The Nainital area is situated in the Kumaon hills where thick wooded hills, snow capped mountains in the distance and clear pine scented air were a respite from the hot steamy plains. It was here that Col. James Edward Corbett was born. His love for the richness of the region and sensitivity to the miseries of the simple hill folk, were to shape his life as a courageous hunter of the man-eating tigers & leopards that plagued the villagers. Later on he became a visionary conservationist and author.
Corbett National Park is rightfully named after the man who was instrumental in its creation. It is here that the first three non days of riding are spent. With Jeeps and Elephants as modes of transport, one gets an excellent opportunity to examine, survey and enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the Park.
The Forest Lodge and the Resort situated on the periphery of Corbett National Park provide sumptuous meals, clean comfortable bed and bath and an ambiance that matches the wilderness. The first phase of the ride is easy, through thick peripheral reserve forests of Sal. Canter or gallop on the soft tracks and the opportunity to stop and examine whatever catches your fancy, is always there. Camping sites provide all the magic of the Jungle, the nocturnal sounds, bright lit skies and tales around a crackling camp fire, all make a heady cocktail.
The second phase of the ride begins the ascent into the hills. It provides the thrilling adventure of an uphill climb on narrow bridle paths, breathtaking views across growing hills, valleys and gorges and the changing vegetation at every turn. The Lodge at Pangot provides great comfort after a good days riding. The descent into Betalghat is equally dramatic.