( Dudhwa National Park
east along the Terai, the Dudhwa National Park, which is also
a Tiger Reserve,
is localted in the district of Lakhimpur - Kheri, very close to
the Nepal border. The 498.29 sq.km. Park has fine sal forests
and extensive grasslands. Tall coarse grass sometimes forming
impenetrabel thickets, swampy depressions and lakes characteristics
the wetlands of the Park. These are the habitat of large numbers
of barasingha, the magnificnet swamp deer, noted for their multi-tined
antlers (bara-12, singha-horn). These in turn support the predators-the
tiger and leopard. Though the PARK has a fair population of tigers,
they are rarely seen owing to the nature of the forest cover.
The grasslands are also ideal terrain for the indian one horned
rhinoceros. In an exciting project undertaken in 1984, a number
of rhinos were translocalted here from Assam and Nepal, in an
attempt to extend their habitats and to exclude the possibility
of wiping out entire populations through diseas and epidemics.
Presently, 13 rhinos can be seen in Dhudwa. Other inhabitants
include the sloth bear, jackal, wild pig and the lesser cats-
fishing cat, leopard cat, jungle cat and civet. Dudhwa has also
an abundance of birds. There are spectacular painted storks, black
and white necked storks, sarus cranes and varied night birds of
prey, ranging from the great Indian horned owl to the jungle owlet,
Colorful woodpeckers, barbets, kingfishers, minivets, bee eaters
and bulbuls flit through the forest canopy.
How to get there
: The nearest airport is Lucknow 250 kms away.
: The nearest railhead is Dudhwa (4 km), Palia (10 km),
Mailani (37 km).
When to visit : November