Dudhwa National Park
The enchanting legacy of a legendary conservationist
Dudhwa National Park
Lucknow, 238 km
1284 km2 including Kishanpur and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuaries
November 15 – June 15
November to April, between December and February it can get very cool. Very hot from May.
Indian hog deer, Indian leopard, sambar deer, spotted deer (chetal), swamp deer (barasingha), wild boar, Asian black bear, Bengal fox, fishing cat, gharial, golden jackal, gray langur, hispid hare, honey badger, jungle cat, large Indian civet, mugger crocodile, rhesus macaque,
sloth bear, small Indian civet
Billy Arjan Singh, the Prince of Kapurthala, came to this area of the Terai in the state of Uttar Pradesh in the mid-1940s. He was so intrigued by the beauty of the forest that he decided to settle here. At that time Dudhwa was only a nature reserve until it was declared a national park in 1977 on Billy's initiative. Dudhwa is far less touristy than other tiger reserves and therefore offers a sensational outdoor experience for nature lovers who also feel comfortable in simple accommodation.
Dudhwa lies near the border with Nepal and is part of the Terai – a fertile lowland extending along the southern foothills of the Himalayas. The magic of this landscape, which Billy Arjan Singh fell in love with, will also delight you: extensive, fairytale Sal forests, lakes, rivers and green alluvial plains characterise the picture. Dudhwa consists of the three separate game reserves Kishanpur, Katarniaghat and Dudhwa which together with the Bardia National Park in neighbouring Nepal form a coherent protected area.
At the end of the 70's some rhinos from Bardia stayed in Dudhwa. Additional rhinos were introduced in the 80's in the name of the Rhino project from Assam. The population has developed well and today there are about 40 rhinos in a fenced area of 30 km2. They are now being repopulated in a second area of the park as well. Elephants also move in the corridor between the two national parks and are sighted either in the Dudhwa Mountains or in the Sathiana Mountains. Dudhwa was also the home of a groundbreaking experiment that took place here. Billy successfully reintroduced a hand-bred tigress called Tara into the wilderness.