If you still had any doubts on whether you have indeed arrived in tiger country, they are promptly dispelled as you hit the last stretch of the Ranikhet road through Dhikuli village. Tiger motifs roar back at you from the signboards of safari operators, road signs, T-shirts hanging at a souvenir shop and what not. Further ahead, the park's peripheral areas are immediately distinguishable by an increase in the elevation, even as tall conifers rush upon you. The road falls away on one side, into a valley where the Ramganga River skirts along for company.
Resorts on the outskirts of the national park appear whichever way you look, each one promising a more magnificent view of the region than the other. However, a stay in a Forest Rest House inside the jungle is preferable if one wants a real experience of the Jim Corbett National Park. Only select areas in the 521 square kilometers' expanse of the park are open to tourists. These are classified into five zones named Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanandi.
Dhikala comes highly recommended and is arguably, the most popular. From the gates of the Corbett national park.