Inside the Park
Although overnighting at one of the official park lodges has many advantages (particularly for your budget), comfort and service are not among them, and you're best off at Hideaway Lodge. The popular and often crowded Dikhala camp is one of the few places (others are Gairal and Bijrani) where you can get food in the park; it has two vegetarian restaurants (non-vegetarian food and alcohol are forbidden in the park and at park lodges, with the exception of Hideaway River Lodge). Dikhala's accommodations include cabins and three-bed "hutments" with attached bathrooms, and dorms that sleep 12 and are serviced by a separate washroom. Forest bungalows (rest houses) are scattered throughout the reserve and are best booked at least 1 month in advance; they offer seclusion and complete privacy, but -- as with all of the rest houses outside Dikhala -- you'll have to bring your own supplies. (Don't leave food lying around -- there are reports of elephants ripping out the screen windows of forest rest houses to get to the provisions inside.) One of the best bungalows is at Gairal, near the Ramganga River and close to a hide bank. Kandha Resthouse is set on the highest point within the park. If you're up for a little more style, ask about lodges once used by British hunters; these have such unexpected luxuries as attached bathrooms, fireplaces, and carpets. For reservations at any of these camps, contact the Director, Corbett Reserve Reception Centre, Ramnagar 244 715 (tel. 05947/25-1489; fax 05947/25-1376; www.corbettnationalpark.in). At Dhikala, rates range from Rs 200 per person for a log-hut dorm to Rs 1,400 for a room in a cabin, and up to Rs 2,000 or Rs 2,800 for a room in a more private forest bungalow. Rooms in various other rest houses throughout the park cost between Rs 800 and Rs 2,800. Credit cards are not accepted.
Outside the Park
Nature lovers who don't necessarily require top-notch hotel amenities will love the rustic but terrific Camp Forktail Creek (tel. 05947/28-7804; www.campforktailcreek.com), run by a young, enthusiastic couple, Ritish Suri and Minakshi Pandey. Accommodations are in safari tents, with elevated wooden floors and attached toilets, or in mud huts with thatched roofs and verandas. Customized walks, safaris, and birding and angling trips include the services of a resident naturalist or tracker. A double at Rs 4,400 includes all meals, cold drinks, and escorted walks; no credit cards. Half- or full-day game drives are offered, and you can also opt for a camping trip into the forest reserve or multi-day elephant safaris. Delicious buffet-style meals are served in "The Thatch"; lit by lanterns at night (there is no electricity), it houses a collection of some 700 books for guests to peruse.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.