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Gairal forest rest house is located 16 kms inside Corbett Tiger Reserve almost at midway between the entry gate and Dhikala forest rest house. The rest house is almost 2 kms away from the main road which goes to Dhikala forest lodge, and is right on the ramganga river making it one of the popular choice amongst wildlife lovers and peace seekers. Right from door step of rooms at gairal forest rest house, one can enjoy beautiful view of Ramganga river and sal forest.
Gairal Forest Rest House is managed and booked by Corbett Tiger Reserve. This Forest rest house is located deep inside thick forest of Jim Corbett National Park in state of Uttarakhand. One can book rooms at this forest rest house through official website of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Unlike the other forest rest house of Corbett Tiger Reserve are little or far away from river, Gairal Forest Rest House is right next to Ramganga river and offers a true river side forest retreat experience to their guest. To keep away wild animals from Gairal forest rest house forest department has fixed solar power fencing of 6 feet high on periphery of Gairal Forest Rest House.
Over the years thousands of travellers have stayed at Gairal forest rest house and have enjoyed thrilling morning and evening jeep safari of Dhikala safari zone of Jim Corbett National Park or in other words guest who wish to take jeep safari of dhikala zone plan their stay at Gairal Rest House. As there are only 06 double rooms at Gairal Forest Rest House so a well advance booking is strongly suggested.
Gairal Forest Rest House has two different room block for guest Accommodation, Old FRH which came in 1903 during British era and new FRH which is comparatively quite new.
There are two interconnected rooms at Old Forest Rest House block of Gairal Forest Rest House. These two interconnected rooms opening in different directions and connected by a common dining space each room have a private attached washroom which has western fittings and running water facility. One room offers river view while the opposite room offers forest view.
In adjoining compound forest department staff stays who keep a close watch on wildlife and guest who are not honouring the house rules of forest rest house . Their presence in adjoining compound gives extra feeling of security to travellers.This rest house has hosted solo female travellers, families ,groups in fact all kind of travelers who have interest in wildlife visit this beautiful place.
In New Forest Rest House block there are total 04 double rooms and one 8 bed dormitory for staying.All rooms have twin beds. These all rooms are on ground floor which means guest will need to climb only two steps to access their rooms. This well built pukka Accommodation ensures guest their complete safety.
For third person one extra bed can be laid out. Door and windows are placed at such position so that it ensures cross ventilation feature in each room. There is no fan or air conditioner in rooms. In fact electricity is supplied for limited hours in evening by solar powered inverters,provided these inverters are charged enough which sometimes becomes difficult during cloudy days in winter.
Between 15th November to 15th March, weather remains cold so it omits the need of fan or air conditioner in rooms. From 15th March onward as the mercury rises guest may need fan in mid afternoon for few hours that is also when guest are staying at forest rest house and not going on safari.
In addition door and windows also have mosquito net. Size of rooms is good enough to accommodate three persons at a time. All rooms have attached neat and clean washrooms. These big washrooms are equipped with mirror, western toilet seat, wash basin, bucket ,mug. Hot water in rooms is offered from a common tap. White towel and toiletries are available at guest service, still if guest have liking for any particular brand of soap or shampoo then do not forget to carry same. Last but not least carry a moisturiser in winter and sunscreen in summer.
Canteen and Food
Gairal Forest Rest House has one small canteen and one dining room where 10-15 people can sit comfortably and have meals. Guest have option to have breakfast or lunch in open lawn which is next to dining room from here guest can also enjoy the spectacular view of Ramganga river and forest. This canteen is operated by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam and serves only veg meals to its resident and visiting guest. In breakfast they normally serve tea, coffee, bread, butter, jam and parathas and in lunch and dinner at least one vegetable dish, lentil , rice and roti. To add more flavour guest can carry fruits ,pickle from outside. During the day canteen also take order for noodles , omelette with tea, coffee at very reasonable price. Consumption of any meat or fish or liquor is strictly prohibited while staying at Gairal forest rest house in corbett national park.
All staff at canteen and gairal forest rest house is local from nearest village and very caring. Gairal rest house has a canteen which offers buffett meal facility to all guest. Apart from meal if they want snacks in evening, mineral water guest can directly pruchase from canteen. No non veg dish is served at Gairal Forest rest house canteen.
How to Reach
GTo reach Gairal Forest Rest one have to take entry from Dhangarghi gate of corbett national park and pass through mesmerising river beds,canopy of towering sal trees which will last for 17 kilometers. After this 17 Kilometers of incredible kaleidoscope of forest beauty one reaches at.
04 new FRH rooms at Gairal are booked online and 2 Old FRH rooms are reserved from the corbett office located at Ramnagar. 8 bed dormitory are also reserved online.
Gairal forest rest house campus is covered with solar wire fence
There is no electricity in Gairal forest rest house and limited back up is provided through solar panels / invertors..
All the rooms at Gairal forest rest house are basic and there are no TV’s, AC’s. Though rooms are big and well ventilated. Close proximity to forest and river keeps the campus cool even in peak summers.