Wildlife Safari At TUTC’s Jaagir Lodge – All You Need To Know!

Set within the dense jungles of the Terai region, the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is the best place for those interested in wildlife safari holidays in India!  Get ready for an exclusive raw and rugged experience with The Ultimate Travelling Camp’s Jaagir Lodge at Dudhwa as you set out on thrilling wildlife safaris across to explore the  forests of Dudhwa, wildlife in India and the local culture of Terai region, all in the comfort of supreme luxury provided to  you at the luxury lodge.

Words By Jovita Elveera Mendonca

There’s a charm that lingers in the wilderness. Explore the dense forests of the Terai region and encounter beautiful wild beasts as you embark on a wildlife safari. The Dudhwa National Park & Tiger Reserve has mystical leaf-carpeted forests.

The Chronicles Of The Jungle, Unfurled

With a gentle whisk of elegance, grace and pride, TUTC delivers an exquisite, tailor-made holiday at the Jaagir Lodge, a heritage structure loaded with ultimate luxury, and surrounded by forest reserves. Your wildlife safari holiday blends innate and authentic experiences with the finest luxury for the ultimate wildlife experience. You can also spot some very rare and endangered species of India at the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.

There is nothing like the thrill of walking through the jungle looking for a tiger and knowing they could be watching you already.

A flash of gold gleams bright; the dark woods part to reveal a prowling tiger amid the jungles of Dudhwa.

Adore the beauty of a woody paradise boasting of sparkling streams and marvel at ancient, deep-rooted trees; a sight that will soothe your heart, forever residing in your mind.


Colourful and chirpy, the long-tailed Rufous Treepie is beautiful; if you’re lucky, you’ll see one in Dudhwa!

Set out on a quest to explore the dense forests of Terai at dawn, when the first rays of the sun lightly graze dewdrops on the leaves, parting old branches with heavenly seams of gold. This misty-morning jungle scene is a feast to the eyes, while the cheerful chirping and flapping of the many winged creatures bring to you joy, beyond bounds.

Wildlife Safari Experiences With TUTC

The Gharial also known as Long-nosed crocodile is the longest living species of crocodilians in the world.

The long-nosed gharial is one of the longest living species of crocodiles in the world and can only be found in three countries across the world.

Get ready for an exclusive, raw and rugged wildlife safari experience as you uncover the secrets of the wild. Head out a thrilling jungle safari into the dense, green forests of the Dudhwa National Park, Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary and Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. These 4 wildlife sanctuaries gives you a wildlife safari experience unlike any other, thanks to its diverse terrains and impeccable wildlife. You get a chance to spot rare big cats, one-horned rhinos, and ride majestic elephants on your wildlife safari at these sanctuaries of Dudhwa. Come, indulge in some birdwatching, walk along stunning nature trails and be lost in the extravagance of Dudhwa.

1. Wildlife Safari At The Dudhwa National Park

Once the day lights up, set out on an elephant ride to investigate the thick prairies, looking for the majestic one-horned rhinoceros, first represented in the recreation centre under the rhinoceros protection programme, in return of elephants from Nepal. You will have abundant sightings of fishing cats, hog deer, alligators, elephants, one-horned rhinos, migratory winged creatures and that’s just the beginning. Be confident of spotting rare, endangered animals in the Dudhwa National Park!

Despite being the most common of all the tiger species, there are only 2,400 Bengal tigers left in the wild as of 2014.

Despite being the most common of all tiger species, there were only 2,400 Bengal tigers left in the wild as of 2014. Photo Credit: Vinay Rupe

This forest reserve lies amid warm, subtropical forests and provides a fascinating blend of wildlife and flora. Watch, as the bewildering number of creatures and enchanting winged creatures move openly around the boggy wilderness between the Himalayas and the colossal plains of India. With two streams close behind, Dudhwa National Park has the most astounding species of imperiled and flying creatures.

2. Wildlife Safari At The Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary

Every living being that lives is important, no matter how small.

At TUTC Dudhwa, you’ll realise that the life of every living creature on Earth matters just as much as your own.

