Dudhwa National Park

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Dudhwa National Park is a big, special place in northern Uttar Pradesh, India. It is like a huge nature playground, covering an area of about 490.3 square kilometers, with 190 square kilometers space in a buffer zone.

The park is famous for its amazing animals. You can find over 100 types of animals there. The Bengal tiger is the biggest star, a symbol of India’s wildlife. You can often spot these tigers during safaris. Dudhwa also protects the Indian rhinoceros, which is in danger. These big animals can be seen grazing in the grasslands and enjoying the water in the park.Swamp deer, also known as barasingha, are another highlight of the park. Other animals like leopards, sloth bears, and lots of birds live here too. It is a paradise for birdwatchers.

Dudhwa’s landscapes are fantastic, from grassy fields to dense forests. The grasslands are like colorful carpets, and the forests have many types of trees. Rivers and streams add to the park’s beauty.

People from all over the world visit Dudhwa for exciting Boat Ride and Jeep Safaris. There are places to stay for all kinds of travellers.

Interesting Fact – Dudhwa

The Hindi word “dudh” means “milk,” and it is likely that the name “Dudhwa” was given to the park because of the abundance of milk production in the area.

Prime Predators

In Dudhwa National Park, the prime predators are the majestic Bengal Tigers and the elusive Indian Leopards.

Famous For?

Dudhwa is a major habitat for tigers in India, with a healthy population and ongoing conservation efforts.

Major Wildlife

Majestic Bengal tiger, single horned rhino, Barasingha, Leopards, elephants, crocodiles , 370 species of birds

Flora & Fauna in the Dudhwa

Nestled in Uttar Pradesh, Dudhwa National Park is a fantastic place for nature lovers. It is in a unique location and home to lots of different plants and animals.

Flora : Dudhwa’s landscape boasts Sal forests with tall Sal trees that offer shade to a range of wildlife. Grasslands with Saccharum munja and Imperata cylindrica are grazing grounds for the Indian rhino and barasingha, the stately swamp deer. Wetlands, like marshes and swamps, feature water lilies and lotus. Along rivers, trees like Acacia catechu, Terminalia arjuna, and Syzygiumcumini thrive.

Fauna: Dudhwa is renowned for its majestic Bengal tigers, a symbol of India’s rich wildlife heritage. The park is also home to the Indian rhinoceros, known for its single horned, and the barasingha. The elusive Indian leopard, sloth bears, and over 400 bird species, including the Bengal florican and black-necked stork, add to the park’s charm.

Dudhwa is a haven for reptiles and amphibians, hosting over 20 species of turtles, 15 species of lizards, and 20 species of snakes. Notably, the park safeguards the endangered gharial, a long-snouted crocodile, and the Indian rock python, one of the largest snakes globally.


  • Bengal Tiger
  • Indian Rhinoceros
  • Swamp Deer (Barasingha)
  • Sloth Bear
  • Leopard
  • Elephant
  • Sambar Deer
  • Hog Deer
  • Common Langur
  • Nilgai


  • Bengal Florican
  • Black-necked Stork
  • Greater Spotted Eagle
  • Paradise Flycatcher
  • Emerald Dove
  • Indian Roller
  • Oriental Pied Hornbill
  • Indian Pitta
  • Orange-headed Thrush
  • Red Junglefowl


  • Gharial
  • Indian Rock Python
  • Monitor Lizard
  • Indian Cobra
  • Krait
  • Common Water Monitor
  • Indian Star Tortoise
  • Indian Softshell Turtle
  • Narrow-headed Monitor
  • Indian Turtle

Safari in Dudhwa National Park

Going on a safari in Dudhwa National Park is like going on an exciting adventure you will remember forever. You will see lots of different plants and animals.

In Dudhwa, the main way to go on a safari is by riding in an open jeep, just like in other famous parks. These Jeeps let you explore the park’s big grassy fields and dense forests. Plus, you will have a guide who knows a lot about the animals and the park. If you prefer a different kind of adventure, you can also take a Boat Ride. You will glide on the park’s calm rivers and get a close look at the birds and water loving animals.

During your safari, keep a lookout for the famous animals of Dudhwa, like Indian rhinoceros also known as single horned rhinos, majestic Bengal tigers, Asian elephants, Swamp deer (Barasingha) and many other types of deer. And if you love birds, you are in for a treat because Dudhwa is home to over 450 bird species.

To have the best time, plan your safari from October to March when the weather is nice, and the animals are more active.

