The fourth day of our trip, we started our day pretty late in the afternoon, around 1.30 pm. We planned to go on a safari in the well-known Rajaji National Park. We saw many different bird species, spotted deer, a Sambar deer and an elephant; however, we didn’t have the luck of coming across any cheetahs, bears or hyenas the national park boasts of being a home to. Nonetheless, it was my first safari and the sheer beauty of nature present in the national park was a humbling experience.
Back to our arrival, the train reached Haridwar at 3 pm. Yes, half a day went to waste. Hence, I believe an overnight journey is always preferable. From Haridwar railway station, it was difficult to find a taxi and the Uber services also charged hefty on intercity. Thankfully, a couple approached us asking if we had like to pair up with them and share the cab expenses. It costed us 1500/- in total where it was costing us 1320/- for 2 riders for a 45 minute drive. It is advisable to take the off-route and go via the congestion free and amazing landscape of Rajaji National Park instead of the clogged main road in the first half of the journey. The cab driver will themselves pay the entry fee. The route was beautiful, river flowing on one side with the neatly arranged tall trees and the mountain in the backdrop. Second half of the journey starts from the Chilla Dam bridge also known as the Pashulok Barrage. Road goes along side the Ganga Canal which makes this small journey, a treat to the eyes. We were driving through the jungle and once we were actually close to Haridwar, we drove over the dry river bank. For a tiny second, one can get the safari feels.
18 kilometers from Rishikesh lies Rajaji National Park, home to the Asian Elephant along with various other reptiles, mammals and bird species.
Rajaji National Park is an Indian national park and tiger reserve situated in Dehradun-Haridwar-Pauri region near the foothills of the Himalayas. The park is spread over 820 km². The dense forest of Rajaji is blessed with elephants, tigers, leopards, deers, ghorals & Wild Pigs.