TREKKING INTO THE WILD
A DUDHWA TIGER IS KNOWN FOR INCREDIBLE POWER,SLYNESS AND AGILITY. THE INNOCENT PREY WILL NOT COME TO NOW WHAT TRAGEDY LIES IN STORE FOR HIM, TILL THE CAMOUFLAGED PREDATOR LEAPS UP FROM AMONG THE TALL GRASS AND SINKS HIS TEETH INTO THE NAPE OF HIS PREY KILLING HIM INSTANTLY WITHOUT AS MUCH AS A RUSTLE !
TREKKING INTO THE WILD ………. DUDHWA, A FACINATING NATIONAL PARK AND TIGER RESERVE.
IN THE UP TERAI
Dudhwa National Park lies on the Indo – Nepal border and in the foothills of the Himalaya and the plains of the terai. This beautiful world famous National Park is spread over an area of about 811 Sq. Kms. comprising marshes, grasslands and dense forests . The beauty of this forest is heightened further by the huge Sal trees , tall termite mounts , patches of riverine forests and large open and vast grasslands. Together with Kishanpur and Katerniaghat Wildlife Sancturies, this National Park is known as the best National Forests and grasslands. Established in 1958 as WildlifeSanctuary, it attained its status as National Park in 1977 and subsequently as Tiger Reserve in 1988.Dudhwa forest is so dense that it muffles every sound for creepers can be seen wrapping branches, branches holding each other and tendrils curling into each other, thus blocking the sun rays from penetration. Main fauna of the Dudhwa Forest Region consists of Tiger, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, Swamp Deer, Cheetal, Sambar, Hog Deer, Kakar, Wild pig, Blue bull, Rhesus monkey, Langur, Sloth deer, Porcupine,Otter, Monitor Lizard, Turtles, Python, Mugger, Barking deer, Hispid deer and Gharial etc.This National Park can boast of a healthy tiger population.Apart from fauna, its avifauna is also very rich. Out of nearly 1300 species of birds found in the Indian sub-continent, over 450 species can be sighted in this forest alone. These include Hornbill, Red Jungle Fowl, Pea Fowl, Bengal Florican, Fishing Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Osprey,Woodpeckers, Shama, Indian Pitta, Paradise Fly Catcher, Orioles, Emrald Dove and Swamp Partridge etc.Those having a passion to view the breathtaking landscape , beauty of the forest, its wild beasts and avifauna , usually prefer to opt for the narrow – gauge train journey. As the train chugs along the forest region , one can look through the windows and devour on the captivating sights that come to view, leave behind and disappear into a blur. If the stillness of your journey is broken by the sudden piercing sounds , do not get panicked for these sounds do not come from any bomb explosion or rail crack . These sounds come from the crackers that are lighted by the Railway Officials to alert and frighten the animals around. After alighting from the train at Dudhwa Railway Station, continue further trekking this time by a jeep taking the help of a forest guide. The trekkers will be given necessary guidelines from the forest office about the do’s and don’ts . There is a total ban on smoking, drinking and feeding the animals, including littering of refuse in the jungle and during the trekking. The only sound you may hear while going by jeep is the crushing sound of the dry leaves under its wheels. Animals are used to human drive – byes. As for a tiger, his senses are very sharp with the ability to detect the human approach.
It will be truly an unforgettable experience to have , when you trek along the route adorned by the huge broad- leafed Sal trees , some of which are over 150 years old. Also, the towering trees like Jamun, Asna, and Gular etc. can be sighted in this forest. It is a common sight in the forest if the trekkers can notice the scratch marks left on the bark of the trees. These scratch marks are made by an aggressive male tiger on the bark of the trees in order to outline his territory, not permitting other animals to trespass ! Chances are that our big cat may be possibly hiding among the tall grass or sitting on a tree trunk concealed by the thick foliage to watch whether other animals of the forest are ignoring his warning signs and intruding into his territory.. So, leaving the visible nail marks on the bark of the trees is a habit among the big cats in order to ward off their rivals..
Trekking along the forest route will also enable you find Sambar standing in the bushes and gazing nonchalantly at the wild lifers , and suddenly turning their heads and dashing away. Dudhwa has also a healthy Rhino population, as in the case of Tiger. The Rhinos have been fenced in by the National Park Authorities in order to ensure that they do not go astray. Sathiana forest range is such a place where not many tourists dare go, because wild elephants are always seen grazing there. This range attracts the elephants with its abundant grasslands.It is therefore advisable to stay away from trekking along this particular forest area , as the chances of the trekkers coming in direct contact with a herd of elephants, shuffling their feet, flapping the ears and curling up their trunks, can not be dismissed. Also peacocks can be spotted here, impressing the peahens with the beautiful dance. One can also observe deer in abundance.The Kishanpur Sanctuary is separated by a river and a buffer zone from Dudhwa. A track forks out clearly at the approach of a temple en-route, where also tiger can be sighted. The best time to visit this spectacular National Park is from Mid. Nov. to June and from Feb. to April.
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