Help Needed for Dudhwa

#1 Apr 10th, 2014, 01:25
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Guys, I am planning a trip to Dudhwa. Any ideas about how to approach Dudhwa. I am planning a visit in May. Any help regarding booking of a FRH, gypsy, costs, weather etc would be greatly appreciated. I will be going via Shahjehanpur, does anyone know if I can get a taxi or a bus from there? Thanks a lot.
#2 May 3rd, 2014, 16:12
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Hello Incog,

I myself am looking for exactly the same information, so was wondering whether you've been able to gather any? I am planning to go there next week, and till now I don't have any reliable information about staying options, local conveyance, safari-booking etc (I too am going by train up to Shahjehanpur).

Thanks for sharing anything you find useful..Cheers!
#3 May 3rd, 2014, 16:59
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Well, I will be there 23 to 26 May , so if you are there then, we can work something out. Otherwise I suppose I will have to depend on the info that you get back.
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don't know if you have visited this site: http://dudhwatigerreserve.com/accommodation.html

might be useful, though many pages are under construction
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Any updates ?
#6 Apr 7th, 2015, 18:01
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I recently visited Dudhwa National Park.
Hope you all find the information useful.

A. Between 15th to 17th Mar 2015, We visited Dudhwa National Park (DNP) from .
B. We stayed at the Dudhwa Tourist Complex (DTC) / Forest Rest House (FRH).
C. The DTC has 14 rooms available for tourists (additional rooms are under construction).
D. The rooms have been named after birds e.g. Bulbul, Kingfisher, Eagle etc
E. Each cottage has 2 rooms (can be booked by 2 different tourists) with a common lobby.
F. 4 Rooms (out of 14 rooms) are available for booking online (Bulbul & Kingfisher). The booking were started in January 2015 on the upecotourism(dot)in website. The room charges are Rs. 3000/- per day for 2 persons and includes room + breakfast + dinner. However please do check with the Canteen staff about the food they are offering is included in above or additional charges will be levied.
G. The other 10 rooms can be booked by sending e mail / to dddtr(dot)palia(at)gmail(dot)c om. You will have to pay the room charges through demand draft and send it to Palia Kalan office and the forest department will confirm your booking. It is a slow & tedious process (as compared to online booking). But the positive aspect is that the Room charges are Rs. 500/- only. Food is offered at additional cost (Rs. 250/- each for buffet Lunch / Dinner and Rs. 120/- for the breakfast = Rs. 620/- per day per person). However please do check with the Canteen staff about the food they are offering is included in above or additional charges will be levied.
H. THE RESORT DOES NOT SUPPLY TOWELS / SOAP / SHAMPOO etc. THE TOURISTS HAVE TO CARRY ALL THESE ITEMS.
I. The rooms are neat and clean and quite comfortable.
J. A mirror (dressing table) and a cupboard are provided in the room.
K. AC is fitted in each room.
L. The bath room cum toilet is clean. A wash basin / western commode are available. However one has to have bath with a mug / bucket of water. Shower facilities are provided. Geyser is also provided in the bathroom. However the geyser works only when the electrical power supplied by the Electricity board is available.
M. The rooms have back up arrangement of Solar power for tube light and fans only.
N. THE AC / GEYSER / POWER SOCKETS WORK ONLY WHEN THE GRID ELECTRICAL SUPPLY IS AVAILABLE. YES YOU CANNOT CHARGE YOUR MOBILE PHONE or CAMERA BATTERY ON SOLAR POWER.
O. The food is basic but tasty.
P. Auditorium is available for screening movies on Dudhwa wildlife (usually after 7 pm)
Q. A watch tower (overlooking a lake adjacent to DTC) is built in the premises and one can see a variety of birds.
R. The forest office for booking the jeep safari is located at the main entry gate of DTC
S. The lucky persons can see the Spotted Deer or Jackal inside the DTC
T. One can also see a variety of birds at the DTC (Black Hooded Oriole, Drongo, Barbets, Stork Billed Kingfisher, Asian Open Bill, White Breasted Kingfisher, Green Bee Eater, Slaty Woodpecker, Jungle Babbler etc
U. Definitely worth staying at the Dudhwa Tourist Complex / Forest Rest House.
V. Other FRH deep inside the forest, with Solar Power facilities only, are available for tourists at Sathiyana, Salukhapur, Sonaripur. The Forest guard at these FRH double up as a cook for the tourists who need to carry the provisions / vegetables.
W. PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE ADVISED TO MAKE THEIR OWN ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHARGING THE CAMERA BATTERY (or MOBILE PHONE) TO OVERCOME CONTINGENCY SITUATIONS.
#7 Apr 7th, 2015, 18:07
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A. We visited Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) from 15th to 17th Mar 2015.
B. We went by road from Gurgaon to Dudhwa (Gurgaon – Delhi – Ghaziabad – Hapur – Gajraula – Moradabad – Rampur – Bareilly – Pilibhit – Khutar – Mailani – Palia Kalan – Dudhwa). The distance of 450 Kms was covered in about 9 hours (departure from Gurgaon at 5.15 am and arrival at Dudhwa at 2.10 pm) with a 30 minutes stop for breakfast. The condition of the road is good for a major part of the journey (except for a 15 Kms stretch between Bareilly bypass and Nawab Ganj)
C. One can travel to Lucknow by train and then by road to Dudhwa (230 Kms from Lucknow)
D. DTR is spread over 1324 Sq. Kms of Lakhimpur- Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh. DTR comprises of 680 SQ Kms of Dudhwa National Park (DNP) + 204 Sq Kms of Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary (35 Kms from Dudhwa) + 440 Sq Kms of Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary (80 Kms from Dudhwa)
E. One can stay at the Forest department run Dudhwa Tourist Complex / Forest Rest House. Or stay at one of couple of private resorts.
F. Dudhwa National Park (DNP) is divided into 3 zones / routes for the jeep safari’s
a. Route 1 – the most preferred zone at DNP. This safari zone includes Sonaripur, Salukhapur. We drive down to Salukhapur for the Elephant Safari in the Rhino enclosure of 27 Sq Kms. The Rhino area is cordoned off with a electrified fencing to prevent the Rhino’s from moving out of the area. Currently there are 30 Nos. Rhino in the grasslands of DNP. Although Tiger sightings at DNP is very less, Route No. 1 is most preferred.
b. Route No. 2 – has a straight velvetted road of about 10 Kms.
c. Route No. 3 – this safari zone includes Sathiyana part of the forest.
d. The jeep safari costs Approx Rs. 2000 (for 5 persons) i.e. Rs. 1200 for the jeep + Rs. 300 for the Forest Guide + Rs. 100 per person as entry charges. The charges indicated are for Indian Nationals. Charges for foreign tourists are much higher. A Forest guide accompanies each jeep.
e. The Elephant Safari charges are Rs. 600 for 4 persons. The elephant safari lasts from about 30 minutes to a maximum of 60 minutes.
G. The timings for the safari vary from season to season. The morning safari lasts for 3 hours while he evening safari is for 2.5 hours. The start / end of the safari is dependent on the sunrise & sunset time.
H. The park is closed from 15th June to 30th October because of the rains during the monsoon season.
I. The lucky tourists can see Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Elephants and a host of other mammals. The Tiger gets sighted less frequently.
J. Once can see White Rumped Vulture, Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Grey Fish Eagle, Shikra, White Eyed Buzzard, Golden Oriole, Black Hooded Oriole, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Racket Tailed Drongo, Indian Roller and a host of avian species. DNP is home to over 400 types of birds.
K. Bengal Florican (an endangered bird like the Indian Bustard) can be seen by the lucky few at DNP.
L. Remember to take along your camera, sun screen lotion, moisturizer, cap and sun glasses for protection from the sun. It is suggested that one should wears clothes with color which blends with the forest (e.g. green, military fatigues, brown etc) to avoid distraction in the forest.
M. Also recommended that the tourist maintains silence in the forest during safari to enhance the probability of sighting animals. The noisy tourist puts not only himself but also other tourists at risk of not sighting animals.
N. The forest is huge but it appears that the density of animals is very less (as compared to forests in Central India / South India)
O. DUDHWA IS DEFINITELY WORTH A VISIT.
#8 Jan 14th, 2016, 13:55
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Thanks Venkat
Some questions-
Regarding 'Other FRH deep inside the forest, with Solar Power facilities only, are available for tourists at Sathiyana, Salukhapur, Sonaripur. The Forest guard at these FRH double up as a cook for the tourists who need to carry the provisions / vegetables.'-
How can bookings for htese be made?
Is there any option of staying in Katernia ghat?
How are bookings for safari made?
Do they have to be prebooked or can one make a booking after reaching Dudhwa?
#9 Jan 16th, 2016, 17:43
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Hello Dr. R Dey,

