Dhikala Forest Lodge


Dhikala is one of the most popular sought after tourist accommodation in Corbett Tiger Reserve. Herd of elephants and spotted deers 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 entrance for Dhikala zone. Dhangari gate is located 18 kms 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.


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 basis amenities.

Food & Other Services

A very good restaurant caters to the need of visitors staying in the Dhikala Tourist Complex. The restaurant serves buffet meals with 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.

Dhikala Night Stay

Dhikala renowned for its panoramic landscape is located at the edge of the Patli Dun valley, along the Ramganga with the Kanda ridge as a backdrop. The heritage building of the old FRH built in 1890's.Though it was one of the first accommodationfacility to be constructed inside the park, staff did not live here during the monsoons till 1963 since it was highly infested with malaria. The ground floor was used as the DFO office and the top floor for accommodation of the forest officers. It has the unique distinction of being the venue for the launch of the "Project Tiger". Subsequently after 1975, Dhikala was formally opened and accommodation increased due to sudden boost in tourism. Apart from the old FRH building several other kinds of accommodation have also been added. The complex is a complete entity in itself with restaurants, nature guides, jeep safaris, a well stocked library, movie shows in the evening and walking tracks. A post office is available to share experience from the park with letters. Watchtowers located nearby provide excellent view of the entire Ramganga riverbed and the magnificent chaurs.


Room Type: Double Bed Location: Dhikala
Entry Gate: Dhangari Gate Canteen: Yes
No. of Rooms: 6 Distance from Ramnagar: 40 km


Room Type: Double Bed Location: Dhikala
Entry Gate: Dhangari Gate Canteen: Yes
No. of Rooms: 3 Distance from Ramnagar: 40 km


Room Type: Double Bed Location: Dhikala
Entry Gate: Dhangari Gate Canteen: Yes
No. of Rooms: 4 Distance from Ramnagar: 40 km


Room Type: Double Bed Location: Dhikala
Entry Gate: Dhangari Gate Canteen: Yes
No. of Rooms: 5 Distance from Ramnagar: 40 km

5. ANNEXI Room

Room Type: Double Bed Location: Dhikala
Entry Gate: Dhangari Gate Canteen: Yes
No. of Rooms: 7 Distance from Ramnagar: 40 km

6. DHIKALA Dormitory (LOG HUT)

Room Type: Double Bed Location: Dhikala
Entry Gate: Dhangari Gate Canteen: Yes
No. of Rooms: 12 Distance from Ramnagar: 40 km


Canter Safari

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 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.

Watch Tower

Watch tower situated at Dhikala is perfectly located and enables you to get an excellent view of wildlife which are 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 watch tower 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 short cut 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.

Sambar Trail

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 Serpant 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.
One can spot several types of Deers when in the zone this includes Spotted Deer and others like Para (Axis pornicus), 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 bird watchers 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 intoxicated state when the Mahua ferments in their digestive system.

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.Corbett Tiger Reserve remains closed during the monsoons. All ecotourism zones of Corbett Tiger Reserve are closed to visitors for night halts from 15th June to 14th November. The Bijrani Zone remains closed for day visits from 30th June to 14th October. The Dhikala, Lohachaur and Sonanadi Tourism Zones are closed for day visits also from 16th June to 14th November. From 1st to 15th June, these ecotourism zones remains on standby mode and advance reservations are not done as during this time these zones can be shut down by Director, Corbett Tiger Reserve at short notice on considerations of visitor safety due to bad weather conditions.


No. of Adults Package Price Room Allotment
2 Adults ₹ 9,000 / Person One room
Child (below 5 yrs) Complimentary without bed No extra bed to be provided
3 Adults ₹ 4,000 / Person One Room + Extra Bed

  • 2 Nights / 3 Days
  • Departure : Ramnagar
  • Safari : Jeep, Canter

Tour Plan


Day 1

Dhikala- Corbett National Park

The Dhikala tour begins with your arrival at the Corbett National Park. You will be transferred to the rest-house by a gypsy. The wilderness of the Corbett Park is covered with dense Sal forests and grasslands and is home to a wide range of wild animals. After your arrival at the rest-house, lunch will be served. Afterwards, you can opt for the evening jeep safari. Dinner will be at the rest-house.


Day 2

Dhikala- Corbett National Park

The early-morning hours are best for spotting tiger and other animals in the park, so get early in the morning. Breakfast will be served in the Dhikala rest house after your return. Now feel the vibe of the jungle by getting into a watch tower near the river. Spend some time here and packed lunch will be served to you. Take another jeep safari in the evening. Then, return to rest-house for a wildlife movie and dinner. Stay in for the night.


Day 3

Depart Dhikala- Corbett National Park

You can try elephant safari if you want to in the morning. Then, after breakfast, visit the crocodile point to see those amazing reptiles. Afterwards, move out from the Dhikala zone in the Corbett National Park and proceed to Ramnagar city. Your tour will end with your departure at Ramnagar.


  • Accommodation in one of the best hotels & resorts outside Jim Corbett national park as per itinerary.
  • Jeep safaris as per the itinerary at Corbett national park in exclusive gypsy.
  • Gypsy charges.
  • Entry fees, vehicle entry fees and permit charges.
  • Housekeeping and clearance charges.
  • All government formalities.
  • All applicable taxes.


  • Laundry, Phone calls or Item of your personal nature.
  • Elephant Safari.
  • Guide fee.
  • Meals at forest rest house.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

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