Hoping to find a colourful assortment of inhabitant and transitory feathered creatures? Stop by this untamed wildlife sanctuary in the Dudhwa range and spot them all. Thickly forested with impressive trees, the Kishanpur Sanctuary also boasts of open glades and perpetual streams. The sanctuary is dominated by sal, ficus and crocodile-bark trees, along with an array of colourful flowers and trees, such as the silk cotton tree and the flame of the forest. A swampland fed by the Sharda River is home to the endangered swamp deer, along with the elusive tiger, barking deer, wild boar and hog deer. Watch as freshwater crocodiles laze under the sun and admire swans and ducks gliding and splashing about in the forest’s calm rivers.

3. Wildlife Safari At The Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary

Relish the sight of the long-nosed gharial as you canoe across the River Girwa. With only 200 gharials left in the world, this crocodile species is now listed on the ‘critically endangered’ list – this number is much lower than the tiger population. You can also spot the Gangetic dolphins, categorised as ‘endangered’ and the one-horned rhino, which has been termed ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List.

Such poise. Such grace. The way a Glarial glides gently in water.

Seeing the rare long-nosed gharial, still against flowing waters, is what makes our wildlife safaris unique!

The Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary covers 400 sq.km. of grassland, swamps and wetlands, and provides strategic connectivity between the tiger habitats of Dudhwa and Kishanpur in India and the Bardia National Park in Nepal. With over 500 species of birds and many animal species, this secluded paradise provides absolute solace to endangered beasts. This reserve is also home to fresh water turtles, Indian elephants, albino spotted deer, Burmese rock pythons, white-backed vultures, leopards, Bengal tigers, flying squirrels, blue bulls, peafowl and many other wild creatures.

4. Wildlife Safari At The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve

Although popular for tiger encounters, be on the lookout for all the four deer species, elands, Bengal floricans, Indian hornbill and Terai dim langurs on your wildlife safari in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. It also has an old forest lodge, canals and bridges that was built in the colonial-era.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

The tiger is safe as long as it is at home, in the jungle. It’s safe, only as long as it’s free, in the wild. Photo Credit: Vinay Rupe

The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve has beautiful meadows and rivers, and comprises of sal, teak, banyan and mango trees. You can have a brief encounter with energetic avian species, including transitory and resident feathered creatures, at the reserve’s Sharada Sagar Dam.

Due to hunting for the leopard's spots, called rosettes, these wildcats are listed as 'Vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List, and are conserved in The Dudhwa Wildlife Sanctuary

Excessive hunting for leopards have made it one of the ‘vulnerable’ species on the IUCN Red List; these big cats are protected in The Dudhwa Wildlife Sanctuary!

Dudhwa-Pilibhit is home to over 127 animals, 326 bird species and 2,100 floral plants. What’s more, a study done by Wildlife Institute of India shows that this area is great for tiger conservation, because these big cats have adapted to ecological and behavioural aspects that are unique to the Terai region.

TUTC’s Exquisite Excursions For The Wildlife Enthusiast In You

Choose a full-day excursion to uncover the rich and varied flora and fauna with an invigorating wildlife safari and cruise River Sharda to see Gangetic dolphins, gharials and Asiatic elephants.

Look deep into nature, walk into the thick, dense and mystical forests; uncover secrets of the wild.

Observe nature closely, walk into the mystical forests of Terai, and discover the glory that is, The Wild.

Meet the local clan, the guardians of the timberland and learn about their lifesytle. Get a taste of local culture and indulge in ancient traditions, customs and artistry on TUTC’s exclusive #UnHoliday excursions. Visit an elephant camp for an interactive session with the mahouts, or sample authentic delicacies of the Terai region.

1. Villages Of India: Tanda Village Visit

The Earth is all we have in common.

Earth, is all we have in common; meet the guardians of the forest, who thrive with nature and live simply

Set out on an outing to the enchanting rustic environs of Tanda town, a lively village that consists of a modest bunch of families, situated in the centre of Kishanpur Tiger Reserve. Hear about the exciting stories of man-creature clashes; living without electricity, schools or even medical facilities, yet thriving naturally – collecting their own nourishment, curing their ailments, and adoring the woodland’s divine beings.

2. An Exclusive Jungle Safari In The Maillani Forest

The world is a jungle, you either fight or run forever.

The world is a jungle, you either fight or run forever.

