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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Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Sona Nadi Wildlife Sanctuary or simply Sonandai, is a vital wildlife reserve between the two well-known national parks of Corbett and Rajaji in the Uttarakhand region of India. It spans a territory of 301 square kilometres. It has gained popularity as a tourist destination because of its diverse flora and fauna, which thrives particularly well to the north of the Sonanadi River. The Asiatic Elephant, as well as the tiger, cheetah, sambhar, leopard, and reptiles, love to hang out in this area. At Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, visitors can see more than 150 different species of birds in their natural habitat.

The reserve is also the only protected area where walking is permitted. As a result, it is teeming with several non-venomous snake species, and visiting here is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Sonanadi, a gorgeous Nainital area reserve, benefits from the splendour of the Plain and Mandal rivers. The Vatanvasa gate provides entry to the Halduparao Forest Rest House, a functioning facility within the Sonanadi Reserve. thick sal and bamboo covering

A fantastic location for those seeking the embrace of nature and nirvana, complete with the sound of birds chirping and a sense of peaceful coexistence with the wildlife. The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, established on January 9th, 1987, is fundamentally connected to “Project Tiger,” which started in 1973. Together, Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Jim Corbett National Park are home to the world’s second-largest panther and tiger population.

sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary’s fauna

Rare creatures, including Asiatic Elephants, Tigers, Barking Deer, Sambhar, Cheetal, Wild Bear, and many Reptiles, use the sanctuary’s marshes as their abode. The refuge is also home to around 600 birds, both migratory and resident, and has a thriving avian life. The migrating birds travel to this sanctuary in search of a warm winter residence when their primary adobe becomes colder during the season.

Some bird species present at the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary include falcons, warblers, hornbills, Himalayan bearded vultures, pheasants, wall creepers, thrushes, changeable hawk eagles, emerald doves, flycatchers, and brown fish owls.

Some of the rarest medical plants in the nation can be found in the sanctuary’s flora, along with a few shrub species listed as endangered.

At the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, the famous Jeep Safari

There is a facility for tourist jeep safaris so they can enjoy the diversity and beauty this location has to offer. As exciting as it is, it gives you a glimpse into the native habitat of the local animals and birds. Of course, one of the most well-known hobbies here is looking for tigers, but safety comes first.

The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary also offers elephant safaris. At the sanctuary’s Ramnagar office, tickets for these safaris can be reserved in advance. The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is available to visitors from June 15th to October 15th and is closed during the monsoon season.

Visit Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary at these times:

The sanctuary has varied hours throughout the summer and the winter.

Summer morning safari hours are from 7:00 am to 10:00 am.
Safari in the evening: 2:00 to 5:30

6:00 am to 9:30 am for the Winters Morning Safari
Evening Safari: from three to six o’clock

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary timetable

Optimal Period to Visit Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Since the majestic Asiatic Elephant migrates to this area between November and February to enjoy the monsoon, these are the most OK months to visit the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary lodging

You can reserve one of the rest houses at Rathuadhab, Lohachaur, or Halduparao to have a comfortable and nostalgic stay at the sanctuary. Additionally, we have a carefully curated list of businesses that handle traveller accommodations and logistics so they may have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

Things to do around Jim Corbett National Park and Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the most famous traveller attractions in the neighbourhood is the Corbett Museum. When renowned hunter and naturalist Jim Corbett visited, it served as the home of his collections. At the Dhangadi Gate is the Corbett Museum.

Another popular spot is Corbett Falls, located 28 miles from Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.

The local goddess in the area is known as Garjiya Devi, and her temple is magnificent. Only 15 kilometres away, the Garjiya Devi temple is a must-see. It is located at an elevation connected by steep stairs near the banks of the river Kosi.

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
mandal river

the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary’s location

Because of its size, the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary may be reached from many points within the Jim Corbett National Park, including Kalagarh, Vatanvasa Gate, Durgadevi Gate, and Kotdwar.

Jim Corbett National Park is easily accessible thanks to its excellent connectivity to other motorable roads and major highways.

By Air:

The closest airport, located about 80 kilometres from Jim Corbett National Park, is Pantnagar Airport. Numerous taxis run between the airport and the national park. For additional connection, there are multiple daily flights from Delhi to Pantnagar.

By Rail:

The Jim Corbett National Park is 5 kilometres from the nearest train station, Ramnagar, if you’re taking the train. Major cities in India and Uttarakhand are easily accessible by motorable roads from Ramnagar Railway Station. Many trains from across the nation travel via Ramnagar, which serves as one of the sites when trains exit towards Nainital. You can travel from the Railway Station to the Jim Corbett National Park by using a private cab or auto-rickshaw.

By Road:

Both domestic and international tourists frequent the Jim Corbett National Park. Motorable highways well connect major Indian cities and the national park. From significant towns, numerous cabs go to Nainital and Jim Corbett National Park. A lot of luxurious buses also travel between Delhi and Ramnagar. These buses are available for hiring at ISBT Anand Vihar in New Delhi.

You can reserve a Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary trip from the best companies and explore all the park’s most well-known tourist attractions without any fuss.

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forest rest houses inside the park

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