Being born in Delhi-NCR, gives you an added advantage and the ease of making frequent trips to the hills of Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand because of their close proximity.
But until now, for us, that advantage in case of Uttarakhand, was limited to only making frequent trips to Dehradun - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Mussoorie belt, which always made us rank hills of Himachal (Shimla, Kasauli, Manali, Kullu, Dharamshala, Dalhousie etc.) above Uttarakhand.
Nainital / Bhimtal / Jim Corbett, somehow couldn't happen because of some or the other reason every-time.
Here was a chance, an opportunity for us to experience what we hadn't till date - The other side of Devbhoomi, And glad that we grabbed that opportunity with both hands because it changed our perspective of Uttarakhand forever.
Our Broad Itinerary once we left from Gurgaon!
Day 1 & 2: Jim Corbett
Day 3 & 4: Bhimtal / Sattal
Day 5 & 6: Nainital
Day 1: Gurgaon to Jim Corbett, Ramnagar!!
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Jim Corbett ??? Jungle Safari & Tigers, isn't it? What most people don't know is that Jim Corbett has much more to offer than that!
Having had unsuccessful (Tiger Spotting) trips to both Ranthambore and Bandipur, we knew for sure that we wouldn't be opting for a jungle safari if we ever visit Jim Corbett (which is what it is most famous for).
This time, we just wanted a few days off from our busy lockdown lives, time to relax with each other in the middle of mother nature. And Jim Corbett, along with it's shade of hills, forest and Kosi river, had the perfect ingredients and offered the perfect setting to kickstart our journey to full-fill our wishes.
The 5.5 - 6 hours drive from Delhi / Gurgaon to Ramnagar (Corbett) is full-filling, super smooth and refreshing. We left from Gurgaon at about 7 a.m. in the morning and reached our splendid forest view resort, "The Golden Tusk", at around 1 p.m. One thing that is quite noticeable as soon as you enter the Corbett area is the series of beautiful and massive resorts on both sides of the road which literally gave us an instant high.
As soon as we reached our resort, we decided to hop on a bicycle and take a tour of our massive resort, which is spread over huge acres of land. They have built a bicycle track across their property specially for this.
They also have cute little villas and forest view rooms with small water-ways running beside them. We were lucky to have stayed in one such villa.