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Rajaji National Park – a beautiful wildlife sanctuary located in North India, in the Himalayas

Area : 820.42 sq km
Languages Spoken : Hindi, Garhwali, English
Altitude : 300-1,345 m above sea level
Best Time to Visit : October to March
Location : Rajaji National Park is located in the Western Himalayan state of Uttaranchal. The park extends from latitudes 29°52′-30°15′ N to longitude 77°55′-78°19′ E.
Nearest Attractions : Haridwar(9km), Rishikesh(6km), Dehradun
Some Major Access points : Kotdwar(25), Dehradun(25km).
Major Wildlife Attractions : Tiger, Elephant, Leopard.

How to reach Rajaji National Park

By Air : The nearest airport is Jollygrant which is 33 km away from Rajaji National Park and is situated in Dehradun. Jollygrant airport, Dehradun is well connected to Delhi (the Indian capital). Taxi services are available from the airport to Rajaji National Park.
By Bus : Private and public buses offer services from Rajaji National Park to Haridwar (8 km), Rishikesh (14 km), Dehradun (30 km) and also to Delhi (220 km).
By Train : Nearest railway station is Haridwar, which is just 8 km away from Rajaji National park. Dehradun is the major rail junction nearby, situated at a distance of 24 km fro Rajaji National Park. Taxis are available.

Rajaji National Park is situated along the hills and foothills of Shivalik ranges in the Himalayan foothills and represents the Shivalik eco-system. On the map it is located between Haridwar (Latitude 290 56’ 40”) and Dehradun (Latitude 300 20’ North) and 790 80’ E Longitude (Dehradun 780 01’ 15” E (Ramgarh), Chillawali- 770 54’ 30” East).

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The Park spans over an area of 820sq. Km which includes Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla wildlife sanctuaries, parts of Dehradun, Siwalik and Lansdowne Forest Divisions. These three sanctuaries were amalgamated in 1983 to Rajaji National Park, named after the Late Raja Gopal Chariya. The majestic Ganges flows through the National Park for a distance of 24km. This area is the North Western Limit of Asian elephants.

Different Gates to approach Rajaji National Park

Ramgarh Gate : From Dehradun 14 km.
Mohand Gate : From Dehradun 25 km.
Ranipur Gate : From Haridwar 9 km.
Motichur Gate : From Haridwar 9 km.
Chila Gate : From Haridwar 9 km.
Kunao Gate : From Rishikesh 6 km.
Laldhang Gate : From Kotdwara 25 km.

Rides in the Rajaji National Park

If you need to enter the park, you need to get permission from the Forest Department. The park can be best viewed on an Elephant safari. Alternatively one can also take Jeep safari to see the park, but the fun of going in on an elephant safari is incredible.

Flora in Rajaji National Park

The park comprises mainly of deciduous forest. There is an extensive vegetation of Sal trees. Heavy rainfalls makes the place favourable for diverse varieties of Sal like the Shivalik Sal, Bhabar Dun Sal, Western Gangetic Moist Mixed Deciduous, Low Alluvial Savannah Woodland, Dry Shivalik Sal and so on. Forest types consists of riverine, broad-leaf mixed forests, chirpine forests, scrubland and grassy pasture lands.

Animals to be found in Rajaji National Park

Rajaji is a much reckoned park of India. There are about 23 species of mammals that inhibit this park. Indian elephants, spotted dear, sambhar deer, barking deer, blue bull, hog dear, wild boar, Jungle cat, Rhesus monkey and Lepidoptera are the mammals found here.

Birds in Rajaji National Park

There are about 315 species of birds that inhibit this park. Rusty cheaked Scimitar, Babbler, Golden-spected Warbler, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Brown Hawk-Owl, Drongo Cuckoo, Great Hornbill are only a few names of birds that are found here. Birding in Rajaji can be around the various forest rest houses, on the 26 Km forest drive at Chilla across grassland and mixed forests, along the Phanduwala – Kansrao – Motichur trail.

Reptiles in Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park boasts of some 49 species of reptiles. Of these 28 are Snakes, Pythons and Cobras (King Cobra also). Then there are some 12 species of Turtles and 9 species of Lizards also.

Places to stay in Rajaji National Park

Within the Rajaji National Park are ten forest resthouses, at Beribara, Chilla, Ranipur, Dholkhand, Kunnao, Motichur, Kansrao, Satyanarain, Phandowala and Kasarodi. The resthouse at Dholkhand is currently not open to visitors. Chilla has, in addition, a tourist complex operated by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. The accommodation provided is fairly basic, and there are no catering facilities.
Staying outside the park, at hotels and tourist complexes in Haridwar, Rishikesh or Dehradun, is a good idea if you’d rather not rough it out. All three cities have a wide range of accommodation options, ranging from budget to mid-range and even luxury.

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