If you are feeling extra adventurous, you can even go on shorter elephant rides. They add even more fun to your Dudhwa adventure, making it a special experience you will remember. So, get ready for a fantastic journey in the heart of Dudhwa’s amazing wildlife!

Dudhwa Safari Tours

Dudhwa Budget Tour

Dudhwa Budget Safari

We offer an affordable and budget-friendly safari packages, so you can explore its wonders of Dudhwa National Park without breaking the bank. Choose from our 4 or 6 safari tour options to make the most of your visit.

Dudhwa Weekend Tour

Dudhwa Weekend Safari

If you are looking to have an amazing weekend, our Dudhwa Weekend Safari is perfect for you. It includes 2 safaris, ensuring your Saturday and Sunday are packed with memorable wildlife experiences.

Dudhwa Night Safari

Dudhwa Night Safari

For a unique adventure, don't miss the Dudhwa Night Safari, where you will get to discover the park's nocturnal creatures under the starry night sky. Please note that night safaris take place in specific buffer zones only.

Dudhwa Fixed Departure Tour

Embark on a riveting wilderness odyssey with our Dudhwa Fixed Departure tour. Immerse in untamed beauty, witness majestic wildlife, and savor moments that etch unforgettable tales. Join us for an adventure beyond imagination.

Safari Zones or Gates

Dudhwa National Park has several distinctive safari zones, each with its own unique features and wildlife experiences. The core zone in DudhwaNational Park comprises Dudhwa, Kishanpur, Sonaripur whereas the Buffer Zone of the park includes Katarniaghat.

Dudhwa Safari Zone (Central)

The Dudhwa Safari Zone is the most popular one, known for its open grasslands, dense Sal forests, and wetlands that provide a diverse habitat for its wildlife. Here, you can spot the elusive Bengal tiger, majestic elephants, and the one-horned rhinoceros.

Kishanpur Safari Zone (Central)

The Kishanpur Safari Zone extends into the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh and is famous for its dense Sal forests and excellent birding opportunities. You can observe a wide variety of raptors, including the Bengal florican, black-necked stork, and greater spotted eagle. You might also encounter elephants, tigers, and rhinoceros. 

Sonaripur Safari Zone (Northern)

Located in the northern part of Dudhwa National Park, the Sonaripur Safari Zone is particularly famous for its one-horned rhinoceros. The grasslands and Sal forests of Sonaripur are well-suited for the rhino population, providing ample grazing and hiding spaces. Along with rhinos, you can also spot elephants, tigers, and a variety of other mammals and birds.

Katarniaghat Safari Zone (Eastern)

Bordering the Sharda River, the Katarniaghat Safari Zone is famous for its riverine ecosystem and opportunities to spot crocodiles, dolphins, and gharials. The lush riparian forests and wetlands provide a haven for these aquatic creatures. You can also spot tigers, elephants, and a variety of mammals and birds.

How to book Safari in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

To book an end-to-end safari package in Dudhwa National Park including airport transfer, accommodation, meals, and internal transfer, you may contact Big Cats India, or schedule a free discussion with our experts to understand the best safari zone to book, based on your area of interest.

It is advised to plan your safari well in advance to get the best zones for sightings.

If you are not sure which gate(s) to choose from, you can contact Big Cats India or message us for any assistance in booking your safari in Dudhwa.

You can also book Dudhwa Safari online from the up tourism website where you can also see the exact entry fee, jeep safari fee, elephant safari cost, and guide fee. However, this website only books your safari permits, not the accommodation, food, and internal transfer to the reserve gates

Open Jeep Safari

Explore Dudhwa with Jeep Safaris

For an exhilarating and up-close experience in Dudhwa, Jeep Safaris are the perfect choice. Join a small group of 4-6 wildlife enthusiasts and hop into an open jeep. An expert guide will drive, ensuring you get as close as possible to Dudhwa’s incredible wildlife. The open jeep lets you feel the natural breeze and capture stunning photos, offering a personalized adventure where you might spot new and exciting animals around every corner.

Canter Safari

Dudhwa’s Water World with Boat Rides

Experience a change of scenery and a unique wildlife encounter with Boat Rides in Dudhwa. Glide along Dudhwa Lake and Ghagra River, observing water-loving animals and vibrant birdlife. Keep a keen eye out for crocodiles basking in the sun and other aquatic wonders that make Dudhwa’s waters their playground. It’s a peaceful and immersive way to connect with nature during your Dudhwa adventure, offering a fresh perspective on the park’s incredible biodiversity.

