Unseason At Dudhwa

We are early to Dudhwa, deep in the Terai.

Jaagir Lodge, of The Ultimate Traveling Camp, is slowly coming out of hibernation, as is the Dudhwa National Park. Both open on the 15th of November, but the Lodge has graciously readied Room 207 for us.

The Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa

The Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa

Room 207

Room 207

If every long journey had such a luxurious end awaiting, I would be constantly on the move! Soft lantern lights lead the eye up the garden path to a white sprawling homestead. Upstairs, a welcoming valet, a beautifully choreographed suite and a come hither four poster bed. The days unfold uninterrupted by itinerary. Morning walks through a litchi orchard and the sugar rush of cane fields ripe for harvest. Pause to watch a newly tilled field where the early egret gets the worm!

Pathway through the Litchi orchard

Pathway through the Litchi orchard

The early Egret gets the worm!

The early Egret gets the worm!

Another track takes us down to a lake which could infuse a watercolour

Another track takes us down to a lake which could infuse a watercolour

Picnic spot a half hours drive away, where guests are taken for evening tea, on the banks of the River Sharda

Picnic spot a half hours drive away, where guests are taken for evening tea, on the banks of the River Sharda

Unhurried breakfast at the Machaan, lunch on the verandah, dinner à deux on our terrace! The master chefs have not yet arrived and the staff cook prepares our meals. Flavourful, wholesome vegetables, dals, curries and the pièce de résistance- puri bhajji at its sinful best! There’s time to visit neighbouring farms and from these pioneering families, hear tales of the taming of the Terai. From Tiger hunting to its conservation and the efforts of the remarkable Billy Arjan Singh.

The Bar through the lounge

The bar through the lounge

Stilt Hut with the Machaan in the background

Stilt Hut with the Machaan in the background

The air quickens as the Lodge awakens and stretches. The lounge and bar is ready and in the signature Stilt Huts, the process is on. Deadlines loom.

We’ve had our sneak preview and shall return.

We will Save the Tiger for another day!

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About The Author:

Aradhuna

Aradhuna

Despite an alarmingly absent sense of direction, Aradhuna is a happy traveller with a quirky sense of the absurd! She delights in exotic destinations, creative cooking, curling up for midnight reads and quality comforts, which she describes in her impressionistic style.

 

 

26 Comments

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    Rama Sharma November 24, 2018 (8:10 am)

    An incredible read. And amazing pictures.

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    Namita Mehta November 24, 2018 (10:33 am)

    A riveting piece..Aradhuna nails the feel of the place….love her one of akind descriptions..seems like a worthy add on to my travel wish list..a treat of a retreat!!

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    Ranjana Tewari November 24, 2018 (11:21 am)

    Sounds like a super spot to visit….your words and picture have increased the attraction.

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    Jo Gupta November 24, 2018 (11:53 am)

    A very interesting writeup. Makes me want to pack up and go to visit .

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    Neeta Chait November 24, 2018 (12:31 pm)

    Interesting read.So you …wouldn’t expect anything else or less from your travel diaries.Keep travelling,Keep writing so that we can keep reading!!

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    Shipra November 24, 2018 (2:13 pm)

    Simply awesome very inviting and interesting

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    SL November 25, 2018 (2:55 am)

    What a delightful read! I did not even know that Dudhwa was such a wonderful travel destination… thank you for sharing!

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    Vanita November 25, 2018 (3:11 am)

    Beautifully captured… Every travel of yours makes us experience the unusual.

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    Rajendra Singh November 25, 2018 (2:08 pm)

    Eye opener for me to read about this awesome tourist destination.
    Far from the madding crowd.

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    Prema Ram November 26, 2018 (8:07 am)

    Wow..Dudhwa here we come.

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    MeeraB November 26, 2018 (11:29 am)

    I can totally relate to this quirky author! She has described it so romantically that is definitely going into my bucket list!
    Thanks Aradhuna!👍

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    Kanwaljit T November 26, 2018 (11:40 am)

    Ah …. finally from Aradhuna ‘the copyrite boss’, comes another master piece of blog, which I felt was like ‘walk the blog’ taking me to the Jaagir Lodge environment , as if ‘In-season’ !! look forward to your next blog to plane our getaway !! Thanks Aradhuna !!

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    Inny November 26, 2018 (4:04 pm)

    What a magical place! Reading your review just makes me want to pack my bags and escape there.

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    Azad December 1, 2018 (9:02 am)

    Thanks for yesterday’s conversation, I had forgotten to open the link. I just happened to see it !! Wonderful writing, I felt as if I was there with you ….,,,

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    Chucks December 2, 2018 (7:03 am)

    Evocative rendition of a lovely place to visit!

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    Raman Bhatia December 2, 2018 (3:12 pm)

    Wow! This made me feel I’m right there lying on that four poster bed. I loved the impressionist painting of the canoe. Sounds like a great place for the ultimate camp out! 🙂

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      Aradhuna December 3, 2018 (11:25 am)

      Thanks and the canoe is a picture I captured on my morning walk in Dudhwa-It does look like a watercolour! Life imitates art!

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    Roma December 3, 2018 (8:24 am)

    What a beautiful write up. I did not have to use my imagination to imagine or visualise… it felt I was right there when I was reading it…fabulous! A definite must see and must do!!!

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    Dr. Zarina malkani December 4, 2018 (1:25 pm)

    Aradhuna

    You have the ability to convey your travel experience,that keeps The Reader reading. beautiful write-up. Dudhwa is next on my travel list. Thanks for sharing😃

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    Taa December 5, 2018 (10:32 am)

    Awesome! Next holiday Dudhwa!!

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    Kaanan December 5, 2018 (12:07 pm)

    Beautifully written! Can’t wait to visit soon.
    Xx

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    Subhash December 14, 2018 (3:34 pm)

    Aradhuna
    Your apt description is like a virtual tour of Dudhwa. For a moment I felt that I was there and could feel the serenity and the romance in the air.Like to visit the place someday for sure.Suggest resort to full time writing and btw who cares about directions😀👍

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    Neerja Bajaj December 20, 2018 (5:31 am)

    Absolutely delightful! Our next destination! You keep adding to our bucket list…..no end to our wanderlust!!

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    Jyoti Gosal December 22, 2018 (9:48 am)

    Evocative & absolutely delightful to read & visualise,a destination,so described .Here I come Dudhwa…..The essence of the place so beautifully captured.

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    Ratna March 11, 2019 (6:16 pm)

    Wow! The pictures you draw with your words are more vivid than the actual photographs!! 👏👏

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    Neena Oberoi April 30, 2019 (10:35 am)

    Awesome write up. Want to pack my bags and head for Dudwa

 
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