Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park

Close to Dehradun, it has impressive flora & fauna

RAJAJI NATIONAL PARK is spread over an area of 820 sq km and comes under three districts of Uttarakhand:  Haridwar, Dehradun Pauri-Garhwal.

In 1983,  the Park came into existence when three wildlife sanctuaries,  Chilla,  Motichur and Rajaji in the Shivalik mountain ranges in the outer Himalayas were merged into one big reserve.  It is named after C.  Rajagopalachari Rajaji),  the famous freedom fighter who became the first Governor-  General of India.

Sub-tropical, riverine and sal forests and grasslands abound at this park.  It is home to the Asian elephant,  cheetal,  hog deer,  barking deer, sambhar,  wild boar,  leopard,  jackal,  hyena,  sloth bear,  langur,  pythons,  cobra,  monitor lizard and,  of course,  the Royal Bengal Tiger The Park also houses over 400 avian species.

Some major attractions nearby are the pilgrimage centres of Haridwar and Rishikesh.

GETTING THERE:  The nearest airport is at Jolly Grant,  near Dehradun(approx 33 km)  and the nearest railway station is Haridwar(approx 8 km).  It is connected to Delhi and Lucknow via rail and road.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Mid-November to mid-June.