Located on the foothills of Himalayas, encompassing the Shivalik Range lies the sprawling Rajaji National Park. Pristine scenic beauty and rich wildlife make it one of the most sough-after national parks in Uttarakhand. Established by merging Motichur Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary and Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajaji National Park is also a tiger reserve. Bordered by Haridwar, Dehradun and Chillawali, the park is rich in flora and fauna. It is home to more than 25 animal species and 300 bird species. The park has large number of elephants, and many other animals like tiger, leopard, Himalayan bear, many species of deer, wild boar, nilgai, goral, jackal, hyena, civets, sloth bears, pythons, king cobra and monitor lizards. This park also consists of many avian species like great pied hornbills, Himalayan pied kingfishers, pea fowls, woodpeckers, pheasants, the fire-tailed sunbirds, etc. and is visited by a large number of migratory birds during the winter months. Jeep safaris are available easily and are the best way to spot some wildlife.
Highlight: Royal Bengal Tiger and Indian Elephant
Entrance fees: ₹150 for Indians, ₹600 for foreigners. Charges for video shoot are ₹2,500 for Indians and ₹5,000 for foreigners.
Park timings: 6 am to 5 pm between March and June. 6 am to 3.30 pm between November to February.
Jeep Safari timings: 6 am - 9 am and 2 pm - 5 pm between March and June. 6 am to 9am and 1pm to 3pm between November to February.
Jeep Safari cost: ₹250 for Indians and ₹500 for foreigners for one seat on the jeep. The entire jeep costs ₹2,250 and can seat up to 6 people.
Best time to visit: November to March.
How to reach: Nearest domestic airport is Dehradun (35km away) and the nearest international airport is Delhi (235km away). The nearest railway station is Haridwar (8km away).
Where to stay: There are no resorts inside the park, however you can chose to stay in any of the three nearest cities - Haridwar (8km away), Rishikesh (21km away) or Dehradun (55km away). You can check out options to stay at these cities here, here and here respectively.
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