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Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary (near Dudhwa National Park), India

Dudhwa National Park

The protected area is home to tigers, leopards, Asiatic black bears, sloth bears, swamp deer, rhinoceros, elephants, chitals, hog deer, barking deer, sambars, wild pigs and around 500 bird species.

The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve comprises of the Dudhwa National Park, Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve and Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary.

One of the finest forests in India, some of these trees are more than 150 years old and over 70 ft tall. It represents one of the few remaining examples of a highly diverse and productive Terai ecosystem, supporting a large number of endangered species.

Dudhwa National Park, India
Dudhwa National Park, India

Dudhwa's conservation success story

Billy Arjan Singh successfully hand-reared and reintroduced zoo-born tigers and leopards into the wilds of Dudhwa. In the mid-1980s, Indian Rhinoceros were reintroduced into Dudhwa from Assam and Nepal. The park is a stronghold of the Barasingha (12 antlers deer) and around half of the world’s Barasinghas are present in the park. The variety of animals knocks the spots off any park in Central India.

Dudhwa National Park, India
Dudhwa, India

Activities at Dudhwa National Park

Relatively unheard of on the tiger circuit, Dudhwa offers an excellent experience nevertheless. Currently, tourism is in its infancy here and game drives do not require pre-booking and you will barely see any other jeeps. The safaris are still very affordable compared to parks in Central India. The local guides are not as yet brilliantly informed, due to lack of tourism and education but the new and wonderful Jaagir Lodge has excellent naturalists that will accompany you on the game drives.

During the safaris, you have a chance of seeing tiger, wild elephant and one-horned rhino. You can also take a boat on the Girva River, navigating dense swamps to see the gharials and the endangered Ganges river dolphins in their natural habitat.

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My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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