Corbett has had some bad press and reputation of being overcrowded with noisy revellers from nearby cities; yet the park enjoys the undeniable distinction of being India's first National Park, Jim Corbett’s home and the habitat of nearly half of the bird species found in India. Jim’s Jungle Retreat that celebrates the shikari turned fierce conservationist, is set close to the southern forests of Corbett- the Jhirna zone and spreads over 15 acres close to a seasonal river that comes alive in the monsoons. The land features large open spaces, water bodies and a prolific growth of native shrubs and trees that are an open invitation to myraid birds, voracious jackals, other wildlife like deer and wild boars, and on occasion, stray tuskers too. All this supports layers of fecund plant life and arthropod species that inhabit the retreat.
The Lodge was founded with the idea of encouraging local employment, sustain conservation ideas and help city dwellers fall in love with the forests. JJR's commitment to ‘Green’ and sustainable tourism is reflected in the first interaction that a guest has with the lodge. On arrival, every guest is introduced to the Corbett jungle, the balance it creates and the philosophy that the retreat lives by – ‘Seek the tiger, find the jungle’.
Jim's Jungle Retreat combines luxury with a concept that borrows as much from the forest bungalows as it does from the enduring architectural legacy of the local villages. Daleep Akoi in his mission to give guests an experience of the forest he loves has conceptualized 18 cottages and lodges that are rustic, simple yet stylish, allowing maximum exposure to the outdoors without giving up on any of the modern comforts and privacy.
The cottages and lodges are air-conditioned and positioned to allow ample space and green cover in between. Plush and earthy at once they can withstand summer heat and monsoon downpours yet blend into the wilderness - yellow-washed exterior, thatched roofs and fine linen furnishings that whisper of the jungles and its inhabitants. The reception is a thatched pavilion open on both sides with a shop on one side and a board that prominently displays the sightings of the day! Well-tended paths lead to independent cottages at ground level, each with an entrance porch and a verandah, tucked under shaded trees.
Further away past the water body are the 6 lodges, this is premium accommodation are set high overlooking tree tops and built with an immense wrap around verandah. Both, the porch and verandah are ideal to enjoy the sounds of the jungle at night and to watch birds and butterflies that swarm the retreat during the day. The cottages have been imaginatively designed to carve a charming morning room that open to a comfortable bedroom. The bathrooms and changing rooms are simple yet modern with a hearty shower and offer plenty of moving space.
The lodges on the other hand are quintessential safari style - every detail embodies thoughtful luxury, from their large spaces to the deep mattress on the king sized beds, comfortable seating, the layers of curtain that allow the outdoors to the charmingly presented bath products.
The air cooled thatched restaurant, theater and lounge are set close to the swimming pool all of which are set slightly away from the cottages and lodges and sums up as a place full of life and activity. A special mention needs to be made of the dining here that probably serves the best food in the region -the menu creatively picked, makes the best use of produce that is locally grown and available. The lounge is perfect for lazy afternoons to catch up on your reading, explore their library here that is full of books on wildlife and forests.
For those tired and weary from park drives, the Spa is a blessing. Aranyam Spa therapies are recommended to help relieve fatigue and rejuvenate you at the end of a long day. Deep tissue and Ayurvedic massages are indulgences designed to help you relax so that you can spring out of your bed for another day in the jungle!!
The hostess, Rati provides a friendly, relaxed environment and is well versed with local fauna, , cuisine and culture of the region. Having worked in lodges in National Parks across India, Rati has many jungle stories to narrate and manages the lodge and services with an acute eye for detail and perfection.
Evenings are special which begin with a well picked and relevant wildlife documentary, followed by dinner that is set in different locations depending on the menu and mood of the evening.
The Retreat’s motto of sustainable tourism is one of its qualities that places Jim’s Jungle Retreat at the top of the luxury lodges in Corbett. They do everything right to build on their eco-sensitive quotient – buying local products, employing locals as guides and maintaining an organic farm, managing waste to harvesting water. Their ‘Mahavan’ project is a comprehensive program for conservation and restoration to allow the natural eco-system of the terai forests around Corbett to thrive and prosper.
Jim’s Jungle Retreat is close to the Jhirna Zone, one of the three main tourism zones that allow safaris. The other two being Dhikala and Bijrani. Safaris, one in the morning and one in the afternoon have to be pre-booked and are organized in the retreat’s own vehicles accompanied by their naturalists. The Retreat also offers several other interesting activities which expose your guests to the region, its natural history and culture.
At Chotti Haldwani, which was Jim Corbett’s home, is now a museum that chronicles the life and interests of this great son of the Jungle. A walk through the model village which he adopted and later granted to the villagers, gives you an insight into the work he accomplished as a conservationist and protector during his lifetime.
Corbett is the only national park in India that allows stays within the national park. On prior request, Jim’s Jungle Retreat can help guests to book one of the forest lodges inside the park for an overnight stay or two.
This was my second visit to JJR albeit a gap of 3 years but for sure is not going be my last. The team’s hospitality, the eye to those smaller details by the management, the property per se...
Truly had an amazinge experience in the jungles with all comfort. Amazing service, friendly and helpful staff. Best place for kids(lots of fun and educational activities) and adults to enjoy and...
We were two families staying for 5 nights - and the time went by blissfully. It was a perfect combination of nature, absolutely rocking service and much needed downtime from the hectic lives we all...
Nearest Airport : Delhi - 290 Km
Nearest Railway Station : Ramnagar -13 Km
Terms & Conditions
IMPORTANT - Jim’s Jungle Retreat is located in the Buffer Forests of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, a designated No Noise Zone, and we have defined House Rules that are strictly followed at the Retreat.
Special Instructions A stay at Jim’s Jungle Retreat is truly a stay among the wonders of Corbett Tiger Reserve. To protect this stunning environment and give you the best possible experience during your stay we ask that you please take note of these key instructions:
Jim’s Jungle Retreat is governed by the Forest Department rules & regulations for all Wildlife related activities & safaris: