DHELA FOREST LODGE
This is the newest and sixth eco-tourism zone that was opened for tourists in December 2014. Dhela Ecotourism zone remains open for tourists throughout the year. The village of Dhela close to the FRH lends its name to it. Walking in the forest for birds watching is a delight anyone staying here can indulge in. This zone is extremely rich in flora and fauna. The zone spreads over 1,173 hectares, which has mixed forests of Sal, Rohini, Haldu, Bahera, Kusum vegetation, and tigers, leopards, Asiatic elephants, sloth bears and king cobras. The area is particularly rich in bird diversity.
- • Room Type: FRH(Single Bed)
- • Location: Jhirna
- • Entry Gate: Dhela Gate
- • Distance from Ramnagar: 18 km
- • No. of Rooms: 1
- • Restaurant and Canteen: Yes
The food in Dhela 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 Dhela forest lodge offers food in alacarte menu.
The visitors can go for an Elephant Safari or Jeep Safari. Both facilities are provided in the Sanctuary. Prior bookings are required for Jeep safari. Tourists can also go for a forest trail with armed guard. This can prove to be real thrilling experience of a life time. Sanctuary is located near Corbett National Park, and tourists can expect to see Asiatic Elephants, Tigers and many other species in their natural Habitat.
Chaurs (Grass Lands)
A vast Laldhang chaur is the main attraction of this zone. The grassland is often seen packed with elephants and Deer. Several wild pigs and Neelgai can also be seen here. The area is also a very sought after place for visitors interested in grassland birds.
FLora & Fauna
Sheesam, Dhak, Sisoo, and Khair are the most visible trees found in Corbett. A lot of other varieties are found around the park which contributes to the diversity of species. The only conifer found in the park is Chir Pine, and is seen on ridge tops like Chir Choti and declines in Gajar Sot. The higher reaches near Kanda shelters Banj Oak growing, which is a typical Himalayan species. Kanju (Holoptelia Integrifolia), Jamun (Syzygium Cumini) and Aamla (Emblica Officinalis) are seen growing in major areas. Other main types of trees in Corbett Park
Winter Safaris Timings-
• Morning Safari Entry- 07:00 am & Exit- 10:00 am
• Evening Safari Entry- 02:00 pm & Exit- 05:30 pm
Summer Safaris Timings-
• Morning Safari Entry- 06:00 am & Exit- 09:30 am
• Evening Safari Entry- 03:00 pm & Exit- 06:30 pm
The bookings for the Bijrani forest lodge, Corbett Park can be done 45 days prior to your boarding date. Non-Indian travellers can complete their advanced booking procedures 90 days prior to the boarding date. Passport is mandatory for non-Indian travellers as an identity proof.