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Rajaji National Park

Location: Uttarakhand

Main Wildlife Attractions: Asian Elephant,Bengal Tiger,Leopard,Indian Hare,Sloth Bear,Striped Hyena

Coverage Area: 820 sq.kms

Established: 1983

Best Time to Visit:November to June

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It is a haven for the nature lovers who visit here to take snapshots and enjoy its varied wildlife. Named after the famous freedom fighter, Rajagopalachari, this National Park was opened in the year 1983.
It spreads across a wide area of 820 square kilometers, along the Indo-Gangetic plain, lapped in the mighty Shivalik Range. The altitude varies from 302 to 1,000 meters and almost 75% of this region is hilly.


Situated along the foothills of the lower Himalayan ranges, Rajaji National park possesses such biodiversity that the region has been a haven for both wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The National park is a combination of three sanctuaries-Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji. Its boundaries engulf the Pauri Garwal region of Dehradun and Saharanpur districts of Uttarakhand.
The mix of moist western Gangetic and northern dry deciduous forests offer a natural habitat to  an exotic wildlife. Home to the huge population of the Asian elephant, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Antelopes and many more, the Rajaji National Park is a chance  to get the glimpse of the amazing wildlife of India. Besides, the national park is also accountable for its population of reptiles like King Cobra, Common Krait and 315 species of birds. Like the ‘Project Elephant’, the Rajaji National Park provides protection to the Royal Bengal Tiger under its ‘Project Tiger’.

Other carnivores like the Jackal, Jungle cat and Himalayan Yellow-throated Marten bear add to the varied wildlife of the sanctuary.  Besides Fauna, the flora blooming in the national park comprises broad leaved deciduous forests, grasslands and pine vegetation. The topography has a whole new variety of vegetation like Rohini, Amaltas, Shisham, Khair, Baas, Chilla and Sandan.

Best time  to Visit

The National park has a fixed timing policy of visits for the tourists. Under this, Rajaji protected park is open between  the months of November and June every year.

How to Reach

As Rajaji National Park is situated in the state of Dehradun, it is very well connected with the other parts of India. Tourists wishing to plan a trip to the exotic national park can travel via road, rail and airway.

By  Road

Rajaji is accessible from the city of Delhi via road. The journey covers a distance of almost 200 kms.

By Rail

Regular trains from New Delhi to Dehradun are available at all times.

By Air

Same is the case for airways. One can hop into the regular flights from Delhi to Dehradun to reach the Rajaji National Park.