Dudhwa Tiger Reserve opens for tourists with opportunity of lunch with jungle natives
With all glorious aspects of wildlife in their natural sheen, the world-famous Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) would open for tourists Thursday, complete with a new "welcome gate" at its base camp and an opportunity of lunch with jungle natives Tharus.
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve comprising Dudhwa National Park and Kishanpur and Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuaries starts its tourist season on November 15 and concludes on June 15 before monsoon every year.
"This year, those embarking on Dudhwa safari would get refreshed entertainment with some new attractions," DTR Field director Ramesh Kumar Pandey told PTI.
"This year, a new welcome gate at the Dudhwa base camp apart from existing welcome gate near Nakauva nullah would greet visitors," Pandey said.
"Signage and indicators at various locations of the DTR would not only guide tourists during their jungle safari but also reveal the untouched natural beauty of the Dudhwa wildlife," he added.
Pandey said, "Swamp deer, tigers and rhinos in the rhino area would remain major attractions for the tourists, but this season, we have chalked out a plan to promote Tharu village tours to get a glimpse of the Tharu culture and customs."
Tharus are the natives of Dudhwa jungles. They claim to have their origin from Thar in Rajasthan.
"We plan to carry Dudhwa visitors to a Tharu village or 'shilp gram' in a specially designed Dudhwa vehicle for a lunch with them," said Pandey.
"At the nature centre at Dudhwa base camp, Tharu handicrafts would also be designed on tiger-theme to attract visitors to Tharu products," he added.
"Evenings in Dudhwa often seem boring to some tourists, particularly children. In view of this, special movie shows at Dudhwa auditorium would be held, featuring films and documentaries on the Dudhwa wildlife. This is sure to keep tourists in good cheer," he said.
Located on India-Nepal border and inhabited by various species of mammals, reptiles, birds, the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve attracts thousands of tourists, researchers and wildlife enthusiasts from India and abroad every year.
Kishanpur Sanctuary, just a few kilometres from Dudhwa National Park has emerged as a major tourist centre since last year owing to the frequent sightings of tigers.
Similarly, at DNP, the rhino area with 31 rhinos amuses the tourists as they visit it on elephant backs. Nearly 450 species of birds, langoors, herds of deer and rhesus monkeys also entertain them with their chirps and howls and many other serene activities, he said.
Pandey said the tourists will be asked to follow jungle rules and respect the territory of the wild animals. He said the use of plastic items and horns during safari was strictly prohibited.
(With inputs from agencies.)