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Forest Lodges in Dhikala

dhikala CorbettDhikala forest lodge is located in the hearth of Corbett national park on the bank on ramganga reservoir. Dhikala forest lodge or Dhikala forest rest house is managed by forest department of Corbett national park and provides an opportunity to the visitors of the national park to stay inside the forest. Picturesque location and beautiful surroundings make it an ideal place to stay away from the hustle bustle of city life. Dhikala forest lodge is the only lodge within the national park which provides the facility of electricity within the rooms and thus is ideally suited for families. In order to reach Dhikala forest lodge, one has to enter the Corbett national park via Dhangarhi gate. The distance of Dhikala forest lodge is 32kms from Dhangarhi gate and as soon as the vehicle enters dhangarhi gate, one gets the idea about the beauty of dhikala zone. Other lodges like Gairal, Sultan, Sarapduli, Khinnanauli fall on the way to Dhikala forest Lodge. The journey from Dhangarhi to Dhikala forest lodge is adventurous and provides many opportunities for wildlife viewing. For the safety of its visitors dhikala forest lodge is covered with solar wire fence.

The permits for the booking of Dhikala forest lodge are recommended to avail much in advance as it is highly popular amongst visitors from India and abroad.

Accommodation in Dhikala Forest Lodge
Dhikala forest rest house has a total room inventory of 32 rooms which is further classified into 06 wings as mentioned below:-
  • 04 rooms - New Forest Rest House, Dhikala
  • 05 rooms - Old Forest Rest House, Dhikala
  • 07 rooms Annexe room Dhikala
  • 06 Hutment rooms, Dhikala
  • 06 Cabin rooms, Dhikala
  • 04 Old Range quarters, Dhikala
Apart from 32 rooms, Dhikala forest lodge also has 02 dormitories, with 12 beds in each dormitory. Bathrooms in the dormitories are common. All 32 rooms at Dhikala forest lodge has attached bathrooms & running hot (solar) & cold water. The Campus of Dhikala Forest Rest House is located in the core area of Corbett National Park.

The food in Dhikala forest lodge is not a problem as there are two canteens within the premises of lodge. One of them is run by Kumaon mandal vikas nigam which is run by the tourism department of uttarakhand and offers buffet meals. Other is a private canteen which offers food in alacarte menu.

Sultan is the first forest rest house which comes when you drive from Dhangari to Dhikala. Sultan is named after the Sultan Sot, Sultan Sot is the name of seasonal stream running through that area. Sultan is in dense forest area and the surrounding area is quite unique and picturesque.

No of Rooms at Sultan- Corbett = 2

Most preferred rest house amongst visitors is Gairal Forest Rest house. By Dhangari- Dhikala main forest road, one can reach Gairal Forest Rest House. Surrounded by hills, Gairal forest rest house is located on the bank of Ramganga River. Gairal Forest Rest House offers 3 kind of accommodation facility: -
1) Old forest rest house
2) New forest rest house
3) Jungle huts

Old forest rest house rooms are well kept and toilets are extremely clean. The Old Forest Rest House has historical air having sloping roof, shaded verandah and proximity to the adjoining forest. In the dining hall of Gairal Forest Guest house some outstanding Indian dishes are offered. In the winters solar heated water is provided. At Gairal, Ramganga is a crystal-clear, fast-flowing mountain river flowing through scenic forests. Being out of the way, Gairal presents ideal conditions for viewing wildlife and birds in tranquillity.

No of Rooms at Gairal- Corbett = 12

Kanda Forest Rest House lies in the northern part of the Park flanking the Himalayas. The drive up to the rest house is also an adventurous and exciting one. It is interesting to keep your eyes open during the drive up as this area has the highest population density of leopards and Himalayan black bears in the park. The lucky ones also get to see the mountain goat, the Ghoral, which in Corbett is unique to this area. Due to its relatively high altitude of 1085 meters above mean sea level, the cool breeze makes it an excellent option for the summer months. Dhikala complex is clearly visible from here

No of Rooms at Kanda - Corbett = 2

Khinnanauli Forest Rest House is a better place for the tiger watching. It is Located in the middle of Khinnanauli chaur. It faces a huge grassland and has the river flowing by to the left. Khinnanauli is the recently built rest house of Corbett. Due to the frequent visits paid here by huge herds of wild elephants, the vehicle-parking garage is a welcome sight. The rest house is also provided with two hours a day of generator powered electricity. Solar heated water is also available for the cold winters.

No of Rooms at Khinnanauli - Corbett = 2

Sarapduli rest house is situated on Dhangarhi-Dhikala road. Sarapduli rest house is located downstream of Gairal on the flat southern bank of the Ramganga while the opposite northern bank rises steeply to a ridge. Sarapduli is well frequented by large mammals (tiger, elephant included) due to the proximity to the river in front. It is a nice place for bird watching and also a good place to see crocodiles.

No of Rooms at Sarapduli - Corbett = 2 + 1 dormitory

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