Vanghat Lodge, Deema Range, Uttarakhand, India
A Wilderness Lodge

The pine, teak and sal of the forests of Uttarakhand are especially silent. Even the birds are hesitant to sing their song. Then, a piercing roar from the lord of these jungles. It is then you realise that you are in Corbett, India’s first ever national park in the mountains of Kumaon

Corbett National Park is a beautiful labyrinth of forests and peaks interspersed with the Ramganga river. The oldest national park in India, Corbett was established out of a need to conserve the land where Jim Corbett once roamed. This was the genesis for Project Tiger, a milestone in preserving India’s national animal. 502 sq km of the pristine forest waiting for you to explore. 

Perfectly Rare

Vanghat’s model of sustainable tourism nestled among Jim Corbett National Park makes it a perfect destination for those who truly seek the wild on its own terms. 

Know Your Host

Sumantha Ghosh started Vanghat with an innate understanding of wildlife preservation in its natural element. He saw the potential around the Ramganga for a prime fishing destination along with space for conserving eco-tourism and the philosophy of giving back to the wild. Today, Sumantha sees Vanghat...

Vanghat is, built on a simple model, to be a sustainable venture and give back to the land of its conception. Situated on the banks of the Ramganga, Vanghat is accessible only by a raft or 4x4 vehicle, making it an isolated getaway into the wild. Inviting true lovers of the wild, Vanghat’s spaces are designed to be minimalistic, green and rustic. Community-based conservation and tourism-based conservation are among Vanghat’s tenets, and this reflects in everything, both inside and outside of the property.   

Vanghat hosts nine spacious cottages amidst the wild. Five of these cottages are constructed with stone, while four are mud and thatch cottages. Designs of each cabin reflect the sense, sensibilities and style of typical Pahadi homes in the region. Every part of the living space at Vanghat is designed to have as little impact on the environment as possible, including the dining and research stations.

The cottages are also wildlife-friendly, standing on raised platforms to allow animals to pass by safely without getting stressed by human activity.


Vanghat believes in growing what you eat. Everything that goes into the dining at Vanghat is produced in house in the organic garden. The inhouse chef is an expert at preparing Indian and Tibetan fare, and they are more than happy to accommodate any special dietary requests. 

Vanghat means ‘“The valley of the wild’” in Hindi. Everything at Vanghat is motivated by the experience of the wild in its true form. All cottages and common spaces at the property are also designed to be watch-outs for wildlife. Vanghat also has a Machaan, a high platform that offers a 360-degree view of the Shivaliks where one gets to be as close as possible to nature without being intrusive. If you’re lucky, you may just spot a fleeting glimpse of stripes in the wilderness, silently traversing the domain.

For those who want to dive into the jungle, the safari at Corbett provides an excellent opportunity to observe wildlife from a safe distance with the guidance of trained naturalists. An outstanding experience offered by Corbett is; the chance to experience the jungles on elephant-back.

Angling is one of Vanghat’s highlighted experiences. Being one of the prime locations for the world-famous Golden Mahseer, Vanghat is a perfect destination for those aching to use their fishing reels. For those that seek adventure beyond, there are innumerable trekking opportunities and wildlife excursions available around Vanghat. Climbing the machan is also a surreal experience that promises to be as rewarding

Perfect For

Vanghat is accessible by 4x4 as well as a raft and therefore is of easy reach to those with reasonable fitness levels. The salubrious outdoors and setting within the property mean that you can observe wildlife right from the property.


Vanghat is open all year

Vanghat began with the premise of conservation and sustainability and has reiterated that we are guests of the forest and not the other way round. Ticking all touchstones, Sumantha and Vanghat show the benefits of when tourism is done right without diluting the immersive guest experience. Built to not disturb the fragile environment, it is so well camouflaged that one can’t always tell where the lodge ends and the forest begins.

Vanghat practices community-based tourism with the entire staff belonging to the local area. This brings in their expertise and wisdom of the jungle and its ways. They have also been trained to be the naturalists and guides who take you on walking safaris, birding and angling. Working with the community by setting up a scheme to share revenue, Sumantha has been instrumental in helping increase the Golden Mahseer found in the river here. Efforts were then made to restore the land around the forest, resulting in wildlife returning to the area.

There is an emphasis to facilitate a meaningful learning environment for children. Programs with young children open their minds to the wonders of the jungle and the necessity of conservation and preservation.

No Single Use Plastic Safe Garbage Disposal Water Conservation Nature and Biological Diversity Conservation Local Community Engagement Light  Footprint Tourism Sensitive Destination Discovery Heritage Preservation The Human Touch
Experience the darkness of the forest in its truest form – look at the stars, listen to the sounds change from day to night and explore the facets of the jungle at night.

Reviews and Location
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

by Departure800406 on 04/12/2023

Vanhat is a wonderful choice of place to stay if you are looking to get away from the noisy touristic crowds. All staff were helpful, friendly & did all they could to make our stay a successful one...

An Escape Into The Heart of Nature To Rejuvenate Yourself
by Oishitraveler on 04/11/2023

As a nature loving couple, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Vanghat. Located in the heart of wilderness, surrounded by forested mountain slopes, and with the live-giving Ramganga River flowing by...

A true adventure. Simply a wonderful experience.
by Bill P on 04/10/2023

In Dec.2022 my partner and I visited The Vanghat in the Himalayan Foothills. It was —— quite simply —-amazing! Getting to the camp itself was a brilliant experience. The camp is staffed by extremely...

Nearest Airport : Delhi - 300 KM
Nearest Railway Station : Ramnagar - 38 KM
Nearest Bus Station : Ramnagar - 38 KM

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