9-Day Jim Corbett Park Forest Adventure

Journey to some of India's Finest habitat.

Jim Corbett Park is in the foothills of Uttarakhand, northern India. A region fondly described in epic novels for it’s prolific habitat and awe-inspiring Himalayan vistas. Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region is also part of the rich habitat and Terrai foothills that border western Nepal. Some of the finest habitat of Asia that is home of some of the world’s most iconic species like the Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephants, and a high-density of leopards. A host of rare birds and also reptiles boast just some of the region’s rich habitat.

What makes this journey special?

Dhikala forest zone sunrise in India

This 9-day all-inclusive journey starts with you arriving in New Delhi, India’s capital. Being met by your guest-ambassador at the airport wether you are arriving individually or as a group. Before a short-flight to the foothills of the Himalayas, the following day.  

  • The first 3-night leg of your journey starts with a 1.5 mile guided-hiking adventure in order to reach your remotely-set lodge on the banks of the western Ramganga River at the very edge of India’s Jim Corbett Park. India’s oldest Tiger Reserve. Home-grounds of India’s first and successful conservation efforts while being hosted by the region’s wildlife expert, Sumantha Ghosh during the first-let of your journey. 
  • Live among India’s wild while being served piping-hot meals and staying in an ideally-set and lovingly-made thatches cottages with attached bath and toilet facilities in this remote location. 
  • Sip on a cup of piping-hot Tea/Chai with village-folk to feel your world-view evolve by witnessing ancient cultural and farming practicing and this region’s self-sustained lifestyle living at the edge of critical tiger habitat. 
  • The final, 3-night leg of this adventure is complimented with more luxurious emanates and down-time soak-in your experience. 
  • While 2-half-day safaris have you tracking bengal Tigers in some of the most tiger-dense parts of the park. You return home to thoughtful, deluxe amenities, attention to every last detail and a good night’s rest in one of the best lodges in the vicinity. 

These specie-rich forests have also inspired some of India’s finest wildlife epics such as the man-eaters of Kumaon. Jim Corbett park was India’s first national park. But also India’s commitment to tiger conservations. Sowing the seeds of conservation initiatives that evolved to sustainably include communities that  surrounding this prolific eco-system. Worth the visit in itself! 

The first leg of this adventure pushes your comfort-zone beyond the ordinary. Hiking through critical tiger-habitat to access a one-of-a-kind lodge that sits in harmony with this surrounds keeping wildlife experiences at your doorstep. Van Ghat features mud-walls, thatches roofs and just the right amount of elegant-basics that are needed on an adventure. 

Jim’s Jungle Retreat caters to the final 3-night leg of this journey. An in-house team of naturalists, efficient service staff and attention to every last detail has you flying back home feeling pampered and relaxed after paying homage to yourself though the lens of India’s finest natural habitat. 

How do I get there?

  • Fly to New Delhi (IGI) where you are met by our guest-ambassador, wether you are arriving individually or as a group.


When's the best time?

October 15 through April. Subject to availability. 


What does it cost?

  • Double Occupancy: $ 2,900 (per person).
  • Single Occupancy: $ 3,900 is based on at least, two-travelers traveling together.

Do I need a Visa?

  • An e-Tourist Visa can be purchased online.
  • Citizens of all countries (except Bhutan & Nepal) must have a visa for India. 

What does it include?

8-nights as per the itinerary.

  • Meet & Greet in New Delhi (IGI).
  • Domestic Flights within India (return-airfare) as listed in the package. 
  • 8-nights accommodation in India includes 2-nights in a 5-star hotel in Delhi upon arrival and departure. 
  • Most meals.
  • 6-nights accommodation on the edge of Jim Corbett Park. 
  • 2-half-day forest Safaris in Jim Corbett Park. 
  • Guided activities as listed. 

Detailed 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. 

Days 3-4: Spend two-days exploring the forests around Van Ghat. 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 naturalist and keen birders lead walks that may or may involve river-crossings. Hiking the forested foothills for possible sightings. Elephants also commonly frequent this valley.

While anglers can take a day or two to fish for the endangered Golden Mahseer. 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 that is accessible only by foot. 

Day 5: Follow your generous hosts on a hike back to the road-head. Journey to the different part of this tiger reserve. The Jim’s Jungle Retreat, home for the next 3-nights brings awareness to this unique ecosystem in a way that also features some of the most high-end but also thoughtfully designed accommodation. 

A team of in house naturists also bring attention to the natural elements that this lodge intensionally blends into. Just like Van Ghat, all meals while at Jim’s Jungle Retreat are also included in the price of the journey. 

In addition, expert in-house chef’s pride themselves with home-grown organic produce that caters both to local and familiar pallets. 

Day 6-7: A morning or an evening safari (subject to availability) will be scheduled on each day. While in-house guides get you access to some of the best forest zones. Corbett National Park’s seasoned initiatives have preserved some of India’s finest habitat manifesting conservation grounds even outside the national park. Indian national park policy also keeps lodging outside National Parks. Park timing also limited the number of jeeps that enter one of India’s most significant Tiger Reserve. 

Though Jim Corbett is not your average safari experience. As even though Corbett shares quite a high-density of tigers. Due to the mountainous nature of the park that is in the foothills of the Himalayas. Sightings can also easily fade themselves into the rich forested back-drop.

Day’s end with the deluxe emanates of the Jim’s Jungle Retreat. Identifying forest calls. While brining to your awareness some of the world’s finest habitat and wildlife. 

 

Day 8: 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 9: 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). 

Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodation

  • 2-nights in the Pullman (5-Star) (3-miles from the New Delhi (IGI) 
  • 3-nights at the Van Ghat River Lodge. 
  • 3-nights at Jim’s Jungle Retreat. 

How do I sign up?

  • A 50% deposit is required to make a reservation. 
  • A copy of your passport is required to process your reservation and confirm your reservation upon receiving your deposit. 

Domestic Weight Alownace?

Domestic carriers allow about 15 kgs (33 lbs) for check-in baggage. Additional baggage allowance can usually be purchased.

Terms & Conditions

  • A 50% deposit is required to make a reservation. 
  • The final-deposit is due 60-days prior to departure.  
  • As all deposits and cancelations are non-refundable it is highly recommended you purchase trip insurance. 

Daily Schedule

  • An early start to the day is generally in order to make the most of the sightings if one of interested. 
  • Alternatively a relaxed start to any of the day is also possible. 
  • Evening are spent around the fire and in the company of your seasoned hosts. 

Food & Drink

  • Meals are served on the buffet 

    Drinking water in the lodges is sourced from electronic filters. Alternatively mineral water will be served while traveling. We request our travelers to carry their own drinking water bottles to avoid using single use plastic.