Pool Dining at The Golden Tusk – Jim Corbett

May 23, 2018 | Travel, Wildlife

Date: 15-17 May 2018
Venue: Jim Corbett

Anybody who has been to Jim Corbett would have faced the quintessential question – “Did you see tigers?” You can now ask them back – “Have you dined in water?” Well we have, at the Golden Tusk Resort, Jim Corbett National Park.

We wanted a break from summer and wanted a break from Himachal since we had just been there. Jim Corbett seemed fuss free and close to Delhi. But where could we find a calming break? In such circumstances we came across Golden Tusk. This is located at Dhela region of Ramnagar just outside the National Park and from the photographs, seemed serenity married with comfort. We decided to stay at Golden Tusk this time.

A jeep from Golden Tusk picked us promptly from Ramnagar railway station when we reached at about 9 at night. The half hour ride in the open jeep through the sleepy Ramnagar town and then the breezy jungle rejuvenated us.

We reached Golden Tusk, checked in and were ushered to our rooms.  We were in the Tiger Suites. Beautifully done up with poster bed, study table and a grand washroom replete with a big bath tub – this was sheer luxury. The understated opulence in the décor, the beautifully crafted lights and the soft colour scheme stole our heart.

By this time, we were hungry and although we could have ordered food in our room, we decided to try the buffet at the dining hall. They have lavish buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Lunch and dinner started with soup, salad and moved on to vegetarian and non-vegetarian main course and cakes, soufflé, jelly or custard for dessert. Every item was well made, simple and the wide choice guaranteed there was something for everybody. The breakfast buffet started with fresh juice and fruits and had sabzis, parathas , upmas and dosas in the Indian section as well as bread, boiled eggs, omelets, milk and cereals and tea cakes in the continental section. The friendly staff were always on their toes and were a yes to every request we had – a fulka instead of paratha or plain curd instead of raita.

Next morning we went for a walk around the property. It was sprawling with ponds, water bodies, local and exotic trees with hammocks hanging from them. They have a host or rooms of various categories. But they also had lavish tents. Spacious and sturdy, the tents have a rustic charm combined with luxury.

We were expecting swimming pool in the property – but they did not have 1, but 3. There is a main pool with 2 smaller pools for children. In the next two days we took many a dip in the big swimming pool.

Golden Tusk had a surprise for us that evening. The manager asked us to come to the poolside, and not dining hall, for dinner. We were pleasantly surprised with what we saw. A beautifully laid dinner table, decorated with candles and frangipani flowers, was awaiting us in one of the smaller pools.  We tucked up our pants and waded into the water that also had frangipani floating in it. To complete the impact, a musician strum the guitar and sang old Hindi numbers. A waiter in suitable attire entered the water and served us again with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. We were dazed and touched and he was quite enjoying our awe. The pool dining experience was like a dream. We had a young friend with us – 7 year old Revant. He had joined us with his mother during the trip. Revant was most excited with the water dining and went splashing around happily. We are told water dining is unique to The Golden Tusk for guests who request this special service.

It is clear that the water dining experience touches young and old alike. One can go for it as a celebration – or a random act of adventure. The Golden Tusk is a great experience for many reasons but we will remember the unique water dining evening forever.  You in turn can come to The Golden Tusk and have a pleasantly suitable answer to the question – “Have you dined in water?”

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43 Comments

  1. jefferson

    great experience, great journey.

    • Delhifundos

      Indeed

      • Afreen Ansari

        Jim Corbett has been on my list from so long and the Golden Tusk Resort seems like a great stay option when traveling there. Love the detailing

  2. Bethenewyou4you

    Shared your experience in nice way! I like content! 👍Truly appreciated! 👌

  3. Nina Jaliashvili

    What an awesome place!! Love the pictures and a great job on this article 🙂

    • Delhifundos

      Thanks guys, glad you like the post as we loved the experience.

  4. Niveya Swaminaathan Raja

    An interesting place to travel with family.

