Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Uttar pradesh
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Established in 1958 as a national park, Dudhwa became a tiger reserve in 1979. As of 2021, the tiger reserve, spread across an area of more than 800 square kilometres, has a healthy tiger population of 58. The varied landscape of the reserve is a great habitat for the tiger to thrive. The proper prey management by the reserve officials and effective reserve management by the government have helped the park to survive, and in turn, the park has shot up in terms of tourist priority, thereby generating revenue for the government. The location of the park close to the Himalayas at the Nepal border and the proximity of two more picturesque sanctuaries have added more resources and value to the reserve. Over the years, many tourists have made use of the safari rides, and the increasing tiger population combined with their sightings is generating more traffic to the park. November to May is a great time to visit the park. Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is located in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. Shahjahanpur, about 105 kilometres away, is the nearest rail head. Lucknow is the nearest airport.
Nearby Places to See
Aside from the Jeep safari, the park also features opportunities for camping and photography. Based on the number of available elephants, rides may be arranged. One of the attached sanctuaries offers boating excursions.
Located in the middle of the park, the Dudhwa Museum tells visitors all about the natural and cultural history of the area.
The city of Oel, around 90 kilometres from the park, is home to a temple dedicated to the frog. The Mendak Mandir (Frog Temple), constructed in the 1860s, takes the form of a large frog, with the entrance carved out from below the frog’s face. Behind itis a Shiva temple.
Things to Buy
Things to buy include Caps with insignia of the park.
Foods to Relish
Local tribal food – Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian.