deer and tiger are the major draws for visitors to the Dudhwa National Park
Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh along the Indo-Nepal border, Dudhwa
sprawls over an area of around 811 sq km; out of which 648 sq
km is the core area. Much of the credit for the development and conservation
planning of the park goes to Billy Arjan Singh. Dudhwa sanctuary
occupies a position amidst the tropical forests of the terai region, in the
foothills of the Himalayan massifs. Dudhwa national park
is known to harbour
more than 37 species of mammals, 16 species of reptiles and 400 species of
Best Time : February to
Wildlife Species in Dudhwa
Entry Fee : Rs 50 (Indians)/ Rs 500 (Foreigners)
grasslands, swamplands and dense sal forests, the terrain of the Dudhwa
National Park is as diverse as it is vast. Though tigers and swamp deer are
the major attractions for tourists and wildlife lovers, the park has been
home to a variety of other mammalian, avian and reptilian species. The tiger
count at Dudhwa is a good 101.
Major animal species that can be possibly spotted here include tiger,
leopard, rhino, elephant, barasingha, jackal, sloth bear, sambhar, chital,
jungle cat, leopard cat, blue bull, otter, wild boar, fishing cat, ratel,
civet etc. The Sathiana and Kakraha regions are well known for sightings of
barasinghas or swamp deer.
Bird watchers head here for the variety of owl species that are residents
to the park. One can easily spot avian species including great horned owl,
forest eagle owl, brown fish owl, warbler, bulbul, black necked stork, saras
cranes, pitta, painted stork, black partridge, hawk, eagle, hornbill, sun
What else to see and do?
Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information
- Dont miss to visit the Frog Temple at Oyal, en route to the
Dudhwa National Park. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the base of the temple is
in the shape of a frog, hence the name.
- While you are in the Terai region, you should also make a visit to
the Surat Bhawan Palace, a famous attraction for tourists. The charm of
the palace is heightened all the more by the lush gardens that surround
it and by the fountains and swimming pools that lie here.
The closest airport from Dudhwa National Park is Lucknow, 250 kms away.
Though Dudhwa has its own railway station (Palia, 10 km), the convenient
option is Bareilly which has frequent trains connecting to important cities
like Delhi and Lucknow. By road, the national park can be accessed from
Bareilly, Delhi, Lakhimpur, Kheri, Shahjahanpur etc. Tourists can avail of
regular buses and coaches operated by the State Transport Corporation.
Lodges/Resorts near Dudhwa National Park
Holidaymakers and wildlife lovers can plan to stay at the resorts and in
the forest rest houses run by the forest department. Your options are as
- Tiger Haven Resort
- Dudhwa Forest Rest Houses