Jim’s Jungle Retreat Jim Corbett
Jim’s Jungle Retreat Jim Corbett offers two types of accommodation, Jungle Cottages and Jungle Lodges. The aesthetic is very much ‘safari chic’ with old lithographs and plates of hunting scenes hanging on walls, individually designed pieces of wooden furniture, including glorious four-poster beds, richly coloured carpets and fine linens. There are some lovely touches such as the brass woodpecker door knockers and tiger cushions.
Jungle Cottage Constructed using techniques popular with the neighbouring Gujjar community, these cottages have sloping thatched roofs and mud-coloured exteriors. Inside, the rooms are elegant with an Out of Africa kind of feel to them. These rooms enjoy a wraparound veranda. There are also two-bedroom Jungle Family Cottages with a second bedroom for two children below the age of 15.
Jungle Lodge These elevated rooms afford spectacular views of the jungle, Shivalik Hills and the seasonal riverbed that regularly plays host to deer and wild hog as well as the occasional tiger or elephant. Inside the rooms have an old world charm to them as well as 10ft wide wrap-around verandas and rain showers.
Best rooms for families: Extra beds are accommodated on a case-by-case basis. The Jungle Cottages can accommodate one extra bed or rollaway bed and there is a window day bed that would work for little kids. If the children are small then Jim’s will allow one day bed and one rollaway bed. For bigger families or those travelling with older children then the Jungle Family Cottage is ideal. Located near the restaurant, these cottages come with two bedrooms. Children are not permitted in the Jungle Lodges.
Inspired by a Gujjar thatch and mud hall, the dining area is open to the forested surrounds. This is where breakfast and lunch are served and the food is a mix of cuisine from days of the Raj and local Kumaoni dishes alongside a range of continental dishes. Dinners are served in a different location nightly; this may be poolside, a barbeque around the bonfire or on the elephant grass platform.
All food and drink, including alcoholic beverages, are included in the rates.
The breakfast buffet offers both Indian and international options. Breakfasts are usually served post-safari and are hearty affairs.
Lunch and dinner are buffets but with table service. Order what you wish and your waiter will deliver it from one of the cooking stations. Lunch is generally international with salads, sandwiches and other light bites. Dinner tends to be Indian, although continental meals are available upon request. Dinners are held in a different venue every evening so you might enjoy dinner on the elephant grass platform one night and around the campfire the next.
Snacks are served throughout the day either poolside or on your veranda. Hot chai is served at the end of safaris. During the winter months snacks and tea are served near the bonfire alongside a wildlife slideshow in the afternoons.
For Kids: There is a children’s menu available with pasta, chicken nuggets, pizza, muffins, quiches and more on offer. Meal timings are flexible for children and early dinners can be arranged.
Activities for Parents:
Go on a tiger tracking or bird watching safari led by a qualified and enthusiastic naturalist. Tiger safaris are best booked 30 days in advance.
Have a sleepover in the forest. Corbett is the only tiger reserve in India that offers the chance to spend a night or two sleeping with the animals in one of the remaining Forest House guesthouses. These must be booked in advance.
Lumber along on the back of an elephant and explore hidden pockets of the jungle with the elephant mahout (rider) as your guide.
Rest your weary legs post jungle walk and enjoy a deep tissue massage at the resort’s Aranyam Spa.
Grab your fishing rod and set up camp at Jim’s Angler Shack, a tent high on a bank of the Ramganga River. Stay overnight or just enjoy a day’s fishing and a picnic.
Learn all about Jim Corbett on a heritage walk through the surrounding areas and then visit his old home that has reopened as a museum.
Enjoy a nature slide show accompanied by commentary from one of the knowledgeable naturalists.
Borrow a mountain bike and give you legs a workout cycling in the neighbouring countryside.
Visit the Tumariya Wetlands (40 min) where you can join local fishermen on their boats to try and catch dinner. This is also a wonderful spot for bird watching.
Activities for Kids:
Younger children will love exploring the grounds with magnifying glasses on the lookout for bugs and creepy crawlies.
Older kids (aged 10+) can jump on one of the all terrain bikes and pedal their way around the grounds and surrounds.
Grab a flashlight and go on a night time nature walk to discover which animals come out at night.
Go on safari! Walking safaris are specially tailored for families and there are early morning jeep safaris into the national park too (best for children aged 5 and above).
Elephant rides, rock climbing, fishing, rappelling, swimming, walks to the local village and more can all be arranged.
Camp overnight in the jungle. If you book early enough, Jim’s can organise for you to spend one night sleeping in the national park itself. This is a fantastic activity for teens.
Visit the local villages and learn to milk a cow, bathe a buffalo and feed the goats and cattle.
A/C, common rooms, baby cots available, dedicated kids’ activities, doctor on call, nearest hospitals are at Ramnagar (13km) and Haldwani (45km), extra beds, inter-connecting rooms, kids’ menu, laundry, pushchair-friendly, shop, spa, swimming pool.
Please contact the hotel for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.