Dudhwa National Park Safari is considered a “must see” for any new visitor. From dense forests and mosaic grasslands, the landscape of the Dudhwa National Park is different in the form of wildlife populations. The Dudhwa National Park is a national park in the Terai of Uttar Pradesh, India, and covers an area of 490.3 km2. It shares the north-eastern boundary with Nepal, which is defined to a large extent by the Mohana River. The Terai area is accepted as the most endangered ecosystem throughout the world. Due to the Tiger Reserve since 1879, the region of Dudhwa became a popular national park during 1977. Presently, the park is a part of the ‘Project Tiger’ to conserve tigers. In the year 1987, the park was turned into a Tiger Reserve.
Area: 1,270 km²
Location: Terai of Uttar Pradesh, India.
Major Attraction of the Park
Dudhwa National Park has more than 38 species of mammals, 90 species of fish, 400 species of birds and 16 species of reptiles. Major attractions this park are the tigers and swamp deer. You’ll find rhinos with one horn in the park. The other animals to be seen here include 40 odd species of elephants, sloth bear, jackal, wild pig, fishery cat, leopard, jungle cat and civet. You’ll find 350 species of birds, including the swamp francolin, great slaty woodpecker and Bengal florican. There is also a series of migratory birds living here which includes painted storks, black and white necked storks, sarus cranes, woodpeckers, barbets, kingfishers, minivets, bee-eaters, bulbuls and varied night birds of prey.
Dudhwa Reserve represents some of the finest natural forests and grasslands left in Terai district of Uttar Pradesh. The vegetation is of the North Indian Moist Deciduous type, containing some of the best examples of Sal forests (Shorea robusta) in India, as well the most widespread tracts of moist grasslands that remain in this region.
Attractions in Dudhwa
From Dudhwa national Park, the tourists can make a fine excursion towards the unique Frog Temple. Frog Temple is located in the town of Oel in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated on the way the between Lakhimpur to Sitapur. Lakhimpur Kheri is around 130 km from Lucknow, the capital of the state. The temple is actually dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is believed that it is built on the back of a large frog. The architecture of this temple is based on Tantra Vidya with its main gate opening in the east and another gate in the south as an exit.
Surat Bhawan Palace
Surat Bhawan Palace is situated in Lakhimpur Kheri, near Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and National Park, in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh. Built in 1894, the Surat Bhawan Palace is made in Indo-Sarasenic style and is composed of ten bedrooms, one large dining room with pantry and two lounges. The palace set in a large green, nine acre retreat is eight km. away from the park with its eastern entrance facing the reserve. Maharajas and Governors of different provinces, all were attracted by the wild life of Dudhwa and Serene Surroundings.
Other activities to be enjoyed in the park
Guided jungle walks, Elephant safari, Bird Watching in the area, Tribal village walk and Outing to Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.
Best Time to Visit Dudhwa National Park
The best time to visit Dudhwa National Park is between November and May. The park is open to the public from November 15 to June 15. During winter you should remember to take woollen clothes while going to the park because it can be very cold especially between December and February.
Dudhwa National Park is situated at an altitude of 150 to 183 meters. That’s why summer months are tremendously hot with the temperature rising up to 40 C. During the winter months the weather remains nearly pleasant and the temperature ranges from 20 C to 30 C. The Dudhwa region experiences an average annual rainfall of 1,600 mm.
How to get there?
By Air: The nearest airport is the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow – 191 km. from Dudhwa National Park. The Lucknow airport is connected to the major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Bangalore etc. through a number of flights operating on a regular basis.
By Rail: There are 3 railway stations close to the National Park- Dudhwa, Palia and Mailani. You can reach Dudhwa via these places in hired cars or buses. Dudhwa Railway station at a distance of 4 km. is the nearest railway station.
By Road: The nearest town is Palia at a distance of 5 kilometres which is connected to Lucknow directly from the distance of 238 km. UPSRTC and private buses ply between Palia and Lakhimpur-Kheri, Shahjahanpur, Bareilly (260 km.) and Delhi (430 km).
Where to stay?
Dudhwa Reserve, which is very close to the city of Nawabs that is Lucknow, provides enough reason to live in this area. Other prominent attractions also attract tourists to spread their generous mood while staying in this area. Other than that you can stay in forest rest houses, to make your visit more memorable and adventures. Find the best one that suits your needs and enhances your pleasure during your stay in the Dudhwa Reserve area.
Safari in Dudhwa is the best option for catching amazing species of wild life lovers. Jeep Safari in Dudhwa can prove to be the right choice for wildlife safari but for the sake of information and convenience, it is to remind that the forest officials do not provide any jeep safari or guides for assistance. Safari vehicle has to be privately arranged. An elephant ride is also done through the park and the festival or elephant driver also acts as a guide. Officials ensure that visitors take a certified guide with them so that they have a comfortable safari inside the park. Apart from this, like travel light in a comfortable dress, but with enough water to drink. Take a scarf or cap to cover someone’s head, and shades to shield the eyes. It is advisable to wear the clothes of colours which merge with the natural surroundings like khaki, olive green and some other dull colours.
Do not take any kind of firearms within the Tiger Reserve, it is strictly prohibited. Smoking and light of any kind of fire in the tiger reserve is not allowed. After the sunset, the driving in the reserve is forbidden. Cooking is not allowed inside the National Park. Do not play any type of transistor and tape recorder. Do not blow the horns and driving above the speed limit is strictly banned. Efforts to scream, tease or feed animals are not allowed. Non-vegetarian food is strictly banned within the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. Do not enter the National Park after sunset.
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