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Corbett National Park is the most alluring place for nature lovers living in and around Delhi. Sighting of tiger at Corbett is rarer as compared other parks like Bandhavgarh or Ranthambor, but roaming around in dense folliage of Sal trees hounded with the fear of being charged by errant tuskers is thrilling.
The best palce to stay in Corbett is Dhikala FRH, located 31 KM inside the park. Other good places are Gairal FRH and Bijrani FRH. All of them has different charm. Dhikala has easy access to the vast grassland while Gairal is amidst dense jungle. Bijrani is in a different zone altogether. Dhikala zone is undoubtedly is the best of the lot and hence most sought after. Most of the campus have electric fencing and so safe at night, except Sultan FRH. Dhikala has 24 hr power supply, but other have only 6-9 pm generator power. Gairal FRH is located in deep jungle by the side of a river and hence stays cool even in peak summer.
Staying in the luxury resorts located on the buffer zone of the park do not give you a feel of the jungle. If you are a nature lover, then make sure to stay in one of the FRH inside the park. You need to plan well ahead and apply at least 3 months in adavnce to forest department. Send a fax addressed to the Field Director, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Ramnagar-244715, Uttarakhand at this no. 05947-251012. You need to specify a range of dates in the application. A permit allows 2 nights stay in the park. Then call up 05947-251489 next day to confirm that your fax has been received. They will give you a serial no of your application. Just wait and wait after date. Booking is alloted generally at the last week of a month for the coming month. Just follow up again with the office phone to know about your application status. If accomodation is confirmed then you will have to send adv booking amount through a DD (SBI only). They will send you details of this. Anyway, SBI Ramnagar Br code is 00701. Then you need to send the DD by Regd Post or Speed Post. Entire process is painstacking. But be assured that it is worth. If you land up at Ramnagar and see people going inside the park to stay a copuple of night, and you stranded with a resort outside, you will surely be disappointed.
The above suggestion is not for those who goes to Corbett seeking luxury and stay in luxury resorts. Tourists without any concern for nature or ecosystem are responsible for mushromming of the resrots which is thretening the ecosystem of the buffer zone. Corbett is the only place which offers you this unique opportunity to stay in a campus located 30 km inside the park. You are allowed into Dhikala zone only if you have night stay permit or by canter safari. No day visit jeep safari allowed in Dhikala. Going to Dhikala in canter safari is a sheer wastage of time and money. Day visit jeep sfarai is allowed in Bijrani and Jhirna zone.