Dhikala Forest Zone- Jim Corbett National Park


Dhikala is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Corbett National Park. It is situated at the perimeter of the broad Patli Dun valley through which the Ramganga surge in several channels. Visiting Dhikala proves to be a perfect jungle expedition. Tourists who have been there swear by its impeccable beauty and calmness. The nearby forest safari routes are abundant of grassland, water body and thick forest, thus it turns out as the best place in Corbett for animal sightings. Dhikala provides tremendous uninterrupted picturesque view of the valley, with the Kanda ridge in the Backdrop. The view from the watchtower near Dhikala is very grasping and appealing. Dhikala Chaur, is one of the widest grasslands of the park and Phulai Chaur are visible form the tourist complex. Natural sightings of wild elephants, Chital, Hog Deer and many grassland birds and raptors are possible while taking a drive through the various trails over the Chaurs.

Dhikala Forest Lodge

Dhikala forest rest house has historic importance, it was constructed over a century. Tiger sightings along with elephants and wild boar are possible in Sambhar road and grassland. It is located around 50 km inside forest, and adjacent dam reservoir makes it the most eye catching spot in Corbett National Park.


Sarapduli rest house is situated on the Dhangarhi-Dhikala road. It is based downstream of Gairal on the southern bank of Ramganga, and the parallel northern bank summons to a ridge. The possibility of catching sight of mammals like tiger, elephants is quite high at Sarapduli. It is also known as a good place for bird watching. Reptiles like crocodiles are also seen in large numbers here.


This rest house is located on a short detour off the Dhangarhi-Dhikala main forest road. It is based on the banks of the Ramganga. Gairal is a tranquil off shore destination ideal for relaxing. Opportunities to see wildlife and birds in their natural habitat are available here. Ramganga flows in a crystal clear, fast flowing manner of a mountain river through this spot.


Khinnanauli is situated in mid range of Khinnanauli chaur. The rest house is one of the recently constructed rest houses of Corbett Park. This rest house lies in the territory frequented by tigers. So it is great place to be near the precious animal’s habitat. Its ideal location provides an access to different parts of the park.


Kanda is situated in the northern side of Corbett sidelined by the Himalayas. It is known as the highest rest house in the park perched at around 1100 m. The magnificent height of this spot provides a bird’s eye view of the park and the Ramganga valley. The fauna here consists of mammals like Goral, Himalayan Black Bear, and Leopards.


Dhikala is a very popular destination among tourist because of its numerous safari facilities. There are options of wildlife safari with open jeep or elephant ride. You can pick one or both options. The major safari routes are Dhikala grass land, Sambhar Road, Ram Singh Road, Thandi Sadak, Mota Sal. There are also two watch towers from where visitors can enjoy a quite view of movements of wild animals. In every area opportunities of spotting the great animal tiger is possible. The crocodile point at the high bank area is a wonderful place to catch glimpses of Crocodiles and Ghariyals. It’s a great place to relax and unwind. It can also turn out to be a heaven for wildlife photography enthusiasts.


Corbett tiger reserve provide two times safari in a day and their timings are divide in two seasons – winter season and summer season.

Safari Timings:

Safari Season Summer Season Winter Season
Morning Safari Time
6:00 Am. To 9:00 Am. 7:00 Am. To 10:00 Am.
Evening Season
3:00 Am. To 6:00 Am. 2:00 Am. To 5:00 Am.

Dhikala forest zone is open for visitors after mid November. The best time to visit is from 15th November to 15th June.