We started these 2 new properties in the Kumaon – Vanghat Lodge in Corbett and Chestnut Grove in Vijaypur, near Chaukori, Uttarakhand. A lot of folks have written in asking for how they get to these places.
Vanghat, Marchula, Corbett
Please note: Leaving Early out of Delhi is highly recommended due to the remote location of the Lodge.
Get on the Nizamuddin Bridge and onwards toward the Delhi – UP Border.
Drive straight to Moradabad. En route you will pass Hapur, Garh Ganga, Gajraula (Best midway stop with numerous options for meal and restroom use) and Joya.
Take the Hapur By pass just before Hapur town.
You take the Moradabad bypass just before Moradabad town. At the first toll booth get a ticket for the full by pass, onwards you encounter another tollbooth and finally join the main highway back. You need to U turn from this juncture and drive back about 2 Kms and then take a right turn for Kashipur and onwards to Ramnagar.
After you cross Ramnagar drive straight on the Ranikhet road for about 21Kms till you get to the village of Mohan (There is a police barrier here and a couple of tea shops). At Mohan there is a fork, the right road goes to Ranikhet and the left on to Garhwal take the left road going to Garhwal drive for another 14 km and you will spot the Baluli suspension bridge built over the Ramganga River. The Baluli suspension bridge is a visible and prominent landscape. There would be a representative from lodge to meet you at the Baluli suspension bridge and guide you to remote Vanghat.
Please note the hike is a 1.8 KM hike through undulating terrain. This walk through the village of Baluli and riverine forest is an excellent introduction to the valley, and can prove to be the most personally satisfying way of reaching the Lodge. Porters are provided however guests are requested to travel light.
Average fitness and good walking shoes are vital.
By Train: Preferred by most regulars since it is comfortable, convenient and economical. Ranikhet Express (also called Corbett Link Express) has First Class AC 2 Tier and departs every day from Delhi (Old) station at about 10:30 PM and arrives at Ramnagar at 5:00 AM. Since Ramnagar is the last station, coach attendants give you a wake-up call if instructed. This train departs back to Delhi at 9:30 PM everyday and arrives Delhi at 4:30 AM. This Train gives you the option of optimising your time in Corbett.
The other train option is Uttarakhand Sampark Kranti departing Delhi (Old) at 3:30 PM and arrives Ramnagar at 8:30 PM. The train departs Ramnagar at 9:00 AM and arrives Delhi at 3:30 PM. For those arriving by Uttarakhnad Sampark Kranti we make arrangements for stay at a lodge at a short distance from train station.
In the train beware of snoring neighbours!!! Must get hold of state of the art ear plugs!!
We arrange for station transfers if requested.
Chestnut Grove, Vijaypur (near Chaukori), Uttarakhand
From Delhi– Leaving Early out of Delhi is highly recommended due to the remote location of the Lodge. One can also take a break in between to have a relaxed and comfortable journey.
Get on the Nizamuddin Bridge and on-wards toward the Delhi – UP Border
Drive straight to Moradabad. En route you will pass Hapur, Garh Ganga, Gajraula (Best midway stop with numerous options for meal and restroom use) and Joya.Take the Moradabad By pass just before Moradabad continue till Rampur. From Rampur, just after the Railway Station turn left for Bilaspur – Rudrapur – Haldwani. From Haldwani start climbing up towards Bhimtal – Bhowali – Almora. From Almora you can either go via Kausani Bageshwer – Kanda – Vijaypur or Takula – Bageshwar – Kanda – Vijaypur.
From Ramnagar/Corbett/Ranikhet/Kausani – Drive through Mohan-Ranikhet-Vinta-Someshwar-Kausani-Baijnath-Bageshwar-Kanda-Vijaypur
From Pithoragarh/Berinag – Drive through Ghat-Panar-Gangolihaat-Berinag-Chaukori-Kameridevi-Vijaypur
From Munsiyari/Thal/Dharchula/Chaukori- Drive through Thal-Chaukori-Kameridevi-Vijaypur.
By Train: Preferred by most regulars since it is comfortable, convenient and economical. Ranikhet Express has First Class AC 2 and 3 Tier and departs every day from Delhi (Old) station at about 10:30 PM and arrives at Kathgodam, at 5:300 AM. Since Kathgodam is the last station, coach attendants give you a wake-up call if instructed. This train departs back to Delhi at 8:40 PM everyday and arrives Delhi at 4:30 AM. This Train gives you the option of optimising your time in the hills..
The other train option is ANVT Shatabdi Express, departing Anand Vihar Terminal at 6:15 AM and arrives Kathgfodam at 11:30 AM. The train departsKathgodam at 3:45 PM and arrives Anand Vihar Terminal, Delhi at 9:30 PM.
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