Pilibhit Tiger Reserve


Pilibhit is one of the few well forested districts in Uttar Pradesh. According to an estimate of year 2004, Pilibhit district has over 800 sq km forests, constituting roughly 23 per centof the district’s total area.

Forests in Pilibhit have at least 36 tigers and a good predator base for their survival. Pilibhit forests are part of terai forests, which together with grasslands constitute habitat for over 127 animals, 556 bird species and 2,100 flowering plants. They are also home to around 6 million people who depend on them for their livelihoods.

With Corbett Tiger Reserve going to Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh always wanted to develop Pilibhit forests area as home for the striped cats. A proposal was created in 2005 to make a home for the endangered cats in Pilibhit forests was sent to the government of India in April 2008, on the basis of the potential to have special type of ecosystem with vast open spaces and sufficient feed for the elegant predators.

General Information

Area: 1000 km² core area, 627 km² buffer area

District: Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri, Bahraich

Established: sept 2008 as a Tiger Reserve Area.

Altitude: 168 – 175 meters level from sea shore

Local Language: Hindi and English

Best time to visit: Sept to Mid June (Avoid Rainy Season)

The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve came into exitence in the month of sept of 2008, when Government of India approved the area for its inhabitants in the pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh.This is one of the finest examples of the exceedingly diverse and productive Terai eco-systems. The reserve has a core area of 1089 kms (proposed) and buffer area of 627 Kms(proposed). The northern edge of the reserve lies along the Indo-Nepal border while the southern boundary is marked by the river Sharada and Khakra. It is home to a large number of rare and endangered species, which include tiger, leopard, swamp deer, hispid hare, Bengal floricans,etc.

Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Area

Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Area

Indian government has decided to reserve four new areas for Tiger including Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in September 2008. Pilibhit Tiger Reserve lies on the IndiaNepal border in the foothills of the Himalaya and the plains of the ‘terai’ in Uttar Pradesh. This new reserve would run through Pilibhit, Kishenpur sanctuary and Khutar range of Shahjahanpur, the existing one wouldhave Dudhwa, Katarniaghat and Kakraha range of Bahraich division. Pilibhit, Khutar and Kakraha are reserved forest areas which will be converted into protected areas for the reserves.

Actually, Dudhwa tigers are distributed in one major and three smaller populations. Major population is constituted by Dudhwa reserve which includes Dudhwa National Park, Kishenpur and Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuaries and forests of Pilibhit, north and south Kheri. The smaller tiger populations are present in Bijnor forests in west, and Suhelwa and Sohagibarwa wildlife sanctuaries in east.

According to a study by Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dudhwa-Pilibhit population has high conservation value since it represents the only tiger population having the ecological and behavioural adaptations of the tiger unique to the Tarai region.

How to reach

Cubs at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Area
Cubs at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Area

The nearest major town with railhead and bus service is Pilibhit which has train connections to most major cities in northern India, including Delhi and Lucknow. Pilibhit Tiger Reserve has its own station too, but connections to it arescarce, moreover Government of Uttar pradesh is planning to stop rail traffic in the tiger reserve area as it cause to death of wild animals. Puranpur and Bisalpur are other towns near to Tiger Reserve, which also has a few trains coming in from other parts of Uttar Pradesh.

The nearest airports are at Lucknow, 250 kms from Pilibhit and Delhi, 264 Kms from Pilibhit .

Pilibhit city is well connected with Bareilly in west and Nainital in north (Via Khatima). There are good road connections to Pilibhit Tiger Reserve via Shahjahanpur.Private coaches and buses operated by the UP State Road Transport Corporation connect Pilibhit to Bareilly, Delhi, LakhimpurKheri, Shahjahanpur and other towns.

Where to stay

Foot mark of a tiger found in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Area
Foot mark of a tiger found in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Area

The tiger reserve area has its own tourist log huts, lodges and forest rest house sat Bankatti, Mala, Chuka and other various places. All are pretty minimalist (except the one at Chuka, which has a small canteen attached to it), and charge a nominal tariff of a couple of hundred bucks a night.

Apart from this the cities like Pilibhit, Bareilly has hotel where tourist can have AC or Non AC roon at nominal rates. These hotels also provide vehicles to the tiger reserve areas on daily basis. Few of them are running tour pakages to the Tiger Reserve Area.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is between Septmber and Mid june. The reserve Area remains open to the public from Septmber to June, but by June it’s usually a little too hot for comfort and in rainy season can ruin the trip, so this season is better to avoid. Remember to take your woollens along if you’re going between December and February-it can get pretty chilly here, in the foothills of the Terai.

Snap Gallery

All Snaps are Provided by Samaj Kalyan Evam Vikas Adhyayan Kendra (SKEVAK)

Tigers playing togather in the reserve area

Tiger with its cab in Pilibhit forest

A rare Cheetal in Pilibhit forest

Tiger resting in the protected area

A peacock in the tiger protacted area

Tiger drinking water in Pilibhit

Tiger on walk in the Pilibhit forest

A Deer in the Pilibhit forest area

Tiger at Pilibhit Tiger
Reserve area

A week tiger in the reserve area

Close up a tiger in the protected area

A monkey in the reserve area

A wild Attact by a tiger in the Pilibhit Tiger
reserve area

A family of monkeies in Pilibhit forest

A tiger Having his food in Pilibhit forest

Back pose of a tiger

A tiger near Sarada canal near Pilibhit

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