  5. Amy K

    Looks like you had a great time with your family! I’m also a fan of properties with lots of swimming pools!

    • Delhifundos

      Yes we had a lot of fun. Still lingers on.

  6. DANIELLE BRONSON

    I just love the tiger suite beds! Gosh those are cool and the food just looked absolutely delicious! I am grateful you shared your experiences with us.

    • Delhifundos

      Yeah we were also smitten over these beds. Just perfect for a jungle resort. Glad you liked our food pics as well.

  7. Chai

    this is cool way of experience and helping interested ones with the details of the place. Nice pictures and writing 🙂

    • Delhifundos

      Thanks. That’s the agenda of our blog. To share good experiences with our readers.

  8. Jane

    Thanks for sharing your journey!

    • Delhifundos

      Thanks for reading it.

      • Anahita Irani

        If I ever go to Jim Corbett National Park I know exactly where to stay now.. And I hope to get this lovely experience you had.. Thanks for this.

      • Michelle Tirkey

        Have heard about dining in the air experiences. Pool dining is a first that I got to know of. And the breakfast spread looks amazing! Saving this for future.

  9. greer

    Beautiful pictures and thank you for sharing your journey

    • Delhifundos

      Thanks for liking our pictures and blog.

  10. Mitali

    Swimming pool has always been my weak point. This looks like a great place to visit

    • Delhifundos

      Oh yes, by all means.

      • Sanjay Thampy

        Jim Corbett was only about watching tigers for me honestly till I read this post.

        Dining underwater and so many other things as you have so aptly described enhances the value of any tour to this sanctuary.

  11. Backpacking Series

    Have been to Jim Corbett twice but now look like will have to plan a third trip to experience dining in water.

  12. Juli

    This place looks like some where I could ran off to.

  13. MARCEL JOSHUA

    thanks for sharing your experience. i would definitely love to visit india and try out everything as well. just a beautiful place to stay.

  14. jeferson

    incredible India indeed…….slogan so apt to describe India……

  15. Novel Blondes

    What a beautiful location! Thanks for sharing this hidden gem with your readers!

  16. Evelyn Hernandez

    Looks like an amazing place, hope you enjoyed.

    • Delhifundos

      We had a swell time indeed.

  17. Maysz

    I like that place I work at hotel. but this hotel looks different.

  18. Mane

    Nice place! Nice food! And I love the photos I’m sure everyone enjoyed their stay 😉

  19. fibi

    Such a good experience! The hotel looks nice

  20. Shanab

    Looks like a cool experience especially for summer in the blazing heat.

  21. Lauren

    I would love to check this out someday! I have been to India, but there is so much more for me to explore.

  22. pujarini

    Sounds like a great outing. Jim Corbett is on our bucket list.

  23. Simerbir Singh

    Seems you enjoyed a lot there. And, one more place added to my must visit list.

  24. Jan F

    How awesome! Can I be there tomorrow?

  25. Priyal

    Looks like a great place to visit with family & friends. Next time when I will be kn Delhi, I will surely plan to go this place. Very nice pictures

  26. Sandy N Vyjay

    What a lovely getaway! The Golden Tusk seems just the right place to rejuvenate and relax after some harrowing times. The resort is beautifully located and seems to offer a really great experience right in the lap of nature.

  27. Raksha

    Wow, now this I like. I love everything about this post, dine by the pool, tigers and Jim Corbett. I have wanted to visit Jim Corbett for long time and have had it on my list. For sure, someday I will get there and will look up for Golden Tusk surely.

  28. Ambica Gulati

    This is a good resort for families. The kids can have a whale of a time here. I liked the flora here and the walk behind the resort.

  29. Amrita

    Wow! Dining in water seems to be quite an interesting experience! Golden Tusk looks like a lovely property – cosy and beautiful rooms, great ambience and good food. What else can I want for a relaxing weekend!

  30. Khushboo

    Golden Tusk Resort sounds like a perfect place for a luxurious getaway! Loved the detailed review 🙂

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