Close to the cities, yet offering a wild serenity that is exhilarating. That's the charm of the Rajaji National national park, most famous for its elephant population. Located at the Himalayan foothills, near Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun, with Ganga and Song rivers, flowing through it, the park is known for its scenic beauty and rich bio-diversity. A paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, the park is home to elephants, tigers, leopards, deers and ghorals, and a wide variety of birds. In 1983, three sanctuaries in Uttarakhand - Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla - were amalgamated into a large protected area and named Rajaji National Park, in honour of freedom fighter and and first governor general of India Late C Rajagopalachari; 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 magnificent ecosystem nestled in the Shivalik ranges at the start of the vast Indo–Gangetic plains, thus representing vegetation of several distinct zones and forest types.
For more information, contact
Director, Rajaji National Park, Ph: 0135-621669/ Range Office Chilla. Ph: 01382-26675
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The best time to visit Rajaji National park is from November to June. The park is closed during monsoon.
What To Do
To enjoy seeing animals in their natural habitat, experience the jungle safari at Rajaji National park. Tourists can venture out for jeep safaris in the designated tracks within the national park. Each jeep entering the park has to be accompanied by a guide and it's most convenient to hire the jeeps from the Chilla gate of the park.
The park hosts a number of birds like pied hornbills, chestnut-headed bee-eaters and yellow and pied wagtails. There are also kingfishers, rollers, flycatchers and storks. In winter, several species of migratory birds arrive here. All you would need is a pair of binoculars.
How to reach
Jollygrant Airport, Dehradun is nearest and 21 kms away from Rajaji National Park. You can hire a taxi from the Airport to the park.