Suhelwa wildlife sanctuary on the Indo-Nepal border was acquired by the government in 1988. Five ranges of the sanctuary are located in Balrampur district, including Tulsipur, Barahwa, Bankatwa, eastern and western Suhelwa, while two zones are in Rampur and Bhabhar of Shravasti district.
A major part of the Suhelwa reserved forest area spread across 452 square kilometers falls under Balrampur district. The water lands in the forest are the big habitat for the exotic birds.
The forest in the district spreads for about 80 kilometers in length and about 6.9 kilometers in breadth comprising western Suhelwa, eastern Bankatwa, Barhawa and Janakpur range. On the other side of the border the forest of Bankey and Berdia district is located. Diverse kinds of wild animals like tiger, leopard, wolf, deer and others inhabit in Suhelwa forest.
The forest is also known for its rare and medicinal plants. The water lands in the forest are the big habitat for the exotic birds. In view of the good number of tigers in the forest area, the initiatives for the protection of the tigers have started and for this a proposal of making this forest area a tiger reserve zone was made and sent to the government of India in the year 2007 and 2009.
How to Reach
Amausi Airport- Lucknow 269 km
Balrampur is the nearest railhead on NER Gorakhpur-Gonda loop line (meter gauge), while Gonda is situated on main NER Railway line and connected to Lucknow & major cities of India
It can be accessed from Balrampur & from Bahraich via Bhinga (district headquarter of Sravasti District) to nearest market Sirsia. From this point Sanctuary is about 7 km (no transport is available from Sirsia). Own/Pre-hired taxi should be preferred
Sravasti, capital of the ancient Kosala kingdom is sacred to Buddhists because it is here that Lord Buddha performed the greatest of his miracles to confound the Tirthika heretics. These miracles include that of the Buddha creating multiple images of himself, hence forth has been among the favorite themes of Buddhist art.