Dudhwa National Park
Nestled on the border of India and Nepal, sprawling across 490 square kilometres in the remote hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh is the densely forested Dudhwa National Park. Home to some of the most exotic wildlife including elephants, Barasingha deer, the single-horned rhino, Indian narrow-headed soft-shell turtle and a vast array of birdlife, the national park is a delightful oasis for nature enthusiasts. The thick blanket of elephant grass, the enchanting tranquillity, only punctuated by the songs of birds or the myriad sounds of the wild allow one to experience the quintessential thrill of the jungle.
Accompanied by our expert naturalists, get introduced to the distinctive Terai ecosystem. With the rivers Mohan and Suheli as the markers on the northern and southern boundaries, and a few Tharu villages at the edges of the mysterious woodland, Dudhwa National Park makes for a fascinating experience for all wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers.
Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary
Sprawled across 400 square kilometres, and sharing an international border with Nepal, Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1976 to protect its gharial, or Indian crocodile population. The swampy Terai ecosystem of Katarniaghat, with its soft alluvial savannah and the magnificent Girwa River is home to a myriad of wildlife and bird inhabitants. Many endangered species including the tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, Gangetic dolphin, swamp deer, Bengal florican, the white-backed and long-billed vulture, and over 350 varieties of resident and migratory birds find safe haven here. The exquisite boat rides on the river will offer a deep insight and uninterrupted views of the banks and glimpses of the gharials and other regional fauna.
Pilibhit Tiger Reserve
The dense woodlands of Philibit, interspersed with enormous meadows and with the rivers Sharada and Ghaghara as its boundaries, is among the most thickly forested areas in the Terai. The huge Sharda Sagar Dam serves as a wonderful vantage point to watch the rich avian life. The reserve spreads across an area of 730 square kilometres covered with sal, teak, sheesham, banyan and mango trees, and serves as home to four species of deer, as well as antelope, tigers, the Bengal florican, the great Indian hornbill and langur monkeys. A game drive here is an exciting chance to see the rich flora and fauna of the region along with a forest lodge, canals and bridges built during the British era.
Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary
Located 30 kilometres from the Dudhwa National Park with a stretch of agricultural land breaking the forested continuity is the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 203 square kilometres, this sanctuary, like Dudhwa, is dense, riparian and covered with deciduous trees like sal, teak and jamun. The tiger, chital, hog deer, wild boars, otters and many more animals find themselves a home here. A huge number of resident and migratory birds like falcons, drongos, owls, egrets and peacocks can be spotted in the open meadows, which is traversed by perennial streams.