Residing in the Lakhimpur & Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh, Dudhwa National Park is one wildlife gem of India. Since 1879, the area of Dudhwa has been a tiger reserve. In 1977, it became a popular national park, and in 1988, it earned the Project Tiger. The landscape of Dudhwa National Park ranges from lush woods and mosaic grasslands to muddy marshes, just like the variety of fauna that calls it home. This area is a part of the Terai belt, a sub-Himalayan region. The Terai region is known for having one of the planet's most endangered ecosystems. Katerniaghat and Kishanpur wildlife sanctuaries, two of the most magical sanctuaries in the vicinity, are combined in the park to represent the stunning flora and forest area adjacent to the Indo-Nepal border.
This national park has an area of 811 square kilometres and attracts nature lovers with its grasslands, deep forests, and marshes are actually renowned for having very high densities of the tiger and swamp deer species. The park's terrain is an expansive alluvial plain bordered by the Suheli and Mohana rivers and dotted with large lakes, ponds, and rivulets. The rich and utterly fertile Indo-Ganges plains support an amazing expansion of the variety of animals found in forests. Along with various types of vegetation, the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve contains some of the world's best Saal tree forests. For fans of nature, wildlife, and bird watching, this park is essentially an undiscovered paradise. The best highlight apart from its famous tiger safari in India, Dudhwa is less commercialised unlike other famous national parks in India such as Kaziranga, Kanha, Ranthambore and others. Dudhwa National Park also beholds the story of a famous hunter turned conservationist, Billy Arjan Singh, who has inspired many with his contribution to Indian Wildlife Tourism. Get adventure-ready with Jim & Billy's Wilderness trail, a safari package covering Jim Corbett and Dudhwa National Park! What is famous in Dudhwa National Park? The park is popular among tourists for its tiger and swamp deer population. Apart from this varied rare wildlife species can also be spotted here.
Types of Safaries
Big 5 Animals
Do experience a wonderful night stay inside the national park at one of the forest rest houses.
Carry binoculars, a camera, and a bird book to identify birds to make your trip more fruitful.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Do check your shoes every time before wearing them to avoid scorpions and other creatures.
Carry proper woollens in winters and an effective sunscreen in summers.
Remember to Carry Hats/ Caps and personal medicines (if any).
Wear muted forest colours like earthy greens or beiges and avoid perfumes and deodorants.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Dudhwa National Park remains open from 15th November to 15th June. Being situated in the Terai belt in Uttar Pradesh, the months of May and June make it the hottest months. Summers are usually the ideal time to witness the wilderness of the place but tourists prefer visiting the park when the weather is slightly pleasant. Winters here are cold so one must come prepared during that season. The best time to visit the park is from December to February.
The Dudhwa National Park can be reached via road, rail and air.
Nearest Railway Station: Dudhwa Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow
Road: The park has connectivity to major cities across India and one can either book a taxi or can commute through their personal vehicle. There is also an availability of bus service to reach the park.
Interact with Tharu Tribals: The people of the Tharu tribe are believed to have migrated from Rajasthan during the Mughal rule. Presently, they live in about 40 villages in and around the park. The Tharu tribe coexists with nature, works in sugarcane fields, and builds eco-friendly homes of mud, straw and manure. The women of the tribe are popular for their colourful attire and jewellery. They are also engaged in weaving dhurries, and baskets out of the grass. One can visit these people and learn more about them whilst visiting Dudhwa National Park.
Elephant Safari: Dudhwa National Park used to be the home to hunter turned conservationist Billy Arjan Singh. There exist around 500 species of birds, and 38 mammals including the famous Indian One-horned Rhino and Barasingha. The great Indian One-horned rhino was brought to the park under the Rhino Rehabilitation Project in 1984. Elephant safari is a great way to witness the wildlife up close. The safari starts from the park's main gate through the jungle consisting of sal trees, and tall grass.
Tiger Sighting at Kishanpur Wildlife Reserve: Full of dense forests and fields, the Kishanpur wildlife reserve is one of the best parts of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. Since Dudhwa National Park is a primary hub of the Royal Bengal Tiger, one can easily spot the big cat after entering the Kishanpur Wildlife Reserve. The safari here is rich in wildlife spotting and provides a mesmerising view of the forests.
Katarniaghat Boat Safari: The Dudhwa National Park is situated on the banks of rivers Sharda and Geruwa. Katarniaghat boat safari is an amazing way to explore the abundant aquatic life, including the Indo-Gangetic dolphin along with other species on the banks of the river. The trees around the river form a scenic beauty and can be a good photography spot.