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Corbett Birding on Elephant

Corbett Trip

Delhi-Corbett National Park-Delhi

Tour Highlights

What can be more exciting than birding on elephant back in a wild tiger country? Corbett Tiger Reserve is one of the best places for bird watching expeditions. The preserve is home to more than five hundred avian species both migratory and resident. Corbett at foot hill of the Himalayas benefits from altitude migration that takes place to and fro, hence the numbers.

The park is home to rare and endemic birds as well as popular species. The elephant penetrates deep into the dense jungle, and then trudges on to river banks at slow but steady pace. This offers ample time to sight the birds, make notes and take excellent photographs. Such exotic birding is unique to India. Come bird like a Maharajah.

The Elephant Bird Safari

Some birds of Corbett: Great Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Great Woodpecker,  Siberian Ruby Throat, Red Breasted Parakeet, Himalayan Woodpecker, Streak Throated Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker,  Himalayan Flame back, Black Rumped Flame Back, White Naped Woodpecker, Lesser Racket Tailed Drongo, Bronze Drongo, Grey Faced Woodpecker, Velvetfronted Nuthatch, White Throated Laughing Thrush, White Crested Laughing Thrush, Scarlet Minivet, Long Tailed Minivet, Jungle Myna, Grey Treepie, Ashy Bulbul, Rosy Minivet, Chestnut Bellied Thrush, Greater Racket Tailed Drongo and many more.

Day 1

New Delhi:

Upon Arrival at New Delhi Airport our representative will greet you with a big smile. He will then escort you to your B&B accommodation for the night stay. After a short rest visit a few monuments in New Delhi if time permits. Enjoy the sights and smell of the fast paced capital city in the Oriental Realm.

Day 2

New Delhi/Corbett National Park/

Camp Jamun

Next day post breakfast we drive to Corbett National Park. The drive is five hours long but it is very interesting. Probably this your first visit to India and you are observing the surroundings and all the happenings minutely. The scape changes from urban to rural and the charismatic charm of sleepy villages stuns you.

We reach the camp at Garjia for lunch. This is an enchanting lodge ensconced in verdant greenery in the lap of nature. After the lunch and rest we trek around Corbett for some bird watching. Evening is full of activity slide show, wildlife film, and lecture. Later the fire place beckons for some gup sup as we say in India. At dinner enjoy the gastronomic delights prepared assiduously by expert chefs. Indian cuisine is the best in the World and there is more to come. Post dinner it is time to sleep, expect much more to experience tomorrow.

Day 3

Kanda Forest Rest House

0600 hrs: After a sumptuous breakfast we drive down to Durga Devi Gate.  Alight on the elephant back here for some exciting bird watching. The elephant ride is an unforgettable experience in India.

Continue with the elephant safari after a delicious lunch on the bank of pristine Ramganga River. By now you have become accustomed to the slow pace of the pachyderm and beginning to enjoy everything around including some fantastic birds.   By tea time we reach at Lohachaur FRH for some refreshments and chai.  The overnight stay is at The Camp Hideaway River Lodge in  Jamun Village.

Day 4

Dhikala Forest House

0600 hrs: After a refreshing breakfast get on the elephant back for a day full of birding. The bird life at Corbett amazes you every day. Post noon we disembark from the elephant & continue by jeep to Dhikala FRH for an overnight stay there.

Day 5

O/N Dhikala Forest Rest House

0600 hrs: Early morning elephant ride for avid birders is extremely successful. Dhikala Zone is a marvelous mix of dense forests and grasslands besides the Kalagadh Dam. This habitat increases the scope of diverse birds being discovered. The elephant ride is followed by a jeep safari. This is a dual pleasure trip that combines animal watching as well. All along through the safari we are seeking rare birds and keeping an eye for the tiger at the same time. Corbett’s amazing biodiversity become obvious as you move along on the back of the huge elephant. The wildlife is as charming as the birding is. 

Late evening we arrive at Dhikala Complex for dinner and night’s rest.

Day 6

Back to THE CAMP

We move in early for bird watching on the elephant. The avian wonders with their striking colors match the beauty of the tiger which you come across. Corbett’s resplendent wildlife and birds are a matter of big delight to lovers of nature.   We score for more birds and then arrive for check out and lunch. Post lunch we leave for the way out to Dhangari Gate. This is a ride full of pleasant memories and more is to come.

We stop at the crocodile point and high bank to see some raptors that hang around here. The crocodiles and gharials can be seen basking on the bank as you search the river banks for our feathered friends. Later we reach the camp for celebrations and some fine dining. At dinner time regale fellow guests with your adventures in Corbett. Relish Indian curries, tandoori breads and savory sweets and then move in  for the night’s rest.
Day 7

Back to New Delhi

Post breakfast leave for New Delhi B&B .
Day 8


Transfer to International Airport for flight back home

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