Nainital and Corbett

Nainital Lake yachting
Nainital Lake

This experience is ideal for those of you who like being in the Himalayan foothills, in the midst of nature, long walks, bird watching and lesser known but stunning built heritage. Some of the properties you will be staying in may not have the television and wifi connectivity may be sketchy. Not ideal for people who like to party with blaring music or people with mobility issues as some of the places are not handicap accessible. Get a book or two, board games, star gaze and be thankful that you are in nature breathing fresh air. Visit and follow our Instagram page to see photos from Nainital and other Himalayan destinations we cover.

Although a popular hill station in Uttarakhand, the region around Nainital does see less people as compared to the lake town itself. Even in Nainital, if you stay away from the Mall road you can be at peace. This is the Nainital that I know very well, having studied and lived here for 9 years of my childhood. I will help you explore the Nainital and places around it that many don't get to see because simply put - they get stuck on the Mall which is the busiest part of the town.

Itinerary (will be customized to your requirements):

Day 1 
Self-drive or take the early morning (06:00) train from Delhi to Kathgodam (train tickets in the Shatabdi must be booked in advance). Arrive Kathdogam by 11:00 and get shuttled (two hour drive) to the drop off point from where you begin an easy two kilo-meter hike to the eco friendly jungle lodge (another option is to stay in a luxury resort with easy access to one of Corbett's designated jungle drives). At some point in our hike, you will also get on a raft to cross the Ramganga River. Estimated time of arrival to the lodge is 02:00 PM. After lunch & a round of introduction with the Lodge team settle into your cottage, freshen up. Guided nature walk in the afternoon along the property and along the river.

Walking to the Eco Lodge in Corbett
Walking to the Eco Lodge in Corbett

Day 2
Post breakfast, Camera trap & forest surveys – today you will learn about using camera traps equipped with infrared triggers or heat to obtain critical data about wildlife and their habitats. You will get an insight into all manner of tiger conservation activities, wildlife management, and community focused initiatives during your time on this trip. This includes tasks such as setting up and checking camera traps, learning how to identify animal tracks and other important signs like scat and scratch-marks. OR go on one of many walking safaris lead by trained naturalists.

Nature walks, river crossing in Corbett
Nature walks, river crossing in Corbett

After lunch & a mid day siesta, participate in the afternoon activities. Wildlife conservation, guided nature walks, birding trails, scat analysis, river crossing with rafts. Back at the lodge for tea, coffee & cookies. Settle down for a wildlife slideshow/presentation followed by dinner. End our day with an interactive session & your favourite experience today.

Conservation initiatives by the Eco Lodge
Conservation initiatives by the Eco Lodge

Day 3
Early morning after tea and coffee get ready to check camera traps, & pug marks of free ranging/wild animals and similar observations in captivity (zoo). Food habits analysis by testing scat sampling in wild. Have breakfast. Relax. Alternatively, you can hike up to a secluded waterfall along with a picnic lunch.

After a quick session, my team will focus on jungle survival – challenge your inner self to survive in an unknown terrain with very few available resources. Your instructors will aim at imparting the most authentic, exciting and extreme experience of jungle craft and survival skills while developing a sense of responsibility towards the natural ecosystem and its preservation. Dinner in the outdoors. Star gazing, the group will reflect on the day’s experience.

Enroute Nainital
Enroute Nainital

Day 4
Post breakfast, depart for your onward journey - Nainital. Couple of hours later and after having driven to an elevation of almost 7,000 feet, you will reach Nainital and check in to our heritage homestay which was once where Jim Corbett lived for some time or stay in a resort with fantastic views of Nainital Lake. Post lunch, go on a nature trail to get an aerial view of Nainital. As a boarding school kid growing up in Nainital, the trail was strictly out of bounds for us but we still did manage to sneak our way there, especially when we craved hot and fresh bread with omelettes with copious amounts of tea.

Governor's Mansion, Nainital
Governor's Mansion, Nainital

Day 5
After breakfast, visit Gurney House (provided the current residents are not in town). Gurney House is where Corbett lived for most of his time during the last few years before India's independence. This part of Nainital still retains it's former Colonial past as there are several other bungalows some are still in two acre size plots complete with a tennis court.

Visit the Governor's Mansion or Raj Bhawan, a 90 bedroom Scottish gothic style mansion created in 1900. The mansion is still used by the Governor when he / she is in town and adjoins a beautiful nine hole golf course. We can then have a traditional local lunch in town. No trip to Nainital is complete unless you walk on the Mall road. Walk the Mall with me and discover the favorite hang out places of us boarding school kids or you are free to explore the town on your own, go on a boat ride or grab a bite at the famous Sakley's Cafe. 

Nainital Lake from Boat House Club
Nainital Lake from Boat House Club

Day 6
Check out after breakfast.


Pricing depends on number of people, length of stay and customization. Contact or call +91 9717148483. As it is hard to find professional guides in Nainital I can accompany you on this holiday as your naturalist. I studied in Nainital for nine years and visit quite often even today - it would be a pleasure to share my knowledge of my second home with you.

Please Note:
  • There is no guarantee that you will see any wildlife. The river and / or sanctuary is their habitat and sightings depend on water level in the river, human interference, climatic conditions, weather and other factors, migratory pattern of birds, most of which are beyond your and our control. 
  • What to carry during the safari: photo identification, camera, binoculars, warm jacket (in the winter), backpack, sun glasses, cap, vizer, sun block, some cash, and drinking water.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly not permitted in National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
  • Please do not throw trash on the floor even if you don't see a trash can. Please ask me or your walk leader and we can help to dispose it off properly.
  • To prevent disturbing wildlife, I do not recommend the use of call playback to attract birds for photography purposes, feeding or baiting of wildlife. Despite this, if you do and are caught by the authorities or called out by locals or fellow wildlife enthusiasts, then you are liable for fines / penalties etc.