Morning Safari Timings
Summer Pre-Winter Winters
6:00 AM to 9:00 AM 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Evening Safari Timings
Summer Pre-Winter Winters
4:30 PM to before sunset 3:00 PM to before sunset 3:00 PM to before sunset

Weather in Dudhwa

Dudhwa National Park experiences distinct seasons, offering a diverse range of experiences.

Summers (March to June) are hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from 15°C  to35°C.

The monsoon season (July to September) brings heavy rainfall, around 400 mm, transforming the park into a lush green paradise. Humidity levels rise to about 80% during this period.

Winters (December to February) offer a pleasant respite, with mild to cool weather and average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. Humidity levels drop, making it comfortable for exploration.

The park receives an annual rainfall of around 170 mm, making Dudhwa an attractive destination for year-round visits, each season offering a unique charm.

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min(°C) 4 6 8 12 16 20 22 20 18 16 14 10
Max(°C) 15 18 22 24 26 28 32 32 30 28 26 22
Month Min(°C) Max(°C)
Jan 4 15
Feb 6 18
Mar 8 22
Apr 12 24
May 16 26
Jun 20 28
Jul 22 32
Aug 20 32
Sep 18 30
Oct 16 28
Nov 14 26
Dec 10 22

Visiting Park in Winter

Dudhwa in Winters

In winter, Dudhwa National Park is a captivating destination. The weather is pleasant, making it ideal for exploring. This is the time to spot magnificent animals like the Bengal tiger, rhinoceros, and a variety of birds. The park’s beauty in winter is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

Visiting Park in Summer

Dudhwa in Summers

Summer in Dudhwa can be warm, but it offers unique opportunities to witness wildlife near water sources. The lush green grasslands become a refreshing oasis for animals like elephants, tigers, and the swamp deer (barasingha). Birdwatching is fantastic during this season, with migratory birds adding to the park’s avian diversity.

Visiting Park In Monsoon

Dudhwa in Monsoon

The monsoon transforms Dudhwa into a lush paradise. While safaris in core zones are closed due to heavy rains, the buffer zones remain open. This is a special time for nature lovers, offering a glimpse of the park’s revival. Witness the park’s lush greenery and the thriving wildlife during the monsoon.

Best time to spot tigers at Dudhwa National Park

Dudhwa National Park is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise, and spotting tigers is a thrilling experience for many. While tigers can be elusive, choosing the right time to visit Dudhwa can significantly increase your chances of a tiger encounter.

Winter Wonders

The winter months are the best time to spot tigers in Dudhwa National Park. During this period, the weather is pleasant, and the park’s dry deciduous forests and grasslands provide an excellent backdrop for wildlife sightings. Tigers, including the majestic Bengal tiger, are often seen near water sources as they quench their thirst and cool off. The dry vegetation reduces their cover, making them more visible during safaris.

Optimal Safari Timing

Early morning and late afternoon safaris are prime times for tiger spotting. Tigers are generally more active during these hours, increasing your chances of a memorable encounter. While tiger sightings are never guaranteed in the wild, visiting Dudhwa during the winter months offers the best prospects for a thrilling tiger experience.

So, if you are planning a tiger safari at Dudhwa National Park, consider the winter season for a higher likelihood of spotting these magnificent big cats in their natural habitat.

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 How to Reach the Park

Reach by Air

By Air

The nearest airports are Pantnagar Airport (188 km) is domestic airport and Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport also known asAgartala Airport (265 km). You can easily access these airports for air travel to Dudhwa.

By Road

Dudhwa National Park is well-connected by road, with National Highway 30 passing through it. Whether by bus or car, you can reach Dudhwa from cities like Lakhimpur Kheri, Gorakhpur, and Lucknow.

By Rail

By Rail

The major railway station closest to Dudhwa is Paliakalan, situated around 80 km away. From Paliakalan, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the park. Other railhead options include Lucknow and Bareilly. Choose the mode of transportation that suits your journey preferences and embark on a memorable trip to Dudhwa National Park.

