Dhikala Forest Rest House is one of the most popularly sought after tourist destinations in the Jim Corbett National Park.
You can see a herd of elephants and a pack of spotted deers in the vast expanse of Dhikala Chaur (grassland). If you’re lucky you can probably see the very rare Hog Deer at the location.
Dhikala Forest Rest House’s night stay is an amazing experience for every wildlife lover. You can enter this zone from Dhangari which is approx. 18 km away from Ramnagar.
The time for visiting Dhikala is from 15th November to 15th June cause National Park remains shut during Monsoon.
While staying at Dhikala Forest Rest House you can also spot some Crocodiles and Gharials in the Ramganga River.
There are many FRHs available at Dhikala Zone, Which are listed as follows:-
1. Hutment FRH
2. Cabin FRH
3. New FRH
4. Annexi1 FRH
5. Annexi2 FRH
6. Sarapduli FRH
7. Gairal FRH
8. Sultan FRH
These FRHs have a Double bed and Dormitory available for Night Stay in Jim Corbett National Park.
Some FRHs have all the amenities like accommodation and canteen for food, but some haven’t canteen services in which case you can bring your raw material for food and there will be a cook at FRH who will cook your food for you in the kitchen of FRH all the required utensils are there which is provided by Govt.).
The rooms are comfortable with basic amenities.
A very good restaurant caters to the need of visitors staying in the Dhikala Tourist Complex. The restaurant serves buffet meals with a good choice of quality foods.
A small Canteen is also available for the visitors.
Visitors can enjoy wildlife movie show in the evening and also spend their leisure time reading books in the well-stocked library.
One can spot several types of Deers when in the zone including Spotted Deer and others like Para (Axis pernicious), The Sambar (Cervus unicolour), Kakkar (Muntiacus muntjak) which is also called the barking deer due to the hoarse sound it makes resembling the bark of a Dog.
It is one of the best places on earth to spot a tiger and wild elephants.
This area is also bird watchers’ dream destination. The surrounding forests and the large water body supports a wide diversity of birds in the area.
The chances of spotting a sloth bear are very high in this section of forest. They are attracted by both termites and the sweet nectar of Mahua flowers.
The bears have been recorded in an intoxicated state when the Mahua ferments in their digestive system.
One can reach Dhikala via Dhangarhi gate which is 18 km from Ramnagar. One can enter the Dhikala range via Dhangarhi Gate and the entry timing to the Dhikala range from this gate is 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM.
Winter Season Within October to February:
In the winter season or a period of October to February, you will find this park a true abode of beautiful and unseen birds. So, for birding, this is the most captivating period as at this time, you will meet an unseen variety of birds there.
Monsoon – During July to September Months:
The monsoon season is not an appealing time for visitors to come over to Jim Corbett National Park, we suggest you do not visit during this time because the park remains closed for this period of the year.
Summer Season – During March to June Months:
The time from March to mid of June is called the summer season in India. During the summer season, the temperature remains quite high.
In the daytime, the weather becomes too scorching that may go up to 40-degree c, but in the early morning safaris, you can spot most of the wild animals across the river or any water accumulated area.
Open & Close:- Dhikala is open for tourists from 15th November to 15th June. But remains inaccessible during Monsoon season.
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