Written by Rajlaxmi, a grade 6 student.
Many people might think UP might not have much to offer in matters of wildlife. But, boy! They’re wrong. Here are the sanctuaries and wildlife parks to visit in Uttar Pradesh!
Kishanpur Tiger Reserve
This is a forest located some 40 kms from Dudhwa National Park. Often, tourists visiting Dudhwa also visit Kishanpur. Famous for its lush green foliage, it contains woodlands, swamps, grasslands, and water holes. Approximately 200 sq. Km, is part of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, covering an area of 227 kms of terai forest and meadows, and was founded in 1972. All five types of deer are seen here! As well as leopards and tigers. Currently, a home for 51 tigers and tigresses with cubs, the chances of spotting tigers are very high!
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve
This is located in the Terai belt in northern Uttar Pradesh and is a protected area in Uttar Pradesh. It comprises the three protected areas, that is – Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, and Dudhwa National Park
In 1987, the Dudhwa National Park and the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary were brought under the ‘Project Tiger’ as Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. It is part of India’s 47 Tiger Reserves.
Pilibhit Tiger Reserve
This is a beautiful jungle located near the border of Nepal and Uttarakhand. With 65 tigers, as of 2018, all of the forests is a core area. Around 800kms, it is located in the district of Pilibhit. This tiger reserve is near the Sharda rive and a part of the Gangetic plains. The most popular tourist spots include Chuka Beach, Bifurcation Point, Jhand Tal, and Laal Pul.
Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary
It’s a protected area in the Gangetic plains. Located in Uttar Pradesh, it covers 2,073 km across Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Bijnor, Meerut, and Amroha districts. Famous for being the capital of the Pandavas and Kauravas, many archaeological findings have taken place here. Though it contains no wild animals, one can get lost in the greenery! There is also a temple located in the heart of the forest. A famous monastery dating back to the Pandavas time is located just outside the forest.
Kataraniyaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Motipur Wildlife Sanctuary amongst others
These are forests spread across the district of Bahraich and Lakhimpur-Kheri. Bordered by the Indo-Nepal border and Kataraniyaghat river, and are places to visit with one’s family! People can go boating on the river or visit the forests. Dolphins, alligators are some animals you will find on the ride! Leopards are common to this land. Along with tigers. A lush green forest, bound to enrapture you!