Dudhwa National Park's distance from important cities

From By Air+Road (Hrs) By Road By Rail+Road (Hrs)
New Delhi 1.5 Air + 4.00 Road 13.5 Hrs   14.5 Rail + 1.00  Road
Nagpur (Nearest Airport) NA 1.00 Hrs


Mumbai 1.00 Air + 3.5 Road 13.00 Hrs 15.00 Rail + 1 Road
Bangaluru 2 Air + 2 Road 15.00 Hrs 19.00 Rail + 1.5 Road
Kolkata 2.00 Air + 3.00 Road 16.00 Hrs 9.5 Rail + 1.00 Road
Jabalpur NA 3.00 Hrs 9.5 Rail + 2.00 Road
Agra 4.5 Air + 1.5 Road 11.00 Hrs 11.5 Rail + 1.00 Road
Ahmedabad 2.00 Air + 1.5 Road 2.5 Hrs 19.00 Rail + 1.00 Road
Pune 1.00 Air + 1.00 Road 11.00 Hrs 16.5 Rail + 2.5 Road


Distance from other Parks & Reserves
From Time to arrive
Kanha TR 5 Hour
Bandhavgarh TR 5.45 Hours
Tadoba TR 5 Hours
Umred Karhandla 1.50 Hrs Road
Corbett TR 4 Hrs Air + 4.30 Hrs Road
Tippeshwar WLS 4 Hrs Road

Things you should carry with you

Essential things to carry for your Dudhwa Tiger Safari

Your DSLR or Camera to capture your memorable safari moment.

Binoculars to view the wildlife from a safe distance.

Plenty of water to keep you dehydrated on a sunny day.

Hat & Shades to protect from direct sunlight.

Bandanna or Cotton Scarf to cover your face and avoid dust.

Winter wear or jacket if you are doing safari during winters. It really gets cold very quickly after sunsets in Jungle.

Rain Cover to save you and your gears from water during rain.

Dudhwa can get really colder very quickly in the evening so consider carrying woolens in the afternoon safari in Dudhwa during winters season

Items to carry in Jungle Safari

Some History about Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Dudhwa National Park has this amazing tale that dates back to ancient times. Picture it, a massive wetland in Uttar Pradesh, where tigers and elephants freely roamed. Way back in the 16th century, even the mighty Mughal emperor Akbar couldn’t resist setting up a hunting lodge here.

Fast forward to 1879, the British era, and Dudhwa transforms into the Dudhwa Game Sanctuary, a protected haven. Starting small, it gradually expanded, turning into a hotspot for hunting and sightseeing by the early 20th century.

Spotted Deer, Pench

But then, the mid-20th century hit hard with rising poaching, threatening tigers and other species. Enter the hero of our story, Billy Arjan Singh, who showed up in the 1960s. He waged a relentless battle against poaching, making Dudhwa a national park in 1975. Singh’s teams and programs became the beacon of hope, kickstarting a journey to revive the park’s wildlife.

Why visit Dudhwa National Park 

Visit Dudhwa National Park for an unforgettable adventure into the heart of India’s wildlife. Witness the iconic single-horned rhino grazing in the grasslands, the elusive Bengal tiger prowling through dense forests, and the majestic swamp deer, also known as barasingha, adding grace to the landscape.

Capture pictureperfect moments of diverse bird species, with over 400 winged wonders gracing the skies, making it a birdwatcher’s delight. The landscapes, ranging from lush grasslands to dense forests, provide a breathtaking backdrop for your wildlife encounters.

Whether you are a nature enthusiast, wildlife lover, or adventure seeker, Dudhwa National Park promises an immersive experience, celebrating the beauty of biodiversity and the magic of the wild. Every step in Dudhwa unfolds a new chapter in nature’s grand tale, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking the thrill of the wild.

Dudhwa General Info Card

  • Total Area: 811 Sq. Km
  • Location: Utter Pradesh, India
  • Notified as National Park: 1975
  • Nearest Airport: Pantnagar (188 KM)
  • Nearest Airport: Nagpur (2 Hours)
  • Nearest Railway Junction: Paliakalan (80 KM)

Dudhwa Wildlife Info Card

  • Carnivorous: Bengal tigers, Indian leopards,Jungle cats, Dholes
  • Herbivorous: Indian elephants, One-horned rhinoceroses,Swamp deer (Barasingha) ,Sambar deer, Hog deer
  • Omnivorous: Sloth bears, Rhesus macaques, Mongooses
  • Birds: Over 450 bird species

Dudhwa Tour Info Card

  • Ideal Tour Length: 3N4D or 6 Safaris
  • Can extend with: Kanha, Tadoba, Bandhavgarh
  • Tour Starting points: Nagpur, Delhi, Mumbai
  • Is tour Customizable?: Yes
  • Safari Options: Open Jeep, Boat rides

An Ideal travel plan for Dudhwa National Park

An Ideal Travel Plan for Dudhwa National Park would look something like the image below. However, For our international guests, Landing in Delhi/Mumbai would be a better option then a connecting flight from Delhi/Mumbai would be a good option. We also have another tour starting from Delhi covering other historical places along with the national parks.

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