Dudhwa National Park

The Dudhwa National Park of Uttar Pradesh has it all from luscious grasslands to marshy lands from thick woodlands composed of sal to dusty and tough landscapes.The Dudhwa National Park is also flanked by the auspicious presence of the placid river called Suheli at its southern fringe. The Dudhwa National Park has been around since 1870s. The sole change undergone by the Dudhwa National Park is the fact that it was previously designated as a Tiger Reserve but in the year 1977 it achieved the status of being a National Park.

Major attractions of Dudhwa National Park are the Tigers and Swamp Deer. ‘Billy’ Arjan Singh successfully hand-reared and reintroduced zoo-born tigers and leopards into the wilds of Dudhwa. Some rare species inhabit the park. Hispid Hare, earlier thought to have become extinct, was rediscovered here in 1984.In the mid 1980s, Indian Rhinoceros was reintroduced into Dudhwa from Assam and Nepal.Dudhwa National Park is a stronghold of the barasingha, which can be spotted in herds of hundreds. It is interesting to note that around half of the world’s barasinghas are present in Dudhwa National Park.The other animals to be seen here include Swamp Deer, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Hog Deer, Tiger, Rhinoceros, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Jackal, Civet, Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat, Leopard Cat.

The Dudhwa National Park also houses birds of different species that mainly flock together on the brink of the Banke Tal lake.Dudhwa’s birds in particular are a delight for any avid bird watcher. Birds species found here are Drongos, Barbets, Cormorants, Ducks, Geese, Hornbills, Bulbuls, Teal, Woodpeckers, Heron, Bee Eaters, Minivets, Kingfishers, Egrets, Orioles, plenty of painted storks, sarus cranes, owls and more. One can also spot rare species like the Bengal florican.

The Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh also provides you with the opportunity of enjoying elephant back ride safaris that fall under the specialties of this sanctuary.

En route to Dudhwa, the unique Frog Temple at Oyal can also be visited. The only one of its kind in India, it was built by the former Maharajas of the Oyal estate in the district of Lakhimpur-Kheri. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the base of the stone temple is built in the shape of a large frog.

The most appropriate time to visit this sanctuary is from the month of November to the Month of May. The Dudhwa National Park remains closed from the months of July through to the month of October.