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Stay & Safaries in dhikala forest rest house jim corbett park

Dhikala forest rest house and lodge is owned by government of India and managed by government and corbett park forest department under corbett national park, it is located in the core area of corbett national park. The entry gate for dhikala is dhangadi gate, visitors have to show your permits to forest guards here at this point. Dhikala forest lodge and rest house are built by the british government ( now managed by the jim corbett national park to promote ecotourism in the region housed appx 100 beds at different locations and catagories) for thier shikar parties and wood requirment is 30 kms from dhangadi gate, dhikala forest rest house is most demanded hotel or resort in jim corbett national park and it take around 01 Hr to 01 Hr 15 Mins to cover this distance, dhikala is name of a zone in corbett park as other popular zones are bijrani, jhirna, durgadevi etc. This journey from dhangadi gate to forest rest house and lodge itself is full of adventures, you have to cross dense sal forest and ramganga river with several seasonal rivers, the animals you are most likely to spot while going through dhikala region are herds of spotted deer, barking deer, sambhar, barasinga, elephants herds, hyena, fox, monitor lizard and may even encounter tigers also. The location of dhikala forest rest house and lodge in core area of corbett national park made it a perfect place to stay for wildlife enthusiast.

Dhikala forest rest house and lodge offers comfortable (basic) accommodation , the accommodation types divided among bungalows, cabins and hutments. Rooms have attached toilets facilities, but lack furnishings. There is a basic restaurant in the lodge complex area which serves only vegetarian food in buffet, also run by kmvn another government agency. As mentioned earlier dhikala forest lodge and rest house is not a luxury forest rest house, and mostly preferred by serious wildlife lovers due to its location in the centre of the jim corbett national park. Dhikala forest rest house and lodge is surrounded by dense forest and overlooks the Ramganga reservoir. Visitors staying at dhikala forest rest house and lodge can enjoy jeep and elephant safari twice a day as per their bookings or itinerary.

The major activity to fo for visitors at dhikala forest rest house and lodge is wildlife safaris as jim corbett national park authorities and forest department has created some watch towers in the dhikala region for tourists to watch animals, these watch towers in the dhikala region are surrounded by water holes, which also been constructed by forest department for the animals to drink water, these water holes are frequently visited by wild animals. Wildlife lovers generally go to watch tower with packed lunch and drinking water and stay whole day in watch tower to click pictures, other activities at dhikala forest rest house are open jeep safari ( morning & evening) and elephant safari (morning & evening).

Canter Safari in Dhikala Corbett National Park - Canter is another medium to to explore wildlife in dhikala core area of corbett national park, visitors can visit two canter safaris in a day one is from 0600 Hrs in the morning and another one is in the afternoon from 1200 Hrs Both are around 04 Hrs Long to enjoy this safari one need not to stay at dhikala or other accmmodation inside the park.

Elephant Safari in Dhikala Corbett National Park - Elephant safari is the best way to view wildlife and jungle through the grassland (Chaurs) and thick jungle by an unconventional route. It is the best way for searching for tiger or a herd of wild elephants, Elephant safari allows you to travel deeper into the wilderness and to get very close to wildlife with out scaring the animals away. In Dhikala you can enjoy the elephent safari in morning and afternoon time.

Jeep Safari in Dhikala Corbett National Park - Away from the confines of mundane life, the Corbett Jeep safari is a journey into the world that is still untouched by mechanization. The wildlife jeep safari explores the basic wilderness still alive in the Jim Corbett National Park.It is one of the most common and famous way to explore the richness of flora and fauna with the Corbett Jeep Safari that unfolds the beauty of the Jim Corbett Park in India. Jeep safari into corbett national park is a delight for adventure lovers and wildlife photographers. In dhikala range you can do the jeep safaris in morning and afternoon time.

Important Places to see around Dhikala

Chaurs (Grass Lands) - Dhikala is surrounded with chaurs ( grass land), these are the grazing ground for the resident wildlife and visitors doing safaris in dhikala region can easily spot herds of elephants and deers around chaurs.

Watch Tower - Watch tower situated in dhikala region is perfectly located and enable you to get an excellent view of wildlife which are come for grazing into the nearby chaurs and around water holes constructed, where wild animals come to drink water, visitors can also have view of ramganga riverbed as well as a large section of dhikala chaur, these watch tower is located at few mins driving distance from dhikala forest lodge.

Gharial Point - Crocodile pool is located on the short cut from Gairal forest rest house in dhikala region to the other rest houses West of it. It is also a balcony-like natural structure, which looks down upon a pool almost permanently inhabited by crocodiles.

Sambar Trail - This area probably has the maximum sighting of tigers due to it's ideal location between the hills on one side and the riverbed on the other and singhting occurs while animals cross over in this area while moving down for water. Also located not far from this track and just a little distance up one of the streams crossing it, is the den of a tiger. Elephants are also frequent visitors to this track for the food and water and it is important to be able to reverse (turn back) your vehicle as easily as you drive it forward. If patience is one of your virtues, it can almost be guaranteed that this track will not send you back disappointed if you plan to drive down this way just before sunset in the summer months and noon during winter months. A couple of Serpant Eagles also had their nest high up in a tree beside this track. This jungle track extends from the base of the Dhikala watchtower towards Khinanauli rest house.

