National Park, Uttar Pradesh
an area of about 500 sq km, Dudhwa National Park, along the
Indo-Nepal border in Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh, is best
known for the Barasingha or Swamp Deer. The grasslands and
woodlands of this park, consist mainly of sal forests. The
barasingha is found in the southwest and southeast regions
of the park. Among the big cats, tigers abound at Dudhwa.
There are also a few leopards. The other animals found in
large numbers, are the Indian one-horned rhinoceros and the
wild elephant. Other animals found in Dudhwa are jungle cats,
leopard cats, fishing cats, jackals, civets, sloth bears,
sambar, otters, crocodiles and chital.
Among reptiles, pythons and monitor lizards are fairly common.
Dudhwa is also a bird-watcher's paradise. Dudhwa, perhaps,
houses the greatest number of owls and storks. Also, found
in plenty, are the great Indian horned owl, the forest eagle
owl, the brown fish owl, the tawny owl, the dusky horned owl,
the scops owl, brown wood owl and the jungle owlet. The storks,
which abound here, are the black-necked stork, white-necked
stork, black stork, painted stork, white stork, open-billed
stork and the adjutant stork. A variety of colourful birds
like woodpeckers, orioles, pittas, kingfishers, minivets and
sunbirds also inhabit this Park.
In a bid to save the Indian one-horned rhinoceros, seven rhinos
from Assam and Nepal were introduced into Dudhwa in 1984-85.
Presently, 13 rhinos can be spotted in Dudhwa.
The best time to visit
is November to May.
How To Get There
The nearest town is Palia (10 km).
From Delhi (430 km): By rail
upto Shahjahanpur, and onwards by road.
From Lucknow (250 km): By rail
upto Mailani, and onwards by road.