Jim Corbett from Delhi is roughly 6 hours journey by road and so it is one of the favourite destinations for Delhites to be here on a long weekend. Being one of the most popular national parks of India and well connected by road there is a heavy influx of visitors from neighbouring states. Of lately, Jim Corbett National Park sees more of friends and corporate groups visiting the place. However, it is an excellent destination for an exciting and fun-filled family staycation with kids.
From visiting, point of view, Jim Corbett weather is great all year round. The best months for sighting wildlife and safari is summers while winters are good for a pleasant safari and stay-cations.
June onwards till late September are the months that rain Gods bless the land with much-needed water. Apart from days before and after the area has experienced heavy rainfall, during rainy season too one can plan a trip to Jim Corbett National Park and enjoy the safari. In fact, being here during the rainy season is a different experience altogether. The lush green forest and freshness in the air are simply amazing.
Kids too can enjoy, learn and get up and close to nature on a staycation at Jim Corbett. We give you 7 fun ways of making your family trip to Jim Corbett fun and exciting like never before:
#1. Safari at Jim Corbett National Park
Did somebody say that coming to Jim Corbett National Park and not going on a Jeep Safari is a crime! LOL.. But seriously, a safari trip inside the jungle is a must to do activity when in this area. The jungle is lush and has many picturesque spots which one can only see to believe.
For safari trip in main zones of Jim Corbett booking should be done ideally 45 days ahead of the trip. In heavy rainfall days, for safety reasons, the park is closed and so safari trip might get cancelled. In case of no prior bookings, safari still can be done on an immediate booking basis in zones like Sitabani. For kids to enjoy the safari bringing camera and binoculars is highly recommended.
#2. Village Walk or Cycle Tour
An early morning village walk is again a very experiential activity that both adults and kids can enjoy during Jim Corbett trip.
The fresh air, simple lifestyle of villagers and the sight of the vast span of fields with crops & veggies growing is quite exhilarating. Do not miss taking back a few twigs of wildly growing curry leaves along the kaccha road. The taste and fragrance of it are far better than the ones we grow in our houses in cities.
#3. Stone Painting
Now, it would be a lie if we say that only kids enjoy indulging in Stone painting. Of course, grown-ups too enjoy getting their hands dirty while being creative and painting their hearts out at leisure time. In most resorts located in Jim Corbett area, there is a river bed on one side.
One can collect beautiful rounded stones by visiting the river beds and then indulge in the stone painting activity. Possibly a competition can be set up on a family level. The painted stones can be taken back as souvenirs too!
#4. Cookout with Fresh Produce
Now, this activity is only possible in a few family resorts only like ‘The Golden Tusk Resort’ (Read more about this resort here.) Especially kids enjoy being a part of this activity very much. Simple snacks made using freshly plucked vegetables are yummier and this activity engages kids very positively. They learn to appreciate nature.
#5. Indulging in Adventure Activities
Again there are only a few resorts that offer adventure activities inside the resort for kids and adults and that too with safety gears and trained personnel. Both Kids and adults can indulge in activities like Zip Lining, Burma Bridge, Wall Climbing, Net Climbing and more. Careful selection of resort offering these activities is important here.
#6. Bird Watching
Jim Corbett National Park area is boasts of being the haven of hundreds of vivid bird species. During early morning and just near to the sun setting time one can indulge in bird watching activity. Taking help of expert guides who are available in resorts one can see many different species of birds and know interesting facts about them. Again keeping binoculars handy is highly advised.
#7. Kids Movie Time related to Jungle
When adults want to spend some lone time relaxing and rejuvenating, kids can treat themselves with a jungle related movie. Staying amidst nature and forest and watching a movie related to the jungle can clear many doubts and can give much first-hand learning to kids. This facility is available on request in some resorts while in ‘The Golden Tusk Resort’, it is planned by the management of the resort and also can be availed on request.
Apart from these activities, one can also enjoy family time while doing dinner around a campfire with live singing, while swimming and playing indoor and outdoor games inside the resort space.