February 27, 2014

My TripAdvisor Review No.19: Club Mahindra Safari Resort at Corbett Park, Uttarakhand

“A Riverside Reverie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Our train from Delhi pulled into Ramnagar station about half an hour late, and we clambered into the pre-booked Gypsy which was waiting for us. We arrived at the Corbett Resort, about 10 km from Ramnagar station, late in the night around 10 pm, but were escorted to our room without any delay. Since it was too late to explore we ate our sandwiches and samosas, which we had picked up from Ramnagar, and crashed into bed.

Next morning we took an exhilarating walk to the Garjia Temple, which was about 4 km away. The jungles of Corbett National Park were along the left side, and some of the other resorts and hotels of the buffer zone on the right, as we walked towards Garjia.

After returning we had a cup of tea sitting on the lawn outside our room, overlooking the gently flowing Kosi. It was a beautiful sight on a cold November morning. The resort is well laid out with a swimming pool and garden in the centre, with the rooms nestling in bamboo groves all around it. There is an open air gazebo, situated next to the river, where one can enjoy barbeque dishes sitting by the fireside at night.

The air conditioned rooms are well furnished, and our studio room had a dry kitchenette with a microwave oven, fridge, electric kettle, and a toaster. However, not all the rooms have a sit-out facing the river, as ours did. Here, one could just sit out and soak in the sunshine, listening to the different birds chirping in the trees.

There are many options for dining at the resort, including buffet, a-la-carte or a packed lunch if you are going on a safari. You could also prepare your own microwave meal in your room, or go out for a meal to one of the resorts or dhabas outside.

You need to book your Jeep and elephant safaris well in advance, as entry permits have to be arranged from the Forest Office. The Travel Desk at the Resort can do this for you. Jeep safaris take you for a 4 hour ride inside the National Park. There are two trips a day in each zone, one commencing at sunrise and the other in the afternoon, and only a limited number of Jeeps are allowed in.

The park is closed for visitors at night, except if you are staying in one of the Forest Rest Houses located inside.

We enjoyed our stay at the Corbett Safari Resort. It was adventurous as well as relaxing. Though we did not get a glimpse of Tiger (I'm sure Tiger must have seen us), we enjoyed the beauty of nature inside the Park, and saw plenty of spotted deer, muntjak, monkeys, elephant and sambar. Not to mention a couple of peacocks which we saw across the river while relaxing outside our room.
Room Tip: Rooms facing the river have a better view of the forest.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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