Ramganga Lake at Dhikala. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Whenever we speak of National Parks or Sanctuaries in India,the first name that comes to our mind is the Corbett National Park, not only for being the oldest of all but also for its diverse range of flora and fauna.Tourists from all across the world come to visit this park mostly to have a glimpse of our most precious predator, the Bengal Tiger.
Nestled in the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand,Corbett Tiger Reserve was established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered species of Bengal Tiger. Afterwards it was named Ramganga National Park and ultimately in 1955-56 it was renamed as Jim Corbett National Park after the noted author and wild life conservationist Jim Corbett.
The Corbett National Park comprises 520 square kms area of sub Himalayan belts, marshy depressions, grasslands, riverine belts and a large lake.There is a diverse variety of flora and fauna including Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, Leopards, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Jackal, Mongoose, and Crocodile along with 580 species of domestic as well as migratory birds and 25 reptile species.
Of the five tourism zones inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve -Dhikala, Bijrani, Domunda, Jhirna and Sonanadi, Dhikala is the paradise for wild life enthusiasts.This zone remains open from mid-June to mid-November.There are 4 forest bunglows in this Dhikala zone which are Sultan, Gairal, Dhikala and Sarpadauli of which the forest complex at Dhikala is approximately 30 kms inside the forest from the gate in the core area.The vast Ramganga lake with its turquoise blue water, miles of grasslands along with dense forests of Sal, Peepal, Jamun, Rohini, Mango etc and innumerable other trees with the enchanting Shivalik range at the backdrop adds essence to the Dhikala tourist complex.
Where to stay
The most enthralling part is the jungle safaris in gypsies throughout the length and breadth of the forest twice a day.
To stay in these forest bunglows you have to book online through the official site of Corbett National Park 45 days prior to your visit.Night stays for consecutive 3 days are allowed inside the forest and day safaris in the Dhikala zone are only allowed to those who will stay in any of these forest bunglows for at least 1 night.Otherwise Canter rides are also operational for outside visitors in Dhikala zone, but they travel through limited paths inside the forest which hardly satisfies your hunger for wild life viewing.
To travel to Dhikala, one needs to arrive first at Ramnagar, either by train or road which is the entry point of Corbett National Park.
There are hundreds of private hotels, resorts, camps,cottages lined up on the road from Ramnagar onwards, but the stay in the forest bunglows inside the forest area is undoubtedly a lifetime memory to cherish.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Dhikala is April to June when the vast grasslands beside the Ramganga lake gets covered up with soft, velvetty green grasses and hordes of elephants come down to this part to drench in the water and feed on the tender plants and grasses.Moreover tiger sighting is also comparatively easy during summer.Winters are very cold but that is the best time to spot hundreds of species of beautiful birds, both domestic and migratory.
After an adventurous stay at Dhikala for a couple of days you can move on to the other parts of Kumaon hills like Ranikhet or Kausani.
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