The Dhikala area of Corbett National Park is probably the finest unspoilt and abundant in wildlife area existing in Northern India, very rich source of wildlife, fauna and flora and that has extreme natural beauty. The vast dense grasslands called "Chaurs" like the "Savanah" in Africa exist only here. The Dhikala Forest Lodge built in the year 1936 is situated on the edge of the Ramganga Reservoir overlooking the forested hills of Kumaon & Garhwal. An overnight stay here provides the real wildlife experience with the opportunity of doing Elephant rides, Jeep Safaris and spending mid mornings on observation towers overlooking the Ramganga river and water holes. It is 50 km away from the Ramnagar Railway Station .
The location of the Dhikala Forest Lodge offsets its basic accommodation- though these facilities have been immensely improved in 2006, as it is situated deep in the heart of the forest and wildlife can be observed can from the verandah of your room. The rooms at Dhikala have been renovated and are no longer basic by Indian Jungle standards. Dhikala forest Lodge is located in the core area of Corbett national park and it is enclosed by an effective solar fence for your safety against wild animals.
The rooms are clean, with floor tilings and attached English style flushing toilets. Showers do exist and the mixers work - bucket baths are recommended, in case of malfunction. Running hot and cold water is surely available but we suggest mineral water for brushing the teeth.The lodge has electricity with supply timings and there is a back up generator and invertors. Wildlife films are shown every alternate evening in a make shift theatre and the lodge boasts of a fine wildlife library.
We are a personalized service organization managed by Wildlife, Bird watching and Fishing experts, and the pioneers of Wildlife Safari Tours to Corbett & Dudhwa National Parks. Our overnight tours to Dhikala & Gairal Lodges inside the Corbett Park are a must for the Wildlife enthusiast, for a complete visit to this natural heritage of Corbett Park.
We at "Tigerland Safaris & Tours" carry our own clean bed sheets, pillow cases, towels, table cloths, hot water bottles, mosquito repellent coils and other necessary items to provide comfort in the wilds. The restaurant serves only vegetarian Indian, Chinese & Continental food served in Buffet style - the crockery is stone ware. Liquor is not available and allowed but some guests do carry their medicinal stock.
A stay at Dhikala is an experience and recommended for the "adventurous & forgiving wildlife traveler".
The Corbett Dhikala Wildlife Package / Program
Day 1Delhi- Corbett National Park
Arrive at Ramnagar at 0500 hrs by overnight train from Delhi. You will be met by a representative from Tigerland Safaris & Tours and escorted to a Restaurant for Breakfast. There are wash & change facilities at the railway station. Early morning Jeep safari in an open 4 wheel drive Suzuki Gypsy from Dhangarhi gate-visit the Interpretation center - the adventure and wildlife safari to Corbett begins. The Himalayan foothills are one of the natural wonders of the earth, with lush Sub Tropical forests and the bountiful Flora & Avi Fauna that is a tribute to the nature lover and the photographer of the wild.. The Dhikala Forest Lodge has a fantastic setting overlooking the Ramganga reservoir and the opportunity to see wildlife in its natural habitat is immense.
An evening Jeep safari to the grasslands called "Chaurs", for a chance sighting of the elusive Tiger- now the cynosure of every tourists questing eye. Dhikala Lodge is encircled by a solar fence for your safety - it is an unforgettable experience to sit out on your verandah and enjoy the wild sounds of the night.
Overnight stay at Dhikala Forest Lodge.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Days 2 & 3:Corbett National Park
An early morning Elephant ride, is the most promising way of tracking Tigers in Corbett besides other mammal species. Astride an Elephant you get a panoramic view and also feel safe at an elevation of over 10 feet above the ground - when you spot a Tiger and your trusted Elephant moves closer to give you a better view. The afternoon can be spent on a watch tower overlooking the Ramganga river - for bird watchers Corbett is a paradise.
An evening Jeep safari along the rippling Ramganga river, crossing the river at the Gathiarao fair-weather bridge to the Kanda range where Jim Corbett shot the famous Kanda man eater.
