We reached the resort early morning & the first thing that you notice, once you enter The Golden Tusk is a group of birds chirping.It seemed as if they were discussing the day plan with each other. Being a wildlife buff, I had been to many places but never experienced such a sight. In metros where you rarely come across a single bird, such a sight gets etched in your mind forever.
The Golden Tusk is a perfect family retreat; spread over 7 acres of meticulously landscaped estate. It is situated 5 km. short of Jhirna & Dhela zone of Corbett National Park, on the banks of a monsoon river – Dhela. It celebrates picturesque countryside in the backdrop of the forest, which is an abode to rich biodiversity.
The resort is an ideal family getaway, where every member of the family, has something to enjoy. There are adventure activities in the resort, so if you are an adventure buff, try your hands at flying fox, rappelling, spider web, Burma bridge etc.
The resort has 40 well-appointed accommodation, they offer rooms of 6 styles, such as Country View Suite, Forest View Suite, Luxury Tent, Villa, Villa Grande and Tiger Suite.
So, if one wants to experience the wilderness, they can stay in the tents. The tents, with the forest backdrop, are erected within the resort boundary, they are bit secluded but very secure.
We were hosted in Country View Suite which was well laid out and spacious. It had all facilities that would make you feel at home, starting from a comfortable bedroom, big lounge, changing room and en-suite bathroom. They also have a sitting area outside the room which makes you enjoy the natural surroundings and serene atmosphere even more.
They have multi-cuisine & speciality dining area called The Golden Forest, with a clear view of the village and of a seasonal river bed with the mountains in the backdrop. The restaurant offers a lavish buffet with Veg and Non-Veg options along with Ala-carte and live grill options. The service is good and the staff is courteous.
The resort offers a conference hall for official meetings, gymnasium, swimming pool, indoor games, spa, cycling, bar for those who want to relax and enjoy with family and friends.
Along with the activities, they have Golden Flower Spa where you can leave behind the stress & monotony of your daily life & experience tranquillity, harmony & inner peace. With their expert therapist, and a rejuvenating experience you feel this should be a must to do on your list.
If you want to enjoy a romantic evening with your partner, then water dining is highly recommended. They lay the table in the pool, packed with all your favourite dishes.
While travelling I always collect souvenirs, The Golden Tusk resort has a wonderful souvenir shop where one can get many eco-friendly products.
Apart from Safari, there are numerous other things to be explored in Corbett like a visit to Sitabani Forest, drive up to Patkot, picnic at Tumariya Dam and visit Kotabag, Garjia Temple, Dhangari Museum.
Word of advice, the summer season is the peak tourist season in Jim Corbett, would recommend the readers to book in advance the safari and resort.