Jhirna forest rest house is located in the southern zone of the Jim Corbett National Park which is near close to the Dhela Village. Entry gate for this Zone is Dhela Gate which is located on the periphery of Dhela Village which is 20kms from Ramnagar, Uttrakhand. Entry Gate for Jhirna and Dhela Zones are the same. Jhirna has very beautiful landscape and you can see the nature and peace at its best here. This zone has a single forest lodge which consists of two double bed rooms. If you carve for serenity and privacy then this zone is the best for your night stay. This zone has large population of sloth bears and wild elephants which can be seen through out the year. You can also spot the Royal Bengal Tigers here if you are lucky.
Specialty of this zone is that it is open throughout the year (depends on weather conditions). Jhirna zone topography consist of deciduous and secondary forest grasslands. This zone has open and comparatively shorter grassland than other zones due to which there is good visibility of wild animals especially the Royal Bengal Tigers.
The FRH available at Jhirna are listed as following:-
Jhirna FRH: This forest lodge has 2 double bed rooms available with all the basic amenities.
There are all basic amenities (electricity by Solar panels and water etc) available at this forest rest house. But if you are looking for a luxury break then you will be disappointed and it would be better if you book your stay outside of National Park in a luxury Resort. Bad reception of the cellular networks inside the National Park can also be a pain. There’s no Wi-fi facility as well so that will add to your sorrow more. Please keep these things in mind while visiting the National Park (especially while having a night stay).
Restaurant is not available at this forest rest house but 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 can prepare you the meals whatever you ask.
Note:- You will only get vegetarian food inside the National Park because Non-Veg food is not allowed.
Jhirna zone mainly consists of large open grasslands also called Chaur. It has dry deciduous type secondary forest when it comes for its topography. Jhirna has stream beds inside the zone which are natural, warm and you can explore them if you like. Only if you are in the right season for exploring them (mainly during summer seasons Mar-Jun). The advantage of stream bed exploration is that there may be cliff edges along the streams which are the best spots for the bird watchers.
Due to open grassland this zone proves to give you a better sighting of tiger with great visibility, so if you are a wild life enthusiast then this zone seems to be a must visit for you.
You can visit Jhirna zone via Dhela gate which is located 20kms from Ramnagar, Uttrakhand. The entry timing of the Jhirna Zone from Dhela 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 during this period.
In monsoon season (July-September)
You should not visit the National park during this period of the year because weather will not be favorable and there will be road blockages due to rain which will make it impossible to make through dense Forest. If weather conditions are good then you can visit this time also because Jhirna is open throughout the year.
In Summer Season (March-June)
This time of year which includes March to mid of June is called summer season in India. 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 luxuries then this is also a beautiful season to visit and spot tigers.
Jhirna zone is open through out the year for day safaris, you can visit according to weather and road conditions of the park.
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Dhikala is the biggest zone of Jim Corbett National Park