In March 2021, just before this new Covid wave took over our lives, we were fortunate to be able to enjoy a quick family vacation. For the sake of my animal-lover 5-year-old, we stayed a night at WelcomHeritage Corbett Ramganga Resort and did the safari at Jim Corbett National Park. From there, we stayed a couple of nights at a dear family friend’s farm in Uttar Pradesh. This post will be a summary of the first part of our trip as well as a review of the Ramganga Resort.
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WELCOMHERITAGE CORBETT RAMGANGA RESORT:
Located an hour away from the main Dhikala gate of Jim Corbett National Park, this resort is situated on the riverfront. One can enjoy gorgeous views of the Ramganga River surrounded by the low-lying mountains, while listening to the undulating sounds of nature. Jungle safaris and nature treks are additional activities that can be pursued, but the real charm of this property is just soaking the beauty of its surroundings.
BOOKINGS AND HOW TO GET THERE:
The drive from Delhi to Jim Corbett National Park is about 5-6 hours. An additional hour can be added to the time it takes to reach the Corbett Ramganga Resort.
As per current regulations, negative Covid test results are necessary to enter the State of Uttarakhand.
TYPES OF ROOMS:
Their rooms are divided as per four categories:
- Superior Deluxe Rooms
- Deluxe Rooms (Square Shape)
- Deluxe Rooms (Round Shape)
- Swiss Cottage Tent with AC
The Superior Deluxe Rooms offer the most comfort and space, however they are few in number, so bookings should be done well in advance. Cottage tents offer an authentic jungle-camping experience.
THINGS TO DO IN THE HOTEL:
Safari: Most people visit Jim Corbett National Park in search of the elusive tiger! The hotel does not book safaris, which need to be booked through the official website beforehand: https://www.corbettonline.uk.gov.in/
Be prepared in advance, as it is difficult to get bookings for the safari last minute, and the procedure for booking on the official website is a tedious one (particularly for the photo that needs to be uploaded!).
Adventure Activities: The hotel offers a number of adventure activities, as advertised on their website. These include natural river crossing, fishing, trekking and hiking among others. Our group did not participate in any of these activities as we were there for only a day.
Dining: There is only one dining room in the property with buffet style meals served throughout the day. The price of these meals is included in the bed and board fare. Meals consist primarily of Indian food with one international (though desi in flavour!) option. The fare is tasty but quite spicy!
Recreation: An inviting swimming pool overlooking the mountains, is the biggest attraction at the hotel. The pool is clean and well-looked after, with clean wash-up facilities attached. Snacks and drinks are served poolside.
Child-friendly activities: Most children will love the swimming pool and the open areas to run and play. In addition, they have a playground on the property.
REVIEW OF THE HOTEL:
The WelcomHeritage Corbett Ramganga Resort is a beautiful and picturesque getaway. It takes time and effort to reach, so you should stay put and enjoy the property for the duration of your stay. If you are planning to go on safari, I would advise against staying here – it is located the farthest possible distance from the entry gates to the Jim Corbett National Park. For rest and relaxation though, it is an ideal spot.
Wi-fi is patchy at best but that’s a blessing when one wants a break from the world. The food and service provided are good, and the rooms are comfortable, even if basic. I would advise you to carry your own alcohol, as the bar menu is limited, but you will definitely be served beers if that’s all you’re looking for.
Overall, I recommend the WelcomHeritage Corbett Ramganga resort for a weekend getaway, to enjoy the breathtaking views and rejuvenate in the lap of nature – without any expectations or planned itineraries!
Hotel Rating: 4/5
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