National Parks & Sanctuaries in India
Dudhwa National Park Travel in India
Tiger Reserve has two core areas- Dudhwa National Park and Kishanpur Wildlife
Sanctuary. These are 15 km apart, with agricultural land in between. Dudhwa
National Park is situated on the Indo-Nepal border in the Lakhimpur-Kheri district
in Uttar Pradesh. The Mohana river flowing along the Indo-Nepal border constitutes
the northern boundary of the Park whilst the southern boundary is formed by
the river Suheli. The Kishanpur Sanctuary lies in the Lakhimpur-Kheri and Shahajahanpur
districts in Uttar Pradesh.
The area of the Park is a vast alluvial plain, the doab of the Mohana and Suheli
rivers, interspersed with numerous rivulets, lakes and pools. The rich and extremely
fertile Indo-Gangetic plains support a luxuriant growth of forests and diversity
Other inhabitants include the sloth bear, jackal, wild pig and the lesser cats
- the fishing cat, leopard cat, jungle cat and civet. Dudhwa has also an abundance
of birds. Its marshes are home to a range of water birds both local and migratory.
There are spectacular painted storks black and white necked storks, sarus cranes
and varied night birds of prey, ranging from the great Indian horned owl to
the jungle owlet.
Best Time to Visit: November to May.
Gir National Park
in the south west of the Saurashtra peninsula, the Gir National Park is a haven
to about 300 Asiatic lions. The 1,412.13 sq. km. Park has a rugged terrain and
the steep rocky hillsides are covered in mixed deciduous forests.
There are teak, ber, and flame of the forest and banyan trees. Streams run through
the deep ravines. The lions, a smaller more compact version of their African
cousins, are best viewed at dawn or dusk when they are on the move.
Gir also has nearly 210 leopards and numerous chital, nilgai, chinkara, the
four homed antelope and wild boar. Marsh crocodiles are often seen along its
The forest is rich in bird life and the paradise flycatcher black headed cuckoo
shrike woodpecker, Bonelli's eagle, crested serpent eagle, painted sand grouse,
bush quail and grey partridge are among the variety that is found here. Three
unusual reserves, the Nalsarovar Lake and Sanctuary where large numbers of water-birds
can be seen; the bare saline flats of the Rann of Kutch, incredibly the home
of the Indian wild ass and the spectacular Flamingo Island where nesting colonies
of flamingoes are to be seen, make Gujarat an exciting place for wildlife enthusiasts.
Best Time to Visit: December- Mid- June (Closed during Monson till mid October).
Kanha National Park
Tiger Reserve comparieses parts of the Mandla, Balaghat, Kwardha and dinodor
distrcts fothe Indian state fo Madhya Pradesh. It is located in the Malkal hills
of the Satpura hill range Kanha is internationally renowned for its rich floral
and faunal attributes.
The Reserve is an excellent interspersion of the Dadars garassy expanses, dense
forest and riverine forest. It is very rich in floral largely due to the combination
of land forms and soil types apart from the most character of the regaion. The
rich habitat diversity of the Reserve suuports abundant animal communities and
the lesser life forms, The Reserve is the sanctum sanctorum of typical Central
Kanha has distinguished itself in saving the endangered Centeral Indian Barasingha
(Cervus duvauceli branderi) from extinction and harboring the only population
of this deer species in the World. Phen Wildlife sanchary (Phen WLS) in the
North East of Kanha has been made the mini satellite core of the Reserve.
Best Time to Visit: October to April