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Dhikala Forest Rest House
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

I have been going to Corbett since 1999 and I am still not tired of this place, absolutely in love with it.

Thought to share my experience so far, so that fellow wild lifers and travellers can benefit!

Initially I booked my trip on my own but for a visit with my American friends I got in touch with The Indian Voyage folks to plan and book my itinerary, since then I have never ever gone to any other wild life tour operators! They are the masters and the best in India if you are looking for wild life and adventure trips.

OK, back to Corbett and Dhikala: Though it would be unfair to only discuss Dhikala if you want to know Corbett because Corbett is huge and it would take at least 15 trips to make it all gates/FRH in Corbett.

Dhikala stands out because of facilities and the sheer presence of wild life right in front of you.

Caution : Do not expect luxury , its jungle :-). There is no wifi/internet, no meat, no alcohol! Hard beds, canteen food but offers amazing variety of vegetarian food , staff is courteous (tip them on day one, they will be generous too :))

Oops, Ok back to the Jungle that is Corbett again!


Dhikla landscape is the best stays I have had ever experienced in a wilderness setting. Highlights that gives you goosebumps is the morning safari rides of either elephant ride thru the forest and grassland, or the jeep safari which covers more geography compared to the elephant. Both has its advantages AND you must experience both rides!

Corbett has thriving wild life With 500+ resident and migratory birds, 30+ reptiles, elephants tigers, leopard , sloth bear, jungle cat, fishing cat, yellow throated martin ,goral, jackals, barking deer, sambar deer, hog deer and chital..the list is endless!

A true wild lifer would would never get enough of Corbett, its mesmerising!


Note : Bookings are extremely difficult to come by and you must start exploring attempts far in advance. I can only recommend The Indian Voyage folks but that in no way is a guarantee that your booking will be done for sure!

Keep exploring the mother nature, its amazing!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Madan R
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

Staying in the wilderness with the thought of the most charismatic feline species roaming in the close vicinity is what Dhikala is to offer. With all the basic amenities one needs in a forest the Dhikala accommodation is by the best. There are 3 categories: The new FRH with annexe (old FRH is taken by Govt. of Uttarakhand), the cabins and the hutments; prices are the same; try and get anything that overlooks the Ramganga reservoir. From the room only one can spot flocks of birds / storks / cranes; crocs and alligators basking in the sun on the sand bars. It’s enchanting to see herds of cheetals, few wild boars roaming and grazing just outside the electic fence which surrounds the Dhikala settlement.The beds and linen are comfortable and clean; bathroom is spacious and has running hotwater. We carried mosquito net with us which turned out to be unnecessary because all the doors and windows are covered by netlon. Though as an additional safely we applied mosquito repellant.

This place is strictly vegetarian but include egg. As for the fooding there are 2 options. The restaurant offers buffet breakfast (INR 200 per person), buffet lunch and dinner (INR 250 each meal). Another staff canteen is there which serves tea (20/-) coffee (40/-), Maggie (50/-), egg-toast (70/-) round the clock. At breakfast they offer paranthas or puri –bhaji (70/-). Lunch and dinner menu is fixed at 150/- for which one has to order early.

There are hordes of monkeys which are smart enough to open the backpacks and take out snacks and drinks. Be very careful with small children who fall prey on the notorious monkeys.
Spotting a tiger is a sheer luck by chance, however staying in jungle accommodation that Dhikala offers is an experience by itself. And we were among the luckiest visitors and spotted a full grown male crossing the Thandi sadak on our 4th and final safari. The entire credit goes to the veteran driver who was a guide as well with a jungle experience of 38 years. Though his vehicle is not the best of the lot, however I’d strongly recommend Mohammad Nabi to be the driver for any visitor.

Two suggestions for the wildlife lovers:
1. Stay inside the national park in any of the zones because it saves you 1.5 to 2 hrs of travel through the jungle and back at sunrise and sundown. This 2 hrs are the most promising times for spotting the tiger.
2. Opt for the gypsy, avoid the canter; because the gypsy will take you deep inside the forest which is not possible for the canter.
3. You can directly book the accommodation through the official website which opens 45 days before at 8:00 IST. No separate permit is required if accommodation is confirmed for that zone only. You can pick the vehicle from the forest office at Ramnagar which will bring you back to Ramnagar. The vehicle cost (INR 5500/-) includes 4 safaris.

We’ll be back to Corbett at a later time, this time to the Bijrani range.

Room Tip: Any accommodation overlooking the Ramganga reservoir
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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16  Thank arpitam
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

If nature is what you like, and living in the midst of the jungle is your dream, nothing can beat the Dhikala experience. Situated 32 kms inside the forest, it provides you the option of staying in a forest rest house. Its literally like living in the bedroom of the tiger. This place is covered by grasslands on one side and dense forest on the other.
If you are awake till 10 pm at night, you can experience animals like foxes, spotted deer, porcupines, wild boars, etc within the boundary of your room.
Accommodation is very basic with a simple bed with a not so good mattress. Bed sheets are linen are a test of endurance with spots of everything under the sun available. Bathrooms are basic, no toiletries provided apart from a hand soap. Remember, they only provide one towel per room irrespective of the number of occupants.
Dhikala now has electricity 24/7 unlike earlier and has a functional canteen which serves buffet meals with decent taste and choices.
Should you decide to stay at Dhikala, I would recommend carrying your own soaps, towels, and if possible an all weather sleeping bag.
Also, please go there with a view to enjoy the jungle and not only seeing the tiger; this way you wont be disappointed.

All in all, for a wildlife / nature enthusiast, there is nothing better!

Room Tip: Old FRH and Annexe are the best
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank rahul1422
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Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

I booked 3 hutchment area rooms on mid of feb(they were d best rooms in the FRH,Plz do book hutchment area)..thogh the internet advance booking was vry problematic,u cannot book more than two rooms together.so we have to pay extra 2100(700*3) for booking of our 7 people..and they clearly said no refund wl b given..so bad..rooms were big,wth good attached bath,spacious...and from balcony u can cherishd most beautiful valley view beside the river.it was awesome there...and d most impressive was food..in just 250rs per head u can enjoy a sumptuous lunch/dinner(vej)..though snacks,tea,coffee r all costly..but how they r providing such a great buffet in such a low cost amidst that deep core jungle..again about d place,corbett in term of natural beuty is no.match to other n.p.s..we were lucky to hv tiger,elephant siting..but in d frh aftr a whole day of jungle roaming,it was an lifetime experience to gather frm there...lovely space..forget d dirty linens or poor room service..we were not there to njoy luxury..so dhikala is a must must stay...they also provided us all facilities wen there was electricity..we hv dat most of d time...lovely winter jungle holidays...my pictures following sooner

  • Stayed: February 2014
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1  Thank dipon4u
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

We knew this was a fairly basic site, but we didn't expect to have to ask for clean sheets and pillow cases. The clean pillow cases, when they arrived, looked as if they should ave been retired some months ago. There was a hot shower, but no heating, a factor to bear in mind in January, although the early morning cup of hot chai delivered to the room was very welcome. The monkeys are a nuisance, and will open the two sets of doors if you are careless.

The great attraction of the site is its location by the lake and the abundant wildlife including tigers, if you are lucky.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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