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Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand: A Beautiful Land to Visit

Rajajinational park near Haridwar in Uttarakhand is rich in its flora and fauna diversity. The river Ganga flowing through the tropical and sub-tropical forest adds to the beauty of the place. The national park is home to elephants, tigers and number of other birds and animals. While the chirping of birds is music to ears, listening to the roar of tiger is an event in itself as it is a majestic and rare occasion.

In case you were unaware about the natural and rare beauty that the Rajaji National Park beholds, this article will give you the required details about this place.

Why is Rajaji National Park so different and special?

The Rajaji National Park near Haridwar is surrounded by the greenry of the Shivalik Hills.It was formed in the year 2015 on 20th April. The parks is named after Sri C Rajagopalachari. He was the first governor general of independentIndia and a well know freedom fighter. Popularly he was known as Rajaji. It was known as Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary till 1983. The park was formed by merging with Motichur (estd. 1964) &Chilla (estd. 1977) wildlife sanctuaries. After which it came to be known as Rajaji National Park.

As I mentioned above that variety of plants and animals can be found in the park, it includes some endangered species also. It is home to more than 50 species of mammals. Few examples are- Himalayan Black Bear, sloth bear, civet, jackal, hyena, lepord, Asian elephant and tiger. This is the reason that the visit to this place is so special and different. The safaris are very popular here.River rafting in the holy river Ganges is also very adventurous and fun.

1. Safari in Rajaji National Park

You can go for either jeep safari or elephant safari. Both the options are available in the park. You can choose either one according to your comfort and preference. Both of them are equally popular.

Timings for jeep safari are from 6am - 9am and 3pm – 6pm. The elephant safari are for short duration of 45 minutes to 1 hour. The elephant safari were discontinued in the year 2007 after the death of elephant – ‘Arundhati’. Now since 2016 the elephant safaris have been resumed with – Radha, Raja and Rangeeli.

2. Rajaji National Park a perfect sight for bird watching

Yellow-billed Blue Magpie,Great Hornbill, Black-bellied Tern, Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Northern Goshawk, Black-necked Stork,Green Avadavat, Reed Bunting, White-naped Woodpecker,Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Thrush, Snowy-browed Flycatcher and Rusty-flanked Treecreeper are few bird species spotted near the jungle lodges in the Rajaji National Park. They can also be spotted at Chilla during forest drive and on Phanduwala-Kansrao-Motichur trail running parallel to SuswaRiver.

3. Eco-tourism at Rajaji National Park

Eco tourism is the motive of the Rajaji National Park. The visitors are expected to contribute towards the awareness about conserving the flora and fauna of the park. There is great emphasis on the usage of dustbins for cleanliness, recycling of waste, smart usage of energy, water conservation, enhancing local economy and respect for the local traditions. Don’t throw any sort of waste in water while rafting or during any other activity. It is important to keep our rivers clean for the long life of our planet.

4. Rafting in Rajaji National Park

Many of you must have wanted to go rafting at least once in your life. Rafting and Canoeing are the two most adventurous activities. You can raft for straight 3- hours, upto 12km on request in the river Ganga. This facility is provided at INR 800 per person by the jungle lodges inside the national park.

Options for stay around Rajaji National Park

You can easily find number of living in options near the National Park, which are run by government as well as private groups. The forest rest house at the entry gates can be accessed through the forest department. Whereas the Wild Brook Retreat provides the eco-friendly cottages for your stay keeping in mind your comfort.

The Wild Brook Retreat: Eco-lodge at Rajaji National Park

This is located near Gohari range of Rajaji National Park. It is close to Vindhyavasini Temple. The retreat also provides facilities for rafting, safari, trekking, and camping. For twin sharing the rooms are charged INR 3,500 per person per night and for a single room, it is INR 4,000 per person per night.

Other hotels, resorts and eco-lodges near Rajaji National Park

3-star Options

V Resorts Rajaji | Tariff: INR 5,200 per night

Forrest Resort | Tariff: INR 3,000 per night

2-star Options

Eco Wild Camps Rajaji | Tariff: INR 6,500 per night

GMVN Chilla – Tourist Rest House | Tariff: INR 2,200 per night

1-star Option

Junglee Resort | Tariff: INR 5,500 per night

Hotels near Rajaji National Park

Both Haridwar and Rishikesh are within 25 km radius of theRajaji National Park. Therefore you can look for options at either of the two locations also. As the park is not very far from the two locations, it will not cause you any inconvenience.