The retreat runs along the southeast border of Corbett Tiger Reserve, about 13 km from Ramnagar town in the state of Uttarakhand. We are open throughout the year, with access to the Jhirna tourism zone during the monsoon when the rest of the park closes.
The drive can take between five and six hours, depending on traffic. Take the NH 24 from Delhi to Moradabad via Hapur and Simbhaoli. Get onto the Moradabad bypass and take a left turn onto NH 74 to Ramnagar via Thakurdwara and Kashipur. As you enter Ramnagar town there is a sharp turn left, nearly a U-turn, and then another 13km to village Dhela and Jim’s Jungle Retreat.
Should you require a taxi service from New Delhi, we will be happy to arrange it for you with a reputable taxi service.
Mention pantnagar as the airport. There is an alliance air flight at 3.15 from delhi to pantnagar, which is an hour and a half drive.
The nearest railhead is Ramnagar (13km). A daily Delhi-Ramnagar rail, the 15035 Sampark Kranti Express departs at 1600 hrs from Old Delhi railway station, reaching Ramnagar at 2040 hrs. Earlier in the day, the 25036 Link Express departs Ramnagar at 0950 hrs, arriving in Delhi at 1520 hrs. The nightly 15013 Ranikhet Express leaves Delhi for Ramnagar from the Old Delhi station at 2230 hrs, arriving in Ramnagar at 0455 hrs the following morning. The 25014 Corbett Park Link, a daily link back to Delhi departs at 2200 hrs, arriving at 0355 hrs at the Old Delhi station.
We will be happy to receive you at the train station upon your arrival.
In order to enjoy your stay here, it is important that you pack and plan accordingly. There are three distinct seasons: Cold (November to February), Hot (March to June) and Rainy (July to September), and each demands different clothing.
If visiting in the cold season, pack woollens and bring along a wind-breaker. Mornings and evenings, especially during game drives and elephant rides, can be very cold. In the hot season, loose cotton clothes are advisable. While on nature walks, wear long trousers so that the thorny undergrowth does not scratch you. Sensible walking shoes are the order of the day in all seasons.
If visiting the retreat in the rainy season, a proper raincoat is far more useful than an umbrella. Always pack a spare pair of shoes to plan for unexpected rain.
Mean monthly maximum temperatures range from 26*C in January to 44*C in June, and minimum temperatures from 2*C in January to 21*C in August. Annual rainfall varies from 140cm in the outer hills to 280cm in the upper hills, with 150-160cm in the main Ramganga Valley.
A wind known locally as ‘dadu’, blows down the valley from about 9 pm to 8 am, lowering the night temperature. In the summers, it is followed by a hot wind blowing up-valley from 10 am to 8 pm. During this season, a thick haze of suspended dust develops, which is only cleared by thunderstorms.
In case you have a particular medical condition it is essential that you pack your medicines. Ramnagar does have chemist shops but specialist medicines are not always available. Mosquito repellant is a must, especially in the rainy season.
Remember you are in the jungle, and little creatures could be visitors at the retreat. The staff is trained to remove any unwanted wanderers, but please be vigilant.
Finally, don’t forget to pack your camera.