Travel has something about itself that moves something inside you. The bliss you experience, the beauty you come across and the cultures that bring out a new you every time you pack your bags and set your feet out is something most of us yearn for. So when we were jaded with professional commitments, work, kids and family, we decided to take a break and go on a lazed out vacation. As we wanted a relaxing break and not something adventurous, we decided to play safe and stick to a simpler destination and not something fancy like Goa or Pondicherry (I don’t know why they renamed it later). So, we ditched the obvious and headed to a rather laid back, rustic destination of Jim Corbett. While picking out on this destination, we were pretty sure that morning jungle safaris would be the only adventure and we would be able to relax on poolside the rest of the day.
Feeling too lazy to even drive down to Ram Nagar, we decided to book a cab (we booked from our local operator, but now Uber and Ola are also providing outstation services) and began our jungle sojourn. A three-day stay at the Golden Tusk Resort was something that we were literally craving for. The resort was everything that we would have wanted in our accommodation (For more on the Golden Tusk resort, read our review, the real tusker). A landscaped estate, nestled at the edge of the reserve forest, on the banks of river Dhela, the resort has well-appointed accommodations, multi-cuisine & specialty dining, a wellness centre, and a gamut of recreation facilities. We booked ourselves a luxury tent, only to realise later that a tent in summers is not an intelligent idea.
Early next morning we began our jungle sojourn with a jeep safari to the southern part of the Jim Corbett national park. Early mornings are like a trance in the wild as the surroundings are so dew-dipped that an entirely different view is available for our eyes to feast on. As soon as we entered the jungle, the beautiful chirping birds reminded me of my tour to the majestic Ranthambore national park, where we were greeted by about seven-eight dancing peacocks just at the entrance of the park! The sight even here was amazing, but the number of peacocks we came across was far low. Chirping birds, deer, antelopes, monkeys, baboons and what not. Our eyes were wide open as we did not want to miss any opportunity to spot a wild.