Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Uttar Pradesh
The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is a protected area in Uttar Pradesh that stretches mainly across the Lakhimpur Kheri and Bahraich districts and comprises the Dudhwa National Park, Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary. It shares the north-eastern boundary with Nepal, which is defined to a large extent by the Mohana River flowing along the Indo-Nepal border whilst the Southern boundary is formed by the river Suheli. Spreading across an expanse of 811 sq km beholding marsh lands, grasslands and dense forests, the area is actually meant for tremendous counts of Swamp Deer and Tigers species. The area of the Park is composed of a vast alluvial plain along the tributaries of Mohana and Suheli, interspersed with numerous rivulets, lakes and pools. The rich and extremely fertile Indo-Gangetic plains support a flamboyant growth of forest
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is accessible both by rail and road. The Dudhwa branch-line of the North-east Railways links Dudhwa/Palia with Lucknow, Bareilly and Gonda. The Dudhwa Railway Station is right in the heart of the Park about 4 km from the tourist complex at Dudhwa. The nearest railheads are Dudhwa (4 km), Palia (10 km) and Mailani (37 km), though the most convenient way would be to travel to Lucknow and then reach Dudhwa by road or train. Distance from Major Cities: * Lucknow: 238 km * Delhi: 410 km * Mumbai: 1277 km * Bangalore: 1697 Km
The best time to visit Dudhwa National Park is between November and May. The park remains open to public from November to June, though the months of May and June are a little too hot for comfort. Similar to the rest of northern India, an extreme type of climate is observed in Dudhwa. Summer months are tremendously hot with the temperature rising up to 40°C. During the winter months the weather remains nearly pleasant and the temperature ranges from 20°C to 30°C. The Dudhwa region experiences an average annual rainfall of 1,600 mm. For a trip during the summer months, visitors should preferably carry light cotton clothes. In the winter season people are suggested to carry light woollen clothes.
Frog Temple: From Dudhwa national Park, the tourists can make a fine excursion towards the unique Frog Temple at Oel town which is 12 km from Lakhimpur on the route from Lakhimpur to Sitapur. It was built by the former king of Oel state during 1860-1870. The temple is actually dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be built on the back of a large frog. The Temple is constructed within an octagonal lotus. The Shivling installed in the temple was brought from the Banasur Prati Narmdeshwar Narmada Kund. The architecture of this temple is based on Tantra Vidya with its main gate opening in the east and another gate in the south as an exit.
Surat Bhawan Palace: Built in 1894, the Surat Bhawan Palace near Dudhwa National Park is made in Indo-Sarasenic style and is composed of ten bedrooms, one large dining room with pantry and two lounges. The palace set in a large green, nine acre retreat is 8 km away from the park with its eastern entrance facing the reserve.