Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

Duration : 2 Night / 3 Days
Location: Located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. 220 Km Distance from Delhi
Best Time: 15th of November and 30th of May
Main Attractions: Tiger, Elephants, Rafting, Photography, Wildlife

Rajaji National Park is a wildlife sanctuary positioned by the side of the hills and foothills of Shiwalik ranges in the Himalayas of Uttaranchal, India. It merges three sanctuaries, namely Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji and constitutes its wide niche. Spread across an area of 820sq.km, Rajaji National Park covers Pauri Garwal, Dehradun and Saharanpur districts of Uttarakhand.

Rajaji National Park is named after the great C. Rajagopalachari who was popularly known as Rajaji. He served as a prominent leader of the Freedom Struggle. This great freedom fighter was also the second and last Governor-General of independent India.

Tourist Season at Rajaji National Park starts from 15th November and ends by the 15th of June. Spending your vacations here would be great as the facilities available here are tailor made for every kind of traveler. Several hotels and lodges are there for your stay. You can eat out at the Chilla Tourist Lodge that offers best of Dining facilities. Other facilities near the park include Banks at Dehradun and Medical facilities available at Haridwar and Dehradun.

Rajaji National Park is popular for its big-name wild animal species like Asian Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Indian Hare, Sloth Bear, Goral, Indian langur, Civets, Indian Porcupine, Monitor lizard, Python, Himalayan yellow throated marten, Himalayan Black Bear, Nilgai, King Cobra, Jackal Barking Deer, Sambhar, Wild boar, Common Krait, Indian Cobra and Rhesus macaque.

This National Park is also known for housing beautiful avian species that counts over three hundred in number. This wide diversity in the species is due to the open grassland location of the Rajaji Park. Some of the birds worth watching here include White-naped Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Black-bellied Tern, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Greater Scaup, Great Pied Hornbill, Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, fire tailed sunbird, Northern Goshawk, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Scaly Thrush, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Rusty-flanked Tree-creeper, Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Black-necked Stork, Tytler's Leaf Warbler, Reed Bunting, and Green Avadavat. Migratory birds from far west add to the number of the already found species.

The flora or the vegetation of the Rajaji Park stands spectacular and donate towards the eco-sysytem of the park. Several of the great plant species are found here. Some species to name are Terminalia, Shorea, Mallotus, Phoebe, Drypetes, Dalbergia, Acacia, Adina, Bridelia, Syzygium, and many more!

Thickly covered by the Sal Forest, the main forest types of Rajaji National Park include Western Gangetic Moist, Northern dry Deciduous and Khair-Sissoo forests. Savannah Woodlands cover the drier southern borders of the park. It is also very interesting to know that the reason behind the fertile landscapes of the reserve is the flow of River Ganga through the park. The river flow stretches around 24 km and contributes towards the greenery of the park. Nature lovers will find the captivating landscape and wildlife of the Rajaji Park to be tempting and irresistible.