Within an expanse of 811 sq km, Dudhwa National Park in the state of Uttar Pradesh, marks its territory. Its territory, which mainly comprises dense forests, marshes and grasslands is a bit isolated from the celebrity parks of India like the Corbett and Kaziranga. Hence, it offers an undisturbed natural habitat for a rich variety of flora and fauna. Established as a wildlife sanctuary for swamp deers in 1958, Dudhwa had a long journey of ups and downs. It was due to the efforts of a wildlife conservationist, Billy Arjan Singh, that Dudhwa got its credits as a National Park in the year 1977. As Billy was more inclined towards the Big cats of the Jungle, the park became a part of Project Tiger. In the present time, the park boasts of a huge population of Tigers and Swamp Deers.
The national park also speaks of its flora, which includes more than 50 feet tall ‘Sal’ trees flourishing in a mix of tropical, semi-evergreen, tropical moist deciduous and dry deciduous vegetation at Dudhwa.
Safari at Dudhwa National Park
Dudhwa National Park is home to a huge variety of wildlife that includes some of the rarest species of animals as well. The park runs through dense forests and catching the sight of the wild animals in all the wilderness is the prime motive of tourism here. And nothing fits better than a jeep safari for the occasion.
One must keep a check that the park authorities do not provide jeeps or guides for assistance as complimentary. The arrangement of jeeps has to be done by the tourists themselves. Instead, elephant safaris are provided by the authorities of Dudhwa National Park free of cost.
Timings: All days of the week (7:00 am to 10:00 am) and (3:00 pm to 6:00 pm)
Entry Fee: Rs 100 (per person), Rs 300 (per vehicle ) and Rs 1000 (Jeep hire)
Visit Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Best time to visit
The best months to visit Dudhwa National Park in the state of Uttar Pradesh are usually that of the winters. Starting from December and continuing till May, tourism at the national park stays on a high. The national park receives the major chunk of its tourists in the winters.
It’s because, summers are really hot for jungle safaris at Dudhwa National Park. And if you are planning to make the visit during prime winter months, then do not forget to come packed with proper woolens as it gets really chilly at that time of the year.
Opening dates: 15th November to 15th June (Every year)