Staying facilities are also available at Bijrani, Gairal, Jhirna and Kanda forest rest houses. The government has increased accommodation in recent years by introducing additional annexes and dormitories. These all forest rest houses have solar electric fencing that keeps the tourists safe.
- Entry Gate : Dhangadi Gate 2 km From Ramnagar
- Open Period for Safari Tour : 15th November to 15th June
- Safari Offered : Day Canter Safari Only (No Jeep Safari)
- Maximum Number Of Canter Safari Seats : 32 Seats in One Shift
- Forest Rest House : Dhikala FRH, Gairal FRH, Sarpduli FRH, Sultan FRH
Bus Safari/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 a prior booking using the official website.
Chaurs (Grass Lands) :- Dhikala is famous for the vast grassland that is packed with Elephants, Spotted Deer, Wild pigs, Hog Deer. Often visitors can spot a wild Tiger crossing the grassland or chasing a deer.
Watch Tower :- Watchtower 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 (Grass Lands), It also gives you an excellent view of the entire ramganga riverbed as well as a large section of Dhikala chaur.
This watchtower 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 :- The 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 to 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 easy as you drive it forward if you plan to drive down this way just before sunset in the summer months. A couple of Serpent 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 pernicious), 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 a 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 the forest. They are attracted by both termites and the sweet nectar of Mahua flowers. The bears have been recorded in an intoxicated state when the Mahua ferments in their digestive system.
DHIKALA RANGE ENTRY TIMING :- One can enter the 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 remain 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.