Dudhwa National Park – come closer to Wilderness

Posted in Asia | October 18, 2011 | Comment Now

Yes come to the Dudhwa National Park and feel closer to nature. Situated in the sub Himalayan zone between the countries of Nepal and India, in the district of the Lakhimpur Kheri, this lovely location in the State of Uttar Pradesh in India is a part of the Terai belt.

If you want to reach Dudhwa National Park from Delhi then you would cross Shajehanpur and Bareilly . It is around 450 km from Delhi. If you are coming from Lucknow then you would cross Lakhimpur and Sitapur. Dudhwa National Park is around 250km from Lucknow. Again from Shajehanpur this park is around 110 km.

Dudhwa National Park
The vast expanse of around 190 sq km of absolute greenery and the beautiful surroundings of the Kishanpur Wildlife sanctuary which spans over 203 sq km, the total expanse area of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is around 883 sq km.

So the Dudhwa National Park is a part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve along with the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary. Existing since the year 1977, this is the last portion remaining of the Terai region.

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

This incidentally is one of the ecosystems that are in complete danger of getting extinct. The entire place is a kaleidoscope of the jungles, swamps and grasslands. The lovely sal jungles and the beautiful flora and fauna here comprise the beauty of the entire place. There are around 47 species of mammals found in the Dudhwa National Park out of which 13 are endangered. The tiger population is quite large here. The Barasingha or the cervus duvauceli is found here.

The Swamp deer, the spotted deer, the barking deer, the hog deer are five of the kind found in India and all the five are found here making this the only place where 5 species of deer are found living together.

Then you have the Bengal Florican and the Hispid Hare rediscovered here.

Bengal Florican at Dudhwa National Park Hispid Hare at Dudhwa National Park

Dudhwa has not only 13 endangered mammals, but also 11 species of reptiles, 9 bird species and around 11 amphibian species that are completely in danger but found here as per the Wildlife Protection Act.

The main terrain of the land is grassland and this is the natural habitat for the species like the one horned Rhino. This rhino was hunted to the point of getting extinct around 150 years back. Today Dudhwa National Park is a place that proudly protects this species. Rhinos came from Nepal and Assam in the year 1984 and brought to this park. They are kept protected inside a fence with electricity so that no one touches them. They are always monitored. Today the family of one horned rhino has reached to around 17. There were lot of problems initially but today Dudhwa is the proud owner of the one horned rhino of Assam.

One horned Rhino at Dudhwa National Park

The entire Dudhwa National Park has an enviable flora too. There are around 31 kinds of grass, more than 107 species of shrubs, climbers and herbs. There are around 89 kinds of trees in the national park. Enjoy the beauty of this lovely park and see the 34 kind of wetland flora.

There is more here, come here see and enjoy the beauty here.

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