Remote and little-explored, Dudhwa Natioinal Park lacked any suitable accommodation for wildlife enthusiasts until Jaagir Lodge opened. Imagine a private home built in the 1940s in the middle of a sugar cane plantation.
Previously used by the British Governors as a hunting lodge; now a private and luxurious accommodation in seven acres of forest land.
The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is a protected area in Uttar Pradesh sharing the northeastern boundary with Nepal. To access Dudhwa, fly from Delhi to Lucknow followed by a four-hour drive. Alternatively, it can be reached across the border from Nepal.
Understated luxury in the wilderness, the Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa is an amazing coming together of period antique furniture, beautiful wall-paper patterns, rich upholstery and an overall feeling comfort. You have the option of staying in the main Lodge or in the Villas or ‘jhaalas’ which are spread across the five acres of land. All the accommodation options are non-smoking and come with double beds and air conditioning (heating and cooling). There are no in-room televisions but there is a TV room. There is a fully stocked bar with open fire, a large verandah where guests have breakfast and tea and a freshwater swimming pool.
Early morning and afternoon jeep and boat safaris in the park, led by head naturalist Amit and his established team . Buffer zone walks, and farm visits are well organised. Don't miss the sundowners under the stars and private dining, machan style.
Expect to see Tiger, Rhino, Leopard, Gharial, and Fishing Cat in this remote region of India.
Why we like it
Nobody's heard of it yet! And we love it. Spend at least three nights at Jaagir Lodge to allow plenty of time to explore all four parks that make up this wildlife experience.