So I come back home after a long day at work not knowing what to do over the upcoming long weekend. It'e been over six months that I started living in Gurgaon but haven't explored how I used to back in Mumbai. I keep my bag down and my husband says let's go out for the weekend. I check google maps and the first name that comes to my mind is Jim Corbett. Shows six and a half hours from Gurgaon including peak traffic. I pack in a hurry carrying all essentials and by 6 pm we are out of the house.
Gurgaon to Jim Corbett
We triumph the crazy rush of Gurgaon, Delhi & Noida and hit NH9. Its no relief since there is construction work going on from Ghaziabad to Hapur to which you'll fall prey and pay with your frustration. Beyond Hapur the road is better. North Indian highways are really interesting owing to their dhabas and food. Just before Gajraula, you'll find a series of "Shiv Dhabas"; every bill board vouching for its authenticity. What I got to know is when you are going from Delhi, the last dhaba on the right hand side is the oldest and original one. The food was quite good. Hot paranthas with dollop of butters will make you forget the drudgery of traffic that you just faced.
Jim Corbett to Nainital
We brave our way to Corbett and reach their by 12 am. There is this beautiful property Acorn Hideaway Resort & Spa in Ramnagar that we managed to book on our way. All tired, we just crashed in our comfy beds. It was in the morning that I got to see how close I have gotten to the nature. Birds chirping outside my balcony were my wake up call. As I looked out, the resort justified its name by being a hideaway and surrounded by farm and wildlife. We checked at the reception for the safari schedule and was told there are two slots a day. 6:30 am and 2 pm. However, one is supposed to apply for a permit for safari on the official website of Jim Corbett weeks before. Which we didn't. We were told we could still try our luck at Jim Corbett Reserve Permit office in Ramnagar. If there are any cancellations, we could get a permit. There are 5 zones in Jim Corbett National Park that allow 10 vehicles each at a time. So pretty packed schedule. Luckily there was a slot available in Durgapur zone on Monday so we immediately booked the same.