Photograph Courtesy: Paatlidun Safari Lodge

Photograph Courtesy: Paatlidun Safari Lodge

Looking for a little romantic getaway this Diwali? Some time nestled in the shade of the jungle trees, away from the festival of light? Well, the Jim Corbett National Park has opened after the monsoon break, and a little ways away from it lies Outlook Traveller’s 2016 ‘Best Hotel for Honeymooners’, the Paatlidun Safari Lodge. Its name hints at its location, in the midst of a narrow valley, surrounded by the jungle and its constant sounds. The lodge, built in the traditional Kumaoni style of the region, is fully of modern comforts to keep you pampered during your stay. ALSO READ: 5 Reasons Why You Must Visit Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand’s Nainital District

With most of the safari zones of Jim Corbett National Park now open after the monsoon season, you can explore the dense and teeming jungles of the region with the lodge as your base. Or you can just spend your days cocooned in luxury with the wild jungle right beside you. The lodge lies in Bhakrakot village with the Shivalik Himalayas towering over it.

Photograph Courtesy: Paatlidun Safari Lodge

Photograph Courtesy: Paatlidun Safari Lodge

Nearby is the Kosi River, and the lodge and its 12 cottages are full of traditional Kumaoni woodwork and artwork. The cottage names are also derived from the Hindu lunar calendar’s Rashis and the local rivers of Uttarakhand. Inside the cottages, you’ll find verandas and pools with massive windows looking out into the forest. The Star Window above the master beds let you look at the starlit sky, clear and unpolluted by the lights and smoke of cities. NOW READ: How to reach Jim Corbett National Park

The verandahs also open directly out into the woods, bringing you as comfortably close to nature. Tariffs range from INR 19,500 for a luxury cottage per night with breakfast only to INR 29,500 for a premium luxury cottage inclusive of all meals.