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Experience Corbett’s Best-Kept Secret – The Aahana Resort

“Aahana Resort – The Corbett Wilderness” was the main reason I accepted a second time trip to Corbett. When I heard the name “Aahana” it immediately evoked my vision of “first rays of the rising sun” as per the Sanskrit word and the luxurious wildlife resort experience for me. When I got to know that this luxury eco-friendly property is nestled just beside the Bijrani forest zone and offering a vibrant range of bird watching opportunity with a touch of nature, I could not wait to experience Corbett’s best-kept secret – The Aahana Resort- The Corbett Wilderness in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand.

Getting There

The resort is located just the edge of the Bijrani zone of Jim Corbett National Park, Ramnagar. It is a relatively easy 5 hours drive from Delhi.  The closest airport Pantnagar is just 70 km away and the railway station is 15 minutes drive away.

While driving we crossed paddy fields, snaking its way through cattle traffic jams and friendly village kids were waving at us with excitement. But nothing compared to the excitement that was mounting within me, as we neared the location and turned into a gate with a wooden board that spelt out the name of Aahana Resort.

As soon as we entered the resort the welcoming staffs were greeted us with local folk music, warm towels and the most relaxing drinks called buranj. I felt a little down when I heard there was no Safari but trust me to see the cheerful faces of the staffs and the wooden gate of the resort “Aahana” my lowness faded away as I found myself one of the energetic people in the World.

 

Overview of the Property

Kamal Tripathi originates from a family of freedom fighters who wanted to do something for the community in a sustainable way. Motivated by such individuals in his family Kamal constantly needed to accomplish something for his locale. As a result, he and his family founded Aahana in 2002 which is profoundly acclaimed by local for preservation, utilizing nearby individuals and making interests in reusing ventures. Aahana has one of India’s greatest sewage treatment plants and awarded as TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award for the 8th Best Resort in India for 2017-18.

Snugly amidst 11 acres of the land of leafage and serenity and at the southern edge of Corbett Tiger Reserve, this lavish eco-friendly is only a little ways from Bijrani zone of Jim Corbett National Park. The Victorian-style architecture of the 10 private squares house 48 living units with perfectly structured rich insides. A few distinct rooms are intended to suit little estimate family to enormous. This entire set up spread around with a swimming pool, Dhikhala the multi-cuisine restaurant, Nature Therapy or Spa Center, Golf Course, Kids zone and lush green glades.

The entire property with all its contemporary spilling with vibes of misty woods of greenery. The plants they set up in the property I doubt if anyone can find in other places together. Amidst this view with green and green, you will surely cherish the serenity and peace.

 

My Suite at Aahana

I walked across the well-maintained pebbles path and had to climb the stairs to reach my suite and when I entered my room; Voila!

They have different types of categories of rooms and they named those rooms very aesthetically like The Corbett Club, Jungle Lore Suite, Rangers Suite, Family Suite, Villa but I loved the name of my Suit which is ‘Jims Retreat’.

Everything was too perfect as per the theme. A proper sitting area with a cosy balcony, minibar, air conditioner already switched on to think about the guest comfort zone. The main part attracted me that they used glass water bottles instead of a plastic bottle of packaged drinking water. This eco-friendly step of this property just gave me the ear to ear smile. Washroom, closet everything was perfect with the perfect colour combination but the most fascinating part was the cosy corner of the working table. The most luxurious experienced for 2 days and I enjoyed every single moment of it.

 

Food

In any property survey without nourishment, the review is fragmented. From where I began, would it be a good idea for me to enlighten my experience regarding the mind-boggling taste of the multi-cuisine food or would it be a good idea for me to share my experience of breakfast, lunch and dinner?

 

The restaurant Dhikala has a variety of authentic menu items spanning both international & local cuisines like the Mediterranean, Oriental and Indian etc. Most of the vegetables and herbs are grown in the organic garden of the resort only. 

Dinner by the bonfire and the live music was just a perfect accomplishment for me to enjoy my stay there. 

 

Eco-Friendly Ambience 

 

This is the property where you can find how they work to maintain a sustainable eco-friendly lifestyle by reducing carbon footprints. They have the biggest water sewage treatment plant through which they recycle the wastewater which they use in gardening areas. Apart from STP they are reducing the usage of plastic and are using paper or jute basket for dustbin or any other purposes. 

 

A Relaxing Spa Session

 

My view of the property would incomplete if I am not sharing my experience of Spa or Naturetherapy. It was one of the relaxing therapy I have had. The massage was so perfect and the ambience of the spa room was so good that I did not realize how one hour of spa session had ended so soon. 

 

My Verdict

If I named another island in the Corbett, that’s Aahana – The Corbett Wilderness. The best combo of luxury and eco-friendly with an ample amount of warm welcome. Every possible step they take to make the guest feel comfortable. It Could be the nature walk, bird watching session, afternoon thella stall hi-tea corner or a nice romantic evening with the musical night. The experience and the delightful staff made my journey and stay so memorable. Hope to visit for a longer period soon! 

 

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This post was created possibly by The Aahana Resort but the opinion, as always my own.

 

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23 thoughts on “Experience Corbett’s Best-Kept Secret – The Aahana Resort

  1. I have been to this resort sometime back, the pics you shared here brought so many fond memories I created there back to me. My experience at the resort was amazing. Sadly, I haven’t been to corbett since, but this is my 1st choice for stay whenever I am visiting corbett again.

  2. The place looks so gorgeous and I loved how spacious the rooms are. And good food and spa are one of my priorities when picking a hotel, looks like this place covered it all

  3. The resort and the pictures looks so enticing and green. Looking forward to visit the place post lockdown for sure

  4. I have heard a lot about Ahana resort from my blogger friends. I really wish to spend some time there as soon As we get to travel again.

  5. You really described in a informative manner. Really good to know about Corbett’s best-kept secret Rahana Resort. it looks awesome.

  6. I have been to this resort, it is beautiful. It is a true ecofriendly luxury resort. I hope you must have seen the sewage treatment plant, it is one of the biggest in Asia.

  7. I had read your stories about Aahana Resort and how beautiful it is. From then on I have been having it in my list and would want to visit it someday. Corbett is one such place that I desperately want to visit to spot the tigers.

  8. Aahana provides a wide range of experience that vacillate between luxury and responsibility. Throw in lavish breakfast, bicycle ride to local village, sturdy hammock and bonfire at night, we are totally missing those days. Thanks for refreshing our memories

  9. I heard about this place earlier as well but never got a chance to visit this gem. Pictures are looking so refreshing. I will try to stay there whenever get a chance next time.

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