Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary
Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Terai of Bahraich district in Uttar Pradesh. It is basically a dense forest lying along the Indo-Nepal border. It was formerly a part of the West Bahraich Forest division but presently, it forms a part of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a must-go place for wildlife lovers as it offers shelter to critically endangered wildlife species. The forest area of this sanctuary connects three wildlife habitats namely Bardia National Park in Nepal, Dudhwa National Park, and the tiger habitat of Kishanpur.
Area: 550 sq km
Location: Terai of Bahraich district in U.P
Established: 1975 but brought under ‘Project Tiger’ in 1987
Where to Stay
One can stay at Forest Rest Houses provided by Government. Such accommodation is available at Katerniaghat, Nishangara, Dharampur, and Murtiha.
To enjoy the best of this sanctuary, travel with a desire to enjoy nature here. Try listening to the natural and sweet sounds of birds chirping and the breeze flowing. This will make you forget all the stress in the lap of Mother Nature. Do not harm any wild animal for your pleasure. Be patient and do not expect to see any wild animal as and when you go to the sanctuary. It is all a matter of chance.
Please ensure to follow safety precautions like avoid smoking or taking pets along. Firearms are strictly prohibited. Likewise, teasing animals or blowing horns is also prohibited. Remember you are only a visitor to the wildlife home. So, avoid irritating your host in any manner otherwise consequences can be life threatening.
How to get there?
For those opting to travel Katerniaghat by air, the nearest airport is at Amausi, Lucknow which is about 215 km.
One can travel to Katerniaghat by train. The most nearby station is Bichia that is 205 km from Lucknow
The sanctuary is about 205 km from Lucknow and 60 km from Bahraich Nanpura route whereas from Nepal border, it is only 7km. If you wish to travel by road, then, take the first range of Katerniaghat WLS.
Going through Motipur, then Sitapur, Lucknow and then, Lakhimpur, take Assam road where a barrier in Mihinpurwa welcomes one to the sanctuary.
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