Dhikala forest rest house and zone is one of the most sought after tourist destination in the Jim Corbett National Park. You can see herd of elephants and pack of spotted deers in the vast expanse of Dhikala Chaur (grassland). If you’re lucky you can even see the very rare Hog Deer at this location.
Night stay at the Dhikala forest lodge is an amazing experience for every wildlife lover. You can enter this zone from Dhangari gate which is is approx. 18 kms away from Ramnagar. Time for visiting Dhikala is from 15th November to 15th June because in monsoon National Park remains shut. While at Dhikala zone you can also spot crocodiles and Gharials in the Ramganga River.
There are many FRHs available at Dhikala. Which is listed as following –
1. Hutment FRH It has 6 double bed rooms available. All rooms are provided with all basis amenities.
2. Cabin FRH It has 3 double bed rooms available.
3. New FRH It has 4 double bed rooms available.
4. Annexi1 FRH It has 6 double bed rooms available.
5. Annexi2 FRH It has 1 double bed rooms available.
6. Sarapduli FRH It has 2 double bed rooms and 3 dormitory beds available.
7. Gairal FRH It has 4 double bed rooms and 8 dormitory beds available.
8.Sultan FRH It has 2 double bed rooms available.
There are all basic amenities (electricity by Solar panels and water etc.) available at all these forest rest houses but if you are looking for a luxury stay then you will be disappointed and it would be better if you book your stay outside of National Park in a luxury resort. Also, there is weak cellular reception inside the National Park and you will not be provided any Wi-fi facility. Please keep these things in mind while visiting the National Park (especially while booking a night stay).
In the Dhikala Tourist Complex there’s a very good restaurant(canteen) available for all the meals you will require. There you can get buffet meals of quality foods.As inside the National Park Non-veg food is not allowed so you will be served with Vegetarian food only.For the visitors there’s also a small canteen available for their requirement of snacks and foods.
In some FRH’s premises there’s not any restaurant availability but there you will get a cook with all the utensils, stove and gas available in a kitchen. You have to provide raw material to the cook and he will prepare you the meals whatever you ask for.
Note:- You will only get vegetarian food inside the National Park because Non-Veg food is not allowed inside the Park.
This zone have several types of Deers including Spotted Deer,Para,The Sambar,Kakkar(barking deer) which makes hoarse sound similar to the bark of a Dog. It has diverse population tiger and wild elephants which makes this zone a best zone to spot tigers and wild elephants. This zone is also a best place to spot variety of birds. If you are lucky you can also see sloth bears in this zone of forest. This zone is Habitat of Sloth bear cause of termites and the sweet nectar of Mahua flowers which are in abundancein this zone. The bears found Mahua intoxicating while digesting the Mahua ferments.
You can go for Dhikala zone via Dhangarhi gate which is located 18 kms from Ramnagar, Uttrakhand. The entry timing to Dhikala range from Dhangarhi gate starts from 10:00 AM and stops at 4:00 PM.
In winter season (October-February)
You will spot a variety of beautiful and unseen birds. For Bird lovers this is dream time of the year as you can see many unseen birds.
In monsoon season (July-September)
You should not visit the National park during this period of the year cause weather will not be favourable and there will be road blockages due to rain which will make it impossible to make through dense Forest. And FRHs and Day visit both will be closed during this period.
In Summer Season (March-June)
This time of year which includes March to mid of June is called summer season in our country.In summer season, the temperature gets very high as in day time, the temperature may go up to 40 degree c. So if you can enjoy your stay in jungle without air conditioning,cooler and all the luxurious items then this is also a beautiful season to visit and spot tigers.
Dhikala Zone Map
Dhikala is open for Night Stay and Canter Safaris (for Day visit) for a period of 15th November to 15th June. Besides this period it remains Close.
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Dhikala is the biggest zone of Jim Corbett National Park