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Entry Gate : Dhangari gate

Booking : Indians and SAARC visitors need to book accommodation 46 days in advance
Foreign visitors need to book accommodation 91 days in advance

Dhikala, Jim Corbett National Park Overview

The Dhikala Forest Lodge is the most popular tourist attraction at Jim Corbett National Park. It is famous for spotting the Bengal tiger, spotted deers, Dhikala Chaur and the rare Hog deer. Dhikala is located 30 km inside the Dhangari gate and is open to tourists from 15 November to 15 June. Dhikala is the only tourism zone where canter safari is available.

The rooms at Dhikala Forest Lodge is divided into six different wings offering 32 rooms and 12 bunk beds in two dormitories. There is also a restaurant at Dhikala which serves buffet meals and a canteen run by KMVN. Alcohol and non-vegetarian food is prohibited inside Jim Corbett. 

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Activities at Dhikala

Dhikala could easily be the ultimate destination for an adrenaline-filled, adventurous tour into the wildlife facet of India. Do try out some of these activities for getting the best out of your Corbett holiday.

Safaris: This may sound like a no-brainer, but there are three different types of safaris available based on your travel style. The Jeep Safari is the most convenient option, as you explore the jungle in an open vehicle, harbouring an authentic wildlife experience. The Elephant safari and Canter safari are only available in the Dhikala zone. While the elephants take you on a gentle ride into the wilderness, canter safaris are most suited for those travelling in large groups or families.

Fishing and Angling: if this sounds like a fascinating thing to do, you are in for a treat. Corbett encloses an extensive riverbed area, including the Ramganga and Kosi river. One can go fishing for a Mahseer or Goonch in this area.

Bird Watching: Dhikala is home to a diverse species of birds such as rain quail, black-necked stork, and the Himalayan Bulbul among many others. For those who have the inclination towards bird-watching, Dhikala offers a handful.

Rappelling/Rock climbing: For those partial towards hard-core adventure sports, special rappelling or rock climbing trips can be organized upon request. This is not for the faint-hearted, so do ensure you are up to the challenge!

How to Reach Dhikala

The Dhikala Forest Lodge is reachable via vehicles. Dhangari Gate is the main entry point, where individual permits and ID documents will be checked. The Lodge is located 30 km after the gate, which takes slightly more than an hour to reach, and is surrounded by vast expanses of grasslands, highlands, the Ramganga river and dense patches of sal trees, seeing animals on this journey. The Dhikala Forest Rest House is approximately 43 km from the main town of Ram Nagar.

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Ukinfo 2 years ago
Dhikala Zone Jim Corbett is the best site to spot a tiger. The landscape of this zone is also very beautiful.

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