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Vanghat walking safari in Vanghat, known as a buffer zone, is located on the bank of Western Ramganga River, inside the Kalagarh Tiger Reserve, which is a forest division of CORBETT TIGER RESERVE.

Asia’s first national park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park, and was renamed twice, first as Ramganga National Park in 1954-55 and later Jim Corbett National Park in 1955-56, and is currently located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Aimed to protect wildlife (especially the endangered Bengal Tiger), the park was renamed in order to honour the great wildlife conservationist, naturalist, and author Edward James Corbett, who played a key role in its establishment.

Corbett National Park comprises a 520.8 km2 (201.1 sq. miles) area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands, and a large lake. In 1974, it was chosen as the location for launching Project Tiger, an ambitious and well-known wildlife conservation project. To stop poaching and timber cutting, 797.72 km2 were added in 1991 as a buffer zone to the Corbett Tiger Reserve. This addition included the entire Kalagarh forest division, assimilating the 301.18 km2 (116.29 sq. miles) area of the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary as a part of the Kalagarh division.

The elevation ranges from 1,300 to 4,000ft (400 to 1,200 m). Winter nights are cold, but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September.

The dense and moist deciduous forest mainly consists of Sal, Haldu, Ficus, Rohini, and mango trees. The forest covers almost 73% of the park; 10% of the area consists of grasslands. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 650 bird species, and 25 reptile species.


On the northern fringes of the famed Corbett Tiger Reserve, on the banks of the Ramganga Reserve, the wildlife -rich community forests near Vanghat lodge offer the finest walking safari experience in the western Himalayan foothills. Expert local lodge guides are fine trackers and bird experts. Riverine forests along the Ramganga offer sightings of Otters, Ghoral and Serow mountain goats, as well as Barking Deer and Sambhar. About 50 species of birds of prey indicate the rich bird life of the valley - raptors like the Lesser Fish Eagle, Pallas’s Fish Eagle and Mountain Hawk Eagle are commonly sighted. Great Hornbills are often heard and seen above the valley. The presence of Tigers, Leopards & Asian Elephants adds great adventure to this walking nature excursion.



  • Provides jungle experiences without disturbing wildlife
  • Practices sustainable life-style & community-based conservation
  • Promotes responsible tourism
  • Hosts wide varieties of flora and fauna
  • Facilitates a meaningful learning environment for children
  • Creates awareness about human and environmental health





  • Vanghat is a secluded forest lodge with no mobile & Wi-Fi connectivity. There is a signal spot (Jio Point) just 100mtrs from camp where one can use Jio 4G network or Airtel 4G network. Hence kindly be prepared and carry extra sim with these networks if you don’t have one.
  • To avoid usage of high electricity camp provides HOT WATER in a bucket for bathing on demand.
  • Do not carry too much for the trip. Travel light and preferably in a rucksack.
  • Do not carry lot of food items along even if you have please keep it with the restaurant staff since the food may attract lot of uninvited visitors in the cottages.


There is no better way to truly experience the forest than by walking through it. One will often see and learn more on 100m of a trail than on a 2-hour game drive. Exploring tiger-rich Jim Corbett National Park on foot is forbidden. However, as we are situated with in the Corbett Tiger Reserve and are a buffer zone to the national park, we offer expertly guided treks around Vanghat in an equally stunning and species-rich environment.

On foot, your senses are heightened in the wilderness, and will take in far more of your surroundings, from noticing lizards scuttle out of your path to the myriad of birdcalls and rustling in the undergrowth. Accompanied by a keen tracker, you will learn to identify species by their sounds, their footprints, and the evidence left in their wake, such as a tiger's scratch markings on trees, a wild boar's earthen excavations, or the aftermath of an elephant’s browsing on plant life. Compared to exploring in a 4x4, you may see fewer large mammals, but nothing quite tops the thrill of seeing wildlife on foot, and it is not unusual for safari-goers to find themselves sharing the landscape with deer, elephants, and occasionally, big cats.

There are a number of walking trails from the lodge, varying in difficulty, such as routes into the hills that surround us or along the river where numerous pug marks can often be seen. With new routes being added and the landscape changing with the seasons, no walk is ever the same; the unique draw of the forest can be strongly felt at Vanghat.


