A weekend trip to Jim Corbett was all it took to satisfy Sonam’s wanderlust. Read on as Sonam gives her account of an adventurous escapade involving wild jungle safaris and multiple rounds of antakshari!
What is the best way to spend a long weekend after you are bored from work and the system at play has allowed you three days of blissful freedom? There are two ways to go about it:
One can either decide to sleep it off or one can actually ignore the laziness and take a trip into the wilderness. I chose the second way. Obviously!
It was a lazy afternoon in office, the usual tasks were being taken care of, and suddenly it occurred to me that a long weekend was coming our way. Out of excitement I informed everyone and next, I saw that everyone was already involved in making plans.
I had no plans as such and I was just thinking about what to do when a friend came over to me and asked me about my weekend scene. I told him there was no scene, very annoyed and bored with the fact. He then told me about a weekend trip he took sometime back with TravelTriangle, a holiday marketplace offering customizable tour packages for various locations across the country.
That’s when it clicked me; the idea that I should totally use the long weekend and take a trip with friends to a nearby weekend getaway from Delhi. Two of my friends decided to accompany me to the trip. We started looking for good weekend getaway packages on TravelTriangle. It fit our budget perfectly and Jim Corbett is a place I knew we would enjoy. Then there was no other option for us; We had to go!
Hence we booked our trip immediately and eagerly waited for the day to arrive.
Jim Corbett Trip Details
Trip Type: Weekend Trip To Jim Corbett
Duration: 2 Days and 1 Nights
Total Budget: INR 4700
Inclusions: Accommodation at Resort,Transfers, Breakfast, Sightseeing and Jungle safari, Bonfire and DJ night.
Exclusions: Paid activities, if any
2 Day Jim Corbett Trip from Delhi
Let me share how our 2-day trip to Jim Corbett from Delhi became exciting and memorable for us.
Day 1: The beginning of an adventure
We all gathered at Akshardham metro station, from where we were to catch our bus to Jim Corbett. Once we were comfortably seated and the vehicle started moving, the coordinators (lovely people, who have now become our friends) asked us to introduce ourselves. We introduced ourselves to one another and soon the non stop talking began. By the time, we got down for tea at Shiva cafe, we knew each other’s names and everyone started chatting about how the trip is going to be.
The entire journey for our Jim Corbett trip from Delhi, was spent in talking to each other, playing antakshari, singing old bollywood songs and laughing merrily on almost everything. Garjiya Devi temple, dedicated to goddess Girija, is a very famous temple in the area. Literally, the temple is a huge rock placed in the mid of river Kosi. The river flows right next to the temple and one can easily sit in the rocks over shallow waters and soak in the serene beauty.
In the evening, we came back to our resort for dinner, followed by bonfire and DJ night. Due to some permit issues, the DJ party got cancelled, but thankfully, the coordinators had speakers and our fellow travelers had amazing music on their phones. So it was a party, only without the disco lights, but we did not mind as we had a zillion stars in the sky to give us company.
After dancing, we headed off to our rooms and slept off as early as possible as we had to get up at 6 am for our jungle safari.
Day 2: Escape into the wilderness- The Jungle Safari
We were told to be ready by 6 am for the Jim Corbett National Park tour but because of the party that went on till late, the previous night, all of us got late.
Tip: Carry warm clothes for jungle safari as the winds are freezing cold here!
With teeth chattering due to biting cold, and dense fog giving us company, we started off in search of the wild beasts around the area. We could manage to see wild elephants, deer, a variety of birds and other animals. The safari lasted for two hours and by the time we got back to our resorts, we were super hungry. We had a sumptuous breakfast and clicked group pictures in our resort.
Cost for Safari: Hire a Jeep for Rs.4500/-(6 Persons allowed in one Jeep)
Things to do: Explore wildlife, Visit to Corbett Falls, Visit to Garjia Temple
We knew it was time to leave the place and we could have done nothing to stop the time. We packed our bags and checked out of the resort by 12 pm.
Sitting in the bus and seeing the pictures of the trip made me realise one thing: I needed this trip for myself, more than anything. This trip gave me a chance to be around nature and stop and think about what matters to me the most. It’s the people I meet everyday, people from different walks of life, and the memories I create with them that matter the most to me. I am very glad that I took this trip and I thank TravelTriangle for planning it so smoothly. Kudos to them!
Highlights of the trip
- A visit to the Girjiya temple and sipping tea later on in the banks of Kosi river was a memorable experience
- The bonfire night was amazing and gave us a chance to know each other better and dance and enjoy with each other
- No low points but one thing that we missed out on was the waterfall. It was not a part of our itinerary. I request the team to incorporate it as well.
Tip for future travelers
- Carry warm clothes as the days in Jim corbett are warm, but the nights are quite chilly.
Some Quick Answers
- How big is Jim Corbett National Park?
It’s a huge one stretched across 521 square kilometers. We hardly knew this fact until we witnessed it and asked one of the locals in Ramnagar on our way.
- Which zone of Corbett is best?
Bijrani Safari zone and Dhikala Safari zone is the best what we heard from the people out there.
The trip to Corbett was awesome and memorable in every way. Thanks to the team at TravelTriangle!
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