an Elephant ride from Dhikala, a unique opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural habitat. From the first ray of the rising sun to the evening’s deepest glow, the landscape reveals the harmony of this region. The early morning elephant ride is followed by a sumptuous breakfast. After breakfast a guided walk to a watchtower overlooking the Ramganga River and to a watering hole gives ample opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural surroundings. Corbett is a paradise for birdwatchers and the view from the watchtower is perfect for this purpose.
Then depart on a Jeep Safari along the lower jungle track of the Ramganga river. This is a great opportunity for viewing game, especially tigers in their natural habitat. The drive through the Khinanauli range is awesome and offers wildlife viewing in plenty. Continue through the dense Sal Forest and its luscious green Flora. Later in the evening arrive at Corbett Hideaway, and a bonfire and dinner
Day 08 Corbett to Delhi
This morning depart for Delhi approximately a 7 hr. drive. On arrival check into the hotel. The rest of the day is free for last minute shopping.
Day 09 Depart Delhi
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