Dhikala Travel Information

Dhikala Region entry timing : Visitors holding valid permit can enter Dhikala region via dhangadi gate and the entry timing to dhikala region is 1000 Hrs till 1600 Hrs.

How to Reach Dhikala : One can reach dhikala by dhangadi gate which is 30 Kms from the forest lodge. Please view the route map.

How to reach dhikala by Air: Phoolbagh, Pantnagar (Rudrapur) at a distance of 90 km is the nearest airport for dhikala and Delhi at a distance of 300 km is the nearest international airport for dhikala. How to reach dhikala by Rail: Ramnagar is on the broad gauge track from where the road transport options have to be availed to reach the dhikala- corbett park.

How to reach dhikala by Road: Dhikala is 300 km from Delhi, 410 km from Lucknow and 51 km from Ramnagar. The route from Delhi spans Hapur-Murababad-Ramnagar- dhikala. The turn off is some 7 km beyond Muradabad to the left, marked by a small board. The route from Varanasi is via Lucknow/kanpur spans Bareilly, Kichha, Rudrapur, Doraha, Kashipur.

It is said that wildlife trip to India is incomplete if you have not visited Dhikala Forest Lodge. So, If you are dreaming of a great vacation and finding it hard work to make it happen, do not worry, we carefully select tour itinerary and make it perfect your dream vacation. If you are wildlife enthusiast, the wildlife tour to Dhikala in Corbett National Park will keep you busy as it is home to many species of mammals and reptiles and it could be an opportunity for you to see the Royal Bengal Tiger. Corbett is among few national parks of India that allows night stay in the heart of jungle. As we have mentioned earlier Dhikala Forest Rest House is most popular tourist area of Jim corbett National park & Dhikala Forest Rest House has a camp office of Field Director of jim Corbett National Park , One Forest Ranger resides at Dhikala permanently , Dhikala is only place where tourists can see wild animals roaming at large in their natural habitats. Tourist can stay in dhikala forest rest house from 15th November to 15th June. Dhikala forest rest house and lodge is inaccessible during monsoon months as all roads are damaged during monsoon by monsoon rivers, Corbett national park authorities and forest department repairs entry roads to Dhikala forest lodge and rest house every year after monsoon.

All though the accommodation is not the luxury one but all the 32 rooms at Dhikala forest lodge has attached bathrooms and running hot water (solar). Dhikala forest lodge also has 02 dormitories, each dormitory has 12 beds. Both the dormitories have common bathrooms. Dhikala forest Lodge is located in the core area of Corbett national park, it is enclosed by the effective solar fence to keep wild animals away. Staying facilities are also available at Bijrani, Gairal, Jhirna and Kanda forest rest houses. The government has increased accommodation in recent years by introducing additional annexes and dormitories. These all forest rest houses have solar electric fencing that keeps the tourists safe.

Dhikala Tour Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Ramnagar- Transfer to Dhikala via Dhangari Gate

Dhikala, In the morning pick up from wild jungle lodge and transfer to Dhikala forest lodge. Check-in at the lodge, freshen up yourself and have little rest. After a short break take refreshment and get ready for the game drive. Soon after the lunch we leave for three hour game drive that will pass through a pristine wilderness area with some of the best sighting of wildlife. Now you have evening at leisure to unwind in the serene surroundings of your forest lodge. Retire for the night after dinner.

Day 02: Discover the Most Fascinating Wildlife Territory (CTR)

A knock on your doors reminds you the start of your day with hot coffee / tea to warm up before you head towards the Jungle Safari. Do not forget to take your camera and binoculars before getting on the gypsy. The three hours morning safari this morning will be through unrivaled wilderness area with some of the amazing sighting of wildlife to look forward to. Now you entered into the Dhikala tourism zone which is a well know wildlife tourist destination in Jim Corbett National Park. It is situated at the border of the Dun valley from where from the Ramganga flows in numerous channels. This exclusive zone offers outstanding view of the valley. It gives you an opportunity to discover the most fascinating wildlife territory on earth. Lunch will be served back at the resort. Now you have afternoon at leisure to unwind in the serene ambiance of your classic lodge.

Day 03: Corbett National Park to Delhi

Get ready for early morning game drive in a dense saal forest, grassland of riverine forests, the presence of large water body and its location on the foothills. According to your tour package the last day we take you to Elephant ride. Explore the richness of flora and fauna of Corbett just from a height. Come back to the resort and check out from the resort on time. Later depart by surface for Delhi (260 Kms/ 06 hrs drive).


We will be happy to reserve your stay and safaris to dhikala forest rest house and lodge in Jim Corbett Park. Please feel free to write for online reservations to dhikala forest rest house and lodge, if you need any further assistance; please send the following details to all information availability and best quote for your stay and safaris in dhikala forest rest house and lodge at corbett park.

There are canter safari, jeep safari and elephant safaris to do in the Jim Corbett Park while stay at dhikala forest rest house and lodge. Note: Dhikala Booking is Closed for Night Stay & Safari on 15th June 2024 and will reopen on or after 15th November 2024

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