Not many would know what to do if you book your permit from the corbett website for Halduparao FRH stay, for the reporting gate is Kotdwar on the permit and not Ramnagar which we all know. We had a terrible time figuring out how to reach there and if there are facilities for tourists but we came to know that apart from the FRH itself there is none when we reached the corbett office in Kotdwar. Basically the entry point called the Vatanvasa gate is right on the other side of the Ramnagar and while there are no facilities like any kind of safari, food etc., it is much better for it is far untouched just because not many tourists go there. The jungle is denser here.
So you have to take your own vehicle which MUST be an SUV because you'd need high ground clearance, you'll have to cross a river thrice and a small but stony stream, one way. You can do the jungle safari in your own vehicle with the forest guard. Most importantly you'll have to carry provisions with you for the number of days you are staying as you get nothing inside. There is a cook within the FRH staff who can cook a wonderful meal with what you carry.
The location of the FRH is amazing with a watch tower on the edge of the cliff down which the shallow Palain river flows and across which there is a big beach which serves as a good drinking point for the animals and the tourists can have a good view at them from this point.
You are allowed to trek with the guard and we crossed the river barefooted.
Tigers are there in that area and the guard advises utmost caution. And there are many elephants, spotted deer, sambar, wolves, many birds and utmost peace and tranquility.
Worth a visit!
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