Home to a number of endangered species of animals and birds, Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh is an integral part of the Terai landscape. Established initially as a sanctuary in 1958 for swamp deer (or the Barasingha), the park is part of the Dudhwa Tiger reserve which is rightly known as the Terai Emerald. With a plethora of landscapes including wetlands and grasslands with the famous elephant grass that grows as tall as 6 meters, Dudhwa National park is located at the foothills of the Himalayas along the Indo-Nepal border in Lakhimpur Kheri district of the state. Apart from the swamp deer, Dudhwa is synonymous for its unique avifauna, the tiger as well as the one horned rhino.
I recently visited the sanctuary as it was the venue of the 3rd edition of the Uttar Pradesh bird festival and was left totally floored by the colors, beauty and magnificence of nature all around. Here are some pictures:
Dudhwa National park is about 220 km from Lucknow and 430 km from Delhi by road. For more details visit the Uttar Pradesh ecotourism website here.
Disclaimer: This post was made possible by UP Tourism, opinions, as always are my own.