Mostly untouched and undermined, Pilibhit promises to be Uttar Pradesh’s next big tourism destination. One of the last remaining forested districts in the state, Pilibhit sits in a naturally gifted region of the sub-Himalayan belt, sharing its border with Nepal
Industrial progress in the district remains slow as of now (small-scale manufacturing units and sugar cane cultivation forms a majority), but Pilibhit is a culturally vibrant region. The local communities are adept in various forms of mud craft. Dance and music of this region are influenced by the tales of Lord Krishna and the Braj culture.The rule of the Mughals ensured that Pilibhit received its own share of architectural wealth. The district has several old structures and Jama Masjid tops the list in terms of architectural beauty. But it is the vast forest cover of this region which holds the future for Pilibhit. Ever since the famous Corbett National Park moved to Uttarakhand, the state of Uttar Pradesh had been trying to recover this loss. In 2008, the densely forested Pilibhit finally got its own reserve for the striped cats. This breathtaking reserve is a spectacular eco-system of the Terai region, with about 36 tigers and some of the rarest and endangered species to spot. Travelers must avoid the rainy season and plan their holiday in Pilibhit between Sept and mid-June.The Tiger Reserve here must be on the list of every traveler. It is a vast eco-system that is nurturing numerous species of plants, birds and animals. Sharing its border with Nepal on one side, and Khakra and Sharada rivers on the other, the reserve’s thriving tiger population may soon give competition to the famous Corbett National Park. Nothing is as exciting as taking an elephant safari here and getting close to some of the rarest and endangered wildlife in the country.The forested area of Chuka Beach is present between Sharda Sagar Dam and Sharda Canal. Counted among the five prominent forest reserves in Pilibhit, it is a nice getaway for a picnic.Jama Masjid of Pilibhit is a grand display of Mughal architecture. It was constructed in 1769 by Hafiz Rahmat Khan to resemble its famous namesake in Delhi.Pilibhit is well-connected with buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis from nearby Bareilly, Agra, Kanpur, Rishikesh, Lucknow, Rupaidhiya and Haridwar.Avoid littering at ecologically sensitive spots like Chuka Beach and Pilibhit Tiger Reserve.Do not travel in the forested areas after dark
Pilibhit is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Pantnagar at a distance of 53kms.
Airports: Pantnagar Airport
There is no regular trains to Pilibhit from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Bareilly which is located at a distance of 46kms.