After a comfortable nights rest we went for our morning Safari through Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary keeping a keen eye and ear!!
After the Safari we had a good breakfast of omlette,buttered toast, aloo paratha and curds and left Kishanpur for Dudhwa in our gypsy.
It took us an hour to reach Dudhwa,a bumpy ,dusty ride! The roads are bad and need immediate attention. There is a lot of traffic as, tractor trailers and trucks carrying sugarcane crop for crushing to the many sugar factories in this area.
After checking in to Dudhwa Campus, we were allotted Cottage No 13 Oriole. The cottages in the campus are named after different birds.
The accommodation is basic.
After lunch we were off on our first Safari in Dudhwa.
As soon as we entered the forest I was totally awed by its beauty. Tall Sal and Teak trees, quiet everywhere! Some of these trees stand 70ft tall(21m) and are 150 years old!!
Dense vegetation everywhere and open meadows with yellow grass ,a perfect camouflage for the Tiger!
Dudhwa stands today because of one man's efforts of 60 years, his name is Kunwar "Billy " Arjan Singh hunter turned conservationist.
Major attractions of Dudhwa National Park are the Tigers and Swamp deer ( Barasingha).
"Billy" Arjan Singh successfully hand-reared and introduced a zoo-born tigeress named Tara, meaning "Star" and an orphaned leopard given to him whom he named Prince into the wilds of Dudhwa.
He helped the Barasingha population by saving their habitat!