Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park is nestled on the hills and foothills of the Shiwalik Ranges in the district of Haridwar and is tucked between the spiritual city of Haridwar and the yoga city of Rishikesh. The picturesque beauty and rich biodiversity are the main causes for its popularity amongst nature and wildlife enthusiasts. Positioned within the transition zone between the temperate western Himalayas and central Himalayas, its location augments species diversity, thereby elevating the potential for exceptional wildlife sightings.

About Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park, nestled in the heart of Uttarakhand, is a sanctuary teeming with diverse wildlife, notably renowned for its wild elephant population and rich variety of flora. Named after the esteemed freedom fighter C. Rajagopalachari, it sprawls across 820.42 square kilometres. In 2015, an additional 255.63 sq. km. of adjacent reserve forest was annexed to form a buffer zone, expanding the park's area to a total of 1075 sq. km. and establishing it as the Rajaji Tiger Reserve under the Wild Life Protection Act of 1972. This reserve not only provides pristine aura but also acts as a vital lung for Uttarakhand's major cities - the capital city Dehradun, the sacred city Haridwar, and the yoga hub Rishikesh.

The Rajaji Tiger Reserve boasts a diverse array of forest types, including semi-evergreen, deciduous, mixed broad-leaved, and Terai grassland, categorised as the Indus-Ganges Monsoon Forest type. The majestic Sal trees (Shorea Robusta) dominate much of the landscape within the reserve. Notably, the reserve harbours a significant population of Tigers and Asian Elephants. Among its diverse wildlife inhabitants are leopards, Jungle cats, Himalayan Black Bears, Sloth Bears, Striped Hyenas, Goral, Sambar, Wild Pigs, Spotted Deer, and Barking Deer. Moreover, the reserve serves as a haven for avian species, including Vultures, Woodpeckers, Hornbills, and various migratory birds such as Ruddy Shelducks, Larger Cormorants, Red Crested Pochards, and Mallard Ducks. Additionally, the aquatic habitats supported by rivers and streams within the reserve host around 42 species of fish. Furthermore, the reserve provides a habitat for a diverse range of reptiles, including the King Cobra, Burmese Python, and Common Krait.

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Geographical Details
  • 1. Total Area: 1075 sq. km.
  • 2. Type of Forest: Deciduous and Semi-Evergreen
  • 3. Annual Rainfall: 1200-1500 mm
  • 4. Satpura National Park - 359 km
  • 4. Annual Temperature: 9℃ - 37℃
  • 5. River: The Ganges
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Nearby Destinations from Rajaji
  • 1. Haridwar - 10.8 km
  • 2. Rishikesh - 21.2 km
  • 3. Dehradun - 57.6 km
  • 4. Mussoorie - 84 km
  • 5. Nainital - 233 km
  • 6. Jim Corbett - 135 km
  • 7. Delhi - 242 km
  • 8. Lucknow - 728 km
  • 9. Chandigarh - 230 km
  • 10. Saharanpur - 69.2 km
Frequently Asked Questions

Rajaji National Park is nestled in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand. It is located 12 km away from the main town of Haridwar. It is around 225 km from New Delhi and 58.4 km from Dehradun which is the nearest airport. the national park is located right in between the towns of Haridwar & Rishikesh.

Rajaji National Park is well connected by road, rail and air. It takes hardly 5 hours from Delhi to reach via road. The nearest railway station lies in Haridwar whereas the nearest airport is at Dehradun known as Jolly Grant Airport.

No, the Safari gates for Rajaji reopen on the 15th of November after the monsoon break for 7 months. the national park remains closed from 15th June - 15th November.

Rajaji National Park is well connected by road to Rishikesh. It is approximately 20.8 km away and takes about 30 minutes to commute. You can hire a taxi to reach Rajaji National Park from Rishikesh.

Rajaji National Park is well connected from Haridwar via road. It is hardly 7 km away and will approximately take half an hour to commute.

There are 5 safari zones in Rajaji National Park namely - Chilla, Motichur, Haridwar, Chillawali and Chaurasi.

Entry permits to Rajaji National Park have to be obtained from the forest department well in advance. It is advised to visit the online safari booking page to book for jeep safaris.

Rajaji National Park is well connected from Dehradun via road. It is hardly 58.4 km away and will approximately take 1&½ hours to commute. One can hire a taxi or travel by public transport.

Yes, tigers do reside in the premises of the Rajaji National Park. along with tigers, there are other fauna species available such as leopards, deer, gorals and an array of bird species.

Rajaji National Park is well connected to Delhi via road that can be covered in 4 hours to reach 224 km. One can travel via regular buses or train to Haridwar & hire a taxi from Haridwar to reach Raja Ji National Park. One can also board a flight from Delhi to Dehradun.

Rajaji National Park is renowned for a s significant population of elephants. There are more than 500 Elephants roaming the wilderness of Rajaji.

The Chilla Range is the most popular safari zone in Rajaji National Park.

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