Most appropriate accommodation at Jim Corbett Park

#1 Apr 10th, 2007, 13:26
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Dear Friends,
I searched Indiamike. but could not find proper information on the accomodations available at Jim Corbett.

I am travelling to Jim Corbett in early June.

I am a budget traveller with 6 members of my family.

Please guide me on
1. Most appropraite accomodation at Jim Corbett. SHould it be inside the park or outside at Ramnagar?

2. What are the advantages & disadvantages of staying inside the park & outside the park.

3.I am planning to reach corbett in eveing on day 1, go for a safari & stay overnight. Next day I plant to take elephant safari & return to Nainital. Please tell me what else I should include in this plant.

4.Currently I have planned evening or day 1 & morning of day 2 in my plan. But to enjoy the park at its best, should I reserve any more days here?Also, what sightseeing/activites can be done on the night of day 2?

5.Please give the contact details of the hotels you suggest.


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Sandeep
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what i can tell u regarding accomodation is that DHIKALA IS BEST. U can book it through forest department.
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1. Dhikala is the best place to be in. Thats the only way to get the best Corbett experience. Book in advance with forest department.
2. Disadv staying outside - you can't go on jeep rides or elephant rides in Dhikala area in the center of the park. But if you are looking for a luxury acco and lot of comforts, you may want to stay outside the park. That doesn't mean Dhikala is like roughing it up. It is a decent place.
3 & 4. Sounds good. Add at least another day for a good experience.
5. An internet search Dhikala accommodation booking will most likely give you the needed info.
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Originally Posted by arunchs View Post 1. Dhikala is the best place to be in. Thats the only way to get the best Corbett experience. Book in advance with forest department.
2. Disadv staying outside - you can't go on jeep rides or elephant rides in Dhikala area in the center of the park. But if you are looking for a luxury acco and lot of comforts, you may want to stay outside the park. That doesn't mean Dhikala is like roughing it up. It is a decent place.
3 & 4. Sounds good. Add at least another day for a good experience.
5. An internet search Dhikala accommodation booking will most likely give you the needed info.
Dear Mr.Arun,
1.Thank you for your kind advice. As per your recommednation, I have enquired with Dhikala Forest Department. Sadly, the booking is full there & I am feeling disappointed.Please suggest me the next best option

2.In your reply you have mentioned "Disadv staying outside - you can't go on jeep rides or elephant rides in Dhikala area in the center of the park" I did not understand this. Do you mean to stay that If I dont get a booking in Dhikala FOrest lodge, then I will not be able to enjoy Jeep & Elephant rides? that will be too sad.

Please reply to both above points,
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If you don't have Dhikala booking, you can still go on a jeep safari but Elephant safari is out of question.

Where did you contact, if not here try contacting

Field Director Project Tiger
Corbett National Park
Ramnagar
Dist: Nainital
Phone No: 05947-251489
Fax No. is 05947-253977

Also you can try through Dehradun Forest office, they also have some quota for Dhikala. You can get therir no. from Ramngar office. When I went to Dhikala two year back I had got booking from Dehradun office, unfortunately I don't have their no. right now.

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Originally Posted by shingnath View Post 2.In your reply you have mentioned "Disadv staying outside - you can't go on jeep rides or elephant rides in Dhikala area in the center of the park" I did not understand this. Do you mean to stay that If I dont get a booking in Dhikala FOrest lodge, then I will not be able to enjoy Jeep & Elephant rides? that will be too sad.

I dont know an answer for the first question. I stayed in Dhikala when I was in Corbett.

2. Jeep Safari around Dhikala is restricted to those who stay in Dhikala. How-ever, there are other areas where you can go on Jeep Safari which is still worth it even though it doesn't match the experience of Dhikala. If you still intend to go to Dhikala, your only options will be a daily safari vans organized by forest department, which is an 8 hour trip carring 20 people in the van.
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Though I've never been there, there are appearantly 12 lodges inside the park.
www.jimcorbettnationalpark.com

This past Sunday's paper where I live had a story on the park in the travel section. it says Dhikala is best, but outside of the park are 2 very expensive places, the Corbett Hideaway and Corbett River View Retreat.
you can find them here: www.leisurehotels.co.in
They offer day trips into the park.
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Originally Posted by shingnath View Post Dear Friends,
3.I am planning to reach corbett in eveing on day 1, go for a safari & stay overnight. Next day I plant to take elephant safari & return to Nainital. Please tell me what else I should include in this plant.