Take the road less travelled and enjoy an impressive game drive into the fabled forest of Maillani. This scenic ride is primarily dominated by miles of sal forest, interspersed with glorious examples of local flora like the flame of the forest and the silk cotton tree. In a sacred grove stands an ancient shrine of a Hindu saint, covered by hundreds of tinkling bells. Immerse yourself in your surroundings with the insightful information shared by your own naturalist as you explore the forests. With an abundance of wildlife, the ride promises plenty of beautiful captures to take home.

3. Tribes Of India: A Day In The Life Of The Tharu Tribe

A drive to a hamlet on the Indo-Nepal border brings to you to the isolated abode of the Tharu Tribe. These tribes have lived intimately with the wilderness and their conventions mirror their relationship with life in the woods. They possess impeccable hunting skills and exceptional craftmanship, along with farming.

The brave ones who prefer dangerous freedom, over peaceful slavery.

Meet the local Tharu tribe, brave people who prefer freedom in the wildness over peaceful slavery.

Witness the warmth of the Tharu people as you savour their food, prepared fresh in a demonstration of traditional cooking by the women of the house. Indulge in their ancient cultures, including a session with the ‘dancing boys’, which is an ancient custom where young men dress up in bright, colourful costumes and dance like women. Make sure you walk through vivid markets to pick up fresh produce being sold alongside indigenous jewellery and other local products.

4. Temples Of India: The Frog Temple of Oel

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Uncover ancient tales, myths and legends as you explore the marvellous Frog Temple of Oel

Apart from wildlife safaris, there’s a lot you can do when you#UnHolidayAtDudhwa. The dreamy Frog Temple of Oel twill pull you into a magical world, usually found only inside the pages of an ancient tale. The architecture, murals and figurines of Hindu mythology at this rustic temple takes you back to the 19th Century. Legend has it that the temple was once built by a king, after he a celestial frog blessed him with great fortune and health. However, the presiding god here is Lord Shiva and not the frog. Intriguing, right?

5. A Birdwatcher’s Delight: Sharada River

During winters, Sharada River witnesses a spectacle of nature, with numerous bar-headed geese, shell drakes, pochards and tufted ducks migrating to the flood plains, making it their annual breeding ground. Traverse through remote villages, which give way to a thrilling, off-road experience, before finally arriving at a breathtaking waterscape.


The Oriental honey buzzard perched high up in the woods, near the Sharda River, are a unique sight.

Interact with local fishermen, who lead nomadic lives, and stop for a brief chat with animal herders, who readily share their space with wild animals like tigers, leopards and wolves. Sip on a refreshing cocktail as you witness one of the most spectacular sunsets here.

The Jaagir Lodge In Dudhwa Hosts Thrilling Activities 

Nature can cleanse the soul.

Explore the abundant wildlife in the Terai forest reserves as you ride high on these friendly giants.

Journey across sprawling farmlands on a cycle or embark on a captivating stroll into Sathiyana Forest or follow the trail along the river stream, lined with sugarcane fields, where rare animals reside in the forests of Terai.

1. Birdwatching In Dudhwa

Home to over 500 species of birds, the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is an ideal spot for birdwatching in India. It transforms into a breeding ground during winters, where you can see birds fleeting-in with happy chirps, all over the place. It can fetch you the most picture-perfect shots of rare and colorful birds species like the drongos, silver-bill munia, baya weaver, cattle egret, cinnamon bittern, kingfishers, falcons, kites, owls and pheasant-tailed jacana. The wetlands, marsh and swamps make a prime habitat for birds like the pied kingfisher, purple swamp-hen and Eurasian thick-knee. A short jungle safari from the Jaagir Lodge will lead you to this birder’s paradise!

A forest bird never wants a cage.

The jungle is where you’ll find beautiful winged creatures, flying free. It is only in the wild that you can hear them chirping loud and bright, adding their own music to nature.

 embark on a bicycle tour through serene fields and tiny villages on the periphery of Dudhwa National Park. There's is a little stream, that is an ideal living space for Waders, Kingfishers and various flying creatures.

Embark on a bicycle tour through serene fields and tiny villages on the periphery of Dudhwa National Park. There’s a little stream, that is an ideal living space for these mystical winged creatures!

