: Lakhimpur (Kheri), UP, India
490 km² core, 124 km² buffer
Dudhwa National Park lies amid the warm, tropical forests of the Terai, in
the foothills of the Himalayas. It is the largest and thickest forest
reserve of India. The park's thick Sal forest, extensive grasslands and
marshes harbor a wide range of wildlife. It is a home for over 38 species of
mammals, 16 species of reptiles and numerous birds.
Dudhwa has the distinction of having the largest surviving population of
this endangered species. The great Indian One horned Rhino, which was hunted
out of existence is now the part of wild family in the park. However, the
main attraction of the park is its Swamp Deers (Barasingha) and Tigers. The
park is famous for untiring efforts of 'Billy' Arjan Singh, the
conservationist who played an instrumental role in creation of Dudhwa as
sanctuary for Swamp Deer.
The swampy land and marshes is a haven for numerous species of birds both
local and migratory. There are spectacular painted storks, black and white
necked storks, cranes and owls. Colourful woodpeckers, barbets, kingfishers,
minivets, bee eaters, and bulbuls flit through the forest canopy painting
the sky. A natural paradise, Dudhwa protects its wild habitat from the
depredations of an expanding human population.
The dense forests at Dudhai is reminiscent of the forests of Bardia on the
Nepal, with huge Sal trees, tall termite mounds, patches of riverine forests
and large open grasslands. Major fauna at the park includes Shorea robusta,
Terminalis tomentosa, A dinacordifolia, Terminalia belerica, Eugenia
jambolana, Dalbergia sissoo and Bombax malabaricum.
Mammals: Tiger, Elephant, Jackal, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Civet,
Fishing Cat, Rhinoceros, Sambar, Wild Boar and Ratel.
Ninety species of fishes identified.
Around four hundred species of local and migratory
Tiger, Swamp Deer, Leapord, Ratel,
Hispid Hare, Black necked stork and Bengal Florician
Nearby Tourist Destinations
The location of the Dudhai National park provides accessibility to all the
major tourist destinations of the state. One can visit to the historical
city of Lucknow or pay a visit to the shimmering water of the Ganga at
Varanasi. Tourist can also visit Agra, home to Taj Mahal.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Dudhwa National park is between the month of
November and May. The park remains open for the visitors from November to
June, but the hot climate in june is little uncomfortable.
Summers are hot with the temperature rising up to 40 °C.
During winters, the temperature hovers between 20 and 30 °C.
How to Reach
Nearest Airport: Lucknow, Dhangarhi (Nepal, 35 km.)
Nearest Railway Station: Dudwa (4 km.), Palia (10
km.), Mailani (37 km.)
Drive from Delhi (8-9 hours) or take the train to
Shahjehanpur and drive to Dudhwa (3 hours). Alternatively fly to Lucknow and
drive to Dudhwa (245 km, 6 hours).
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