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Dhikala is one of the most popular sought after tourist accommodation in Corbett Tiger Reserve. A herd of elephants and spotted deer pack the vast expanse of famous Dhikala Chaur. This is probably the best place in the Tiger Reserve to spot very rare Hog Deer.
Staying at Dhikala is an experience every wildlife enthusiast looks forward to. Dhangari gate is the entrance for Dhikala zone. Dhangari gate is located 18 km away from Ramnagar while Dhikala Tourist Complex is located 31 Kms inside the Dhangari Gate. Dhikala is open for tourists from 15th November to 15th June. But remains inaccessible during Monsoon season. Dhikala tourist complex overlooks Ramganga Reservoir and is a perfect place to observe Crocodiles and Gharials basking in the banks of Ramganga.
Accommodation: Dhikala Forest Rest House
Different kinds of accommodations are available at Dhikala. Along with the Forest Rest House, Cabins, Hutment, Annexe Dhikala also has 24 bunk beds in Log Huts. The rooms are comfortable with basic amenities.
Food & Other Services: Dhikala Forest Rest House
A very good restaurant caters to the need of visitors staying in the Dhikala Tourist Complex. The restaurant serves buffet meals with a good choice of quality foods. A small Canteen is also available for the visitors.
Visitors can enjoy wildlife movie show in the evening and also spend their leisure time reading books in the well-stocked library.
Attraction at Jim Corbett National Park Dhikala Zone
Canter Safari in Corbett is the best option for those who reside outside the Dhikala Zone and wish to sight the wildlife of the area. Canter is a 16 seater open-air bus that drives from Ramnagar to Dhikala and then back to Ramnagar. For canter safari also one needs to make a prior booking using the official website.
Chaurs (Grass Lands)
Dhikala is famous for the vast grassland that is packed with Elephants, Spotted Deers, Wild pigs, Hog Deersetc. Often visitors can spot a wild Tiger crossing the grassland or chasing a deer.
Watchtower situated at Dhikala is perfectly located and enables you to get an excellent view of wildlife which is come for grazing into the nearby chaurs, It also gives you an excellent view of entire ramganga riverbed as well as a large section of Dhikala chaur.
This watchtower is located at a 10 mins walk from Dhikala forest rest louse. There is a man-made waterhole around fifty yards to the south of the watchtower which makes it the perfect place to spot Deers, elephants, wild pigs and occasionally a Tiger.
Crocodile Point at Gairal
Crocodile pool is located on the shortcut from Gairal to the other rest houses west of it. It is also a balcony-like natural structure, which looks down upon a pool almost permanently inhabited by crocodiles.
This jungle track extends from the base of the Dhikala watchtower till the Khinanauli rest house. This area probably has the maximum sighting of tigers in the area. This is due to its ideal location between the hills on one side and the riverbed on the other. Most of the animals cross over in this area while moving down for water. Elephants are also frequent visitors to this track and it is important to be able to reverse your vehicle as easily as you drive it forward if you plan to drive down this way just before sunset in the summer months. A couple of Serpent Eagles also had their nest high up in a tree beside this track. If patience is one of your virtues, it can almost be guaranteed that this track will not send you back disappointed.
Flora and Fauna
One can spot several types of Deers when in the zone this includes Spotted Deer and others like Para (Axis pernicious), The Sambar (Cervus unicolor), Kakkar (Muntiacus muntjak) which is also called the barking deer due to the hoarse sound it makes resembling the bark of a Dog.
It is one of the best places on earth to spot a tiger and wild elephants.
This area is also a bird watcher dream destination. The surrounding forests and the large water body supports a wide diversity of birds in the area.
The chances of spotting a sloth bear are very high in this section of forest. They are attracted by both termites and the sweet nectar of Mahua flowers. The bears have been recorded in an intoxicated state when the Mahua ferments in their digestive system.
Open and Closed Time for Dhikala Zone
Open:- The Dhikala Safari zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve remains open for tourists from 15th November to 15th June.
Closed:- Corbett Tiger Reserve remains closed during the monsoons as many streams cross the road leading to Dhikala zone and it gets impossible to cross the streams due to high water levels and pressures. Dhikala Ecotourism Zones remains closed for night halts and Day Visit from 16th June to 14th November.
How to Reach Jim Corbett Dhikala Zone
One can reach Dhikala via Dhangarhi gate which is 18 kms from Ramnagar. Please view the route map.
Dhikala Range Entry Timing
One can enter Dhikala range via Dhangarhi Gate and the entry timing to Dhikala range from this gate is 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM.
- Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Flight / Train Tickets
- Extra Meals (Additional food charge ) or Drinks
- Tips, Telephone Charges, Laundry, Room Heater
- Travel Insurance
- Any monument fees, Any other expenses of personal nature
- Guide Charges.
- Sightseeing which is not mentioned in the Tour Programme.