Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Place to visit: New Delhi – Corbett – Kishanpur – Dudhwa – Bardia National park – Lucknow- New Delhi Fly back home
Day 01: Arrive New Delhi (by flight)
On arrival at the New Delhi airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel and assist you in check in at the hotel. He will also handover and explain all travel related documents.
Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 02: New Delhi – Corbett ( by surface 275/5 hrs)
Early breakfast and then drive to Corbett National Park 275 kms/ 5 hrs drive. Check into the forest lodge, afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight Dhikala Forest Lodge. Overnight at Corbett. This forest Lodge was made about 100 years old by Britishers, when they managed the forests. Their rangers needed some place to relax after day full of patrolling.
These Forest Lodges are unique to Corbett National Park. It is only in Corbett that you get an opportunity to stay inside the national park. The complex is located on the banks of Ramganga river and overlooks the foothills of Himalayas. Post lunch proceed for an afternoon safari in the most scenic national park of India. Only vegetarian food is served here so that predators do not get attracted towards the campus with the smell of non-vegetarian food. Alcohol is not permitted here.
Return from the safari at sunset. Dinner and overnight at Dhikala Forest Lodge
Day 03: In Corbett National Park
Begin your morning safari at sunrise. Corbett has aptly been described as the land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett had the proud distinction of being the chosen venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the foothills of the central Himalayas, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna is found in the Reserve.
Dinner and overnight at Dhikala
Day 04: In Corbett
Morning and afternoon game drives, meals and overnight at Dhikala Forest Lodge inside the national park. India's first and finest park spread over 520 sq. kms. Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honor of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honor and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries.
Day 05: In Corbett
Morning Jeep safari to Dhikala zone and after breakfast checkout from lodge and driver toward exit gate throughout the forest exit gate. And check into resort near by. Lunch at resort and afternoon game drive to Jhirana zone of the national park.
Dinner and overnight stay at the resort in Corbett
Day 06: Corbett – Kishanpur (Dudhwa National Park)
Morning after breakfast drive to Dudhwa national park 260 kms /5 hrs drive. On arrival check into forest lodge. Afternoon game drive to Dudhwa national park. Dinner and overnight stay at Dudhwa national park
The Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve near Mailani in Uttar Pradesh, India. It covers an area of 227 km (88 sq mi) and was founded in 1972. Located some 30 kms from Dudhwa National Park, this sanctuary spreads over 203 sq kms and lies along the banks of the Sharada. The forests of Dudhwa National Park and Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary are not contiguous and there is agricultural land in between. Kishanpur's vegetation resembles Dudhwa's, with dense riparian forests and moist deciduous trees like sal, teak and jamun. The open meadows dotted with tals and perennial streams, attract a variety of animals and birds. An enviable 450 resident and migratory bird species visit Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and plenty of these can be spotted at Jhadi Tal, the premier waterbody of the Kishanpur sanctuary. The red-crested pochard, mallard, dabchick, grebe, common pochard, pintail, shoveller, river tern, the white-eyed pochard, spoonbill, egret, snakebird, heron, black-necked stork and many other avian species frequent the tal. Visitors have frequently spotted herds of chital, barasingha, or playful otters prancing about Jhadi Tal. It is the tiger that is often elusive and although Sharada Beat, around Jhadi Tal, is a known hotspot, a glimpse of this majestic striped cat is entirely a matter of chance.
Day 07: Kisanpura - Dudhwa
Morning game drive to the national park and later transfer to Dudhwa forest lodge. On arrival check into the lodge. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon game drive to the national park Dinner and overnight stay at the resort
If you like to relive the prehistoric era then Dudhwa National Park is the National Park for you. Surrounded by Sal trees and Tall Grassland provides perfect back drop for most vulnerable species to thrive and co-exist. Sal accompanies with Shisham and Jamun ornate Dudhwa National Park. The wildlife thrives in Lakhimpur and Kheri District of Uttar Pradesh. The Lifeline of this forest is river Mohana Khola which criss-crosses in Nepal and India. Nature does not understand human borders and provides shelter to its wildlife beings without any boundaries. Little less known fact is the presence of River Dolphins post monsoon season.
Dudhwa is also emerging as alternative to celebrity parks of Ranthambhore, Kanha and Bandhavgarh to name a few. One thing we would like to mention here is that above parks are on the world map for tiger sighting as they frequency of tigers showing up is far greater in those parks.
It is also known as Billy Arjan Singh Country. Indian hunter turned Conservationist and author. It is amazing to find the two National parks huddled together in terai are after two famous wildlife personalities - Billy Arjan Singh and Jim Corbett. Both of them gave radical thinking for wildlife conservations.
Day 08: In Dudhwa
Morning and afternoon game drive to the national park including a Elephant ride during the morning safari to see Rhino in their protected area
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.
The existence of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve undoubtedly influences in a host of ways, critical but not fully understood the ecological balance of not only the region but also of our planet. With its varied topography, lush green landscape, extensive wetlands and remarkable biodiversity, the Reserve is an enviable paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts Tiger, Rhinoceros ,Elephant, Swamp deer, Sambar, Cheetal, Hog deer, Kakar, Wild pig, Blue bull, Rhesus monkey, Langur, Sloth bear, Porcupine, Otter, Monitor lizard, Turtles, Python, Mugger, Gharial etc. There are over 450 species can be seen in the Reserve. These include Hornbill, Red Jungle Fowl, Pea fowl, Bengal Florican, Fishing eagle, Serpent eagle, Osprey, Woodpeckers, Shama, Indian Pitta, Paradise flycatcher, Orioles, Emerald dove etc. During winter the vast and varied water bodies attract a large variety and number of migratory birds making the reserve a favorite haunt of bird watchers
Day 09: Dudhwa (Katarnia Ghat)
Morning drive to Katerniaghat 110 kms /2 hrs drive. KATARNIAGHAT – where rare is common. The tag line found on the notice boards could not be more appropriate. You get to see Crocodiles, Alligators, Elephants, Tigers, Gangetic Dolphins, rare turtles, deers and antelopes. They all are found in their natural habitat. It is few places in India where you would find fresh water dolphins. The waters of Gairwa provide safe haven for crocodiles and alligators. Do not miss the chance to ride on the motorboat here.