The opportunity to observe wildlife in its prime habitat is an experience one succumbs to without much hesitation. Later in the evening watch a film on the conservation efforts in Corbett Tiger Reserve.
Overnight stay at Dhikala Forest Lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4Corbett National Park - onward destination.
Early morning Jeep Safari in Corbett National Park, with its varied topography, diverse Flora & Fauna, the beauty of the meandering Ramganga river, the natural splendor of its landscapes, the Park is a precious heritage.
We drive along the Ramganga river, With the possibility of seeing 05 species of Kingfishers, Pallas & Himalayan Greyheaded Fishing Eagles, Osprey, Crested Serpent Eagle and of course the Mammalia, the Safari is truly magical. Later in the afternoon Jeep Safari out of the Park to reach Ramnagar by late evening via Gairal range forest, here is the chance to see the reptiles such as Turtles, Gharial and Mugger crocodiles unchanged in appearance since pre historic times. The unending stretch of the virgin Sal forests, the vast texture of massive trees, plumage's of peacocks dragging the forest floor, the images of Deer jumping across the forest track- all make a tour to Corbett Tiger Reserve a veritable paradise for lovers of nature and Eco-tourism. You will be dropped to the Ramnagar railway station for overnight train to Delhi.
Meals included: Breakfast
Dhikala is most popular & loved tourist accommodation Jim Corbett National park area, Dhikala is a Paradise Awaiting The Dhikala Complex is most sought after place to stay at, Herds of Chitals Elephants are seen from the complex itself, Which attracts park visitors enormously. Dhikala stay is once in lifetime experience , Dhikala is accessible via Ramnagar , Dhangari gate is main entrance for Dhikala Forest Rest House, Dhangari gate is located 19 kms away from Ramnagar and Dhikala Tourist Complex is 32 Kms away from Dhangari Gate. Dhikala is open for tourists from 15th November to 15th June. Dhikala is inaccessible in Monsoon period. As we all know Dhikala is most popular part of Jim Corbett National Park , Dhikala Forest is known as core area of Jim Corbett National Park, Dhikala is located right in middle of Corbett National Park, Dhikala forest lodge overlooks Ramganga Reservoir . Dhikala Forest Rest House is situated 43 Kms away from Ram Nagar town.
By Rail: To Corbett National Park:
Ramnagar railhead is the nearest railway station to Jim Corbett Wildlife Sanctuary. This railway station is connected to major cities of India, the nearest being New Delhi railway station. Ranikhet Express is one of the trains that operate from New Delhi railway station to Kathgodam railway station. This train runs daily between the two places. Bus or taxi are easily available that will take you to Jim Corbett. Also, trains are available from Moradabad railway station.
By Rail: Delhi To Corbett National Park:
Corbett Link Express - Departs Old Delhi at 2245 hrs and reaches Ramnagar at 0500 hrs
Uttranchal Samparak Kranti - Departs Old Delhi at 1600 hrs and reaches Ramnagar at 2040 hrs
By Air: To Corbett National Park:
Jim Corbett National Park doesn't have an airport. If one wants to go by air, Phoolbagh in Pantnagar is the nearest airport. It is located 50 km away from Jim Corbett. Pantnagar airport is well connected with major cities in India, so one can easily reach there. Delhi which is 300 km away is the nearest international airport for the people travelling from abroad. Flights from Lucknow and New Delhi travel to Pantnagar twice a week, so one can arrange accordingly. One can easily find taxi from Pantnagar to Jim Corbett.
Jim Corbett is well connected to major cities of India. This national park is around 25 kms from Ramnagar, from Lucknow, the National Park is 433 kms via Bareilly and from New Delhi its 300 kms away.
Delhi To Corbett By Road:
Delhi(take NH 24 via Hapur Bypass and Gajraula) -> Moradabad (take Moradabad Bypass) -> Kashipur -> Ramnagar -> Corbett National Park.