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.
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!
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 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!
About The Author:
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.