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India - Dudhwa National Park

Explore the newest wildlife park on the tiger circuit

10 days

from £2,760pp

Billy Arjan Singh successfully hand-reared and reintroduced zoo-born tigers and leopards into the wilds of Dudhwa. The Indian rhinoceros was later reintroduced into Dudhwa from Assam and Nepal during the 1980’s. The park is a stronghold for the Barasingha deer with around half of the world’s population resident in this park. This is a success story that, until now, has gone unnoticed and is just one of the many reasons Dudhwa makes for a fabulous wildlife destination.

  •  Historical tour of Lucknow concluding with a tea session in the company of a Nawab
  •  Explore one of the few remaining examples of the highly diverse Terai eco-system.
  • Journey by boat and jeep during six safaris in Dudhwa
  • Cross the border with one foot in Nepal - just because you can

This holiday idea takes in the historical city of Lucknow before continuing north by road to the lower Terai region on the border of Nepal.

Whilst in Lucknow take in the sights with a local expert concluding with a tea session in the company of an exisiting Nawab.

In Dudhwa spend five days exploring one of the few remaining examples of pristine Terai eco-system. On safari search for tiger, wild elephant, one horned rhinoceros and leopards, with over 400 bird species to keep the binoculars busy. Journey by boat, elephant back and jeep during six safaris in Dudhwa, accompanied by informed naturalists from Jaagir Lodge. Step into Nepal on a village ride – just because you can.

Lucknow

Sadly, Lucknow is often overlooked. Surprisingly it boasts some of the most impressive architectural structures in India as well as an incredible gastronomic history.  Old marketplaces, such as Chowk and Aminabad is famed for the Awadhi food – first evolved under the patronage of the nawabs and aristocrats.

The legacy of the imperial splendour has always fascinated people. Spending a day in the company of a well versed guide will enrich the experience in the city of Nawabs – these are the noblemen of high status during the time of the Mogul empire. We can arrange a tour of La Martiniere, once the most prestigious school in India.

Take a heritage walking tour through the lanes and by lanes of Chowk or a culinary evening tour allowing you to hop in and hop out of traditional roadside eateries.

Dudhwa

The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is made up of three distinctive parks - Dudhwa National Park, Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary and Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary. Each park can be reached in a day from the Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge.

Dudhwa straddles the lowlands of Terai. This relatively remote region of north Uttar Pradesh requires a road journey from Lucknow airport. Surprisingly, Dhangarhi in Nepal (35kms away) is closer to Dudhwa than Lucknow! There is a daily flight operated from Dhangarhi to Kathmandu for anybody interested in a multi country wildlife experience. It can be arranged.

Tree of life Jaagir Lodge

Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge is currently the only tourist accommodation in this area. It offers lavish comfort, outstanding dining options and a warm and homely atmosphere.

Whilst at the lodge try your hand at driving a WW11 jeep or Royal Enfield. There are plenty of opportunities to off road on the acres of farmland surrounding the lodge. Game drives and boat rides will be arranged for you privately, and in the company of the esteemed resident naturalists. The current team is led by the award winning photographer, Amit. 

The nature of the park warrants a minimum three night stay, allowing time to visit each park in a relaxed manner.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

what is excluded

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Delhi


Blaring horns and the babble of its many inhabitants often drown out the fact that there is more to Delhi than the chaos on its busy streets. It may be one of the world's largest metropolises, but architectural wonders - new and old - fill the city, hidden beneath Delhi's urban sprawl.

Mughal treasures, including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, are complemented by more recent additions to Delhi's architectural heritage, such as the stunning Lotus and Akshardham Temples.

Meanwhile, contemporary Delhi thrives in Connaught Place, which - with its colonially-designed buildings - is the most westernised part of the centre. Globalisation is in evidence, with brand names splashed across every storefront.

Day 2

There will be an opportunity to use the public area of an airport hotel for breakfast or lunch

Fly Delhi to Lucknow


Evening at leisure


You will be staying at Vivanta by Taj

Day 3

Sightseeing Tour of Lucknow
Drive past Sadat Ali and Begum Tombs and the Chatar Manzil (only available to view from the outside) until you reach the Lucknow Residency. After a tour of this historical palace stop off at the Asifi Imambara, a monument devoid of any support pillars, beams or concrete walls. Visit the Rumi Darwaza (Turkish Gate) and the Asfi Mosque before boarding a tonga for a ride around the Husainabad Complex. Finish with a tour of the Husainabad Picture Gallery.


