Dudhwa National Park

The Dudhwa National Park is situated in the Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh. The park stretches over a vast area of 490 sq. km. With large variety in its flora and fauna, the park presents an assortment of grasslands and thick Sal woods to damp marshlands. The park is in close proximity with the Indo- Nepal border on its north. In the south of the park lies the sparkling Suheli River.

Earlier called as a tiger reserve, Dudhwa was affirmed as a National Park in the year 1977. The park serves as a home to the tiger, which is one of the most endangered species of animals. Along with tigers, Dudhwa National park is a dwelling place of numerous other animals like Hispid Hares, Leopards, Rhinos and Swamp Deer also called as Barahsinga.

Dudhwa National Park has almost 16 genuses of reptiles and 37 species of mammals as well. About 101 tigers reside in the woods of Dudhwa. You will also get to see some other rare animals including wild elephants, sloth bears, Sambars, Chital, dangerous Alligators, Civets, Jackals, Wild Cats, Fishing Cats, One- Horned Rhino etc. As the home of variety of birds, Dudhwa National Park offers great delight to the bird watchers. You can spot numerous Storks and Owls in the park. The Forest Eagle Owl, The Great Indian Horned Owl, The Tawny Owl, The Scoop Owl, The Jungle Owlet, Brown Wood Owl, The Dusky Horned Owl and the Brown Fish Owl are some of the most famous Owls that can be seen in the woods of Dudhwa.

The park is the dwelling place of variety of Storks. White -necked Stork, Painted Stork, Adjutant Stork, White Stork, Black-Necked stork, and Black Stork are some of the storks found roaming about in the park. Variety of multicolored birds makes the place more pulsating and lively. Orioles, Minivets, Pittas, Sun Birds and Kingfishers are some of the variety birds adding life to the environs of Dudhwa. The two most endangered species of birds including Partridge and Lesser Bengal Florican can also be seen in the park.

The park organizes Jeep Safaris for the tourists. Mini buses are also available to visit the interiors of park. You can also have the delight of enjoying the Safari sitting on elephant. The park is open for all in the morning from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. In the evening you can enjoy the visit to the park between 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Before heading to the park, it is advisable to gather the information from the forest office located in Dudhwa. Among the 9 divisions of the administrative departments of the park, Bankati, Sathiana, Belrayan, Salukhapur, Kila and Sonaripur facilitate lodgings to the tourists. With its gorgeous milieu and variety of flora and fauna to view, Dudhwa National Park serves as a perfect place to make your holiday delightful.

Last Updated On: 2011/09/05

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