Dudwa National Park or the Dudwa Tiger Reserve residing the areas of Lakhimpur
& Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh, lying adjacent to the Indo-Nepal border bringing
together two most incredible sanctuaries of the area namely, Kishanpur and Katerniaghat
Wildlife Sanctuaries to represent the excellent natural forests and greenery along
the Terai region.
The Kishanpur Sanctuary lies in the Lakhimpur- Kheri and Shahajahanpur districts
in Uttar Pradesh.
Spreading across an expanse of 811 sq km beholding the nature lovers with marshes,
grasslands and dense forests, the area is actually meant for tremendous counts of
Swamp Deer and Tigers species. The area of the Park is composed of a vast alluvial
plain along the tributaries of Mohana and Suheli, interspersed with numerous rivulets,
lakes and pools.
The rich and extremely fertile Indo-Gangetic plains support a flamboyant growth
of forests diversity of fauna. The park has some of the best forests of 'Sal' tree
in the world, amongst other flora; and is a virtual unexplored paradise for nature
lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers.
Dudwa attracts the visitors with its two core area as Dudwa National Park and
Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary which are separated by each other with an area of 15
kms agricultural land. Unlike other celebrity parks of India like Corbett, Kaziranga,
Bandhavgarh etc, the uncommercialized ambience of this park makes it an ideal habitat
for the wild creatures to find nature's serenity & comfortability in a more natural
The Post-Independence era witnessed tremendous encroachment towards the Dudwa jungle.
As a result the forest was converted in an agricultural land. Additionally, due
to its location on the Indo-Nepal border the chances of poaching and hunting enhanced
to greater extent and the trading of the wild animals increased to a massive extent
who sell their products in Nepal, which being a tourist place gives them a huge
market for these things. It was the perfect money-making place for the poachers
but it was "Billy" Arjan Singh whose single handed efforts made this park to reach
at its richness. The great conservationist initiated an idea of converting this
land into a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1965 and thus received a lot of appraisal
from the wildlife conservationists and wildlife lovers across the world. In 1977,
Arjan Singh approached the erstwhile prime minister, Indira Gandhi to declare the
forest as a National park. In 1984-85, seven rhinos were relocated from Assam and
Nepal to Dudwa to rehabilitate a rhino population which lived here 150 years ago.
Four years later, it was declared a Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger and currently
is a major habitat for tigers in India.
Dudwa being spread over an expanse of approximately 811 sq km of marshes, grasslands
and dense forests, is an ideal and protected home for over 38 species of mammals,
16 species of reptiles and numerous species of birds.
Of the nearly 1300 birds found in the Indian subcontinent, over 450 species can
be seen in Dudwa Reserve. These include Hornbill, Red Jungle Fowl, Pea fowl, Bengal
Florican, Fishing eagle, Bengal Florican, Serpent eagle, Osprey, Paradise flycatcher,
Woodpeckers, Shama, Indian Pitta, Orioles, Emerald dove etc. During winter the vast
and varied water bodies attract a large variety and number of migratory birds making
the reserve a favorite haunt of bird watchers.
The sanctuary is 430 km by road from Delhi, 219 km from Lucknow, 107 km from Shahjahanpur and 178 km from Bareilly, though the most convenient way would be to travel to Lucknow and then reach Dudwa by road or train. Shahjahanpur is the nearest railway station while Lucknow is the nearest airport.
Booking of accommodations at Dudwa, Motipur & Kakraha are open.
Note : Visit to forest areas is not allowed till 14th November.