What’s the best way to catch up with family friends – over a boring dinner party at home or a massive dinner buffet at an extravagant resort in the hills? Well, since the choice was quite clear, it wasn’t hard to convince either of the two parties to pack their bags and drive off to Jim Corbett on that cold winter morning! And while that memory is still fresh, let me share with you what followed our joyous road trip on that 3 days trip to Jim Corbett in December.
A safari to Jim Corbett had been on the cards for some time. When my parents and I finally had the time for a trip, we roped in some good friends and set off. Jim Corbett offered us the advantage of experiencing adventure and nature on a short weekend trip so that we could go back to our corporate lives the very next day.
The only challenge was to book a 3 days tour within our budget, and that was when TravelTriangle came to my rescue. They tailored a package that had everything I wanted to do and wasn’t even expensive.
Details Of My 3 Days Trip To Jim Corbett In December
Trip Type: Family
Trip Cost: INR 37,500/-
No. Of People: 1
Trip Duration: 2 Nights 3 Days
Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, canter safari in Dhikala zone, taxes, sightseeing
Exclusions: Transfers, entry fee, travel insurance
Highlights Of My Customised Jim Corbett Trip From Delhi
Day 1: Bonfire and Tambola
Day 2: Jungle safari and Garjiya Devi Temple
Day 3: A visit to the river and departure
Weather In Jim Corbett In December
The weather in Jim Corbett in December was quite cold, to be honest. But while the mornings and evenings were chilly, the afternoons were warm and sunny. We had opted for an early morning safari in a canter, and the first two hours of battling that biting cold in a fog-covered jungle were the toughest part. But once the sun was up, the mist cleared and the freezing wind turned cool and soothing. Overall, Jim Corbett in winter is a delight if you pack enough thermals and woolens.
Best Experiences I Had On My 3 Days Trip To Jim Corbett In December
Here are some of my most cherishable moments from the trip. You should add these experiences to your own holiday so that you too can have a beautiful time in Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand!
1. An Early Morning Safari
There’s nothing like a thrilling ride through the jungle that bestows you with soothing sights of the wilderness and an occasional encounter with curious animals. While the mighty Royal Bengal Tigers were a no-show, we managed to spot plenty of Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Blue Bull, Asian Elephants, and a few species of birds during our safari! Other than playing peek-a-boo with wildlife, our 4-hour long safari also treated us to a breathtaking sunrise!
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2. A Visit To Garjiya Devi Temple
Spiritual or not, you ought to see this Hindu shrine located near Ramnagar. Tucked right next to a sparkling river, the mere sight of this towering sanctum is bound to overwhelm you! Among the many other things to see in Jim Corbett, this temple takes second lead after the Corbett Park itself. You can either sit on the banks of the river and admire its massive red and white structure from below, or you can climb all those stairs to the top and see the beautiful idol of Garjiya Devi resting inside the shrine. There’s also a small market right outside the temple where you can buy small knick-knacks like souvenirs and toys.
3. Birdwatching Near A River
One of the most exhilarating experiences of this trip to Jim Corbett in December was my self-guided birdwatching tour to the river located right next to Namah Resort. Birdwatching is actually one of the most exciting things to do in Jim Corbett. If you go there as early as 6 AM in the morning, you have a pretty good chance of spotting colorful aviaries like kingfishers, woodpeckers, bee-eaters, magpies, warblers, and robins. In fact, no matter which time you visit, you’ll be able to spot a great many resident and migratory birds near the water sources.
4. Food, Friends, And Bonfire Under The Stars!
Namah Resort in Jim Corbett had transformed a normal session of evening tea and snacks into a riot of laughter and warmth on both the nights that we stayed there. As part of the everyday ritual here, the guests grabbed some delicious cakes and samosas, poured themselves a piping hot cup of tea or coffee, and gathered around a large bonfire to play a round (or two) of Tambola.
My Accommodation In Jim Corbett
My 2-night stay at Namah told me why it’s one of the best resorts in Jim Corbett. Namah Corbett Resort is an expansive and beautiful 4-star property that offers splendid views of Uttarakhand’s hills and has a river flowing right next to it. The rooms were unbelievably spacious, well-furnished, and had all modern amenities, including a heater. Everything was absolutely clean, including the bathroom that had hot water available 24X7. Located right on the outskirts of Corbett National Park in the Dhikala region, this massive resort is very easy to locate and the staff welcomes everyone with a refreshing drink and a warm smile. The buffet had endless varieties in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine and the food was delicious!
