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Dhikala Forest Rest House
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

Staying in the wilderness with the thought of the most charismatic feline species roaming in the close vicinity is what Dhikala is to offer. With all the basic amenities one needs in a forest the Dhikala accommodation is by the best. There are 3 categories: The new FRH with annexe (old FRH is taken by Govt. of Uttarakhand), the cabins and the hutments; prices are the same; try and get anything that overlooks the Ramganga reservoir. From the room only one can spot flocks of birds / storks / cranes; crocs and alligators basking in the sun on the sand bars. It’s enchanting to see herds of cheetals, few wild boars roaming and grazing just outside the electic fence which surrounds the Dhikala settlement.The beds and linen are comfortable and clean; bathroom is spacious and has running hotwater. We carried mosquito net with us which turned out to be unnecessary because all the doors and windows are covered by netlon. Though as an additional safely we applied mosquito repellant.

This place is strictly vegetarian but include egg. As for the fooding there are 2 options. The restaurant offers buffet breakfast (INR 200 per person), buffet lunch and dinner (INR 250 each meal). Another staff canteen is there which serves tea (20/-) coffee (40/-), Maggie (50/-), egg-toast (70/-) round the clock. At breakfast they offer paranthas or puri –bhaji (70/-). Lunch and dinner menu is fixed at 150/- for which one has to order early.

There are hordes of monkeys which are smart enough to open the backpacks and take out snacks and drinks. Be very careful with small children who fall prey on the notorious monkeys.
Spotting a tiger is a sheer luck by chance, however staying in jungle accommodation that Dhikala offers is an experience by itself. And we were among the luckiest visitors and spotted a full grown male crossing the Thandi sadak on our 4th and final safari. The entire credit goes to the veteran driver who was a guide as well with a jungle experience of 38 years. Though his vehicle is not the best of the lot, however I’d strongly recommend Mohammad Nabi to be the driver for any visitor.

Two suggestions for the wildlife lovers:
1. Stay inside the national park in any of the zones because it saves you 1.5 to 2 hrs of travel through the jungle and back at sunrise and sundown. This 2 hrs are the most promising times for spotting the tiger.
2. Opt for the gypsy, avoid the canter; because the gypsy will take you deep inside the forest which is not possible for the canter.
3. You can directly book the accommodation through the official website which opens 45 days before at 8:00 IST. No separate permit is required if accommodation is confirmed for that zone only. You can pick the vehicle from the forest office at Ramnagar which will bring you back to Ramnagar. The vehicle cost (INR 5500/-) includes 4 safaris.

We’ll be back to Corbett at a later time, this time to the Bijrani range.

Room Tip: Any accommodation overlooking the Ramganga reservoir
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

If nature is what you like, and living in the midst of the jungle is your dream, nothing can beat the Dhikala experience. Situated 32 kms inside the forest, it provides you the option of staying in a forest rest house. Its literally like living in the bedroom of the tiger. This place is covered by grasslands on one side and dense forest on the other.
If you are awake till 10 pm at night, you can experience animals like foxes, spotted deer, porcupines, wild boars, etc within the boundary of your room.
Accommodation is very basic with a simple bed with a not so good mattress. Bed sheets are linen are a test of endurance with spots of everything under the sun available. Bathrooms are basic, no toiletries provided apart from a hand soap. Remember, they only provide one towel per room irrespective of the number of occupants.
Dhikala now has electricity 24/7 unlike earlier and has a functional canteen which serves buffet meals with decent taste and choices.
Should you decide to stay at Dhikala, I would recommend carrying your own soaps, towels, and if possible an all weather sleeping bag.
Also, please go there with a view to enjoy the jungle and not only seeing the tiger; this way you wont be disappointed.

All in all, for a wildlife / nature enthusiast, there is nothing better!

Room Tip: Old FRH and Annexe are the best
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

I booked 3 hutchment area rooms on mid of feb(they were d best rooms in the FRH,Plz do book hutchment area)..thogh the internet advance booking was vry problematic,u cannot book more than two rooms together.so we have to pay extra 2100(700*3) for booking of our 7 people..and they clearly said no refund wl b given..so bad..rooms were big,wth good attached bath,spacious...and from balcony u can cherishd most beautiful valley view beside the river.it was awesome there...and d most impressive was food..in just 250rs per head u can enjoy a sumptuous lunch/dinner(vej)..though snacks,tea,coffee r all costly..but how they r providing such a great buffet in such a low cost amidst that deep core jungle..again about d place,corbett in term of natural beuty is no.match to other n.p.s..we were lucky to hv tiger,elephant siting..but in d frh aftr a whole day of jungle roaming,it was an lifetime experience to gather frm there...lovely space..forget d dirty linens or poor room service..we were not there to njoy luxury..so dhikala is a must must stay...they also provided us all facilities wen there was electricity..we hv dat most of d time...lovely winter jungle holidays...my pictures following sooner