A rare Blue Bull in the grasslands of the Jungle.

A rare blue bull called Nilgai captured on a wildlife safari at the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in the vast savannas of its luscious jungles.

Board a small canoe to admire these winged creatures from close quarters. The beautiful memory of the colour-blast and the sweet chirping of these birds shall linger in your mind, for a lifetime. Meet friendly locals and visit the homes of farmers, decorated with age-old motifs and designs of innate workmanship. Ride meandering roads through an authentic rural setting to Tharu Villages and relish the sight of women in colourful clothing and farmers singing as they work in the fields.

3. Uncover The Legacy Of Billy Arjan Singh

Find out about the history of Dudhwa National Park, which isn’t just a shelter for tigers but also a sanctuary of different species that are on the precarious edge of extinction. Learn about the incredible Billy Arjan Singh, who envisioned creating a cradle of nature. He sought to provide ideal conditions to imperiled species so they can flourish and live freely in their characteristic living space.

Billy Arjan Singh was the first to free captive Tigers and Leopards into the woods.

Did you know that Billy Arjan Singh was the first to release captive tigers and leopards into the woods?

Experience the life struggles of Billy Arjan Singh, who lived and battled for these woods. Listen as your specialist educates you on the life and times of this legend, who was an Indian hunter-turned-conservationist, and a prolific writer who authored numerous books. His home is now a museum and the region itself is an expansion of the Dudhwa National Park, serving as a perfect natural habitat for winged creatures and mammals.

Ultimate Luxury In The Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa

Wake up to the sweet fragrance of wild flowers, chirping of exotic birds, and the distant sounds of big cats in the wild. Take a stroll down the forest, sit by the clear stream, get carried away in seamless dreams, and feel the magic that dwells in the pleasant calm of the jungle.


TUTC flaunts its trademark promise of personalised service, curated excursions and world-class luxury all wrapped up in the beauty and comfort of The Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa.

After long and tiring day, sit by the fireplace with a warm cup of tea in your hand, and live the jungle life - King size.

After a long and tiring day, sit by the fireplace with a warm cup of tea and reminisce about the adventures you’ve had; live the jungle life, TUTC style!

 Dine on succulent food made from the finest produce, picked right out of its on-site organic garden, and prepared by highly skilled, award-winning chefs.

Dine on succulent food made from the finest produce, picked right out of TUTC’s on-site organic garden, and prepared by our award-winning chefs.

The Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa, is a 19th century colonial safari-themed building refurbished into a heritage lodge and is set amid one of India’s most prominent forest reserves. With personal butlers at your service, an in-house tour manager, a boutique shop, doctor-on-call service, an extensive in-house library, and a sinuous swimming pool set amid the jungle, TUTC ensures you a safe, comfortable and indulgent #UnHoliday At Dudhwa.

Enjoy an exclusive Safari Holiday experience at the luxury-laden Jaagir Lodge, Dudhwa, where you travel like royalty, only to experience every moment in one of India’s best wildlife safari parks, profoundly. While in the jungles of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, you are not just tourists, but royal spectators humbled by the creatures of the jungle.

To know more about our exciting wildlife safari experiences at the Dudhwa National Park, take a look at this video:

The Chronicles Of The Jungle, Unfurled

Make this unique experience your own with inspired jungle living at TUTC Dudhwa!

Book Your Wildlife Safari Holiday NOW!

We set up luxury tents in Nagaland from November 29 to December 12, to coincide with the dates of the Hornbill festival. We are also even operational in Ladakh from the May 15 to October 10, so book yourself a glamping experience in the Himalayan mountains. Or delve into the hidden secrets of the wild, in the forest reserves of Dudhwa at The Jaagir Lodge from 19 December 2017 to 15 June 2018  call +91 801 090 2222 or write to us at info@tutc.com.

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1 Comment

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    Dr. Fritz Jantschke April 3, 2018 (7:45 am)

    Good places to visit – and interesting to read. But ELANDS are not at home in India, also no Alligators. That the gharials are the longest crocodiles is at least doubtful. Some of the real crocodiles, like the Nile, are most probably longer. And I would not like to ride on that elephant bull. That for me looks very much to be a wild one.
    Regards, Fritz Jantschke