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Elephant Safari

Day 1: Delhi

Arrival Delhi. Meeting on assistance & transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Delhi

Full day city tour visiting Qutub Minar, India gate (war memorial), Lakshminarayan Temple - modern Hindu temple, drive past President's House, Parliament House & Secretariat Building. Afternoon sight-seeing of Old Delhi visit Rajghat (the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi), Jama Masjid and drive past Red fort and Chandni Chowk.

Day 3: Delhi/Corbett (240 Kms, 5 Hrs)

Drive Delhi/Corbett. On arrival check in at Hotel. Short briefing by our wildlife expert. Lunch is served. Afternoon game viewing. Evening folk show (subject to number of clients) followed by talk on wildlife.

Day 4: Dhikala

Early morning Breakfast followed by game view drive in Corbett national park for tiger tracking. Drive along ramganga river to look for the fish eating and marsh crocodiles. With the possibility of seeing 5 species of kingfishers, pallas & Himalayan grey headed fishing eagles, osprey, crested serpent eagle and of course the mammalian, the safaris is magical. Arrive 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 the opportunity for close viewing of wildlife. O/n stay at dhikala.

Day 5: Rathuadhab

Wake up to the singing of a variety of birds. The morning air in the jungle is crisp and fresh. Have a steaming cup of tea before breakfast and you start off early, as it is more rewarding. You may spot chital returning to thick forest after having spent the night feeding in the open 'chaurs' you may even catch a glimpse of a tiger returning after night's hunt. Your elephant will follow game paths through the jungle before entering the mandal valley. This is the most picturesque valley in Himalayas. 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 short rest. The afternoon safari takes you up a wooded hillside, which has high mountains and thick forests. The lower reaches are dotted with farmhouses surrounded by lush terraced rice fields. You follow the mandal to rathuadhab where your camp has been set up for the night.

Day 6: Halduparao

This is the most exciting day as you visit sonanadi (river of gold) sanctuary. A heaven for wildlife, this sanctuary has recently been included in the Corbett tiger reserve because of 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 plain river valley to mondiapani. There is old forest rest house here where you can stretch your legs and have a quick lunch. After lunch safari continues through the most beautiful part of your trip. Because of the bamboo forests here, one can expect the wild elephants in this path. 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. Camp here is on the bank of the river. There is a "Machan" (water tower) from where you can safely view the game coming to drink and bathe in the river. Stay at the FRH.

Day 7: Corbett

After a leisurely breakfast, bid adieu elephant and the mahout. Now jeep will drive bac up to hotel. On the way, stop for lunch at one of the forest bungalows. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 8: Departure

Leave for Delhi after breakfast.