I have never had a vacation hangover until this time. It almost moistens my eyes while thinking of the times we have had there and I wish I could make time stop. Some places complete you and stay with you for the rest of your life. I think this will be one of them. Yes, I am talking about the very famous Jim Corbett National Park and our another step towards ecstasy.
Like I always say, friends make life complete. Some trips would never have been the same had these grand people not been around. Touchwood, I have become a bit social in normal life, thanks to my folks who are around to make you appreciate life in every way possible. Mr. Husband is one of them. I am not sure where I am heading to with this post, Jim Corbett National Park or Life/Friendship.
All in one frame <3 <3
Back to the topic, the park is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett. Edward James “Jim” Corbett (25 July 1875 in Nainital, India – 19 April 1955 in Nyeri, Kenya) was a legendary British hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist, famous for hunting a large number of man-eating tigers and leopards in India. The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative. An ecotourism destination, it contains 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna. (Per Wiki)
It was a weekend trip for us; a much needed vacation to escape the endless lives we live in between the personal and professional worlds. We were, however, planning to drive to Rajasthan but ended up in Uttarakhand. Right after reaching the outskirts of the park, there was a very soothing feeling inside all of us, as if the entire drive was worth it, as if the blue sky and the green pastures welcomed us with wide open arms. Slowly we moved into the greenery of the area, our resort was located in a village called Dhela. It looked like a story where woods played the main role. There were trees all around, some tall, some sleek. The sky above the head was blue and clear. If you listen carefully, you will hear the songs that the trees sing to us. There is melody, there is harmony.
The Corbett View Resort
The first day was all about exploring the resort, indulging in some recreational activities and then the grand bonfire. Bonfires have something mystical about them, they open you up. Maybe it’s the coziness or the background music or the companionship. With the stars above our heads and warmth in the air amidst- irrespective of the dip in temperature outside the bonfire’s reach, we were all ready to celebrate life. We are all “take it easy” types and everyone was having a good time there (the other people in the resort). What an evening it was!!!
The next morning was dedicated to the jungle safari. Though we couldn’t spot any big animal, the drive through the woods was one of its kinds. There were trees of several kinds, beautiful flowers by the roadside and a certain kind of calm around. Every 5 minutes, we would spot a stream with clear water, just like I drew one in my drawing book when I was a kid. Overall, it was a superb weekend trip and I think, I lost a piece of my heart somewhere in the woods. I have to go pick it up real soon.
Sharing some pictures from my Jim Corbett 2014 folder, I hope you like them all J J J
Now that I am back, these pictures are keeping the memories intact 🙂
Thanks for reading and liking,