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Male Indian tiger, Ranthambore, India

India – The Tigers of Dudhwa

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

9 Days

Prices Start from

$3,683 ex. flights

The wildlife conservation success story of Dudhwa National Park has, until now, gone unnoticed. Rich with Indian rhinoceros, tiger, leopard and Barasingha deer, Dudhwa is one of India’s most fabulous wildlife destinations and is well and truly open for business.

 

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary (near Dudhwa National Park), India 1

Discover Dudhwa

A diverse and varied range of wildlife all in one park.

 

Elephant, Dudhwa National Park, India 2

Safari Experience

With tourism still in its infancy, you will barely see any other jeeps.

Jaagir Lodge,The Ultimate Travelling Camp, Dudhwa, India 3

Stay at Jaagir Lodge

Exceptional service, food and naturalists make this the best place to stay.

Lucknow, India 4

Explore Lucknow

Exceptional Islamic and British Raj-era architecture and famous for its culinary scene.

 

Why we like it

With tourism still in its infancy, it is almost guaranteed that you’ll have an exclusive wildlife experience with no other jeeps around, plus the cost of these safaris is still low compared with those of the Central Indian reserves. With increasing numbers of tiger and leopard, Indian rhinoceros and Barasingha deer (all rare and protected species), this park demonstrates a conservation success story that, until now, has gone unnoticed and is just one of the many reasons Dudhwa makes for a fabulous wildlife destination.

Included as Standard

Airport VIP meet and greet, a bottle of wine on arrival, a spa treatment, a dedicated member of our team available 24/7, an upgrade at one of your chosen hotels and cars with Wi-Fi connectivity.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

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Keys:
Internal Flight
  • Day 1
    Delhi - Lucknow
  • Day 2
    Lucknow
  • Day 3
    Lucknow - Dudhwa
  • Day 4 - 8
    Dudhwa
  • Day 9
    Dudhwa - Lucknow - Delhi
Tiger walking along road, Dudhwa National Park, India
Dudhwa, India

Discover the Secret of Dudhwa

Dudhwa National Park in Northern India is a remote and utterly pristine eco-system, rich in wildlife and still off the mainstream’s radar. If you are looking for a serious, near-exclusive wildlife experience in India, then this is the place to come.

Billy Arjan Singh, Indian hunter turned conservationist and author, successfully hand-reared and reintroduced zoo-born tigers and leopards into the wilds of Dudhwa. Dudhwa also contains plenty of Indian rhinoceros and wild elephant and the park is now a stronghold for the nearly extinct Barasingha deer with around half of the world’s population resident in this park.

Dudhwa National Park, India
Dudhwa National Park, India
Dudhwa National Park, India
Dudhwa, India
Crocodile, Dudhwa National Park, India
Dudhwa, India

Safari Experiences in Dudhwa

Relatively unheard of on the tiger circuit, Dudhwa offers an excellent experience nevertheless. Currently, tourism is in its infancy here so game drives do not require pre-booking and you will barely see any other jeeps. Plus the park is open year-round.

The safaris are still very affordable compared to parks in Central India. The local forest guides are not, as yet, brilliantly informed due to lack of tourism and education but with the opening of Jaagir Lodge (best accommodation available) which has excellent naturalists that accompany you on the game drives, this mitigates the issues with the local forest guides.

Morning and afternoon safaris are organised by jeep and boat. Cruise down the Girva River navigating dense swamps to see the gharials and the endangered Ganges river dolphins in their natural habitat.

Hassainabad Imambara, Lucknow, India
Lucknow, India

Lucknow

Lucknow is something of a surprise. Featuring wide, open boulevards, beautiful parks and gardens, epic monuments showcasing exceptional Islamic and British Raj-era architecture and known for its culinary scene, there is so much to do in Lucknow.

Lucknow is known as the in the city of Nawabs – the noblemen of high status during the time of the Mogul empire. We will arrange a tour of La Martiniere, once the most prestigious schools in India which gives an insight into how they were educated.

Our resident guide will also take you to visit the old marketplaces, such as Chowk and Aminabad, famed for the Awadhi food. Take a culinary tasting tour in some of the best road-side eateries which give depth to your understanding of the culture and traditions of the city.

