Dudhwa National Park
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 in 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 Tourist Attractions in Dudhwa National Park
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 the Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated on the way between Lakhimpur to Sitapur. Lakhimpur Kheri is around 130 km from Lucknow, the capital of the state.
The temple is 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 a pantry and two lounges. The palace is 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 wildlife of Dudhwa and Serene Surroundings.
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. The major attractions of 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 the 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.
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.
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 are not allowed. After the sunset, 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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