Vanghat - Where conservation meets tourism.Times of India
woke up one morning to find tiger footprints right outside his hut…Mint (weekend edition of the Hindustan Times)
Vanghat lies in total seclusion with the meandering Ramganga virtually cutting it off from human habitationDarpan (in-flight magazine of Indian Airlines)
plenty of other wildlife too – from curious otters that come to check you out to the odd sambhar passing by..Outlook Traveller
Nine villages made direct beneficiaries in the landmark community based tourism initiativeFurs, Fins and Feathers
One of the most isolated jungle lodges in India, Vanghat is truly breathtakingPike and Predator
Sport fishing for legendary fishes like golden mahseer and goonch (a giant catfish) found in the Himalyan rivers is an experience which has for years drawn enthusiasts from around the world to Vanghat and our pioneering profit-sharing mahseer conservation programme has seen the waters by the lodge once again the domain to the the numerous and sizeable fish stock that made the area revered in the time of the Raj. With expert and experienced guides, we can cater for seasoned anglers as well as beginners on what is held as one of the finest mahseer beats anywhere with numerous runs of promising fishing spot in stunning surrounds.
The Upper Ramganga, that is the area above Kalagarh Dam in Corbett Tiger Reserve and the massive Ramganga reservoir into which it flows in the north eastern corner of Jim Corbett National Park, is a vital fish habitat. From here the Ramganga is a typical Himalayan river with deep pools that allow large fish to stay year round.
Jim Corbett, the pioneer and later namesake of our neighbouring and India's oldest national park, was born nearby at the picturesque hill station of Naini Tal, spending most of his life in the wilderness of the area, much of it catching fish. In a chapter of his most famous work, Man-Eaters of Kumaon, titled 'The Fish of my Dreams', he reflects on the joys of fishing for golden mahseer in the region and most aptly describes the stretch of Ramganga River upon which we are situated thusly,"I had no means of weighing the fish and at a rough guess both the men and I put and it at 50 lb. The weight of the fish is immaterial, for weights are soon forgotten. Not so forgotten are the surroundings in which the sport is indulged in. The steel blue of the fern-fringed pool where the water rests a little before cascading over rock and shingle to draw breath again in another pool more beautiful than the one just left - the flash of the gaily coloured kingfisher as he breaks the surface of the water, shedding a shower of diamonds from his wings as he rises with a chirp of delight, a silver minnow held firmly in his vermilion bill- the belling of the sambhar and the clear tuneful call of the chital apprising the jungle folk that the tiger, whose pug marks show wet on the sand where a few minutes before he crossed the river, is out in search of his dinner. These are things that will not be forgotten and will live in my memory, the lodestone to draw me back to that beautiful valley, as yet unspoiled by the hand of man.”
We are also happy to help plan and book multi-day fishing excursions and expeditions further afield in Uttarakhand and the Himalayas.
Please note that while the camp is open round the year, fishing is closed from 15th June to 30th September each year.
Unfortunately, all fishing permits have been temporarily revoked as part of the Indian Supreme Court's 2012 ban on tiger tourism but it is expected to be lifted in 2014. Please sign up to our newsletter<LINK> to be the first to know when this occurs.
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