Guided Walking Safari – Vanghat

Kalagarh Tiger Reserve (Division Corbett Tiger Reserve), Uttarakhand


Broad-leafed & riverine forest of the western Himalayan foothills.

Best Time

October till April.

Wildlife Expected

Goral Goat Antelope, Otters, and Rhesus & Langurs Primates. Over 400 bird species including 50 raptor species.

Wildlife Reported

Tiger, Leopard, Asian Elephant, Otters, and Serow etc.


Day 1

Delhi – Marchula – Trek to Vanghat. Overnight at Vanghat – 1 .8 Km

Gradient: Gentle
Details: Meet our representative at Delhi Station/Airport and transfer to vehicle. The drive is for about 4-5hrs from Delhi. Once you arrive at the Ramganga valley, the Baluli suspension bridge is a visible and prominent landmark. It is here that you leave your car and if you are self -driving you park your car at our parking near the Solluna resort. You will be greeted by your guide and porters who will guide you to remote Vanghat. This walk over the Ramganga suspension bridge and then through the sleepy village of Baluli and riverine forest is an excellent introduction to the valley and can prove to be the most personally satisfying way of reaching the Lodge. At the end of this trail, a short ride on a bamboo raft give you a taste of the adventures to come and ferries you to remote Vanghat.
It’s refreshing to watch Mahseer and Kalabas fishes in the crystal-clear waters of the Ramganga. The birdlife here - the White capped and Plumbeous water Redstarts, Pied and Grey wagtails - is fairly abundant. The loud shrill call of the lesser and Pallas’s fish eagles greets visitors to this densely wooded wildlife valley. The Ramganga valley is home to over 50 species of birds of Prey. Lunch is followed by an hour -long rest. Before your trek you’ll be briefed by your trekking forest guide on various aspects of safety and precautions.

Evening trail Champions trail – 3km
Gradient Gentle
This short but wholesome trail covers within itself three distinct habitats, namely Broad -leafed Moist, Grasslands and Riverine. It is a wonderful trail to acclimatize oneself to the forests of Vanghat. Pugmarks of Tigers, Leopards and signs of Elephant are regularly seen. Sambhar & Barking Deer signify the rich wildlife of the Valley. In evening sit by campfire for soup & beverages followed by dinner. Overnight Vanghat (B, L, D)

Day 2

Ruskin Bond Trail – 8 km

Gradient Mostly gentle with about 1.5 km of steep climb.
Start about with an early tea/ coffee at the Hide, our dining thatch, followed by a safety briefing. Few forest walks will be more beautiful than this one hence we named it after one of Uttarakhand’s favourite forest authors. We cross over the Ramganga over a bamboo raft and after the initial 100 meters of steep walk along an Elephant trail (yes it’s amazing to realize that the Asian Elephant is such a hill animal) this forest hike goes up to the plateau of the abandoned Barasi village where we regularly spot Leaf Birds, Crimson Sunbird, Long tailed Minivets, Chestnut Bellied Rock thrush, Maroon and Black Hooded Oriole and often in the bushes Sambhar, Barking and locally rare Spotted Deer. As the trail runs along the Ramganga, Lesser & Pallas’s fish eagles are often sighted as they scan the abundant fish in the river. We enter the dense patch of the Broadbill cascade - a magnet for Gorals, Sambhar & Langur. The elusive Himalayan Serow goat antelope has sometimes been spotted here.
Since the trail runs on a vantage point overlooking the Ramganga, Smooth Coated Otters have often been sighted. Brown and the rare Tawny fish Owl patiently await on their favourite perches overlooking the Ramganga below. Pallas’s and Lesser Fish Eagles regularly turn up. Do spend some quiet quality time at the stone benches we lovingly call the tea shop overlooking the Ramganga bend with great opportunity to observe wildlife as you sip a refreshing cup of tea.
Breakfast will be served in the forest.
Return back to lodge for lunch

Evening trail Great Hornbill trail – 2km
Gradient Steep
Detail This somewhat steep trail is amidst Sal forest and offers a marvellous view of the meandering Ramganga. Common green Magpie, Red billed blue Magpie, Long tailed Broadbill are often sighted here. It’s a wonderful sight to encounter Great Hornbills here since we are at a vantage point - so heavily built are these birds that one can hear their wings flapping when they fly over the forest. Today our guide will give you a wildlife presentation over campfire whilst your relish hot soup and & beverages followed by dinner.
Overnight Vanghat (B, L, D)

