Located at a distance of about 20 kilometres from Haridwar is the Rajaji National Park is spread in an area of 820.42 km sq. The park is open from November to January and February to June. The entry fee to the park is 150 per person and 600 rupees per person for foreigners. There is also a separate fee for the jeep safari which varies from 3,000 rupees to 8000 rupees. A guide is mandatory which takes a fee of 300 rupees and for camera and filming also there is extra fee.
The first safari timings are:
6 am to 10 am in the morning
2 pm to 6 pm in the evening.
The jeep cover an area of about 32 kilometres where getting down from the jeep is prohibited except in the points where it is allowed to.
Rajaji National Park is a Tiger Resesrva and hence it is most famous for Tigers so if you spot one believe it you are lucky. The park is also famous for the Jungle Safari in jeep and on Elephant which makes it more popular among the tourists visiting the park. The wildlife is the major attraction of the park which drives not only Indian tourists but also foreign tourists who love to visit the park.
Rajaji National Park was established in the year 1983. The park is also known as Rajaji Tiger Reserve and it was formed by the collaboration of three main sanctuaries of Uttarakhand including Motichoor, Chilla and Rajaji Sanctuaries. The park is a home to about 500 elephants, 400 species of birds, 250 panthers and also a few tigers. The park has many other animals which are found is the Himalayan region specially in the Garhwal Himalayas like wild boar, barking deer, wild boar, antelopes, leopard, Nilgai and a lot more animals and the birds include scaly thrush, white-naped woodpecker, fish eagle, great hornbill, green avadavat and a lot more.
There are 2 ranges where jungle safari takes place in the park one is the Chilla Range and the other is Motichur range. There is a 34 kilometres natural safari trail and drive passing through undulating forest track, hilly terrain, lush green valleys, river beds,dense forests, sprawling grasslands and many more greenery and vegetation. One will get lost in the glories of the jungle while the safari where the peace and tranquillity will take over all the tensions and you will want the safari to continue for a longer duration and no matter how many times you go you will never get enough of it.
At the time of jungle safari a few things are to be taken care of like one should strictly follow the instruction given by the guide. Plastic and polythene is to be avoided in the park. Teasing or touching any animal is not allowed. The best time to visit the park is the months of March and April as it is the best time to spot most of the animals. The park gives immense adventure opportunities and is a delight for wildlife lovers where when lucky, one can spot a tiger or many rare animals that are found in the park.
Wildlife Safari: Rajaji National Park is the second tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand after Jim Corbett which offers the Jungle Safari to tourists visiting the park and provides them ample opportunities to spot these amazing species that are found in the park. Wildlife Safari is the major and the most famous activity carried out in Rajaji National Park.
Wildlife Photography: Where there is wildlife the place is a delight for a wildlife photographer. If not a rare animal, chances are that you will spot one or two species of the park along with the birds for sure and this is a good opportunity for a wildlife photographer to view the wildlife from this close.
Bird Watching: There are a large species of birds in the Rajaji National Park which makes bird watching another important activity that can be carried out in Rajaj National Park as the park houses more than 300 species of birds. It is the best to carry your own binoculars and enjoy the show where the beautiful birds fascinate you as a guest to their little homes.
There are no restaurants or places to eat in Rajaji National Park but outside the park one can find a large number of good restaurants a few kilometres away in Haridwar and Rishikesh which are the nearest towns from the National Park.
There are various Forest rest Houses in Rajaji National Park but to stay in the Guest Houses one needs to get permission from the Director of the park. Some of the Guest Houses are
V Resorts Rajaji
GMVN Chilla-Tourist Guest House
Jeevan Utsav Resort
Wild Brook Retreat
There are a few other resorts in the National park. Apart from Forest Guest Houses one can stay in the various resorts and hotels in Haridwar and Rishikesh which are the nearest towns from Rajaji National Park.
Rajaji National Park is named after a famous freedom fighter and first Governer General of India Late Sri C. Rajgopalchari who was also known by the name Rajaji. In the year 1983, Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary which was a part of the state Uttaranchal was merged with Motichur and Chila Wildlife Sanctuaries and together they came to be known as Rajaji National Park.