Dudhwa National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dudhwa National Park and Dudhwa Tiger Reserve are in the Lakhimpur Kheri District of Utter Pradesh state in India, on the Indo-Nepal border. Dudhwa National Park offers extensive opportunities for those who are nature lovers, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, etc.
Dudhwa National Par is part of the Terai ecosystem, which supports many endangered species of animals and is wetlands which are rich in flora .
This National Park is one among the Three Parks of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, which consists of Two other National parks, namely Krishnapur Wildlife Sanctuary and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.
This National Park was established initially as a wildlife sanctuary in 1958, mainly for Swamp Deer. Later on, in the year 1977, it became a National park. In the late eighties, it was declared as a Tiger reverse and became part of ‘Project tiger’ project. The Tiger reserve is rich in bio-diversity and is of national and international importance in protecting our planet from Carbon emission.
Tigers and Swamp deer are the major tourist attractions in the park. Hispid Hare, a rare and endangered species, is found here. Indian Rhinos, Sambar dear, Hog deer, sloth bear, fishing cat, Jackal, jungle cat, leopard cat, etc, are some of the other species found in Dudhwa Wildlife sanctuary and National Park.
More than 450 species of birds, out of the total of 1300 bird species in the Indian sub-continent, are found in the National Park.
Barasinghas, with 12 antlers, have their half of the total world population found in Dudhwa National Park.
How do I Go to Dudhwa National Park and Dudhwa Tiger Reserve?
Shahjehanpur with station code SPN, is the most convenient and well connected railway station, which is at a distance of around 3 hours drive from Dudhwa. From New Delhi, the capital of India, it takes around 9 hours drive to reach the National Park. Lucknow, the capital of Utter Pradesh state, is at around 250 kilometers distance.
Park is open after Monsoon season. Director of the Park may be contacted on +91-05872-52106.