4.Currently I have planned evening or day 1 & morning of day 2 in my plan. But to enjoy the park at its best, should I reserve any more days here?Also, what sightseeing/activites can be done on the night of day 2?
Others have answered your questions regarding accommodations. Particularly with your short plan, Dhikala is the only reasonable alternative. Your plans listed above are tad aggressive. I'd highly recommend spending at least two nights in Dhikala - and enjoy at least one full day there.

If I remember right, the elephant safari starts around 3 PM. The time for the jeep safari is roughly the same. So, if you really arrive in the evening - your plan for safari in the evening would be in trouble. And, I am not sure if you can book one prior to being there. So, even if you got there just in time for the start, your chances of going out are less than 100%.

I did not see any real scope for nature viewing at night. It is also not a place where one can walk around outside the compound much - for the fear of real tiger encounter.
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When i went I organised my trip through the tourist board kmvn. Really helpful people, endless e-mails though.

But i think you can book online these days

http://www.kmvn.org/wildlifecorbettnationalpark.aspx

They have reserved laces in Dhikala just for themselves at a really reasonable price.

Dhikala is the only real place to stay, or anywhere inside the forest.

Elephants tours are a must

What a wonderful place in the world corbett is
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I am also planning trip from May 11 to May 13 (delhi to jim corbett). I am having hard time understanding the place ! There is one jungle and one park. Accomodation in jungle is good as compared to forest rest houses inside the park.

Can any one guide me good budget accomodation in jungle just outside park area?
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Originally Posted by andy12345 View Post I am also planning trip from May 11 to May 13 (delhi to jim corbett). I am having hard time understanding the place ! There is one jungle and one park. Accomodation in jungle is good as compared to forest rest houses inside the park.

Can any one guide me good budget accomodation in jungle just outside park area?
Andy,

It seems you are confused. Corbett National Park is a jungle. There is no different Jungle & Park. I do not ave any idea about budget accomodation outisde the park but for inside (Dhikala) I have given info. in my earlier post.

Ronak.
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Please clarify - Elephant Safari at Corbett

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Originally Posted by arunchs View Post I dont know an answer for the first question. I stayed in Dhikala when I was in Corbett.

2. Jeep Safari around Dhikala is restricted to those who stay in Dhikala. How-ever, there are other areas where you can go on Jeep Safari which is still worth it even though it doesn't match the experience of Dhikala. If you still intend to go to Dhikala, your only options will be a daily safari vans organized by forest department, which is an 8 hour trip carring 20 people in the van.
Hi freind,
Thanks for the reply. Please clarify one thing.Can we enjoy Jeep safari & elphant safari both if we stay at private hotels in Corbett.

Is it true that you can do elephant safari only if you stay at Dhikala toursi complex of the forest department?

Please reply
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Sandeep
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Hi,

I am after some accomodation at Dhikala (inside the park) for around 16 people. I want to visit the part in the last week of Dec, 07. Can someone suggest some decent place to stay. Is it too late to find accomodation inside the park?? I am flying from overseas.

Do provide any phone numbers etc whom I can contact for bookings.

Someone has already provided the phone number of the Forest Dept at Ramnagar. Can somone give the phone number for the Forest Department at Dehradun??

Thanks
Nikhilesh Agarwal
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Bookings for Dhikala are handled only from Ramnagar. Call them.
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Yes- this is correct, You have to contact RAMNAGAR FOREST OFFICE which is on road to Jim Corbett N.P

If you are told HOUSE FULL- you have to stay outside which may be expensive. In this case stay at RAMNAGAR but you can book yourself in other safaris being operated by park admin.

All bookings are done individually-this mean no operator can take permit for you.

There are only 30 vehicles/session allowed to enter and guide is mandatory.

Some areas of N.P are open even after monsoon [ JHIRNA GATE ]

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