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
The broad-leafed forested hills and riverine valley habitat at Vanghat offer a rich mix of wildlife as diverse as our neighbour, Jim Corbett National Park.
Our largest visitors are herds of elephant which amble through the valley, often peacefully between the buildings of the property itself - something accounted for in the design of the lodge - but their trail of browsed fruits and grasses is unmistakable. Wild boar and porcupine are another of our most rambunctious of guests, leaving numerous holes and burrows in wake of their rummaging.
Deer species, such as barking (also known as the muntjac) and large sambar deer are commonly seen in the valley and troops of gangly langurs often pass through. Himalayan goral, a shy goat antelope species, can be frequently sited on the rock faces of the valley opposite the lodge, and the extremely rare Himalayan serow antelope was photographed here in what was likely a first for the region. The distinct alarm calls of these animals echoing from the forest from dusk until dawn tell us of a predator's presence.
Though sighted only on occasion, cat species are in abundance around Vanghat, with fresh pug marks seen almost daily in the valley all throughout the summer and winter months (November to June). The forests around Corbett Tiger Reserve are home to one of the highest densities of tigers outside any protected area (PA) in India. Leopards are also present, but are famously more circumspect of unwanted human contact than tigers. Other felines, such as the Jungle, leopard and fishing cats, and smaller predators including Indian python, cobra, mongoose and marten, have been spotted. Both sloth and Himalayan black bears are occasional visitors too.
Apart from seeing immense golden mahseer, the largest of carp species and a legendary game fish reaching over a metre in length on our stretch of the Ramganga River, and goonch, a giant catfish, the waters are also frequented by common Indian otter and mugger crocodiles. Click here for more about angling at Vanghat.
More than anything, however, Vanghat plays host to an exceptional variety of birdlife, the Corbett landscape boasts around 600 species, both resident and migrant. A rich mix of forest, riverine and mountain species can be sighted here year round, with the winter months being especially good for migratory birds. Click here for more about birding at Vanghat.