Day 3

Bagroti hill trek – 1 4 km

Gradient Mostly steep with about 4 km of gentle trek
Detail After early tea/ coffee we cross over the Ramganga yet again, on the bamboo raft. The Sal dominated forest of Barasi offer signs of tiger & leopard spoor, Elephant signs too are in abundance. Birds found in the immediate vicinity are Tesias, Green Magpies, Nepal Wren Babblers, and Scimitar Babbler, etc. Great Hornbill, Lesser & Pallas’s Fish Eagles are commonly sighted. The small cascades we pass offer regular sightings of Forktails, Brown Dippers & Wall creeper. The waterfall in the Barasi forest is one of best spots for the rarely sighted forest beauty the Long -tailed Broadbill and the unusual looking Long- billed Thrush. As we gain altitude to the sleepy village of Bagroti, wildlife sightings get more Himalayan with Ghoral and Barking Deer. Birdlife will be dominated by Himalayan Griffons & the majestic Lammergeyer. The genuine smiles and the warm hospitality of these forest mountain dwellers will humble you. Co -existence of Man & Wildlife is evident here, and so are the challenges. Hot breakfast may be served at Barasi and lunch at Ghiroli amidst spectacular landscape.

Evening trail: Riverside trek – 2km.
Gradient: Easy
Detail: Most of this hike is amidst a broad trail cut amidst grassland habitats and bushes rich in edible berries of Ber and lantana are home to astonishing flocks of Slaty headed, plum headed rose breasted Parakeets, Blue throated, Coppersmith, Lineated and Great Barbets, Red whiskered, Himalayan & Black Crested Bulbuls. The grassland will have Hume’s, Grey headed and chestnut headed, puff throated Warbler, Grey breasted Ashy and striated Prinia. Woodpeckers are fulvous breasted, grey capped pygmy, and Grey Headed, Lesser Yellow Nape and Greater Yellow - nape. The fascinating tiny Collared Falconet is often seen hunting down birds as big as them and bigger. Grasslands resound with constant calls of White Crested Laughing thrushes and the often heard but shy Rusty cheeked Scimitar Babbler. The riverine ecosystem of the Ramganga is incredibly rich and boasts of rare but locally common species like Lesser & Pallas’s fish eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle. Altitudinal migrants that the valley eagerly awaits post monsoon are little and Spotted Forktails, Brown Dipper and the magical Wall creeper.
Wildlife presentation over campfire whilst your relish hot soup and & beverages followed by dinner.
Overnight Vanghat (B, L, D)

Day 4

Morning trek around Vanghat before departure – 2 – 4 km

Gradient Easy
Detail An easy trail around Vanghat takes us into a rich Broad -leafed moist forest and runs for about 750 meters amidst towering broad-leafed trees of Jamun (Syzygium cumini), Tun (Toona sinensis), Sal (Shorea robusta), Rohini (Mallotus philippensis) and Kanju (Pongamia pinnata) etc. Numerous skulking species such as Chestnut headed Tesias, Blue winged Minla/ Siva, Red billed Leiothrix, Common Green & Red billed blue Magpies, Tawny & Brown fish Owl, Black chinned Babbler, Himalayan Blue Tailed, White Throated, Red-breasted, Slaty Blue, Little Pied and Yellow bellied Flycatcher etc. are often spotted.
After hot breakfast depart for onward destination.
Tour officially ends here.

  • Return 3 tier AC train ticket from Mumbai (Ex Mumbai option)**
  • Accommodation for 3 nights on twin sharing basis in above mentioned Lodge
  • Return ground transfers by AC Vehicle from Delhi
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary as B,L,D (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Guided Walking Safaris at Vanghat
  • Porters & helpers on arrival to transfer luggage to camp from Marchula
  • Professional Wildlife naturalist host of the trip
  • GST 5%
  • Convenience fee
  • Additional / personal use of vehicle.
  • Extended stay due to weather conditions or any situation not in human control.
  • Any personal expenses, room service and special orders, mineral waters, non-alcoholic beverages, tips, phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the above specified itinerary.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Camera fees.
  • Airfare/Rail fare (Ex Delhi option)**
  • Anything Specifically NOT mentioned in includes.

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