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Food In Jim Corbett
We didn’t really eat anywhere other than the hotel itself as all our meals were included in the package on our 3 days trip to Jim Corbett in December. The hotel had many dishes on their buffet menu that offered a taste of the delicious Uttarakhand food like Aloo Jhol and Kheer. However, we did try a little bit of street food in Jim Corbett to get a taste of the cuisine of Uttarakhand.
My Experience Of Shopping In Jim Corbett
We only bought a few souvenirs and handmade toys at the Tanda Bazaar near Garjiya Temple. There aren’t many options for shopping in Jim Corbett other than this small market that offers everything from souvenirs, wooden toys, small utility items, gadgets like binoculars, stoles and scarves, woolens, street food, and temple offerings like sweets and coconuts.
How To Reach Jim Corbett
It is very easy to take a Jim Corbett trip from Delhi in December. It’s a mere 6 hour journey by road since Jim Corbett is located at the foothills of Uttarakhand. We drove all the way and only stopped a couple of times on the way. You can also take a bus from Delhi or other cities in North India like Jaipur, Lucknow, and Agra.
Personal Expenses Incurred In Jim Corbett In December
My personal expenses were extremely low since we had all the meals at the hotel and the safari was covered in the package itself. We only spent about INR 500 in total while buying prasad for the temple and shopping for souvenirs and other knick-knacks. Jim Corbett is quite an inexpensive city to visit in terms of eating out, shopping, and sightseeing (entry ticket). People may only find the safari cost to be a tad bit high during the peak season.
Some Travel Tips For Jim Corbett For A Hassle-free Holiday
- Make sure you abide by these travel tips for a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable travel experience in Jim Corbett:
- Book your trip way in advance so that you can get hotel rooms at a much lesser price.
- Vegetarians do not have to worry about being able to find good food here since there are a lot of restaurants serving vegetarian and Jain food here.
- Patience is the key when you’re on a safari. Stay still and observe if you want to be able to spot some rare species here.
- Do not get disheartened if you’re unable to spot tigers. Spotting tigers usually requires being in specific (restricted) areas at a particular time in the day and is mostly a matter of luck.
- Cover yourself well during the safari. Wear a proper jacket and cover your face with a scarf to avoid inhaling dust while the vehicle is speeding through the jungle.
- Do not wear bold colors that might provoke the animals.
- Follow the rules of the jungle. Do not get down from your vehicle and do not feed the animals. Listen to the guide’s instructions carefully.
- Call the hotel staff and figure out your hotel’s location before you arrive so that you do not get lost once you’re there.
- Bring along a power bank.
- Do not underestimate the weather and do proper research on what to pack for Jim Corbett in December.
- Respect the culture and traditions. Be friendly at all times. Most people in Uttarakhand are more than willing to help you out.
My Experience With TravelTriangle
TravelTriangle gave me a quite affordable deal for my budget and provided assistance whenever required, especially during the course of the trip. They provided me with a hotel option that was inexpensive and luxurious at the same time and provided all sorts of comforts to my family. I had a wonderful experience with them!
Dreaming of having your own family adventure in the hills and jungles of Uttarakhand? Then why wait? Take help from this exciting travel tale to book your holiday in Jim Corbett right away. It doesn’t matter if you plan a 3 days trip to Jim Corbett in December or any other month. What matters most is the experience and the memories you’ll make along the way!
Common Queries I Had While Planning My Holiday
I had faced a number of doubts while planning my 3 days family trip to Jim Corbett in winter. Now that I’m back, I would like to answer them to help others book their trip smoothly.
A. Yes, there are a lot of forest lodges, guest houses, and homestays inside the park premises where you can stay through prior booking.
A. You can take a bus, train, or inter-state taxi from cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow, and more. There are regular bus services operated by both private vendors and the state transport corporations running to and fro these locations.
A. Bijrani zone and Dhikala zone are considered to be the two best areas in Jim Corbett National Park for a safari where you have maximum chance of spotting a tiger (or two) as compared to other locales here. You can opt for either a jeep safari or a canter.
A. Yes, kids are allowed on a Jim Corbett safari as long as they are accompanied by at least one adult.
A. You can either book your safari tour online through their official website or book it at the ticket counter of the park premises itself. Make sure you get your tickets and permits well in time so that you can get the vehicle and slots of your choice.
A. Wear light cotton clothes and light pants or shorts during the summer season. You must wear proper woolens complete with scarves, gloves, hats, and jackets in winters as it tends to get pretty cold in the forest here during the winter season and you’ll be in an open vehicle. Khakis and cargos are the best kind of clothing for a wildlife safari. Don’t forget your sunglasses, sunscreen, and binoculars. Also, do not wear bold and loud colors inside the jungle (like crimson) or it can provoke the animals (especially monkeys) to attack.
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