1) The booking for Dudhwa Tourist complex & Katerniaghat FRH can be made online (upecotourism.in). I have not visited Katerniaghat. But there are 3 options available at Katerniaghat on the online portal.
2) The bookings for the FRH at Sathiyana, Salukhapur, Sonaripur etc has to be done through the Forest Department at Lakhimpur Kheri / Palia Kalan
3) Please PM me and I will give you contact number of a Naturalist at Dudhwa who will help you out with Jeep safari booking. It is done on the spot (there i no online system to the best of my knowledge. No online system as of Mar'15 when I visited Dudhwa). Also you can google for contact number of Sonu Liladhar (or search on Facebook)

Regards
Venkat
#10 May 31st, 2016, 17:07
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You can go Dudhwa by train easily with low cost...
#11 Nov 4th, 2016, 02:00
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I have stayed at the frh at katerniaghat. Can't remember the name but it's one of the early ones, wooden double storeyed bungalow. Its mindblowing at night. Full jungle feel. If anyone gets a chance definitely go for it - it's a sanctuary with villages, but don't be fooled by thinking that its not wild. We followed a tiger in the night by smell ( had gone along with forest rangers in their night patrol). Wild.
#12 Nov 11th, 2017, 13:57
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Hi,
Can someone help me, can't seem to get any solid info. We are booked late next week (4 people)at Sonaripur FRH for 2 nights. Need logistical info:
1. Jeep & guide/naturalist: Any info on good guide/jeep driver etc? Cost for 2 days? Can we keep the jeep inside the jungle for the 2 nights?
2. Food: How to organise food? Someone said FRH guard will cook? Who will buy the provisions-bread/rice/veges etc? Is it allowed to come out of the NP and have lunch/dinner at one of the govt/private lodges/hotels and go back in?
3. Does the FRH have linen/towels/crockery etc?
4. Elephant safari: How/when to book? Is advance booking possible for next day? Is it only for Rhino enclosure or also for other parts of the jungle? What are the timings for it?
#13 Nov 12th, 2017, 18:36
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You can refer to this site for sightings Kabini / Bandipur K Gudi etc

http://jlrexplore.com/
Last edited by venkat273; Nov 12th, 2017 at 23:02..

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