Small getaways are what keeps us ticking through the rigours of a corporate life. What better way to spend it in the hills of Lansdowne and the jungles of Corbett. Much less travelled than its other hill station counterparts, Lansdowne is a much more serene version of everything you actually expect a former British summer town to be today. On the other hand, Corbett is a bit wilder.
Arrival in Lansdowne
Around 270 kilometres from Delhi, Lansdowne is a wonderful weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle from the city. Check in to your hotel, relax a bit and head out to explore the cantonment town on your own.
Relaxed day in Lansdowne
Stroll through the markets and make time for a visit to the Garhwali Museum for more on the Garhwal Rifles regiment that you can still spot in town. A stroll up to St. Mary's Church and the centuries-old Kaleshwar Temple make your holiday all the more worthwhile.
Post breakfast check out from the hotel and drive down to Corbett. Around 16 kilometres away, the drive is an exciting one with hills and forests keeping you company. Set amidst the periphery of the Jim Corbett National Park, your hotel is at a perfect setting. You can go for a walk in the jungle nearby or just relax by the riverside. Get a true feel of living close to a tiger reserve in Corbett.
The thick forests and the grasslands provide an excellent opportunity for wildlife sightings. Jhirna is an excellent sight for birding as the topography is well suited for these winged creatures. Jhirna is one of the two zones that remain open for tourists throughout the year. The morning and evening safaris take you for 3 hour long drives through the beautiful zone of Jhirna.Depending on the area of your stay and availability, your safari will be booked in one of the zones from Bijrani or Jhirna of the Corbett National Park. Apart than the big cat, elephants, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar deer, wild boar, yellow-throated martens and leopards, are some of the animals that can be spotted here.
Evening river walk or Elephant joy ride
One can't step foot on the ground while on a safari in Corbett National Park. However, the buffer zones around the park offer some excellent opportunities to witness wildlife while on a hike. The trail offers great birding and wildlife opportunities and even glimpses of big cats occasionally. However, even on days that the wildlife action is low, the experience of walking through these pristine jungles of Corbett is unforgettable. While jeep safaris inside the national park do provide a higher chance of spotting a tiger, it is quite a different experience to explore on foot virtually the same jungles and with big cat presence all around. Our expert naturalists will carry along a light breakfast that you can enjoy in the jungle while keeping a lookout across the foliage. If you're lucky, deer alarm calls may just provide the perfect accompaniment to your morning tea. The entire hike of 3 hours is enough to make you fall in love with the grand old jungle of Corbett.
Post breakfast, say your goodbyes for the weekend to the beautiful state of Uttarakhand as you drive back down to Delhi.