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Dhikala Rest House

Flag of India  , Uttarakhand,
Saturday, December 26, 2009

It is one of the
rarest place where you’ll tired of asking but offering will remain one
step ahead. There are many articles and travelogue full of information
about Jim Corbett, so why this one. It is because once you’ll be here;
you simply can’t resist yourself of describing the matchless beauty, the
wilderness, the unparalleled thrill, and many such words which is not
sufficient to capture the whole aura of its divinity.

just name it and you have it. Be it dense forest, wide grass land,
river side, one of the best flora and fauna, surround by large hills and
nurtured by real blue water river, every single moment feels like Wow!
Is it real?

Corbett National Park is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, and
is haven for wildlife lovers in India. The present area of the Corbett
national park is 1318.54 sq. km. including 520 sq. km. of core area of
and 797.72 sq. km. of buffer area. The core area of the Corbett tiger
reserve forms the  Corbett National Park while the buffer contains
reserve forests (496.54 sq.km.) as well as the Sonanadi Wildlife
Sanctuary (301.18 sq.km.). It has a tiger population of around 160,
which again boost its prospects as a hottest wildlife destination.

journey started with two of my friends from Ghaziabad at 12 in night,
and in our Alto car we reached Ramnagar by 5 in the morning with normal
traffic on the way. Due to Christmas we witnessed heavy rush at the
booking counter. Finally thanks to our guide Lakshman that we managed to
get dormitory at the main Dhikala area and entered in the forest by 4
pm. To avoid the last time disappointment, plan in advance and book the
room in Delhi itself at:

Uttaranchal Tourism

Indraprakash Building

Barakhamba Road

New Delhi - 110001

Tel. +91-11-23319835

Or, you may also contact at

The Director

Corbett Tiger Reserve

Ramnagar – 244 715

Distt. Nainital


Tel.: +91-5947-253977, Reception – 251489

Fax: +91-5947-251489 and 251376

The Chief Wildlife Warden, Uttaranchal

85, Rajpur Road



Tel/Fax. : +91-135-2744225, 2741607

Since it was my first encounter with forest so after entering few
kilometers, I was like shocked, scared, pleasantly surprised and very
much excited that lets see what is yet to come. We reached at Dhikala
base before closing time that was 5:30 pm, because after that no vehicle
movement is allowed. A word of caution, while driving you can’t blow
horn, can’t put the light on, can’t race to much and never throw any
plastic, rapper or burning cigarette etc into the area, as it could
prove fatal to yourself and to those who actually belongs there.

Looking for Tuskar through a Machan.
In the night I took a quick round with my friend around
the camp. It was scary, but an experience to feel and listen the voice
of forest, which is always mix of few known and many unknown things. In
dormitory it was so chilled that we need to wear the protection from
inside in liquid form. With high spirit in all means we sleep tight
waiting for another day’s endless excitement to happen.

In my happiest moment
Next morning we woke up early to catch the virgin beauty
of wild. To enjoy this place, one must hire an experienced guide, and
luckily we get so. Our guide was so familiar with forest that he can
understood most of the voices of different animals, let the path aside.
We had a great time covering around 50km or something inside the deepest
area as far allowed for vehicle movement.

We had our lunch at Dhikala base itself, which was great but what
surprises us is the taste of water. Believe me friends you can’t have
such a taste of water anywhere else.

Since our booking was for one night so we came back to forest but didn’t
leave the area. We decided to move Ramnagar for night stay and promised
to back another day for a day picnic in Mohan another paradise just few
kilometers away from Jim Corbett. In Ramnagar there is a Shama hotel,
which offers delicious non-vegetarian food that you must try.

We reached Mohan by 11 in the morning, crossed few small streams and
finally zeroed on a beautiful location to have our blast. We had our
life time fun there to cook food right in the elephant zone, and fear
gets doubled and so the excitement when our guide narrate the story of a
man-eater that was there, at that particular location, few days back.
We ate, sang, drink enjoyed the bonfire and had a blast of lifetime.
Finally we started by 7:30 in the evening and drove back to Delhi.

A last piece of advice. You need to visit in just two cases; you love
forest and you will enjoy it, you don’t love forest you’ll fall in love
with it.

Thanks for Reading.

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