The Kumaon Hills came under British rule after the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814–16), but the hill station town of Naini Tal was founded only in 1841, with the construction of the first European house (Pilgrim Lodge) by P. Barron, a sugar trader from Shahjahanpur. In his memoir, he wrote: “It is by far the best site I have witnessed in the course of a 1,500 miles (2,400 km) trek in the Himalayas.” In 1846, when a Captain Madden of the Bengal Artillery visited Naini Tal, he recorded that “houses were rapidly springing up in most parts of the settlement: some towards the crest of the limitary ranges were nearly 7,500 ft (2,300 m) above sea level: the rugged and woody Anyarpatta (Anyar-patt – in Kumaoni means – complete blackout. The reason for this nomenclature by the localites was because there were minimal sun rays due to its location and dense forests) was being gradually planted and that the favourite sites were on the undulating tract of forest land which stretched back from the head of the lake to the base of China and Deopatta (Camel’s Hump). The Church, St. John in the Wilderness, had been built, …” Soon, the town became a health resort favoured both by British soldiers and by colonial officials and their families trying to escape the heat of the plains. Later, the town also became the summer residence of the Governor of the United Provinces.
This community, located on the Historic Columbia River Highway between the Sandy River and Crown Point, was named after Senator Henry Winslow Corbett. Mr. Corbett owned a farm nearby and was one of Oregon’s prominent pioneer citizens and for many years lived in Portland.
Day 01: Dehradun – Corbett
In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Corbett – India’s first wildlife reserve (approx 206 Kms/ 7-8 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel/resort. You may spend time by going for an evening walk around kosi river. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 02: Corbett
In the morning get ready for your Jeep safari in Corbett National Park. Search for the tigers and other wildlife. Later back to resort & have your breakfast. In the afternoon you are taken to visit Girija temple and Dhangarhi museum. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 03: Corbett – Nainital
Today after breakfast you are driven by car to Nainital (approx 103 Kms / 3-4 hrs). Nainital, a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, is also referred to as the ‘Lake District’ of India. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 04: Nainital – Excursion to Bhimtal and Sattal Lakes
After breakfast you are driven by car to visit Bhimtal and Sattal Lakes (approx 23 Kms one way / 1 hr). Bhimtal is one of the largest lakes in the Nainital. There is an island in the middle of the lake and the restaurant is located atop it which can be reached by boats. Sattal literally meaning Seven Lakes is a cluster of seven lakes. It unfurls the rustic beauty of the Lower Himalayas with its calm and quite ambiance. Later in the evening return to Nainital where u can spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 05: Nanital – Delhi
Today after breakfast in the morning you are driven by car to Delhi Airport (approx 320 Kms / 8-9 hrs) for your flight back home with beautiful memories of your holiday.