  • Stayed February 2014
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

A custom of last five years to Dhikala visit but my first review on that visit.It was two days stay at dhikala FRH and one night at Sarapdulli. It was good to see discipline at dhikala forest rest house was more seemed more tight compared to last visit. clean room and clean dhikala compound. people were taking their garbage with them while takin check out. meal were we visit all roads from Thandi sadak,kaar patta, ram singh road , car road and especially main road. after two days sea

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Noida, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

We went on the Republic day weekend and stayed in the dormitory and quite frankly I was expecting it to be cold, damp, mosquito infected, loose bunks, noisy and horrible wash rooms.

For 200 rupees per bunk per night, it was none of the above. Cold, it was, but they provide blankets (which are not enough). But you can't ask for more for such a price. The only downside of the wash rooms is that they are around 25 yards away from the dormitory huts and if the electricity is off (like it was in the case of the night we stayed there) you can't think about walking to them.

The best part of it was that it is as close to wilderness as you could get. We saw a hog deer inside the campus while we were walking back from the canteen (restaurant) to the dormitory. The views around the campus of the reservoir and around were great. Also, you get an hour's lead time over other jeeps from outside and increase you chances of spotting a tiger. We saw a male and a female with a cub in a single trip.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

Forest rest house(FRH) at Dhikala overlooking Ramganga reservoir is the best place to enjoy Corbett. It is near Dhikala chaur (grassland) and one can enjoy the flora and fauna best staying there. We had booked 3 rooms for two nights at the new forest rest house online at http://www.corbettnationalpark.in (official corbett site). All payments are to be made online. We were two couples and three singles. We had taken Ranikhet express till Ramnagar and waited at the waiting hall at the railway station. Alternatively one can book room at KVM guest house which is very close to Ramnagar office of corbett. We reached Corbett reception office at Ramnagar (2.5 Km from the railway station) which opens at 1030 hrs and got the permits verified. It is necessary to carry all the original ids that have been used for booking. Then we hired a Jeep that charged us all inclusive Rs 5800 for to and fro to Dhikala FRH and 4 safaris inside. Dhikala FRH is about 38 Km from the entrance gate and the gate is 17 Km from the Ramnagar reception office. One must book elephant safari immediately after reaching at the FRH reception. Elephant safari is the best way to go deep inside the chaur. Staying at Dhikala FRH is much more than seeing a tiger. Room are basic but clean. Electric supply is maintained 24X7. Geysers are in working conditions. Room no 1, 2 and 3 have lake view. No TV or phone inside the room. There are two canteens. One serves breakfast (Rs 200 per person), lunch and dinner (Rs 250 per person) (All buffet). They serve only vegetarian food, which are fresh, hot and good. Alternatively, one can have tea anytime at the other canteen and lunch at Rs 150 per plate. Staff and service are satisfactory. No mobile connection except Idea work and that too at only few places. Vodafone/Airtel have very limited connection restricted to 1-2 meter radius outside the guest house. No landline phone is at the FRH. Monkey are there at guest house so one need to be careful. The place has limited facilities still it is best considering one goes to corbett to enjoy nature. If someone wants luxury then all resorts are similar all over the country......why travel to corbett. More photos are at this link http://goo.gl/EvqNxq.

Room Tip: Room Nos 1 and 2 have large window with lake view and room no has small window with lake view.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

The rooms are cold and a little damp (especially in early January when we went); the bedding is quite frankly horrible; and the habituated rhesus macaques are far too invasive.

If you want luxury, pass on this accommodation.

However, if you want to be in the middle of one of the most fantastic National Parks on the planet; where nature is happening in front of you daily; with views across the reservoir to wild elephant, gharial and chital, then this place is definitely for you!

Corbett National Park is one of the true wilderness extremes left in continental India, and as such to be confined in the middle of it, with tiger, elephant, chital, sambar, crocodiles and jackal all round you is perfect.

The access to the park, being straight outside the gate, means that there is no downtime on your game drives.

The food, albeit vegetarian is wholesome, tasty and plentiful.

If you are going to Corbett for the wildlife, the scenery and to be close to nature, this is the only place to stay!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dhikala Forest Rest House
Address: Jim Corbett Park, Jim Corbett National Park, India
Region: India > Uttarakhand > Jim Corbett National Park
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Ranked #2 of 58 B&Bs / Inns in Jim Corbett National Park
Number of rooms: 32

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