Dudhwa: The jungle is calling

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Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

If you are planning to spend your holidays in wilderness, if you want to feel the Goosebumps after encountering a wild tiger or wild elephant in an evergreen Terai forest habitat, must visit “Dudhwa National Park”.

Follow me into the wild

Photo of Dudhwa National Park, Palia Kalan, Uttar Pradesh, India by Arindam Aditya

Location:

Dudhwa national park, maintaining her friendship forest corridor with Nepal is located in Lakhimpur district in Uttar Pradesh. Nearest town (10 km), Palia is waiting for you with enough facilities. Gauri Fanta, last location of India is located at the end of Dudhwa road and on the other side of the border Dhangadi town is ready to welcome you with a warm and delightful Nepali welcome.

How to reach there:

Frankly speaking nearest railway station is not so near. Lucknow railway station (LJN, LKO), 240 km away from Dudhwa, is maintaining its second position after Shahjehanpur railway station (SPN) which is just 110 km away from Dudhwa. But if you are low budget traveler, no need to worry, Buses services of UP will never let you down.

From Lucknow:

Station to Charbagh bus stop (by Battery rikshaw) to Lakhimpur - Lucknow bus stop (by Bus) to Lakhimpur – palia bus stop (by Battery rikshaw) to Palia bus stop (by Bus) to Dudhwa NP (by Auto rickshaw or Tata magic)

From Shahjehanpur:

Station to Bus stop (by Rickshaw) to Palia bus stop (by Bus) to Dudhwa NP (by Auto rickshaw or Tata magic); If direct bus Palia is not available in emergency, take a bus upto Khutar, by asking to bus conductor,change bus for Palia.

If you want to visit with your vehicle, National and state highways, maintaining their good condition are well connected with Delhi, Bareilly, Lucknow, Kanpur and other major cities. Google map will guide you appropriately. All you just need to maintain your controlled speed and careful driving.

Nearest Airport is Lucknow.

Accommodation, food and Jungle safari:

“Jungle is not your home. Kindly don’t try to make it a dustbin”

I always prefer to book accommodation after visit rather than pre-booking. Tigerhino resorts, Tiger’s den, The Jungle Lore etc are always ready to pay their service with standard charges. But in my opinion, try forest guest houses and accommodation at first. After Dudhwa main gate you will find many accommodations including dormitory rooms with various range and comfort. If you want pre-booking then go through Dudhwa NP official website and other mentioned resort's websites.

Canteen is available for food in Dudhwa accommodation campus and every resort have their own kitchen to increase your saliva in your mouth.

Gypsy cars are always ready to take you into the wild

Photo of Dudhwa National Park, Palia Kalan, Uttar Pradesh, India by Arindam Aditya

Gypsy cars are available for morning and evening Jungle safari with a reasonable charge 3300-3500 rupees per safari (including all safari charges) per car capacity of 6 people. More safaris can give you more chance to encounter with wilderness in wild habitat.

If interested, ask for permission for an elephant safari to forest officials at nearest main forest office, Palia.

Best time and places to visit inside the jungle:

Photo of Dudhwa National Park, Palia Kalan, Uttar Pradesh, India by Arindam Aditya

Park is open for all from mid-October to mid-April. There is no such best time and place to visit nature because every place has its unique beauty. Baaketaal, Gulri Ghat, Sonaripur, Salukapur etc are comparatively best places to encounter with wilderness during safari.

Let’s take a look on pictorial description to feel the wilderness of Dudhwa National Park:

I am a former wildlife biologist including behavior observer of wild fauna. I love to take moments of happiness while observing wildlife. Whatever it is bird, animal, reptiles, trees, insects or worms attract me in same way.

No more writing, I know now you are feeling bore and ready to scroll faster. So, I am going to present some of my clicks during exploration of Dudhwa.