Himalayan View, Pokhara, Nepal
Nepal

Combine Dudhwa with Nepal

Within spitting distance of Dudhwa lies Nepal’s border, opening up the option of combining your trip with a visit to Nepal. Dhangadhi Airport (Nepal) is just 45 minutes drive away and operates daily flights to and from Kathmandu. A visit to Kathmandu City is a rewarding and exciting experience. The old town offers many delights and has a developing cultural and artistic quality. Our guide will walk you through the back streets to explore hidden temples overflowing with bright-coloured flowers, workshops and courtyards. Explore Patan and Bhaktapur, their intricate architecture reflects their Hindu origins. Take an early morning flight along the Himalayas where, on a clear day, you will see Everest or spend two or three days river rafting on one of the valley’s many rivers. Pokhara is the perfect stepping off point for a trek in the Himalayas.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

The Ultimate Travelling Camp – Jaagir Lodge £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Previously a hunting lodge, Jaagir Lodge Dudhwa is now a private and luxurious lodge managed by The Ultimate Travelling Camp, situated in seven acres of forest grasslands in the lowland region of the Terai which borders India and Nepal. The main lodge offers several rooms and suites or there are two thatched roofed Brick Villas. Dudhwa is an unexplored paradise full of rich vegetation, forests and wildlife. It is possible to see tigers, elephants, rhinos and crocodiles here.

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Lebua Hotel Lucknow £££££

  • India
  • City

The Lebua hotel in Lucknow is a small heritage property in central Lucknow. Originally built in 1936, the structure is a traditional bungalow overlooking a large, green lawn. It reflects the “Art Deco” architecture of the early 1900s.

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Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

India in January

January is a very popular time to travel to India, due to mild temperatures and very little rainfall. The climate varies across India from snow in the Northern States to the Southern regions experiencing daily sunshine – perfect for an escape to Kerala’s beaches.

India in February

During peak season, February is an ideal month to travel to India, experiencing all regions of the country from Rajasthan in the North to Karnataka in the South.

India in March

Temperatures begin to rise with March typically being the last month of the peak season. A significant month for religious, Hindu festivals, March can become busy in some regions however also a perfect time to travel to experience Indian culture and wildlife.

India in April

With temperatures starting to rise, regions in Northern India start to become more accessible with excellent opportunities to discover hiking trails and the wildlife of these regions. Temperatures can sometimes exceed 40°C, with high levels of humidity in Southern India.

India in May

From May to September, Monsoon rains affect the North and Central states of India with daily rainfall and thunderstorms. During the Monsoon season, it is best to experience high altitude regions and avoid beach resorts.

India in June

Most regions of India will experience the Monsoon season in June alongside high daily temperatures and high levels of humidity. Whilst, not a popular time to travel, experience the mountainous regions as opposed to Central India to experience slightly cooler temperatures at the start of the month.

India in July

At the peak of the Monsoon season, most of the country experiences frequent, heavy rainfall. Whilst travel plans may be interrupted due to the climate, it is a great time to visit India to experience the national parks and the great outdoors.

India in August

As the Monsoon continues, the climate is very similar to that of June and July. Whilst not a suitable time to travel to India’s Southern beaches, other Northern Regions are popular with locals for hiking and outdoor pursuits.

India in September

As the final month of the Monsoon season, rainfall will be less frequent with the occasional sunny spell showcasing the lush, green vegetation that has flourished during the heavy rains.

India in October

As the monsoon rains have finished, humidity levels remain high and the peak travel season begins. During the month of October, there are lots of religious festivals, including Diwali, where some regions may become busier with domestic tourists.

India in November

As one of the best times to visit the country, November brings comfortable temperatures for sightseeing with the monsoon rains dying out from October. As the temperatures drop, however, Northern India and the Himalayas will become less accessible.

India in December

In December, temperatures and climate will be dependant on the region. In the Southern States, India will see a pleasant and mild climate, ideal for sightseeing, whereas, in Northern India and mountainous regions, snow and cold temperatures are likely.

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