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Reviewed 9 March 2021

Well, I could easily reach there any time – less than 300km drive from Delhi. And of course I enjoy forests a lot ever since I started reading Jim Corbett.
This lodge is well maintained. Very neat and clean. Eco friendly. Tasty food.As god as it can be in such a remote location.
Here is a brief of what I liked and what might be an issue with some others...

The last stretch was the 2km walk on a hilly track – very scenic. Even with a back pack, it was not a difficult one. Crossing the river on the bamboo raft was fun.

River was full of Mahsheer. The owner, Mr. Ghosh told me that Corbett’s “The fish of my dream” was based on this location. In fact, the place where he killed the Mohan man-eater is not far from there.

We saw a lot of colorful birds – yes – a lot. Flocks of those would come to peck on the palash flowers. There were common ones like plum or grey headed parakeets, peacocks, many kinds of kingfishers, eagles and owls and rare ones like minivets, great hornbills, white crested laughing thrush and many more exotic ones of which I forgot the names. Porcupines used to invade the place in the night. Used to sit on a machan overlooking a waterhole and saw Barking deers, Sambars, Chitals, Wild boars, Civets coming there – mostly during the twilights.
Saw fresh tiger pugmarks – one was just outside the gate of the property.
The place was full of elephant droppings – last time a herd visited was pehaps a
couple of weeks back.
But the best part was to have dinner in candle light and then sit out listening to the sounds of the jungle. A few times heard the alarm calls of a barking deer. It used to be so dark in the night that I could not see my wife sitting barely a couple of feet away. And then there was Mr. Rohit Chawla whose expertise is in astronomy …he has an expensive telescope and can help you explore the exceptionally clear sky.

Then there were the walks early in the morning and in the late evenings with a village boy Mukesh. He has been working as a guide for last 10 years. Very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the waterfalls. In fact the water supply for the property was from a falls nearby – even the drinking water. At times we went up the hill for may be 300-400 mtrs and sat there overlooking the Ramganga river for an hour.

Bathing in the river was great fun too. River is very clean and climate was perfect. Though it was fast flowing and had rapids – there was not much water at this time, hence safe.

There was no AC, no geyser, no exotic food items, no DJ or even light music. Just mud/stone huts with all basic amenities. Though basics were perfect and so was the service. The Manager Mr. Bhopi was a perfect host. He warned us to wear the shoes – as there are snakes and scorpions.
Lastly, remember that there is no guarantee of viewing a big cat Most folks I know, gets very upset if they cannot see a big cat in a forest. They totally ignore the trees and the birds and the smell and the sounds. With due respect to their differing priorities, I would say – this place is not for them.

Room tip: Mud huts are good for a family of 3.
Date of stay: March 2021
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1  Thank AmarM646
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Reviewed 8 March 2021

Vanghat is absolutely an amazing place, one of the cream Wildlife property in India, which is just next to Ramganga( my first love) and surrounded by beautiful Sal trees, Im really delighted working with Vanghat as a Naturalist.
Although i worked as a volunteer and for a limited period, but i had life time memories in vanghat.
Mr.Sumantha Ghosh is always ever smiling and very knowledgeable, sir himself is a book.
Mr.Bhupi, General manager is a good friend, mesmerized with his hospitality.
Talking about hospitality, i shouldn't miss Jyoti, who is always there for guests in anytime, best company ive ever had.
All the staff are very friendly.
Food is delicious, specially kumaoni food, which is local village special.
Learnt lot of things in both wildlife and life.
Finally thats an adventurous ride with vanghat.

Date of stay: January 2021
Trip type: Traveled solo
Thank travelwithhari
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Reviewed 25 February 2021

For me Vanghat has always been a place that I want to return to. A bird lover's paradise, nestled right next to the Ram Ganga river, teeming with Mahseer Fish, surrounded by forests with many varieties of beautiful birds. The silence is only broken by bird songs, murmur of the river, gushing water fall, calls from peacocks, barking deer, langurs and an occasional trumpeting of wild elephants . The raft rides to cross the river and the treks in the forests are delightful highlights. The stone, mud and thatched roof cottages are built on the lines of hill folk architecture, which is a dying art. There is a machan over looking a watering hole where you can sit and enjoy cool breeze and watch out for birds and animals. The entire place has a rustic charm.

In the evenings one can sit around the bonfire and gaze at the starry sky. This time around they had a star gazing programme, "We the Wonder Explorers" hosted by Rohit, whose telescope 'Aditi Nandan' offered an experience of a life time, especially for the kids.

The food is awesome, a shout out to the resident Chef and Mukesh.

The entire team is nothing but outstanding. Sumantha Ghosh who runs the place is extremely well read and passionate about nature. It amazes me no end that a gentleman of International repute is so down to earth. He is full of jungle lore and anecdotes. He reminds me of the 'Last of the Mohicans'. His better half Pushpa and his kids made the stay all the more enjoyable.

Bhopi deserves a special mention, an allrounder, always on his toes looking after the needs of the guests, his radiant smile can light up a room, a gem of a person. Hari, our guide was extremely knowledgeable, he went out of the way to engage the children. Beautiful Jyoti, her presence itself has such a calming effect, she will quietly talk of nature and is very observant. Sumantha you have a winner combination of a team here.

When the holiday came to an end there was a reluctance to leave. Vanghat, I will be back soon.

Date of stay: February 2021
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Thank HelenBajaj
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Reviewed 17 February 2021 via mobile

It was really amazing experience. Food items were different and tasty as well as healthy. It was great to be part of van ghat family.i am missing my stay at van ghat. We were treated like special family guest. Wish to visit again

Date of stay: February 2021
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank goyalnitish26
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Reviewed 6 February 2021 via mobile

Paradise is an understatement for Vanghat. It is located in one of the finest locations away from the hustle and bustle of Ramnagar and typical commercial resorts. An Eco-Friendly lodge with a soul and one of the kindest, caring, well versed, and humble staff I have met in a long time.
Please note, It's for people seeking tranquility, serenity, and adventure.
If you intend to be loud and party, please don't go here. Your presence will only disturb the beauty of Vangaht.

Date of stay: February 2021
Trip type: Traveled solo
Thank sammytravlel
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