Jhirna is located on the southern periphery of Corbett Tiger Reserve. The animal population also comprises sloth bear and wild elephants which provide great sights for the wild life enthusiasts. Jhirna zone is open throughout the year. The Jhirna jeep safari zone is one of the most eye-catching spots inside the Corbett Tiger Reserve. Jhirna Forest Lodge is one of the popular zones among the six ecotourism zones in the Corbett National Park. The Corbett National Park is divided into the six tourism zone among which Jhirna zone is added much later in 1994. In order to extend the Tiger reserve zone, the farming lands of the Jhirna village and other two villages were included in the reserve territory and the villages were relocated at some other place nearby. And then, the land was redeveloped and turned into an exotic lush forest. Due to being operational throughout the year for the wildlife safari in contrary of other zones which are closed during the monsoon season (except the Dhela zone), the Jhirna zone witnesses much footfalls all-round the year. In order to get inside the Jhirna zone, you need to obtain the safari permit from the forest officials and also have to hire a safari vehicle and a naturist/guide. The entrance gate of the Jhirna zone is Dhela Gate, which is around 15 km from the Ramnagar, the nearest town which is also the railway station and bus stand from the zone. The safari for Jhirna zone is organized throughout the year and two shifts in a day with the maximum of 30 Jeeps in a shift. A maximum of 6 adults and 2 children (below 12 years of age) are allowed in a Jeep. You can book your permit, a safari Jeep, a guide for Jhirna Safari along with the accommodation near the zone from our website.
The Jhirna zone offers night stay for the wildlife enthusiasts in its forest rest house located inside the zone. The Jhirna FRH has a large compound where day safari visitors too can stay for a while and get refreshed before returning back to the exit gate.:-
The food in Dhikala forest lodge is not a problem as there are two canteens within the premises of lodge. One of them is run by Kumaon mandal vikas nigam which is run by the tourism department of uttarakhand and offers buffet meals. Other canteen in dhikala forest lodge offers food in alacarte menu.
Bookings of Dhikala rooms are mainly divided into offline and online rooms. 17 Online rooms are booked online through official website of corbett national park and 8 offline rooms are alloted by booking office available at Ramnagar. 17 online rooms are further divided in Indian and foreign quota with 12 and 5 rooms respectivly.
Dhikala is the only forest rest house in corbett national park which has electricity.
All the rooms at dhikala forest rest house are basic and there are no TV’s, AC’s. Though rooms have electricity points to charge your cameras and mobile. Rooms of same category can differ in size and space.