Journeys on the elephant is an exclusive safari on elephant back through the famous Corbett Tiger Reserve, India’s first and one of its finest Tiger Reserve. Nesting in the foothills of the Mighty Himalayas, the Corbett Tiger Reserve lies mainly in the hilly districts of Nainital, Almora and Pauri Garhwal in the state of Uttaranchal. The Safari is a great combination of various ways to observe wildlife, the main attraction being riding the Pachyderm for a whole week. The Safari starts from the Northeastern side part of the reserve from the Durgadevi gate and continuous along the northern boundary ending at Halduparao on the northwestern boundary. Besides being on the elephant the tour plan includes various activities including Game drives into the national park and Birdwatching hikes, Village visits, Visits to various tribes in the area, learning to ride the elephant, elephant baths to name a few.
The Journey begins as we enter the Ramganga valley and onwards crossing over to the Mandal valley, covering some varied tracts of forest and ending in the Beautiful Forest Resthouse of Halduparao in the Palain Valley. The wildlife observed on the trip also varies as we pass through different terrains and some common species sighted are the the Elephant, Spotted deer, Barking deer, Sambar, Ghoral (Mountain goat), Rhesus & Langur monkey, Wild boar, Jackal, Civets, Porcupine, etc. The Rare ones include the Bengal Tiger, Leopard and a variety of lesser cats, Hog deer, Sloth & Himalayan bear. The Mugger or the fresh water Crocodile, Gharial, Otters, turtles and a variety of fishes (Masheer, Goonch, Trout, etc.) are seen in and around the Ramganga River. Reptile species include Monitor Lizard king Cobra, Python, etc. Corbett is also a bird watcher’s paradise and some of the Avian attractions include Woodpeckers, Kingfishers, Hornbills Parakeets, Shrikes, Barbets, Drongos, Minivets, Barheaded Goose, Black necked Storks, Variety of Owls, Peacocks, Kaleej Pheasants, Black Partridge, etc. Raptors like Pallas Fishing Eagle, Serpent Eagle, harriers and Kites are also commonly seen.