Tea with a descendant of Royalty
In the evening we have a Special Tea Session with Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullha (by appointment). After seeing the fabulous monuments of the city built by the Nawabs of Lucknow, how awesome it would be to meet a descendant of the Nawabs himself over a an evening tea session. Talk to him about all that he has seen changing over the years in Lucknow, know a bit about his family and experience firsthand the etiquettes, the mannerism and the art of speech that is mastered by Nawab himself.


You will be staying at Vivanta by Taj

Day 4

Drive from Lucknow to Dudhwa (Road Journey)


The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve comprises of the Dudhwa National Park, Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary and Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary. The protected area is home for Tigers, Leopards, Asiatic Black Bears, Sloth Bears, Swamp Deers, Rhinoceros, Elephants, Cheetals, Hog Deers, Barking Deers, Sambars, Wild Pigs and around 400 bird species.

One of the finest forests in India, some of these trees are more than 150 years old and over 70 ft tall. It represents one of the few remaining examples of a highly diverse and productive Terai eco-system, supporting a large number of endangered species.

Billy Arjan Singh successfully hand-reared and reintroduced zoo-born tigers and leopards into the wilds of Dudhwa. In the mid-1980s, Indian Rhinoceros was reintroduced into Dudhwa from Assam and Nepal. The Park is a stronghold of the Barasingha (12 antlers deer) and around half of the world's Barasinghas are present in the Park.

Morning elephant back safaris can be organised at Dudhwa National Park for seeing the One Horned Rhino. Journey by boat on the Girva River, navigating dense swamps. See Gharials and Dolphins in their natural habitat.


Farm and School Visit
An orientation tour of the area by open top jeep takes you to the homes of the villagers. They work in hundreds of acres of sugar cane plantations around the lodge. It is possible to see crocodiles at the forest swamp and a variety of birds. Driving back to the lodge through a maze of sugar cane plantations.


You will be staying at Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge

Day 5

Morning Dudhwa Safari
After a chota haziri ( small breakfast) leave the lodge at 6am for Dudhwa National Park, a drive of 40 minutes. Spend the morning game viewing with a break for a ‘forest breakfast’ during the morning. Return to the Lodge for lunch and a rest.


Afternoon Jeep Safari in Dudhwa
Leave the lodge for the Dudhwa National Park. Drive around to spot wildlife in their natural habitat. Towards sunset, spend time at the "jheel"( water body) which has an absolutely amazing variety of bird and other mamamal life. Return to the lodge in time for evening tea.


You will be staying at Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge

Day 6

Walk with the lodge naturalist this morning through the farmland


Afternoon Jeep Safari in Dudhwa
Leave the lodge for the Dudhwa National Park. Drive around to spot wildlife in their natural habitat. Towards sunset, spend time at the "jheel"( water body) which has an absolutely amazing variety of bird and other mamamal life. Return to the lodge in time for evening tea.


You will be staying at Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge

Day 7

Return to the lodge for lunch today


Afternoon Kishanpur Safari
After an early lunch, leave for the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary. The drive will be for approximately one hour. On arrival, take the jeep into the tall grass land to catch a glimpse of the elusive tiger and a variety of other wild life and birds.


You will be staying at Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge

Day 8

One Step in Nepal
Unbelievable as it may sound, Nepal is just a convenient 40 minute drive from Jaagir Lodge. Visit Gauri Phanta - the Indian side of the border to enter Dhangadhi - a small town in Nepal. Small shops dot the border selling their local brew, Nepalese food, trinkets and arte-facts.


Afternoon take a Dudhwa Drive to Bhake Taal for otters, birds and swamp deer


You will be staying at Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge

Day 9

Morning Visit to Kishanpur and drive to Lucknow
Early morning after chota hazari leave at 6am for the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary. The drive will be approximately one hour. Have your final chance to catch a glimpse of the tiger before breakfast is served in the park at 10am. Then leave the Sanctuary for a drive to Lucknow , a further three hours.

Fly Lucknow to Delhi


You will be staying at Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport

Day 10

Fly Delhi to London

Accommodation

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Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge

Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge

Remote and little-explored, Dudhwa Natioinal Park lacked any suitable accommodation for wildlife enthusiasts until Tree of Life Jaagir Lodge opened....

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