Chuka forest is the home to revered striped canines, the Tigers of Uttar Pradesh. Extending by the sides of Sharda Canal and Sharda Reservoir falling under the Mahof forest range along the India-Nepal border in the foothills of the Himalayas and the plains of the ‘Terai’ of Uttar Pradesh. An evergreen forest area that is protected by the Government of India, Chuka and is one of five forest reserves in the district: Mala, Haripur, Barahi, Mahof and Deoriya primarily constituting of Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri and Bahraich district. The governing administration has developed this place with a main core zone area of 602.79 Sq. Km and a buffer zone area of 127.45 Sq. Km with the elevation range of 168-175 meters above sea level.
Chuka springs up as the place for wildlife connoisseurs and adventure seekers alike. It also offers Chuka beach as picnic spot to boost tourism in the area. Chuka primarily is a part of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve core zone and offers habitat to endangered species like Bengal Tigers, Indian Leopards, Barking Deers, Hog Deers, Swamp Deers, Hospital Hare, Bengal Florians, several species of birds and is also recognised by Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and Bombay Natural History Society.
Chuka has been continuously worked up on by Uttar Pradesh to be established as a special type of highly diversified productive and conducive Terai-Duar Savanna and Grasslands ecosystem with vast open spaces including sufficient feed for its elegant endangered ferocious predators the Bengal Tigers.
Chuka forest reserve with its ‘Terai’ forests and Grasslands is not only a perfect and natural habitat for over 127 animals, 556 bird species and 2100 flowering plants but is also the home to 6 million people who depend on them for their livelihoods and day-today life cycle. Despite of all these natural-human contradictory confrontations it has a high conversation value of its flora and fauna as it offers perfect ecological and behavioural adaptations to its omnipresent inhabitants.
Chuka is one reserve forests area out of one national park, 11 wild life sanctuaries and 24 bird sanctuaries that has been recognised by Uttar Pradesh to offer and provide protection to the endangered biodiversity within the state.
Chuka also means ‘To Have Missed’ in the local dialects is home to exquisitely beautiful wild scapes, forest-vistas, captivating river fronts and breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls along with its wide range of beautiful birds and animals. We all have been missing something if we haven’t visited Chuka atleast once, to explore its offerings, hospitality in the region, calm serene and natural biodiversity and the thrill that one gets when they witness the presence of a majestic Bengal Tiger.
It is known in the wild circa that he could be anywhere, in the open Grasslands, behind the tall grass offering perfect camouflage or even shyly standing beside a flowering tree. Chuka is the home to this ferocious predator and this once set his eye, doesn’t miss its prey.
Why miss this action? It’s about time to visit Chuka.