Halduparao Forest Rest House

The 1890-built Halduparao Forest Rest House is 50 kilometres away from Kotdwara. After entering through the Vatanvasa gate, a 10-kilometre drive on a woodland road is required. It offers tourists a panoramic view of the river and the surrounding trees because it is at an elevation of 385 metres on the right bank of the Palain River. The FRH is older than a century. However, the new structure was created so that tourists may remain there. The entire area has impressive wilderness. Nearby to FRH is where the Palain (Sonanadi/Golden river) river runs. You may get a clear river view from the little watch tower on the FRH property. Most animals can be seen consuming liquids, gazing, and playing around the Palain (Sonanadi/Golden) river.

halduparao forest rest house
halduparao forest rest house old one

Mobile Network at Halduparao Forest Rest House

There is no cellphone network (Forest Department Wireless is available in case of emergency)

halduparao forest rest house
halduparao forest rest house New one

Electricity Facility at Halduparao Forest Rest House

Only solar light, typically utilised in the evenings, is powered by electricity.

How to Reach How to Halduparao Forest Rest House

Firstly you must reach Kotdwar city, which is well connected with a road and Train network from all major stations including the national capital Delhi. The Gypsy is mandatory to go to Halduparao FRH. However, you can take your vehicle to Vatanvasa Gate and park at the entry gate. Gypsy (Jeeps) are provided for transfer and jungle safari from Kotdwar city. Click on the below link for Gypsy booking.

Sonanadi zone of jim corbett national park
Sonanadi zone of jim corbett national park

Both the Domunda Tourism Zone of the Corbett Tiger Reserve and the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary in the area have FRHs. The Vatanvasa gate leads to Halduparao, the sole FRH in the Sonanadi Sanctuary. Within Corbett National Park is the FRH at Kanda. On the outskirts of the Sonanadi Sanctuary, the FRHs of Morghatti and Pakhro are accessible from Kalagarh and Kotdwar. The Domunda Tourism Zone of the CTR, which can be accessed via the Durgadevi gate ahead of Ramnagar, is home to the FRHs of Lohachaur, Rathuawadhab, and Mundiyapani. While Mohaan is 30 kilometres in advance of Ramnagar, the FRH of Kalagarh can be reached close to that city. Shiwalik Terai’s excellent forests, covering 301.18 sq km, are the home of Sonanadi Sanctuary. The name Sonanadi means “river of gold” in Arabic. Before the region was designated as a sanctuary, gold panning was done in the river.

machan at jim corbett national park

Halduparao Forest Rest House Booking

Halduparao Forest Rest House can be booked online and as well via an agent. This FRH can be booked 1 week before the visit and most of the time Saturday and Sunday are not available before 15 days also due to heavy demand on weekends.

jeep safari from vatanvasa gate
jeep safari from vatanvasa gate

Hi, I am Subhash Chaudhary I am a Youtuber who Record Videos Of Jim Corbett national park and jeep safari. you can also find the link of my youtube channel and video i recoded during my haldupurao frh night stay.

i went there from dehradun so i started my journey in the morning and reached vatanvasa gate of sonanadi wildlife sanctuary which is also a part of Jim cobett national park. there i met one jeep driver name sushil ji from near by local village called doundiyal village. he pick us and show permit at vatanvasa gate of jim corbett which leads towartds haldupurao FRH.

but before we start out journey to haldupurao i want to tell you we have purchased some rashan food for out dinner, lunch and breakfast as tourist have take there own raw materials to hand over it to the cook there at FRH. This happens only with few FRH inside jim cobett like mundiyapani, rathudhab, halduparao etc but not with DHIKALA FRH, bijrani or GAIRAL FRH.

we directly went to our halduparao frh and take some rest before we start out evening safari . we have done 3 hours of evening safari and also saw some elephant ground and all king of deers and birds.

and had such an amazing peaceful sleep as there is no disturbance but tiger roaring and night jar sound whole night from nearby forest.

next day we again take early morning jeep safari and than breakfast before we chack out from Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary. after we get outside from park and reached back to doundiyal village where we get down from jeep. we suddenly start checking our mobile signals as we were without it since 2 days.

this trip was unforgettable and really a life time experience for us. i suggest you to have a look on my videos too and i you wish to book this night stay you can contact me also CLICK HERE TO CONTACT



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Mundiyapani Forest Rest House


Mundiyapani forest rest house(FRH) is built in 1903 inside Jim Corbett national park. There are many Different forest rest houses at different zones inside Jim Corbett National park.

Mundiyapani FRH located in the Northern part of Jim Corbett national park and it lies inside Domunda Tourism Zone of Jim Corbett Park. Lohachaur, Rathuwadhab and Mundiyapani FRH all 3 lies under Domunda Tourism Zone.

Corbett Rest Houses Distributed in 5 Tourist Zones – Bijrani, Dhikala, Domunda, Jhirna, and Sonanadi.

About Me – i am subhash chaudhary. A Youtuber from Dehradun Uttarakhand and I love visiting unexplored beautiful peaceful locations around Uttrakhand.

