Research
  • 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 habitation
    Darpan (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 initiative
    Furs, Fins and Feathers
  • One of the most isolated jungle lodges in India, Vanghat is truly breathtaking
    Pike and Predator

Discovering more at Vanghat

Despite of the lodge's limited resources, Vanghat is proud to support a number of conservation initiatives and research both from the lodge itself and in the surrounding area. From Vanghat, we are conducting an ongoing species richness programme, a research project undertaken by volunteers primarily through the use of camera traps to discover and record the myriad of wildlife that exists in our immediate vicinity. Results so far have been extremely rewarding and encouraging, with tigers, leopards, sloth bear, elephants and sambar deer captured on volunteers' cameras as have more unfamiliar species such as pangolin, leopard cat and Himalayan black bear.

The lodge has also been the main support for the Society for Mahseer Conservancy, an Uttarakhand based not-for-profit conservation organization set up to address grass root conservation issues specific to wildlife and community based interests of the region. In partnership with host communities, the forest department and several national and international conservation agencies, Society for Mahseer Conservancy stands as an example that conservation issues can be effectively addressed through grassroots initiatives and sheer willpower in spite of very limited resources. It has instigated and promoted conservation initiatives of the nationally recognised successful comeback of golden mahseer fish in the Ramnagar River (which can be seen at Vanghat) and has also raised awareness for and protecting the nest sites of the critically endangered Indian Vulture and founding schemes to reduce human-wildlife conflict around Corbett National Park. Over the years Society for Mahseer Conservancy has also assisted numerous students with research, internship & PHD programmes, and has been a regional favourite with gap year students and eco-volunteers. Volunteers have been known to stay anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months!

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