This programme showcases two very contrasting and legendary National parks. One is the oldest National park of India, named after Jim Corbett a hunter turned conservationist. Second, Dudhwa came into existence due to hardwork of a Prince turned conservationist, Mr Billy Arjan Singh. While Corbett is a busy park from tourism point of view, due to closer proxiity to New Delhi, Dudhwa has maintained a peaceful sanctity being away from Delhi. These two parks are home to Tigers, Asian Elephants, Rhinos, Leopards, Sloth bears, King Cobras, Crocodiles, Gharials, Dolphins, Otters and over 500 species of birds. Amongst the most diverse national parks of India.. Importantly you get an opportunity to stay i the house of Billy Arjan Singh in Dudhwa and see the house of Jim Corbett in Corbett area. Uttar Pradesh is famous for its cuisine and Lucknow would not disappoint your taste buds either. Recipes have been secretly guarded till date. In both these palceWelcome to the Wildlife of Terai region in India.
Sketch Itinerary :
New Delhi | Jim Corbett National Park | Dudhwa | Lucknow
Trip Type :
Leisurely and Nature Explorer (Price on request)
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Arrive Delhi. Met at the Airport by our representative, transfer to the hotel.
In Delhi - experience past present future. Eat street food and relish Mughlai cuisine. Enjoy the freshness of the ridge and breathe the spices of Khari Baoli in old Delhi which is the largest marketplace in Asia. If you land in winters then don't forget to watch the migratory birds which make Delhi zoo and Okhla wildlife Sanctuary their home. Walking on the roads of Chandni Chowk would make you forget everything about you. You would be overwhelmed by frenzy of its colors, variety and its charm. You would surely encounter captivating sights and sounds this city makes. Enjoy Rickshaw ride and enjoy how rider makes the negotiation every second to get you faster to your destination. Simultaneously do take out some time to experiene the Delhi Metro intriduced about 14 years back in this city, and it has already become a lifeline forÂ all travelers in the city.
Delhi - Corbett. We recommend you start early, and leave the precincts of Delhi cityÂ before sunrise. The villages in the outskirts and the school, and office goers make the roads busy by 7am. Hene covering close to 125kms, takes you away from the suburbs of the waking up city, thus you save time in reaching Corbett. You will cross the Holy Ganges after about 110kms of drive. Stop at Gajraula Â midway for a tea, coffee break. Continnue the journey to reach Corbett well before lunch. Check in, Lunch, and post lunch keep time on hand for birding if you so desire, or proceed for an afternoon game drive into the National Park in the Bijrani range. Dinnner and overnight at the resort.
Tea,Coffee, and depart for Dhikala Forest Rest House. Enter the Dhangarhi gate of Corbett National Park, and your safari of about 30kmsÂ through the forest starts now. En route you will see Sultan, Gairal, Sarpdulli, and Khinanauli Forest rest Houses.Â Be prepared with your camera as you can encounter practically anything and everything that resides in Corbett. A lne tusker is usually a common sight on this road to Dhikala, and more often than not even Tigers are seen sitting, or crossing this road when you start getting closer to Dhikala. The driver and the guides will start sharing their stories, and sightings, and simultaneously showing you the varied bird and mammal life of Corbett. Reach Dhikala, check in, breakfast, and relax. Walk around the campus, and you will find a peaceful corner in front of the dining area overlooking the Ramganga river, and the foothills of Himalayas. Post lunch proceed for the afternoon game drive. The famous Sambar road is the beginning of the safari more often than not. It is common to see some big herd of Elephants taking mud baths in the grasslands here. Return to the Dhikala chaur by late afternoon, and you will start seeing some herds of Elephants slowly making their way towards Ramganga river to quench their thirst, and spend some quality time with their herdÂ in water. As the sun comes down to set in the Ramganga reservoir, the colorful sky will grip your mind, but please keep the ears open as the alarm calls indicating the presence or movement of Tigers usually begins at this time. return to Dhikala for an evening film show on wildlife, followed by dinner, a small stroll on the platform in front to see the night sky, hear some Tiger roaring or alarm calls which is not unusual at this time.
Gear up for an enthralling day, as your day begins with an Elephant safari. The big pachyderms take you to the areas which are unsurpassable by the vehicles, the water holes in the interiors. They are also able to track the alarm calls and the Tigers too quite successfully. It is a unique experience to be atop an elephant. Come back to the base camp, and begin your Jeep safari. This time the driver will cross the Ramganga river on a very beautiful wooden bridge to take you to the other side which is less disturbed by tourists. Return for breakfast by 0930hrs. After breakfast proceed to the watch tower which would be booked for you for next 3-4 hours just for you and the guide. This watch tower is next to a water hole. Your patience, and silence will be put to test, but ably rewarded, when you see various animals gradually step out of some bush, some corner to quench their thirsts. It is best to be silent while in the watch tower, thus you will benefit more. Elephant herds, and Tigers also do pay a visit to the water hole when it starts to get hot. All yu need with you is a water bottle, a packet of cookies, and binoculars. It is advised not to keep the packet of cookies open,as the rhesus Macaques do sense food, and can surprise you by coming close and trying to take your chocolate cookies. Return to Dhikala for Lunch. relax for an hour, and proceed for the afternoon sojourn with Corbett. Dinner and overnight Dhikala Forest Rest House.
Morning after breakfast drive to Dudhwa national park 310 kms /5-6 hrs drive. On arrival check into hotel.
