We got up at 8:30am, had a filling breakfast at the hotel and left for Corbett in a taxi which took 2500 INR to and from from nainital to Corbett. Although, after the trio got over, they hassled us to give them 500 rs more which was in a bad taste. So, I Strongly recommend that you leave no uncertainty of any kind in the decided price. Since they were the local taxi union, we didn't argue much and ended up paying 500 more than decided.
But anyway, back to where we were. So we left hotel at 10 am and went to see naini peak and nainital waterfall. We didn't exactly cover the entire naini peak since we had to catch 2:30pm jepsy ride at Corbett. But you can either trek or take a horse ride for the same. On the horse, you'll cover 6 view points. We hardly covered one but thoroughly enjoyed the one we did. ????
The ride to Corbett was one that people write about in books and talk about in movies. The roads were beautiful and smooth while the hills were tall enough to save your from the sunlight and wide enough to let you enjoy the drive. We stopped for tea and pakora on the roadside stall and that along with the weather was just perfection.
We then drove towards Corbett and the temperature increased as we went closer to Corbett. We took a detour to visit some random temples here and there and then stopped at Corbett waterfall for a while.
The entry ticket is 50rs per head and 100 rs for a vehicle. You have to walk a little to reach the waterfall. It's in the middle of a well maintained forest. Swimming or going into the water is not allowed. You can just visit it from far.
In the middle of 1pm heat,a waterfall is a bliss. So, We sat there in silence for a while.
We then went to the entrance gate of the forest where we hired open top Jeep for 4k INR for 3 hour ride. You can also opt for 6-hour canter ride which will cost you 1500 per head. At 2:30 pm we left for the forest with our driver/guide telling us stories of tiger sightings and how the local villagers live around the forest in harmony with the animals.
He told us why the forest needs protection from the traffickers. We saw monkeys, various kinds of birds, elephants. Although personally, the best part for us was driving over the river, getting drenched in rain while standing in an open top jeep, being stuck in hailstorn and having delicious spicy maggi on our way to ramnagar.
We reached our hotel at 8pm. The hotel staff was polite. They even provided accommodation for our cab driver without any additional charge. We arranged for hukkah from a shop outside the hotel at 650 including the flavour and coal.
We set up the hukkah in the balcony, had dinner and talked till 1am.
Next day, we drove back to kathgodam to catch a morning train.
Nainital is perfect for a laid back weekend and we are not complaining.