Rajaji National Park is distinct for its pristine scenic beauty and rich bio-diversity. A paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, the wildlife of the park is blessed with elephants, tigers, leopards, deers and ghorals as its best known life forms. Three sancturies in the Uttarakhand, Shivaliks – Rajaji, Motichur and Chila were amalgamated into a large protected area and named Rajaji National Park in the year 1983 after the famous freedom fighter Late Sri C. Rajgopalachari; popularly known as “Rajaji”.
This area is the North Western Limit of Asian elephants. Spread over an area of 820.42 sq km, Rajaji is a magnificient ecosystem nestled in the Shivalik ranges and the beginning of the vast Indo–Gangetic plains, thus representing vegetation of several distinct zones and forest types like sal forests, reverine forests, board–leaved mixed forests, scrubland and grassy. It posseses as many as 23 species of mammals and 315 bird species.The abundance of nature’s bounties heaped in and around this park, are bound to attract a large number of wildlife conservationalists, nature lovers and eco-friends to visit this most breathtaking wilderness area.
To enjoy the wild life and nature in its pristine and undulated form, the jungle safari in Rajaji National park is a perfect option. The enchanting experiences of nature walks, Jungle safari by walk or by vehicle at Rajaji National Park is really awesome.
Adventurous tourists can venture out for Jeep Safaris and Elephant Safaris in the 34 km long tracks of Rajaji National Park. One can make a breath taking safari through hilly terrains, lusting greenish valleys and plains, undulating forest tracks, vegetated river beds, thick and dense forest lands and unexplored sprawling grasslands.
During the safari one can spot many wild animals including Asian Elephants, Tiger and King Cobra, Panther, Bear, Chital, Sambar, Wild Boar, Kakar, Python, Monitor Lizard, Wild Cats. You can also spot many birds and many species of different plants, shrubs and trees.
The Jungle Safari is a visitor’s delight and one can never forget the real majestic experience getting from the safari.
District: Haridwar, Dehradun, Pauri Garhwal
Famous for/as: Wildlife
Languages: Hindi, English
Best Season: Nov – Jun
Weather: Summer 32 to 45°C
Winter: 20 to 25°C
Altitude: 300-1350 m
STD code: 01334
Chilla Barrage / Pashulok Barrage
The Pashulok Barrage is located on the Ganga River just south of Rishikesh in Dehradun. Chilla Dam bridge is also called Pashulok Barrage. Road goes along side the Ganga Canal which makes this small journey into a pristine world ride. Locals already know this alternate route but outsiders or devotees who are rushing for Rishikesh from Hardiwar can take this route for easy and relaxed travelling. Chilla is a wilderness area and part of Rajaji National Park. It is known as an electricity creator area in the Pauri Garhwal district and is also well known as a wild tourist place, standing in the middle of Rishikesh and Haridwar, nearby Ganga Bhogpur.
Jhilmil Jheel conservation Reserve is rich in fauna and flora diversity including five species of deer (Chital, Sambar, Barking deer, Hog deer and Swamp deer), Elephant, Nilgai, Common leopard and occasionally tiger are also seen in the area. There are migratory birds. Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve (JJCR), about 20 mintures drive from Haridwar, is renowned for swamp deer and the great diversity of birds. In the last few months, researchers have noticed about 120 bird species. At sunset, as the birds return to roost, there is a chorus of bird calls. There are threatened species too roosting here - the bristled grassbird, for instance, and species of vultures.
It is still unexplored birding area of Himalaya and new destination for birders those wish to explore the new birding area.
Nearest airport is Jollygrant which is 21 km away from Rajaji National Park and is situated in Dehradun. Jollygrant airport, Dehradun is well connected to Delhi airport. Taxi services are available from airport to Rajaji National Park and it costs about Rs 600. Delhi is the nearest international airport which is 223 km away. Delhi is well connected to all major cities in India and many cities abroad.
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Nearest railway station is Haridwar, which is just 43 km away from Rajaji National park. Dehradun is the major rail junction nearby, situated at a distance of 21 km from Rajaji National Park. This station is connected to all cities in India. Taxi services are available from Dehradun to Rajaji National Park, costing about Rs 500.
Rajaji National park is well connected to many cities in the region by buses. Private and public buses offer services from Rajaji National Park to Haridwar (43 km), Rishikesh (14 km), Dehradun (21 km) and also to Delhi (223 km).
Rajaji National park takes pride in offering its guests a peaceful and tranquil heaven. GMVN offers a Tourist Rest House with AC, Delux, Executive rooms and dormotary facilities alongwith 6 Gujjar Huts, there are also 10 Forest Rest Houses in park, where visitors can stay to enjoy the beauty and splendour of the park. Tourist Rest House is adequately furnished for a comfortable stay. They offer perfect retreat for visitors and nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. In addition there are many hotels and tourist complexes around Rajaji National Park at Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun and Mussoorie which makes it very convenient to visit the Park.