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Himalayan Experience with Tigers,Taj & Ganges
15 Days Itenary for Himalayan Experience with Tigers,Taj & Ganges

Day 01: Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to the hotel and feshen up. Afternoon guided tour of New Delhi. Visit India Gate, the museums, drive past President House, Qutab Minar & Humayun's tomb. Dinner in a restaurant (on own). Overnight in a hotel.

Day 02: Delhi - Pangot
Drive from Delhi (7½ hours). The last part of the drive is through the foothills and is almost through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, the main habitats for wildlife. Overnight in Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.

Day 03: Pangot
This forest trek has an altitudinal variation of 450 m to 2500 m, giving the whole region a diverse bird and mammal life. An astounding 650 bird species have been reported here and the assemblage of mammals is equally impressive, the most notable being the elusive Serow. Highly recommended for beginners, this is a moderate trek through beautiful natural surroundings. You hike along old pony trails, camp at scenic spots or stay in colonial era forest bungalows. Starting from the right bank of the Kosi River this trek leads through dense broadleaf forest rich in wildlife, forging through shallow streams. As we go, vegetation & landscape go through considerable change and you move from conifer forests of oak and pine that open into scenic valleys & gorges. You start the trek at temperate forest higher up that offer spectacular views of the icy Himalayas along the way. What is quite remarkable is the ever-changing biodiversity, rich wildlife and the dramatic difference in forest types each day. You pass through small villages and hamlets, where you can see people lead a simple symbiotic life in harmony with their wild surroundings.

Day 04: Pangot
Since this area is actually a high pass, it can get very windy and winter temperatures may drop to 0 degrees, with occasional snowfall in the area. Huge rocks in forested ridges make it a good place to sight high altitude birds like Lammergeier, Himalyan and Eurasian Griffon. Other raptors you may see are Tawny Eagle, Steppe eagle and Kestrel. The main trail runs all along the ridge to Vinayak. Though this is a motorable track, chances of coming come across any vehicle are very slim indeed. Barely a kilometer after Kunjkharak you get a magnificent 380 km broad view of the Himalayan range. A unique feature of this moist temperate forest is the Khoola moss that carpets the floor below. This moss absorbs water and helps in retaining moisture in the forest. However, due to indiscriminate extraction and collection for its use in several cosmetic products, this moss has become highly endangered. Evenings are magical as the setting sun transforms the icy Himalayas across Kunjkharak into gold.
Return to Pangot for overnight stay.

Day 05: Pangot - Corbett National Park
Drive to Corbett NP stopping enroute for birding. Arrive at Tiger Camp by noon. After lunch, you will be taken for a 4WD safari to Bijrani / Jhirna / Sitabani range forest for tiger tracking and wildlife viewing. The duration of safari is about three to four hours and is conducted early morning or in the afternoon till sunset. Each jeep can seat upto four persons comfortably. Besides the visitors, the jeep has an expert driver and a nature guide. Overnight stay in comfortable cottage in Tiger Camp.

Day 06 Corbett National Park
After breakfast, drive onward for Dhangarhi gate for entry to Dhikala tourism zone. Visit the Interpretation Centre. Jeep safari through the stately dense Sal jungle and the wildlife adventure of Corbett begins. Jeep Safari by the lower jungle track along the Ramganga River accompanied by an expert guide. A great opportunity for viewing wildlife, especially the tiger in its natural habitat. Cross the river at Gethia Rao Bridge for the Kanda Range, where Jim Corbett shot the famous Kanda man-eater. Arrive at the main tourist complex, Dhikala. Lunch and relax a bit in the serene, lingering quietness of the park and capture the panoramic expanse on your camera. Visit one of the best wildlife libraries of India. You will be given an elephant ride, if available otherwise an afternoon safari on a track along the periphery of the core area. An exciting drive through the unforgettable, sylvan beauty of the Khinanauli range offers wildlife viewing in plenty and a chance sighting of the elusive tiger. Return to the to tourist complex. Film show on wildlife. Dinner and overnight stay. Please note that the accommodation in Dhikala is not luxurious.

Day 07 Corbett National Park
If you have not done an elephant ride the previous afternoon, you will be taken on an elephant in the morning (optional and subject to availability) through the open chaurs (grasslands) and dense forests by an unconventional route. This is the best mode of transport for wildlife viewing. Return for breakfast and then again drive by jeep to the scenic lake area - wait a while for a chance to sight the marsh crocodile basking in the sun. Visit the Jhirnajhali area for viewing the famous gavial - fish eating crocodile. Lunch and drive back to Tiger Camp. The drive is a safari in itself.
Arrive at Tiger Camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 08: Corbett National Park- Delhi
Meals: breakfast in Tiger Camp
Morning drive in the park for wildlife viewing and tiger tracking. Drive back to Delhi (6 hours).
Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 09: Delhi - Chambal
Drive to Agra (4 hours). Visit the famous Taj Mahal & the Red Fort. Arrive at Chambal Safari Lodge in the evening (1.5 hour drive). Overnight stay in comfortable cottages.

Day 10: Chambal
Morning boat cruise with a guide to see Indian skimmer, black-bellied tern, flocks of migratory waterfowl, cranes such as common, demoiselle and sarus; fish-eating crocodile and marsh mugger; Gangetic dolphin; turtles etc.
A village walk will be arranged in the afternoon that would provide an interesting insight into rural India. One can still find a potter at his wheel making earthen ware kullars (cups), a cobbler using the simplest implements to fashion and repair a most interesting variety of leather items, and shops selling all manner of goods from jaggery blocks to hand-woven quilts. The Chambal Safari organises short Village Walks allowing access to all this and more.

Day 11: Chambal - Overnight train to Varansi
Morning at lesire or opt for more birding with a guide. The farm is very rich in birdlife. You will be transferred to connect an overnight air-condtioned sleeper class train to Varanasi at 2030 hours.

Day 12: Varansi
Arrive in Varanasi at 0615 hours. You will be met and transferred to the hotel. Afternoon guided sightseeing of Varanasi visiting the temples, mosques, Man Mandir Gate, Bharat Kala Bhavan (excellent collection of Mughal paintings and Banarasi textiles), Government Weaving Centre to watch the famous Banaras silk-weaving. Ganga Aarti (if possible). Overnight in a hotel.

Day 13: Varansi
Morning boat-ride on the Ganges river to see the bathing ghats on the holy river. Enjoy the ayurvedic tea at Street View Gai Ghat and an excursion to the 17th century Ramnagar Fort (now a museum). In the afternoon visit the pilgrim centre of Sarnath (holy to Buddhists and Jains with stupas where Buddha preached for the first time and a deer park where the 11th Jain Tirthankar was born). Return to the hotel.

Day 14: Varansi - Delhi
Morning free to visit the market. Take a flight back to Delhi in the afternoon. You will be met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in a hotel

Day 15: Delhi
If time permits we will visit old Delhi this morning. Check out at noon. Take a flight back home.

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