Dudhwa is located in the state which has extremely fertile Indo-Gangetic plains, perhaps the most fertile land in the world, and also the most densely populated region of the world. Unarguably the best forests of 'Sal' tree in the world is Dudhwa. Lot of Sal trees here are over 150 years old, and over 100 feet. And unlike, Corbett, Bandhavgarh and Tadoba which are rated as the Superstar parks; Dudhwa is an unexplored paradise. It is not a park for just a Tiger lover, or just a wildlife photographer, but if you love nature, you will enjoy Dudhwa. The bio-diversity of this park is unparalleled. Home to practically half of the world's Barasingha population, it also houses many Tigers, Wild Elephants, Rhinos, Crocodiles breeding population of Gharials, and over 450 birds.
Morning and afternoon game drive to the national park including a Elephant ride during the morning safari to see Rhino in their protected area.
Morning game drive in the Sathiana range.Â Â Very good for Leopards, and birds, this was a great range once for Tigers too, but gradually their population reduced due to some disturbances from the villages located on the fringe of this range. But lately the incursions from the village have been reduced, and wildlife is making a comeback. A very beautiful range, not visited by many tourists, hence you will feel as if you own this range. Good sightings of Barasinghas as well, and also wild Elephants. The rest house of Sathiana range is one ofÂ the best in the national park as far as location is concerned. We can organise your stay here as well, daily ration is provided by us, and the food is cooked by the forest guards of the rest house. A unique experiene worth every penny.
In the afternoon visit Kishanpur sanctuary located about 30kms from Dudhwa. This is located on the western side of Sharda river, hence it is not a Terai sanctuary. No Elephants in this belt, but very high density of Tigers for sure. It connects internally to PIlibhit Tiger Reserve on one side, and Kheri forest on the other. Has some untouched ranges, like Mailani, which are very picturesque. Kishanpur has a huge waterbody, called Jhadital. Even in peak of summers you will find lot of water here. A good place to sight Barasinghas, Crocoiles, and lots of species of waders and migratory birds. Around this Jhadital there are three watch towers, which you can climb, and enjoy the beautiful views around. Be as silent as possible, as you can be heard by the Tigers in the bush around the waterhole. Around Jhadital is a track which is known as ring road as it goes around the waterhole. Cruise silently on this track as this area has very high Tiger density. The herbivore population in Kishanpur is also good. Road no 17 is also an area which is frequented by Tigers. So overall be prepared for a good outing in this sanctuary. From within this sanctuary there is a road going to PIlibhit too, which is currently closed for tourism purposes. Return to your resort in Dudhwa.
Overnight at Resort in Dudhwa.
Morning drive to Katerniaghat 110 kms /2 hrs drive. Winters is a good time to visit this sanctuary for the golden light in the backdrop of mist has anÂ unparalleled effect o the images if you enjoy photography with DSLR's. Ghagra and Girwa rivers flow through this sanctuary. This is the only place to have a healthy population of breeding Gharials apart from Chambal river. There are only about 250 individuals that survive in the wild now. Due to loss of riverine habitat, and depletion of fish resources, Gharials are listed in the Critically Endangered on the IUCN list. You can still see individuals here which are over 12 feet long. These are seen while doing a boat safari. After the boat safari, one can continue the Jeep safari, special interest is the circular road around the NIshangada forest rest house. Very dense undergrowth. Though chances of sighting much on this road in winters is less, but the experience is something you will remember for a long time. There are Tigers in the area, but this place is best known for the birds, Gharials and Crocodles. Across the Girwa river is Nepal, and occassionally some Rhinos do come from Bardia National Park and an be sighted while doing the boat safari. Overnights stay in the Katarniaghat Rest House can also be arranged by us, if you are not too keen to drive back to Dudhwa same day.
Overnight in forest guest house in Katernia Ghat or in Dudhwa.
Proceed to Lucknow on arrival check into a hotel. After a brief leisure move out for the sightseeing tour of Lucknow, the city of the Nawabs and Begums built in Islamic architecture. The places to visit are Bera Imambara, Chota Imambara and the Amina Bazaar.
Overnight stay will be at hotel.
Morning transfer to Lucknow airport to board a flight at 1050 hrs to arrive Delhi at 1200 hrs.
Vaccinations.. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected.
Eating & drinking
Breakfast are included in all hotel as per itinerary. You should allow around USD 8 -12 per day for lunch and USD15 -20 for dinner (when not included). However your all meals are included in national park at your lodge or hotel. You can eat out very economical in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In Cities Like, Mumbai, Jaipur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra and Delhi there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of veg. dishes on offer; whilst at the national parks there are usually some non spicy curries but these are in limited supply. Tea and soft drinks are very expensive. We advise for drinking use only packed drinking water / Mineral water however in most of the lodge/or hotel have purified water available and they use purified water for cooking as well. A (large!) bottle of beer is approx. USD 5-7. Mineral water is widely available.
Weather & seasonality
September to April is the ideal time to visit these areas of all over India. Days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or some rain shower can be expected now day due to climate change. In March/April and September/October it can get very hot during the day. Evenings at the game parks can be surprisingly cool, so bring a jumper or lightweight fleece as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings especially during the open safari jeep or bus between December and February and you should be prepared for this. You should bring additional warm clothing such as good fleece jackets, gloves and a scarf as it can drop to near freezing
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