Chandra Prabha National Park

Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary

Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Chandauli District

Area:78 sq km

Uniqueness:Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary was once home to Asiatic Lions, but their numbers dwindled and today it is difficult to find a trace of these lions. Chandraprabha is endowed with beautiful picnic spots, dense forests and sublime streams. Nevertheless, the most interesting and a must watch feature in Chandraprabha are Rajdari and Devdari waterfalls

Flora:In terms of flora, it is a typical dry deciduous forest composed of gneiss and laminated stone.

Fauna:A variety of wild animals are found at Chandraprabha. These include blackbucks, chital, sambhar, nilgai, wild boar, porcupine and Indian gazelle. The reptilian species include gharial and python.

Accessibility:Varnasi is the most convenient point to travel to Chandra Prabha Sanctuary. The sanctuary is about 55 kilometres from Varanasi. You can hire a taxi from Varanasi and reach the sanctuary. Varanasi is well connected by road and rail transport with other parts of the country. Varanasi has an airport as well.

Accommodation:There are no facilities for accommodation at Chandraprabha. Most tourists drive down for the day. However, meals and snacks are available in the eating joints nearby.

Season:October and February

Contact:Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Preservation Organization, 17 Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Location: Lakhimpur Khiri District

Area:883.7390 sq. km

Uniqueness:The area of the Park is a vast alluvial plain, the doab of the Mohana and Suheli rivers, and interspersed with numerous rivulets, lakes and pools. The rich and extremely fertile Indo-Gangetic plains support a luxuriant growth of forests diversity of fauna.

Flora:Sal, Sal,Asna,Shisham,Bahera, Khair, Jamun

Fauna:Tiger, Swamp deer, Leopard, Ratel, Hispid hare, Bengal florican, Black necked stork.

Accessibility:By Air: The nearest airport is Lucknow, connected to many places in India including Delhi and Mumbai by regular flights. By Rail: The nearest railway stations are Dudhwa 4 km, Palia 10 km, and Mailani 37 km. Dudhwa, on North-Eastern Railway meter gauge section is connected via Mailani to Lucknow & Nainital. By Road: DUPSRTC and private bus services link Palia to Lakhimpur Kheri, Shahjahanpur, Bareilly, and Delhi etc. Buses ply frequently between Palia and Dudhwa.

Accommodation:The Forest Department provides for accommodation inside the Park at its various centres. Forest Rest Houses, Swiss Cottage Tents, and Tharu Huts are available at Dudhwa, Sathiana, Bankatti, Sonaripur, and Kila.

Season:November to May (The park remains closed from July to October)

Contact:Field Director, Dudhwa Tiger Reserves, District Lakimpur Kheri, Pin-262701(U.P)

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