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Dhikala Forest Rest House
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

To review this resort you need to understand the surroundings you are entering. This is not a resort on the outskirts of the National Park, it is a two hour jeep drive to the center of the Park. Consider it a step above camping. A resort surrounded by a fence and having only the services that are generated there. Thus hot water, electricity, rooms, beds and food are all basic. Sheets, towels, etc are hand washed and dried. Beds are old and hard. Blankets are worn and dirty. Rooms are basic. But that is the point. No where else in India will you be so close to the wildlife.
Food is wonderful considering the circumstances. Food manager and staff work very hard to prepare a variety of hot ood. Also the two hour elephant ride is something not to be missed.
Enjoy yourself and appreciate where you are.

Room Tip: Take a plan that includes meals. It keeps things simple. Drink choices are limited, so bring anythin...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

Firstly I would say that despite the negative things in this review we would stay there again because the location is just fantastic. The main negative is that it is not too clean (we stayed in quite a few places in India some cheaper, some more expensive than here so have an idea of what the standards are like in India) the bed sheets had holes and stains and the bathroom didn’t seem like it had been cleaned too well. It was very cold at night (we did stay in the middle of January though!) I guess the buildings are made so they get rid of heat in the summer so this one isn’t really a negative if you stay when it’s hot. The staff were pretty nice, but I wasn’t too impressed that they beat a monkey with a stick because it came in the kitchen and stole food :( the food was always a buffet (usually 2 or 3 options of main meals plus rice, pasta and bread) and was pretty nice. Somebody posted in another review that the elephants are kept on very short chains. Maybe this is true during the night (though we didn’t see this), but we saw them free to roam around during the day in the park.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Situated 30 odd km inside the forest. Therefore even transfer to and fro is an amazing safari in itself. Further the adjacent dam reservoir makes it d most picturesque location in corbett. Highly economical. The surrounding forest safari routes boast of a mix of grassland , water body and dense forest making it d best place in corbett for animal sightings. On my first visit itself I was able to sight a tiger. Its better to carry ur own water and other daily consumption items , as inside they sell it at double rates. Go nowhere else if one wants to have true jungle experience.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

Foreigners are charged significantly more than locals but the facilities are really primitive. No heating, empty bare rooms with creaking beds and hairy matresses. The food is simple but good and sensibly priced and yes it is worth starting at 06:30 to try and locate a Tiger ( <5% chance though) but the price is totally out of line for what is provided.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MichaelACox
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Reviewed December 18, 2011

I have been to many reserves & I rate this one as the best. The Forest Rest house (FRH) is situated 30kms into the core area of the reserve. The ride to the FRH is in itself an open jeep safari. we had gone there primarily to spot birds & enjoy the feeling of living in the middle of the jungle..
The FRH is build on the banks of a river and has excellent views from there.The rooms are neat & clean. The blankets & sheets are clean & warm. The food is vegetarian and very good. The FRH is surrounded by an electric fence to keep out wild animals. The service given by the staff is very good and at a level of service u expect in private resorts & not government run hotels.

The package given by KVML is what you should opt for. min 2 nights are required. The package includes one jeep & 1 elephant safari. You can pay & go for additional safaris. We spend few hours at a bird watch tower & the experience was good. Other must see points are Ramsingh point, crocodile bank, the reservoir etc.. The elephant safari takes you through thick jungle where the sound of dew drops falling, sounds as if rain is falling..the sound & smell of the forest can be really appreciated only through the elephant ride...

There is a well equipped library & a small shop along with a canteen.

Room Tip: Rooms in Annexure A are very good. Room No.1 is the best.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

Looking at the reviews it is hard to imagine we stayed at the same place as some of these folks. I wonder if the folks really stayed there or just stopped in while touring the park.

For starters - our previous hotel sent us with their sheets – that was the 1st warning sign that things might not go well. I can deal with the fact we had no heat and spotty electric, but our room had spiders, lizard, bugs, dirt, mold and cobwebs as well, and for an added touch a bat in the hallway. You could not think of sitting on the chair, as it was heavily stained and had layers of dust. I’ve included the picture with the mold growing out of the picture in the room.

But honestly nothing beat the stench (a sewer like gas smell) coming from the bathroom, when we complained, we were given a can of floral spray – believe me that did nothing to mask the smell.

Our room was above the kitchen area. Our neighbor’s room had a hole in the wall to the outdoor with no way to block it… so goes they had it worse.

Food ok.

Wild life viewing is more like a road race - Ranthambore park was much better.

To be fair - there seem to be different levels of rooms. When we were there, a big group of Brits had the newer section – which seemed basic but way better than our room (which was above the cafeteria)

PS there is different pricing for India residents vs tourists and the difference is dramatic - which might explain the value proposition of what you think you are getting for the price you are playing.

Room Tip: Do not get the rooms over the kitchen - they were terrible. If you got bring bug spray and have al...
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  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

I suggest If you are planning a trip to jim Corbett go ahead only if you have booked a room at dhikala forest guest house.Early morning journey to the resort from dhikala gate was real fun and very cold be sure to carry your winter wear .Resort was located in the jungle on the side of the river , well fenced for protection.the rooms were average with good cleanliness. For large student groups or last moment reservations you can even choose to book the dorm. Resort had a wonderful view ,at night the moonlight and fog made the river look more beautiful it was a wonderful night followed by early morning safari and luckily we did spot a tiger. There are two food options in the resort the main restaurant is pure vegeterian and serves nice buffets for all 3 meals, the other is the staff canttine where guests can also order, you get parathas, maggi,omlettes ,tea,coffee etc over there.the experience of staying in jungle was amazing . The bookings get full really early so make sure you book your stay well in advance ,two months before in season, the resort also has a library mostly Corbett books and an amphitheater where they play movies about Corbett . Your cell phones won't work here.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Jim Corbett Park, Jim Corbett National Park, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Nainital District > Jim Corbett National Park
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Ranked #1 of 59 B&Bs / Inns in Jim Corbett National Park
Number of rooms: 32

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