India’s oldest National park, Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve is enriched by the prolific Western Ramganga river. Spring-fed and specie-rich, the Ramganga plays host to some of India’s rare aquatic and riverine habitat including the Golden Mahseer but also the endangered and monstrous-freshwater catfish, Goonch.
Corbett’s diverse riverine habitat is home to an array of resident and migratory birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies and insects, making it mecca for special interest travel including Golden Mahseer fishing.
6-nights as per the itinerary.
Day 1: You are met by a representative at the airport (New Delhi, IGI). Chauffeured to your 5-star hotel; a few minutes drive from the International terminal for a good night’s rest.
Day 2: After breakfast you are chauffeured back to the domestic terminal to board a short flight (airfare included in the price) to Pantnagar, Uttarakhand (PGH). You are met by your taxi-driver and chauffeured to Van Ghat. A forest lodge that lies on the quiet eastern edge of the park on the banks of the Western Ramganga River just before it enters the national park.
It’s an adventure getting to this lodge. While the lodge in-house guide, guides you a short hike that is required to get to this beautiful location. A late lunch is served upon arrival and dinner lovingly served in the thatch dining overlooking the national park.
You’ll have access to the Mahseer Conservancy fishing beat as soon as you arrive. Fishing here can be done until dusk. Due to the wildlife in the area night fishing is not permitted.
Days 3-5: Spend three-days exploring the Western Ramganga River as it enters the Jim Corbett Park. Explore sight fishing for Golden Mahseer and use a variety of presentations to suit the conditions. One can also take this opportunity to fish for Goonch.
The forests around Van Ghat are also rich with some of the world’s rarest mammals, birds and reptiles. Owner and expert naturalist Sumantha Ghosh is a passionate conservationist who keeps Van Ghat away from familiar amenities. Hence intentionally making room for fresh perspectives as you literally step into India’s wild. Considered critical tiger habitat, mornings at Van Ghat start early as passionate anglers, naturalist and keen birders lead walks that may or may involve river-crossings. You can also spend some time hiking the forested foothills for possible sightings. Elephants also commonly frequent this valley.
Van Ghat’s Mahseer Conservancy, community based Golden Mahseer, catch and released angling initiative was also one of the pioneering conservation invitees for bringing attention to this prolific forest corridor. Accessible only by foot, in past years, Golden Mahseer of record sizes have been caught here. The river here has also been host to famous TV series documenting some of the precious moments this eco-system has to offer.
Day 6: An early start is the order of the day. Fishing is included in your final morning at Van Ghat. Journey back to the airport after a delicious breakfast. A 3-hour drive leaving the forested foothills follows a short flight back to New Delhi. You are met upon arrival at the Domestic terminal and chauffeured back to your hotel for a good night’s rest before your journey back home.
Day 7: Enjoy a leisurely start to the day after a delicious breakfast at the 5-star Pullman that is 3-miles from New Delhi International airport (IGI).
You will be chauffeured to the airport by 11 AM.