Here is my Youtube channel link – Must subscribe to it because there you will also find Mundiyapani Forest Rest house detailed video too – MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL

mundiyapani forest rest house
Mundiyapani forest rest house-Jim Corbett national park


Most of the people visit Mundiyapani FRH just Because their Booking agent Refer this place as the Most Famous Dhikala Forest rest house is not available due to huge demand and popularity of it as Tiger Sighting is Guarantee there.

But, Few Visitors Like me visit Mundiyapani FRH just because they love to explore the Deep and Dence Forest of Jim Corbett National Park while staying in a more than 100 years old colonial clean and luxury bungalow. Mundiyapani FRH is also a Perfect Place for Bird Watching as Corbett park itself contains 650 Different species of Birds.

kingfisher in corbett park
Kingfisher near our Mundiyapani FRH


We started our journey early in the morning (7 am) from Dehradun in two cars with 6 people and we reach Mundiyapani FRH Around 1 pm. Our route is via Rishikesh>Kotdwara>dugadda.

dehradun to jim corbett national park
Dehradun to Mundiyapani frh route map


After we check in to FRH we don’t find anyone there for 5 minutes as the caretaker Mr. Amar Chand was busy watching and calculating the situation from 100 meters far(from a forest fire control room) which is situated just another side of the road. Just After Amar Chand Ji fully realize that we are his today night stay guest he starts running towards us and within a second he cross the little river and within a moment he was with us.

Forest fire check post jim corbett national park
Forest Check Post Near Mundiyapani FRH

The First Thing Amar Chand Ji does is to check our permit for booking and start filling the entry in the register and also we checkout the British Era entries to this FRH which you will watch on my youtube channel as I record everything in detail.

After all the formalities with Checkin, I start watching rooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen. I Start feeling that place and then I start walking around FRH to check all the things as much as possible because this is among the most beautiful places I have been to and this is the place for what I am waiting for the last 1 year.

river near mundiyapani frh

while all other group members sit outside FRH me and Bansal Ji went to the nearby river to feel the forest and we found some fishes there

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Bansal Ji watching the forest near Mundiyapani FRH
Going back to FRH
My room inside Mundiyapani FRH
Drawing room inside Munidyapani FRH
2nd room inside Mundiyapani FRH
Nikhil Bhai in Relaxing Mood @Mundiyapani FRH

After coming back from the nearby river Bansal Ji Abhishek Bhai (our cooking expert) gone to the kitchen with all the Raashan we buy from the market for our lunch and start helping AMAR CHAN  JIand BRIJMOHAN JI.

We decided to have just rice and lentil in our lunch and within minutes BANSAL Ji starts making dal by themselves and Amar Chand Ji start with rice.

I was Roaming around since time I heard a call from inside FRH (LUNCH is ready) I run towards the dining room and we really had such nice Satvik food (Dal Chawal) and like always I go to my bed after lunch and start reading a book(birds of north India)

After resting for about 1 hour on the bed we all get up and start roaming in the dining room and kitchen. The architecture design of the FRH is so well that the kitchen and room with bathroom and interconnected so well that anyone can access them from anywhere, FRH has two room and both are attached with bathroom and both bathrooms have 2 gates one open in the room and another outside FRH and kitchen is also having 2 gates one is connected withdrawing room and another opens outside.

We start Preparing for Dinner but before dinner, we prepare for the evening snacks(peanut chat, roasted soya Chaap-which Abhishek Ji bring from his factory Delhi 6 Chaap) we sit behind FRH near the kitchen back boor.

We keep talking and enjoying evening snacks and our 2 cooking experts Abhishek Ji and Bansal Ji keep visiting kitchen for the instruction on how to make our dinner more delicious (paneer, soya chaap etc …)

Soon sun goes down and there is completely dark inside our Mundiyapani FRH and day birds keep silent and the forest start awakening with nightjar singing near our FRH.

night jar Mundiyapani forest rest house
Nightjar bird near our FRH
Moon view from Mundiyapani forest rest house
Moon view from Mundiyapani forest rest house
Corbett national park forest rest house
Dinner@Mundiyapani forest rest house(me most left) Abhishek Ji and Bansal Ji most right

Around 10:30 we all went to our room and wakeup after sunrise. Soon we had our Breakfast(Aalu jeera+paratha) we all ready for the checkout from Mundiyapani FRH around 10 AM.

Mundiyapani forest rest house
Flowers inside Mundiyapani forest rest house
Mundiyapani forest rest house
Car parking inside Mundiyapani forest rest house
Corbett Tiger Reserve map
Map inside Mundiyapani forest rest house

This is our Stay at Mundiyapani forest rest house in the month of March 2021. I book this Forest Rest house from the Corbett National Park Official Website and Also Don’t forest to Subscribe to my youtube Channel there you will find this journey in detail in the video format, Here is my MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL Link.

My WhatsApp number( +91 9760385133) If in case you need a jeep safari near Mundyapani Forest rest house or Haldupurao Forest Rest House.

Also, read About My Jhirna Zone Jeep Safari