Accommodation surroundings:

Spotted deer (male) was drinking water in Dudhwa accommodation campus

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Indian Golden jackal was waiting on the boundary of Dudhwa campus

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

An Indian Porcupine was encountered during evening walk surrounding campus

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

A Brown-headed Barbet at Dudhwa campus

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Purple Sunbird (Male) at Dudhwa campus

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Species captured during Jungle Safaris:

If you want to encounter with more wildlife then you have to take more safaris as I mentioned before.

Birds:

More than 70 species I have recorded during my visit. Some of them are attached in this story.

An Indian Peafowl (male) was showing its pride on Dudhwa railway station

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

An Emerald Dove with its eye catchy color

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Black Francolin with a pose

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Great Hornbill on a flight

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Shikra (male) a raptor bird species on a perch

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Another killer Crested Serpent Eagle with its killing claws

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo in very low light

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

The Snake Bird or Darter bird was encountered at Gulri Ghat point

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

A Blue-tailed Bee-eater was posing on a tree

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Griffon and Slender-billed Vulture

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Crested Serpent Eagle into the green

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Grey-headed Fish Eagle, a raptor bird was found near a water body

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Animals and reptiles:

‘You know who I am’ was encountered at Gulri Ghat

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Surprise visit to the queen of the Jungle near Tiger-taal during a safari

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Indian Rhinoceros was encountered at Salukapur Rhino area

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Asiatic Elephant (male) in his playing mood at Baketal

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Spotted Deer or Cheetal -pair was drinking water at Tiger-taal point

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

A large herd of Spotted deer was encountered at Sonaripur during safari

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Surprise visit of a pride of Elephant was crossing road at outside of Dudhwa campus

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

A herd of Swamp Deer was gazing freely in the wild at Baaketaal

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

An unknown species of Hare at the trail of Sonaripur during safari

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Deadly jaws were floating at Gulri ghat

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

A huge Water Monitor Lizard was encountered during safari

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

An unknown species of Turtle with its slow but steady move

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

A moment into the wild at Gulri ghat

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

I think these are enough photos to warm your blood to run faster towards your brain to generate the next plan for Dudhwa national park to explore more wildernesses.

• Place to visit near Dudhwa:

1. Palia outskirts:

A fascinating sunset from Sarda bridge near Palia

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Palia is the nearest town to fulfill your ATM and other luxurious facilities. You can visit Sarda Bridge, 2km away from Palia on NH 90 for a fascinating sunset on the bank of Sarda River.

2. Kisanpur and Satiana range safari :

A pair of Elephant was encountered during safari on Satiana road

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

Rather than planning more than 2 safaris in Dudhwa it is better to book 2 more safaris for each of Kisanpur (15 km) and Satiana (7km) range for more attractive sighting and wilderness.

3. Gauri Fanta and Dhangadi border:

Gauri Fanta, 25 km away from Dudhwa through the forest, is the last village of India. Your identity card, purpose of visit is sufficient to get an entry to Dhangadi, welcome town in Nepal. It is better to leave your vehicle in India and take a To-To rikshaw or electric rikshaw for Dhangadi market. Luxuriousness is overloaded at Dhangadi, just go and explore yourself.

Obviously, photography is restricted on borders.

4. Chandan Chowki Village:

Where the forest meets civilization

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

At the other end of Dudhwa, Chandan Chowki, A small and well decorated village close to the jungle with majority of Tharu community, is also maintaining India’s borderline. A hard struggle to survive of both human and wildlife is increasing the value of this village.

Two Tharu women were sharing their stories at Chandan Chowki village

Photo of Dudhwa: The jungle is calling by Arindam Aditya

• Network availability:

Dudhwa – Poor network in Airtel, BNSL, Jio.

Palia – All networks are available.

Satiana – No networks are available.

Kisanpur – Poor network Airtel and BSNL

Gauri Fanta and Chandan chowki – No networks are available.

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Nice and thorough info. Also add some conservation related info for each PA you visit for others to know how much biodiversity we have and how we are loosing it at alarming rate.
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