Dudhwa National Park

Dudhwa National Park

Before Independence, Dudhwa was an untamed land of marshes, grasslands and dense forests. Menacing malarial mosquitoes, recurrent plague and oppressive famines were associated with the region, making it rather inhospitable to humans, but just perfect for wildlife. By the 1950s, the marshes and grasslands were largely replaced by sugarcane and paddy. Under the guise of crop protection, the tiger and the gond, which is the local name for the barasingha, suffered terribly at the hands of poachers.

With protection, the habitat improved and soon people began to talk of the magic spell woven by nature, with help from Billy. It was only a matter of time before Dudhwa's fame, in 1977 led it to be declared a National Park. Thereafter no disturbance or non-wildlife oriented land management of any kind was legally permitted. But it took another 10 years before it was brought under the purview of Project Tiger.

Visitors can easily see the expanding herds of the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Unicornis), the largest and the best known of the three Asiatic species of rhino that were re-introduced from Nepal and Assam. The primary needs of the pachyderms are a well-watered habitat with plenty of food and water. This is offered by the Dudhwa system in abundance. Rhinos had been wiped out from most of their earlier range in Uttar Pradesh and the idea was to translocate a viable population from Assam to restock the Dudhwa terai, initially in a protected enclosure where their young would be free from predation. There was much bad blood at the time because Assamese sentiments veered around the view that people were trying to take their tourism revenue from them! Fortunately better sense prevailed, though India did have to look towards Nepal for stocks as well.

Tree Of Life Jagir Lodge, Dudhwa National Park

Imagine hundreds of acres of sugar cane fields all around with dashes of bright yellow mustard patches in between; imagine a private home built in the 1940s in the middle of this plantation which was also used by the British Governors as a hunting lodge; imagine your very private and luxurious accommodation with a caring team to attend; imagine an undiscovered National Park famous for the one horned rhino (and more) and the Nepal border just 30 odd minutes away. For nature lovers, a visit to the undiscovered Dudhwa National Park is a must. We just about guarantee sighting of the one horned rhino. In addition, you also have the possibility of seeing herds of wild elephants; the five main types of deer; crocodiles; wild boars; sloth bears; and the elusive leopard and tiger. The Park is also home to over 400 bird species. Spend time in the natural beauty of the National Park or then just relax and unwind in the natural surrounds and comfort of your Lodge.

3 Luxury Rooms: Large and spacious at about 450 sq.ft, each of these rooms come with separate air conditioned bedroom and living room areas. They also have large and well appointed bathrooms with running hot and cold water. Each open onto a veranda – an ideal place to enjoy your morning tea.

3 Luxury Suites: An absolute delight, The Viceroy Suite; The Governors Suite and the Jaagirdar Suite offer 650 sq.ft of luxury ! Ornate, carved wood four poster beds; a separate living area with comfortable sofa seating; a dining area; a lounger and a fire-place add to the absolute sense of space and luxury. Very spacious and well lit en-suite bathrooms (180 sq.ft) with teak wood dressers and antique cupboards indulge you. Each suite looks onto a private court yard or terrace.

6 Luxury Villas (Jhaalas): Unique to the Terrai region because of the very high thatched roof style of architecture, these independent Villas (Jhaalas) offer you 800 sq.ft of unique accommodation options. Each Villa has it’s own private garden or sit out which gives you a view of the forest around. With natural wood or stone flooring, the spacious Villas comes with a very large and well appointed bathroom with a bath tub, shower, twin sinks. The living area looks onto the greens outside.

The Lodge also has a large fresh water swimming pool overlooking the forest; Terai – the couples spa; The Pavilion which is our multi-cuisine restaurant and The Library Bar.

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