Get your fill of authentic jungle experiences at Gir and Corbett. Shreya Shah discovers that Club Mahindra offers opportunities to get varied glimpses of the wildlife in these regions.
CLUB MAHINDRA CORBETT
A true escapade into the jungle, Club Mahindra Corbett, offers more than just adventure in the wild at India’s first national park and tiger reserve! The resort overlooks the Kosi River and is landscaped beautifully. The resort has 50 well-spaced apartments with every modern amenity.
Corbett is one of the most beautiful and popular wildlife sanctuaries in India. It has been named after the famous naturalist Jim Corbett. This is one of the last surviving stretches of unspoilt lower Himalayan hinterland. Here, one can spot tigers while on an elephant safari.
The monsoons are an enchanting time to visit Corbett. The season marks the return of pleasant weather to the region. Though some parts are closed during this time, there are many areas which are beautiful with flora and fauna and are worth exploring. The blues of the rivers, greens of flourishing vegetation and colourful hues of flora that can be seen with the onset of the rains create an astounding landscape.
The resort provides jeep and elephant safaris in Sitabani forest. Corbett Falls, located 35 kms from the resort, is an idyllic spot to picnic your afternoon away. There are several monsoon sports which can be pursued here. These include river crossing, rafting and rappelling at Kosi River, bridge fall and zipline. For bird-watching enthusiasts, there are a few tours including an interesting vulture-spotting one.You can go sightseeing at many popular tourist spots. The Tapkeshwar temple (Lord Shiva), the Garjia Devi temple, the suspension bridge, the Corbett and the Dhangadi museum are some of the local appeals.
CLUB MAHINDRA GIR
Club Mahindra Gir is located on the outskirts of the famous wildlife sanctuary. Spread across 4.5 acres, it has 43 rooms. It is a novel getaway that allows you to have a one-on-one experience with nature, as well as enjoy all the amenities of modern luxury. Jeep safaris led by tour guides into the national park are a big draw here.
The Gir National Park and Sanctuary is normally closed from June 16 to October 15 because of the monsoons. This is on account of the breeding season of the wild cats. However, the weather is very pleasant during these months for family getaways, visits to the historical and cultural destinations nearby, and is especially great for bird-watching.
The rainy season is one of the most spectacular times to visit the resort. There is abundant greenery all around. This is also a nesting period for birds, which makes spotting them an enjoyable activity. Some of the exciting in-house activities include trekking, nature-walks and picnics. The resort plans many fun nights for its patrons, like Kerry Utsav, Bollywood Theme Night , Cowboy Style Tex Mex, Kathiyawadi Night and more. There are also daily activities with lots of surprises.
You can visit Somnath (one of the 12 Jyotirlingas or holy abodes of Lord Shiva) and Dwarka (one of the Char-dham yatras and is counted amongst the seven holiest cities of Hinduism). Junagadh and Rajkot are the nearby cities.
The city of Junagadh is one of the most culturally-rich destinations of Gujarat. Emperor Ashoka’s rock edicts, dating back to the 3rd century BC, can be found here, along with ancient Buddhist cave-sites from the Mauryan and Gupta era. Perched atop a hill is the Uparkot Fort of the Chudasama Rajputs, which houses monuments from the 11th century inside its imposing battlements.