A gharial basks in the shallows as a Pallas’ fish eagle dripping with majesty dries its big wings on a branch above. On the stony riverbed, a black stork forages for aquatic tidbits and a jackal, overseen by a collared falconet topping the bald canopy of a dead tree, marauds at a trot. And as you drive slowly through an idyllic path flanked by giant sal trees, a tiger with big paws, thick fur and amber eyes appears from the bush, enters your heart and walks away with it.
It is then you realise that this is not just a tour; this is a grand voyage into India’s cornucopian wildlife Eden that goes in the garb of Corbett Tiger Reserve.
- A four-night/five-day Wildlife Tour to the wilderness in the lap of the Himalayas
- Possible sightings of several majestic mammals and birds
- Group size optimised to ensure an exclusive experience
- Immense natural history learning from the Tour Skipper
- Valuable insight into wildlife behaviour
Since Corbett was born as India’s first National Park, it has remained one of the country’s finest wild refuges harbouring a sensational variety of free life in the most breathtaking of settings. Any exaggeration in describing Corbett is quite impossible, for its enchantment defeats verbal articulation.
Located nicely between the Himalayas and the Terai that stretch to Nepal, the Ramganga and her tributaries crisscross the park spawning some dramatic landscapes that dazzle with celestial beauty. With rich disparity in habitat, ranging from plain to precipitous and dense forests to emancipating meadows, it supports a rich variety of precious natural treasures and adorns India’s crown as a gleaming jewel.
The pathways and ravines down which Jim Corbett once tracked tigers show traits of the Himalayan mountain system. The northern part represents the Lesser Himalayan belt, with an average altitude of 1800m comprising oak, pine and rhododendron, while most of the park occurs in the Shivaliks, where sal abounds.
But perhaps the most emblematic of Corbett’s habitats are the chaur – vast tracts of magnificent grassland that are the result of ancient forest clearings made for agriculture, and are now a haven to many species that are specialized to living and feeding in the grasses. Nearly synonymous with the fabled Dhikala range of Corbett, chaur are favourite haunts of the majestic elephants and other smaller herbivores, which attract tigers too.
Life flourishes in every inch of Corbett. If you like surprises, there are plenty in store, and in the early spring month of February, if splendid misty scenes straight from Utopia are your thing, you couldn’t be in a better place.
In birding terms, Corbett resembles a very large, open treasure-chest filled with an assortment of Himalayan endemics. No fewer than 585 species of birds, 50 species of mammals and 33 species of reptiles inhabit the park, taking species diversity to dizzying levels.
A crested kingfisher sits on a smooth rock awaiting its breakfast to be fished out, as an ibisbill practises some riverside meditation. In the undergrowth a jungle cat flushes a babbler from the ground, causing a barking deer to cough out its stentorian call in alarm.
A blue whistling thrush vindicates its name, a green magpie adorns the trees and a spectacular khaleej pheasant is never too far away. And while close to the ground, a red jungle fowl sets new standards of vividness, a lesser fish eagle perched on a high branch opens up fresh perspectives on grace and majesty.
As day turns to dusk, a mottled wood owl sitting quietly by the track bores a piercing look into your soul as you pass by. In the meadows throbbing with theatrical feel, a shy hog deer melts quietly into the grass and from the edge of a ravine, a black francolin calls it a day.
Amid all this avian frenzy, mammals don’t play truant. From the diminutive yellow-throated marten to the gently gigantic Asian elephant, they in fact quite zealously vie for your attention. The coveted appearance of the enigmatic Corbett tiger, traditionally skittish but commoner in the public gaze in recent times, can earn a permanent seat in your memory.
Please note: This Group Tour will begin and end in Delhi. Transfers between your hometown and Delhi are not included in the Tour cost but all assistance will be provided upon your enquiry.
