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Elephant Safari


The best way to explore the park is through the "Elephant Safari". Undisturbed by the mechanical roar of a car or jeep, open to the skies, accompanied only by the rhythmic scuff-scuff-scuff of elephant's feet and the creaks of the wooden howdah. The occasional booming of wild elephants to each other in close proximity can make you hang on tight to the wooden pole of the howdah. The ride can be a mix of moments of pure terror interspersed with long period of utter peace.

The Welcome India Tour and Travel, an exclusive elephant safari in the periphery areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve takes you through mysterious thick forests, deep valleys and rugged trails that offer a lingering thrill to the adventure seeker. This is enhanced by the cultural enigma of the land.

We take you on this thrilling sojourn in the same way the royalty of yore did, centuries ago. From the first ray of the rising sun to the evening's deepest glow; the landscape unravels the untaught harmony of the primitive wild. The grandeur of the "British Raj" is relived in an old forest rest house (FRH) built in the late nineteenth century. The aura created compliments the aura of the past century when lanterns and fireplaces were used instead of electricity and where hot bucket baths were the only way to supplement your comforts.

Whilst you are in Corbett, the mountain air will make you hungry and to satiate this "jungle" appetite, our specialty chefs will dish out just that ensemble. The emphasis is on freshness of produce, so whether it is that Indian dish or that Continental fare you have asked for, to our chefs its all in the day's passion.

We encourage our guests to travel well prepared, this ensures that we are able to organise their logistics with ease. To ensure this all transport and back end logistics is done on 4WD 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 an English speaking naturalist accompanies you through out your trip.

DAY 01 : Delhi/Corbett: O/N The Welcome India Tour and Travel

Arrival and check in at The Welcome India Tour and Travel. After a welcome drink and an orientation, our caring and indulgent personnel will escort you to your cottage. After a sumptuous buffet lunch, the time in the afternoon is to be utilized for a jungle trek. The evenings are used as an orientation to the geographical area you are in through a cultural folk show and a talk/slide show on the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

DAY 02 : Corbett; O/N Dhikala Forest Rest House

Breakfast is served at 6:00 a.m. Experience the magic of the game view drive inside the National Park on the trail of a tiger. Drive along the Ramganga River looking for the fish eating gharial and marsh crocodiles. One can also observe 5 species of Kingfishers, Pallas & Himalayan Grey headed fishing eagles, Osprey, Crested serpent eagle and of course different species of mammals.

Arrive in Dhikala, the natural setting is awesome and the location is picturesque. Lunch/rest/relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the grassland area and its abundant wildlife. The elephant ride from Dhikala provides another opportunity for viewing the wildlife in close proximity. The overnight stay is at the Dhikala FRH.

DAY 03 : O/N Rathuadab Forest Guest House

Wake up with the song of birds. The morning air in the jungle is crisp and fresh. After a steaming cup of tea before breakfast, start your day early, as it could be more rewarding with better sightings. One may spot the chital deer returning to the thick forests after having spent the night feeding in the open "chaurs". One might even chance upon a tiger, (if one's lucky) returning after a night's hunt. Your elephant will follow the game paths through the jungle before entering the Mandal Valley. This is one of the most picturesque valleys in the Himalayas, where 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 a 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 River to Rathuadhab where your camp has been set up for the night.

DAY 04 : O/N Halduparao

This is the most exciting day as you visit Sonanadi Sanctuary (River of Gold). A heaven for wildlife, this sanctuary has recently been included in the Corbett Tiger Reserve because of the 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. This old forest rest house is used as a stop to stretch ones legs and a quick lunch.

After lunch your safari continues through one of the most beautiful parts of your trip. In the bamboo forests here, one can expect to come across wild elephants. 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 banks 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. The stay overnight is at the FRH.

DAY 05 : O/N The Welcome India Tour and Travel

(You sleep late today!). And 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 to The Welcome India Tour and Travel. On your way back, stop for lunch at one of the forest bungalows enroute. You will arrive at your destination before dusk, just in time to enjoy dinner and watch a Kumaoni cultural show. The stay overnight is at the resort.

DAY 06 : Leave for Delhi after breakfast.