Timings : 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Time Required : 2-3hrs
Entry Fee : INR 500-7000 depending on the type of safari.
Corbett National Park is one of the oldest and most well-known wildlife sanctuaries in India. Established in 1936, the national park is named after renowned hunter turned nature conservationist Jim Corbett. Its location in Nainital, Uttaranchal is an ode to the exotic natural beauty of India, and the Dhikala Forest Lodge is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this wilderness in all its primitive glory. Operated under the administration of the Forest Department of Indian Government, the Lodge is conveniently situated bang in the middle of the jungle, making it an elite destination for tourists. Wildlife enthusiasts from India and all over the world come to the lodge not only to enjoy the diverse variety of wildlife found in the forest but to enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding valley, grasslands, and the Ramganga River.
Skirting the edge of Patli Dun Valley, the Lodge is a historic building established over a hundred years ago by the British, as is evident in its architectural style. It has remained an attraction due to its position in the heart of the forest. Most importantly, Dhikala is a chance to see the endemic Royal Bengal Tiger and Asiatic Elephant. Other animals that can be seen on the safari here include the spotted deer, Sambhar, elephants, fox, hyena, and barking deer among many others. The rooms and hutments are surrounded by a solar wire fence, ensuring the safety of visitors at all times.
Moreover, Dhikala Chaur remains one the largest remaining grasslands in India, along with Phulai Chaur. This attracts diverse migratory birds, especially during the winter, making it a paradise for bird lovers and wildlife photographers as well.
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