Located in the Lakhimpur-Kheri district on the border of India- Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh, Dudhwa National Park is one of the best places to visit for the nature-lovers. Dudhwa National Park and Kishanpur Wildife Sanctuary have been clubbed together and is known as Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. It is one of the few wildlife reserves in India which have a sizable presence of tigers. It was declared a National Park in 1977 by former Prime Minister Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, and was later declared a tiger reserve under the Project Tiger.
Why Dudhwa Tiger Reserve?
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve boasts of a wide range of flora and fauna; and nature lovers would love to explore this wonderful place. The reserve is famous for being the home to five out of the eight types of deers known till date. You can also spot a swamp deer (Barahsingha), moving about in herds. Tiger is a major attraction in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. The birds that can be spotted in the reserve include Swamp Partridge, Slaty Woodpecker, painted storks, owls, barbets, Bengal Florican and many other birds which would delight any nature lover to a great extent. The place is also known for having the best quality of Sal trees. It is an absolute delight to visit this vibrant tiger reserve.
How to reach?
The best time to visit Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is from November and April, January being the best month to visit. The nearest airport is in Lucknow, which is around 180 km from Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. From there on, you may reach the reserve by hiring a cab or taking a bus from Lucknow. It is also well connected by rail and road. You may reach Dudhwa or Pailani which are the nearest railway stations. You may hit the road to reach the reserve as well. In case you are travelling from Delhi, take the NH24 to reach the beautiful Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. You will need an entry permit which will cost you INR 50 per person, irrespective of your nationality.
Where to stay?
If you want to stay in a resort or hotel, you may pick Palia Hotel or Tiger Haven Resort. In case you want to be immersed in the beauty of the beautiful Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, it’s better to stay in a camp which is offered by quite a few firms there. You can get information related to accommodation from the Dudhwa Forest Office.
How to move around?
The Forest Office does not provide any safaris and forest guides and you have to look for both at the reserve gate. The entry fee for allowing safaris is INR 150, both for Indian as well as Foreign tourists. No discrimination here! 🙂
The elephant rides will cost about INR 100 per person for a 3 hour duration. You may bring it down but you should have excellent bargaining skills. In case you are not getting good deals for an elephant ride, you may look for the same at Salukhpur Chauky.You may contact us in case you need any help with the trip.
So, visit the beautiful and ethereal Dudhwa Tiger Reserve to soothe your soul; you won’t regret it I promise! :
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