13 May 2019, Monday
Upon our arrival in Delhi, we will be picked up from the airport and transferred to Ramnagar at 05:00 am by a private AC vehicle. We reach our resort at Ramnagar by 01:00 pm, check in and lunch. We set out to explore Corbett Tiger Reserve on our first evening safari. We return to our resort at Ramnagar, have a scrumptious dinner and retire for the night.
14 May, Tuesday
We check out from the resort early this morning and drive through the Dhangarhi Gate into the Dhikala zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve. The enroute morning safari towards the Gairal Forest Rest House (FRH) will be rewarding, as the place brims with a lot of both common and rare birdlife that the Shivalik Hills are famous for. Upon reaching the FRH, we will lunch and explore Dhikala on our evening safari. We return and have a delicious dinner and stay overnight in Dhikala FRH.
15 May, Wednesday
We explore the ever-enchanting habitat of Corbett Tiger Reserve on morning and evening safaris. Overnight in Dhikala FRH.
16 May, Thursday
After the morning safari in the Dhikala zone, we breakfast and check out, and take one more safari as we exit through Dhangarhi Gate. We check in to our resort at Ramnagar, finish our lunch and go on an evening safari in Corbett Tiger Reserve, returning in the evening to retire for the night.
17 May, Friday
We check out from our resort in Ramnagar by 06:00 am and travel to Delhi by a private AC vehicle. We reach Delhi Airport by 02:00 pm to catch our homebound flights.
- Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
- Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
- Services of the Toehold Skipper for a better wildlife holiday experience
- Delhi – Ramnagar – Delhi travel by private AC vehicles
- Stay in Ramnagar for two nights with all meals (on twin-sharing basis)
- Stay at a Forest Rest House inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve for two nights (on twin or triple-sharing basis) with all meals
- Eight jeep safaris in Corbett
What’s Not Included?
- GST (5%)
- Any airfare
- Meals during transfers from Delhi to Ramnagar and Ramnagar to Delhi
- Telephone calls, laundry, room service, tips, porter service etc
- Additional mineral/bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, personal expenses of any kind
- Tips to drivers and lodge staff
- Additional charges incurred due to a change in the schedule, due to reasons beyond the control of the organisers
- Insurance of any kind
- Medical expenses, if incurred
- Any other charges/costs not mentioned in the ‘Inclusions’ list
- At least INR 15,000 booking amount
- Remainder to be paid 30 or more days before the departure date
All figures per person.
- 20% of the Tour fee 45 or more days before the Tour
- 40% of the Tour fee between 44 and 31 days before the Tour
- 80% of the Tour fee between 30 and 16 days before the Tour
- 100% of the Tour fee within 15 days before the Tour
Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
Who should participate in this Tour?
Anybody with an interest in wildlife and over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by an adult) is welcome to participate.
Why aren't onward and return journeys included on this Group Tour?
Since participants of our Tours travel from various parts of the country by different modes (road, rail and air) as per their individual preferences, it works best to originate Tours from the destinations. We, however, provide all the assistance you need in arranging your logistics.
How different are your Group Tours from ordinary tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, our Group Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of an experienced naturalist. The common ingredients in all our Group Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are nature lovers, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.
How sure are you about sighting wildlife on this Tour?
Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings were unsatisfactory. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, we do not claim that sightings are guaranteed.
What equipment do you suggest on this Tour if I want to make photographs?
For tigers and other mammals, a telephoto zoom lens in the range of 100 to 400mm works very well. Sometimes, when tigers and other wildlife are far, and for birds, a longer lens can come in more than handy. If opting for a fixed (‘prime’) lens, the 300mm focal length on a cropped sensor body with a 1.4x extender (‘teleconverter’) is the best compromise, although lenses of longer focal length can be used to good effect as well, especially on ‘full-frame’ bodies. A wide-angle or normal zoom to capture landscapes or creative perspectives of wildlife is recommended. And since we may do some nocturnal photography, an image-stabilized lens and a camera body that performs well at high sensitivities are boons.
What do I do if I do not have the requisite equipment?
If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer. What’s better, you enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on our Toehold Outdoors Group Tours!