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Dhikala Forest Lodge
Dhikala forest lodge is 30 kms from Dhangadi gate, and it will take around 01 Hr to 01 Hr 15 Mins to cover this distance. This journey from Dhangadi gate to Dhikala itself is full of adventures, you have to cross dense sal forest and Ramganga River with several seasonal rivers, the animals you are most likely to spot while going to Dhikala are herds of spotted deer, Barking deer, Sambhar, Barasinga, Elephants, and Hyena, Fox, Monitor Lizard and even Tigers also. Strategically located in the core of the dense forest of famous Corbett National Park, Dhikala forest lodge is one of the unique forest accommodations in the world. Surrounded heavily by wild ambiance, staying at Dhikala guest houses is a once in a lifetime kind of experience almost mystical. This simple yet amazing forest house is run and administered by the forest department of Corbett National Park. Highly popular among wild life enthusiasts and lovers of raw nature, Dhikala is situated within the periphery of Patli Dun Valley and offers the breathtaking view of this enchanting valley along with Kanda ridge. Various streams of Ramganga River are flowing through this area enhancing the rustic view of the forest. Dhikala guest house is around 32 kms from the Dhangadi gate which can only be travelled by the vehicles of forest department. Covering this distance is an adventure in itself as one can have to cross through the rich flora and fauna of this area which includes vast grass land, dense Sal jungle, various small river channels and different types of animals roaming on the grass land.
Dhikala forest lodge has 32 rooms in its 06 wings and can be classified as follows:
1. New Forest Rest House : No of Rooms – 04
2. Old Forest Rest House: No of rooms -05
3. Dhikala Annexe: No of Rooms 07
4. Hutment: No of rooms 06
5. Cabins: No of Rooms 06
6. All Range quarters: No of Rooms 04
All though the accommodation is not the luxury one but all the 32 rooms at Dhikala forest lodge has attached bathrooms and running hot water (solar).
Dhikala forest lodge also has 02 dormitories, each dormitory has 12 beds. Both the dormitories have common bathrooms.
Dhikala forest Lodge is located in the core area of Corbett national park, it is enclosed by the effective solar fence to keep wild animals away.
Flora & Fauna
Being situated amidst the lush green forest of Corbett National Park, Dhikala forest zone is blessed with diversified flora & fauna. It offers a rich variety of flora including 110 species of trees, 27 species of climbers, 51 species of shrubs and 33 species of grass and bamboo.
Apart from flora, Dhikala Forest Zone has splendid diversified fauna. This site creates excellent opportunities for sighting popular species like Spotted deer, Barking deer, Sambhar, Hogg Dears, Elephants, Fox, Monitor Lizard, Royal Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Wild Boar, Langoors, Yellow Throated Martine, Otters, Jackal and many others.
Eateries and Foods
There are two eateries available within the premises of this forest lodge offering the buffet meals; the quality of food is good. Among two eateries, one is a canteen run by the KMVN, tourist department of the state where you can get good food at highly affordable price and other is a privately run restaurant with the alacarte menu. Alongside the canteen, there is one general store where you can get normal daily uses things. You will only get the vegetarian foods here with few verities but foods are moderately nice and tasty. Alcohols and non-vegetarian food items are strictly not allowed here.
Dhikala zone is open to tourists only from 15th Nov to 15th June every year. In remaining times of the year, this area is not safe for touring due to heavy monsoon. The water level of many river streams within the region is high at this time making it impossible to cross. The Dhikala zone is restricted area in this forest so you need the permit to enter here. Staying at Dhikala is highly popular among tourists from India and abroad so it is always advised that you book your rooms at Dhikala FRH in advance before visiting here. It is next to impossible to get a room without an advance booking. Staying at locations like Dhikala forest lodge is nothing but a lifelong memorable experience so plan well in advance about everything, be it booking of rooms, jeep safari and a guide.
The entry gate of this zone is Dhela Gate, which is around 20 km from Ramnagar, the nearest town of Corbett Park. You have to show the entry permit at the gate in order to get inside the park. So, if you want to stay at the Jhirna FRH, you need to book the room at the FRH, hire a jeep safari and a guide which is mandatory to enter in the park.
When and How to visit
One has to enter from the Dhangarhi gate of Corbett park after getting the permit in order to reach at Dhikala. As soon as your ride enters inside from the gate, you will get the idea where you are going to spend your time. The large lush green grassy picturesque landscape and enchanting raw forest will mesmerize you with its wild beauty. The various streams of Ramganga River are the lifeline of this zone not only adding the beauty to forest but also supports the wildlife in this area. You will pass through many other forest lodges such as Gairal, Sarapduli, Sultan and others on the way to the Dhikana FRH, which is situated in the innermost part of the forest.
How to Reach
Dhikala forest lodge is approximately 30kms away from Dhangadi gate, and it would, in fact, take about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes for covering the entire distance. Dhikala Forest Lodge is located at a distance of 43 kms away from Ram Nagar town.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Dhikala is from 15 November to 15 June.