The sun is hot here. Unlike the typical weather of the Himalayan foothills, Jim Corbett region in Uttarakhand is humid. Lying by the turquoise coloured pool, I can see the eucalyptuses dappling in the late afternoon sun.
Aahana, the eco friendly resort at Jim Corbett Wild Reserve, where we are halting, is one of the very few places in this part of the state, where luxury is literally taken seriously.
Right from the restaurant, stock at the bar and evening high teas to the villas – elegance is quite apparent here.
Located at Sawaldeh village in Ram Nagar, Aahana is a 5 star luxury resort. This premium property has close proximity to Ramnagar Railway Station, which is your base for Jim Corbett expedition. It is a plush resort designed beautifully with deluxe furnishings and trendy appeal.
A spa, a multi-cuisine restaurant, a bar, a huge swimming pool, an organic salad garden – everything helps the place to establish its identity among the niche crowds.
What amazed us is its own sewage treatment plant and a dairy, which made the property stand out from the rest for it’s give-back-to-nature gesture.
We arrived a day back on our routine weekend road trip. We weren’t much speculative about tracing a big cat, the forest is famous for. We were much glad to find 50 odd varieties of wild Indian birds. In the resort itself, we could spot lapwing,parakeet,hornbill,barbet,beater, rooler and woodpeaker; green heron, rosy pastor,kestrel and black partridge.
After a lavish lunch that comprised of steamed rice, schezwan vegetables, mutton rogan josh, Uttarkhand’s specialized potato curry, I was feeling a bit drowsy. But resort’s naturalist Balwant Singh Negi made sure we take the jeep tour of the jungle.
The panoramic scene, Negi’s knowledge about the flora and fauna, cool breeze and the roaring gypsy safari synchronized in a rhythm.
We were heading out for Jim Corbett’s Jhirna range. The dusty terrain suddenly gave way to a soothing green landscape. With red jungle fowl birds and numerous peacocks compelling us to click unlimited shots, we were greeted by serene facet of nature every 10 minutes. Sometimes a leash of deer would restrict our way, sometimes a herd of elephants. We toured for almost 2 hours and witnessed how surprisingly calm nature’s wilderness can be.
As we returned to the resort, we were delighted to find a refreshing tea and snacks waiting for us. Every evening, they would screen a documentary of wildlife of India.
We were too tired for the documentary movie and headed to our room. The Victorian style architecture of the 10 residential blocks house 48 living units with beautifully designed plush interiors. Several different rooms are designed to accommodate small size family to large.
What is the best in the resort is it’s eco friendliness. They make full use of resources, the sewage is treated and used in the garden.
The room tariff at Aahana starts at Rs 11,000 per night ranges till Rs 40,000 per night. You can book your room here.