We started our journey from Delhi to Ramnagar for a two days weekend trip to visit Jim Corbett National Park.
Ramnagar is a small town located near famous Corbett National Park in Nainital districts of Uttarakhand. The city is said to be a dream destination for wildlife traveller as this is the sole park in India where richest concentrations of wildlife occur.
We were a group of 12 people, so we booked a traveller for two days. We started our journey early morning around 6 AM from Delhi, so that city traffic can be avoided. On the way, we halted at Gajraula for breakfast at a dhaba named Tadka.
This Dhaba is built like a village hut, serves the typical dhaba food and the service is quick. Food is above average and prices are reasonable. This dhaba occupies a large corner of a very large Bharat Petroleum petrol pump which shares boundaries with other eateries including McDonalds and dominos. However, as this gets a mixed crowd the toilets were just ok, unlike other places which have a cars-only visitor profile.
We had parathas and tea for breakfast. First time I ate tandoor paratha there, it was bit different than normal tawa paratha, but it was good.
After breakfast, we head towards our destination. When we booked our trip, the weather was quite hot. But as September is the end of monsoon season, we faced an unexpected rain. It was raining continuously since a day before we started our journey. Because of continuous rainwater get logged on our way close to resort. In this police were only allowing heavy vehicles as small vehicles may fail to sustain heavy water force.
We reached our resort “Acorn Hideaway Resort & Spa Jim Corbett” in Ramnagar around 1 PM. The resort is located about 12kms off the main highway heading to Ramnagar (On Dhela Road), they have enough signage placed along the route, so you know you’re on the right track.
The resort is perfect just like the name hideaway from all the mess of the world, you will be welcomed by pretty and adorable ducks fluttering at the entrance garden.
After reaching resort we settled down in our rooms. We got a luxury duplex there, with interconnected rooms, outside balconies which were giving a view of natural greenery and a living area with sofa and fold-able bed.
As our safari was scheduled for next day, we decided to enjoy the resort that day.
The resort had a badminton court, a clean and large pool, and manicured lawns. The pool had a separate part for kids so that even they can enjoy, you will find so much peace there as the resort is far away from all the noise of world completely surrounded by greenery.
We can choose two timings for safari, either morning 5:45 AM, or post-lunch around 3 PM. As it was raining, our jeep safari driver suggested going for post-lunch next day. Next day, we had our breakfast and then we head towards the pool to enjoy. After few hours we got the call from our jeep safari driver that safari is not possible as it is closed because of waterlogging.
We all were a bit upset because our safari got cancelled, but soon we got involved in our poolside enjoyments.
In this trip, first time I tried water diving. Though I was a bit scared initially, as I don’t know swimming, but a zeal to overcome my fear and to experience that amazing feeling I tried it. After trying front dive once, I did it again and also did back dive into the water.
What exactly I learned from it is: “Fear is just a state of mind, once you decide to overcome it, you surely can”.
We checked out of resort around 5 PM (actually it was at 2 PM but we got it extended), we got freshen up accordingly, had our lunch and then left the place with so many memorable moments in our bucket.
Even though safari got cancelled, but this trip has surely added some more beautiful experience, crucial lessons and wonderful friends in life.
“Being traveller is a luxury which needs to be earned by observation and experience” ~ anchal sarraf
Jim Corbett is a must visit place if you are looking for weekend plan far away from all the stress, pollution and noise of the city, it is just 6 hours away from Delhi and you will not have to take any extra leave apart from two days of weekends.
- If you are visiting for a relaxing holiday, and don’t intend to venture out of the resort, please do avail of All Meals inclusive package, since there aren’t many options around the resort, for eating out, only a few other resorts are present in the vicinity.
- You can wear any kind of clothes according to season you are visiting, It is advisable to wear the clothes of colours which merge with the natural surroundings like khaki, olive green, and some other dull colours.
- Do check deals online before booking, you can even directly connect with hotel management for cracking the best deal. More the number of people you are in a group, high is the chances of you getting a reasonable deal.
- You can make safari booking from here: http://www.corbettnationalpark.in/online-corbett-safari-booking.htm
- Best time to visit Jim Corbett is from October to June (avoid monsoon season so that you will not face safari cancellation as we did).