Katarniaghat can be imagined a puzzle with a kid which has only five types of pieces – Sal, Teak, Lush grasslands, swamps and wetlands. The kid arranges the puzzle which fits perfectly to form this Terai-fic forest. Katarniaghat has four divisons – Katernia, Nishangara, Murthia & Dhampur are located in the core area.
Katarnia ghat resides in the Bahraich district. 400 sq kms of pristine beauty and wildlife. Of 1300 species of birds found in India 450 are present in terai region. Katarniaghat boasts of providing home to various aquatic species. Darters, Grey Heron, Painted Storks, Spoonbills, Asean openbil and Northern Pinten are few to name here. You can spot Red Pochard, Rudy shelduck on migration
If you are lucky you would be able to locate Fishing Cat also called fisher cat. These are twice the size of the domestic cats but very solitary and great swimmers. They are threatened species and strongly associated with wetlands. Their appearance is quite unique with black to grey stripes. It leaves its solitary status when raising the young ones
Overnight in forest guest house in Katerniaghat or in Dudhwa
Day 10: Dudhwa – Bardia
After breakfast drive to Barida National Park via Dhangarh border 110 kms/3 hrs including a immigration formalities. Our driver will drop you at Dhangari Border and introduces you to other driver from Bardia National Park
Day 11: In Bardia
The Bardiya National Park About this sound Bardiya Rastriya Nikunja.ogg (help·info)), also spelled Bardia, is a protected area in Nepal that was established in 1988 as Royal Bardia National Park. Covering an area of 968 km2 (374 sq mi) it is the largest and most undisturbed national park in Nepal's Terai, adjoining the eastern bank of the Karnali River and bisected by the Babai River in the Bardiya District. Its northern limits are demarcated by the crest of the Siwalik Hills. The Nepalgunj-Surkhet highway partly forms the southern boundary, but seriously disrupts the protected area. Natural boundaries to human settlements are formed in the west by the Geruwa, a branch of the Karnali River, and in the southeast by the Babai River
Meals stay and all jungle activities and overnight stay at the Camp
Day 12: In Bardia
The wide range of vegetation types in forest and grassland provides excellent habitat for 642 faunal species. The Karnali-Babai river system, their small tributaries and myriads of oxbow lakes is habitat for 125 recorded species of fish. A small population of gharial inhabits the rivers. Apart from the mugger crocodiles, 23 reptile and amphibian species have been recorded.
The Bardiya National Park is home to at least 53 mammals including rhinoceros, wild elephant, Bengal tiger, swamp deer, and Gangetic dolphin.
Rhinoceros: Translocation of rhinos from Chitwan to Bardia National Park commenced in 1986, with 58 individuals relocated until 2000. From 1994 to 2000, hunters have been unsuccessful at poaching rhinos. In April 2000, there were 67 rhinos in the park, most of them resident in the Babai Valley. In May 2006, a reconnaissance survey was carried out in the Babai River floodplain, which revealed an alarming decline in the rhino population. Poaching was suspected to be the main cause of this decline. Subsequent surveys in 2007 and 2008 have confirmed the complete disappearance of rhinos from Babai Valley. In different habitats of the Karnali floodplain 25 rhinos were recorded based on direct observation and indirect signs of rhino dung and tracks. They were mostly congregated in the floodplain grassland, riverine forest and wetlands In March 2008, only 22 rhinos were counted, and two of them were poached after the count. The World Wide Fund for Nature reported that by 2015, the rhino population had risen to 29, mainly because of increased security measures.
Elephants: In 1985, two large elephant bulls were spotted for the first time in the park, and named Raja Gaj and Kanchha. They roamed the park area together and made occasional visits to the females. Raja Gaj stood 11.3 ft (3.4 m) tall at the shoulder and had a massive body weight. His appearance has been compared to that of a mammoth due to his high bi-domed shaped head. His forehead and domes were more prominent than in other Asian bull elephants. In 1993, five elephants were seen entering the park, and one year later another 16 individuals arrived. A population count in summer 1997 revealed 41 resident individuals In 2002, more than 60 individuals were estimated to reside in the Karnali floodplain and the Babai Valley
Current checklists include 407 bird species, among them the Bengal florican, white-rumped vulture, peafowl, and bar-headed geese, which are symbolic of the park.Lesser florican and sarus crane are present; grey-crowned prinia, jungle prinia, pale-footed bush warbler, aberrant bush warbler, striated grassbird, golden-headed cisticola and chestnut-capped babbler occur in the park's grasslands.
Meals stay and all jungle activities and overnight stay at the Camp
Day 13: In Bardia
Meals stay and all jungle activities and overnight stay at the Camp
Day 14: Bardia - Lucknow – New Delhi
After breakfast drive back to Dhangarhi Border 2-3 hrs drive. Our driver and local representative will meet you at assist you at Border and Continue drive to Lucknow 290 kms/5-6 hrs drive to board a flight to New Delhi at 1805 hrs to arrive New Delhi at 1910 hrs. Met at airport and transfer hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in New Delhi
Day 15 : New Delhi Fly back home
Morning free for leisure activities and later transfer to International airport to board a flight back home or onward destination