||In Shivalik hills of Dehradun, Haridwar & Pauri Garhwal districts of Uttaranchal
|| 820.42 sq km
||Winter, Summer and Rainy
||300-1,345 m above sea level
||1,200 mm to 1,500 mm
||Hindi, Garhwali, English
|Best Time to Visit
||October to March
|STD Code 0135
||Approximately 75% hilly and 25% plains
||302 to 1000 mts. above MSL
Rajaji National Park is one of the magnificent Shivalik eco-system famous in the world for its Himalayan foothills, pristine scenic beauty and rich bio-diversity. The park is regarded as a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, wildlife conservationists, nature lovers and eco-friends who get an opportunity to explore the Shivalik ranges, indo-Gangetic plains and distinct zones of Rajaji Park comprised of Sal forests, Riverine forests, scrubland and grassy land – the most breathtaking wilderness area.
History of Rajaji National Park
The Park has been named after the first and last Governor-General of independent India C. Rajagopalachari who was popularly known as Rajaji in the Indian history of Indian national movement who was also one of the first recipients of India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1954. However, the Park came into existence only in 1983 by an amalgamation of three sanctuaries - Rajaji Sanctuary, Motichur Sanctuary and Chilla sanctuary covering the entire area of 820.42 sq. km. in three Districts of Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal of Uttaranchal State.
Flora and Fauna of Rajaji National Park
The Rajaji National Park attracted the national and international tourists from all parts of the world for its rich flora and fauna of varied types of ecological niches existing in the reserve. However, the major fauna of the Rajaji National Park represents in the form of 315 species of birds, 12 species of turtles and tortoise, 9 species of lizards, 28 species of snakes, 49 species of mammals and fish fauna that make this park one of the prime attractions of the India.
Wildlife Jeep Safaris and Elephant Ride in Rajaji National Park
This park has enthralled the tourists for its wildlife Jeep Safaris and Elephant Rides through undulating forest track, hilly terrain, lush green valleys, riverbeds, dense forests covering the total area of 34 Kms. Visitors also get an opportunity to see large number of peafowls feeding on seeds, fruits, and dancing peacock!
How to Reach Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National park is well connected by road, rail and air from where Chila is 8 Km from Haridwar Railway Station and 14 km from Rishikesh through Canal Road, 38 km from Jolly Grant Airport and has a daily 50 minutes flight from Delhi. The regular bus services and overnight trains are available from Delhi and Lucknow for Dehradun and Haridwar.