Jim’s Jungle Retreat

Nestled in the lush Himalayan foothills within the famous Corbett National Park, Jim’s Jungle Retreat is named after the hunter-turned-conservationist who gave his name to both the reserve and the lodge. Established in 1936, Corbett is India’s oldest national park and its diverse range of natural habitats harbours a long list of species including the majestic Bengal tiger, sambar deer, elephant and leopard. Jim’s Jungle Retreat offers guests  a unique opportunity to spend a night or more within its scenic wilderness.

Accommodation at this wonderful camp is in luxurious cottages and bungalows, whose interiors are inspired by the heady days of the Raj. Expect premium linens, elegant timber furniture and framed century-old lithographs on the walls detailing the area’s past. At the heart of Jim’s Jungle Retreat is an evocative dining area, open to the forest, with a fire pit. There is also an inviting freeform pool, a reference library, Ayurveda spa and lovely lounge, where the only television on the property is situated.

Things to do at Jim’s Jungle Retreat centre on uncovering wildlife in Corbett National Park by Jeep. Half day and full day gameviewing excursions are possible throughout your stay. You can also go on interpretive nature and village walks, go fishing or cycle through the rich buffer zone that separates the reserve from local communities.

Location

How to get to Jim’s Jungle Retreat

Jim’s Jungle Retreat lies around 170km northeast of Delhi, a journey of around 5-6 hours by road.

Activities at Jim’s Jungle Retreat

  • Jeep jungle safaris
  • Nature and village walks
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Spa therapies

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Jim’s Jungle Retreat Highlights

  • A beautiful wilderness retreat inside the renowned Corbett National Park
  • With elegant decor inspired by era of the British Raj
  • Access to a range of facilities from a day spa to a swimming pool
  • Enjoy a wide range of activities from jeep safaris to walks and cycling
  • Discover the rich variety of wildlife that inhabits India’s oldest reserve

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Accommodation

Below are a selection of our preferred lodges in some of India’s premier wildlife reserves. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Bandhavgarh – Mahua Kothi

Mahua Kothi offers luxury accommodation minutes from the entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park, one of the best places in India to view the majestic Bengal tiger.

Jawai – Jawai Bandh

Jawai Bandh is a splendid Relais & Chateaux luxury tented camp set in untrammelled wilderness where leopards still roam free.

Kanha – Banjaar Tola

Banjaar Tola offers the style and atmosphere of an African luxury safari camp, at the edge of Kanha National Park, one of India's finest tiger reserves.

Ranthambore – Vivanta by Taj

Set within a charming art deco lodge formerly used by the Maharaja of Jaipur, Vivanta by Taj, Ranthambore is an ideal base for exploring India's finest tiger reserve.

India Wildlife Safaris and Tours Overview

Why India Wildlife Reserves Safaris & Tours: India’s wildlife reserves are a haven for many remarkable and endangered creatures like tiger, rhino, leopard and sloth bear. A wildlife safari combines beautifully with India’s cultural highlights.

When to Go:
Bandhavgarh National Park:
Feb – May is the best time for gameviewing; the park is closed from early Jul to end Oct.
Corbett National Park: The best time for tiger viewing is the dry months of Apr – mid Jun, when wildlife come out in search of water. The best birdwatching is between Dec – Feb.
Ranthambhore National Park: The best time to go is in winter (Dec – Feb) and Mar/Apr. The park is closed during the monsoon; it reopens on 1 Oct.
Kanha National Park: Best time to visit is Mar – Jun. Park closed during monsoon from beginning Jul – Oct. Also closed midday to give respite to wildlife.
Kaziranga National Park: Best visited from mid-November to early April. The low-lying grasslands are flooded during the monsoon. During the floods, the animals migrate to higher, drier ground.
Periyar and Nagarhole National Parks: The best time to go is in the cool dry months (Oct- Feb) and during the hotter months of Mar/Apr for elephant viewing. The park is open during the monsoon period (June – Sep); but it is not the best season for spotting game.

Combine With: Safaris to India’s wildlife reserves are usually part of a general sightseeing itinerary which include India’s many cultural and historic attractions. They can also be combined with the wildlife parks of neighouring Nepal, Bhutan or Sri Lanka.

Getting There: The national parks of northern India can be accessed from major cities such as Delhi, Jaipur and Guwahati (Kaziranga). In South India, Periyar and Nagarhole/Kabini can be reached from Kochi, usually as part of an overland itinerary.

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