Birds of Dudhwa
Whether you are a seasoned bird watcher, or simply curious, Jaagir Lodge is the perfect spot to indulge yourself in the hobby of bird watching. Home to over 400 species of birds, both resident and migratory, the region is as popular for its birds as it is for its tigers. You may choose to walk, cycle or enjoy a drive, to explore the area sprinkled with streams, ponds, brooks, grassland and fields.
Scouring the landscape, you can chance upon species like the drongos, silver-bill munia, baya weaver, cattle egret, cinnamon bittern, kingfishers, falcons, kites, owls and pheasant-tailed jacana. The wetlands, marsh and swamps also provide prime habitat for many attractive birds like the pied kingfisher, bitterns, the purple swamp-hen and the Eurasian thick-knee. Board a small canoe which will let you admire the birds and animals from close quarters, followed by a picnic lunch.
Note: Guests have the option of selecting from the various available trails.
Cycling in the Wilderness
Embark on a bicycle tour through farm fields and tiny villages on the periphery of Dudhwa National Park. Your accompanying resident naturalist will assist you in spotting the birds in the area and provide an introduction to the culture, traditions and legends of the region. Just two kilometres away from the lodge is a small river, which is a perfect habitat for waders, kingfishers and other species of birds. It is also a great opportunity to meet the friendly locals and see the homes of farmers, decorated with age-old motifs and designs of tribal art. Pass through a perfect rural setting on meandering roads, with local Tharu Villages, ladies wearing their colourful attire and farmers singing while working in their fields.
Note: Guests have the option of selecting from the various available routes.
Tiger Haven and the Legacy of Dudhwa National Park
Learn about the history of Dudhwa National Park, which is not only a haven for tigers but also many other species which are on the brink of extinction elsewhere. Focus on the legendary soul, Billy Arjan Singh, who envisioned creating a cradle of nature here, to provide perfect conditions for endangered species to thrive, helping them flourish in their natural habitat.
Experience the legacy of Billy Arjan Singh, who lived and fought for these forests, and whose legacy remains for future generations to be inspired and encouraged. Your accompanying specialist will throw light on the life and times of Singh, who was an Indian hunter-turned-conservationist, and a prolific writer who authored numerous books. He was the first to reintroduce tigers and leopards from captivity into the wild. Today, Tiger Haven, his estate, serves as an education centre for local children from villages situated on the fringes of the national park. His home has been converted into a museum and the area is itself an extension of the Dudhwa National Park, serving as an ideal habitat for birds and mammals.