Safari, Resorts in Rajaji National Park – In the Terai of Uttarakhand, Rajaji National Park is legendarily popular for its elephants. It was founded in 1983 on the name of freedom fighter Sri C. Rajagopalachari. Rajaji National Park is spread over an area of 820.42 square kilometres across the districts of Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal.
The Park is composed of Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla Sanctuaries: Rajaji established in 1948, Motichur established in 1936 whereas Chilla established in 1977. It is set across the foothills of Shivalik ranges in the Himalayas at the beginning of the vast Indo-Gangetic plains.
Rajaji and Motichur situated on the west bank of the Ganga, while Chilla to its east. Motichur is easily accessible from NH 58 that also connects Haridwar to Rishikesh , however there are not many chances of spotting animals here as the forests are dense. So, tourists prefer Chilla. To get to the Chilla entry gate, cross the Ganga and head left for about 5 Km towards Chilla.
To explore the rich flora and fauna of this park, an elephant ride is most endearing for nature-lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. There is a large tusker population here. There are 23 species of mammals and 315 bird species in this Park.
Forests of Rajaji which include the Moist Shivalik Sal Forest, Moist Mixed Deciduous Forest, Northern Dry Mixed Deciduous and Khair-Sissoo forests in the Southern Slopes, Low Alluvial Savannah woodlands cover the drier southern margis of the Park. The higher reaches of the Shivalik mountains are slathered in Chir-Pine Forest.
Best Time to Visit Rajaji National Park
The best time to visit the Rajaji NP is from mid-November to mid-June.
Things to do in Rajaji National Park
Jeep Safari in Rajaji National Park
Jeep safari is another way to see the park. Each vehicle entering the park, whether it is private or not, has to be accompanied by a guide. The guide fee is not fixed, so check with your hotel. It is best to rent jeeps from the park gate. A guide may be a good way of taking a proper glimpse of the Park, but the most exciting of all is the elephant ride.
Elephant Rides in Rajaji National Park
Elephant rides are conducted in the morning and evening, taking one across the sal, riverine, broad-leaved mixed forests, scrublands and grasslands. There are only two safaris a day. The duration of ride is 2 hours. Traces of the elephant can be seen everywhere as the footprints and dung make their presence quite evident.
Safari Charges– Rs 200 per person
Bird watching in Rajaji National Park
There is abundant birdlife here that can be seen extensively during the monsoons, and winter calls for the arrival of the migrant birds. The Park has a variety of birds and has much to offer bird-watchers as well. It has much to offer birdwatchers too.
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Where to Stay
Rajaji offers basic but beautifully perched Forest Rest Houses within the park, and some excellent resorts on the outskirts.
There are nine Forest Rest Houses inside the Park and a few of them are a century old. These houses are attractive, reasonable and most convenient for a wildlife enthusiast. They are set in the best locations, so the hardcore wildlifer who doesn’t mind roughing it will find these attractive and cheap.
It is advisable to you that bring your own food with yourself. you have to book Forest Rest Houses in advance. You can check availability and rates by Director of Rajaji NP (Telefax : 0135- 2621669). Only 5 FRHs have regular electricity supply such as Chilla, Motichur, Kunnao, Rampur and Satyanarayan.
GMVN Tourist Rest House– There is a GMVN Tourist Rest House near to main gate Chilla.It is basic property with cleanliness and good value for money. It has AC rooms, deluxe rooms and huts.There’s a good restaurant here and a pleasant garden.
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