The Gairal Rest House is the best forest house after the Dhikala rest house in the Dhikala zone. This place is a precious gem situated cozily in the lap of nature away from the crowd and chaos of the city. It is located around the 13 km from Dhangarhi, the entry gate of Dhikala zone and around 40 km from the Ramnagar city. The FRH compound is safeguarded by the solar electric wire to ward away wild animals to enter the premises. As the Gairal FRH is located deep in the forest so an amazing tranquility envelopes the whole surroundings, making it an enchanting place to calm your mind from all the chaotic thoughts and invigorate it while staying here.
The accommodation at the Gairal FRH is nice and comfortable in comparison to the few other forest houses in Corbett. Being a forest rest house, it offers only the limited amenities in its rooms but rooms and attached bathrooms are clean and everything inside it is in good working conditions. All the rooms have the large double-bed along with the same furnishing in every room so it really doesn't matter which room you will be allotted. The accommodation in Gairal is divided into the three sections which are-
• Old Forest Rest House - consists of 02 rooms
• New Forest Rest House - consists of 04 rooms
• Dormitory - consists of 08 beds
How and When to Visit
The forest rest house remains open for the tourists from 15th November to 15th June every year. Apart from the above duration, the FRH is closed for any tourist activity due to the bad weather. For making a night stay at the Gairal FRH, you need to make an online booking in advance. The online advance booking option for the forest houses is available a maximum of 45 days in advance (for the Indian citizen) and a maximum of 90 days in advance (for foreign nationals). In order to reach the Gairal, you have to enter by the Dhangarhi gate which is located around 18 km from the Ramnagar. You have to hire the authorized safari jeep to enter the park.
Gairal rest house has a canteen which offers buffett meal facility to all guest. Apart from meal if they want snacks in evening, mineral water guest can directly pruchase from canteen. No non veg dish is served at Gairal Forest rest house canteen.
04 new FRH rooms at Gairal are booked online and 2 Old FRH rooms are reserved from the corbett office located at Ramnagar. 8 bed dormitory are also reserved online.
Gairal forest rest house campus is covered with solar wire fence.
All Rooms have attached spacious washrooms with running water facility with western toilet and wash basin. Rooms are well ventilated with windows and have limited amenities.
There is no electricity in Gairal forest rest house and limited back up is provided through solar panels / invertors.
All the rooms at Gairal forest rest house are basic and there are no TV’s, AC’s. Though rooms are big and well ventilated. Close proximity to forest and river keeps the campus cool even in peak summers.