About Rajaji National Park near Haridwar
Located amidst lush green environs of Shivalik Hills in Haridwar, Rajaji National Park is a pristine beauty which boasts about its rich flora and fauna. Rajaji National Park has been a blessed home for one of best known wild forms including few endangered species. This part of the forest when declared as a National Park was given name Rajaji as a tribute and in fond memory of a famous freedom fighter Sri C. Rajgopalchari who has been popularly known as Rajaji. The water source for animal species in Rajaji National Park is undoubtedly the River Ganges as well as the several river streams that flow through the park. The forest overall is a mix of grassy and shrubby region with a dense plantation of Sal trees. Ideally Rajaji National Park is home to vast range of flora and fauna and thus an popular destination for wildlife safari and tour for nature lovers as well as eco-friends. Additionally Rajaji National Park is also a known Eco-tourism destination in Uttarakhand. Moreover the River Ganges that flow through the park also provides opportunities for varied adventure water sports like river rafting and canoeing.
Location of Rajaji National Park
The Rajaji National Park is spread over an area of 820.42 sq.km and is located amidst Shivalik Hills near Haridwar, right on the beginning of Indo-Gangetic Plains. The Rajaji National Park is spread over three major districts - Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal of Uttarakhand. The river Ganges that flows for a distance of 24 km through this park adds to its beauty.
Flora and fauna in Rajaji National Park
The flora of Rajaji National Park predominantly comprise of sal plantation along with shrubs and tall grass. Moreover one can also find deciduous and Kair-Sissoo forests around. The fauna comprises of animals like Tiger, Leopard, Asian elephants, Himalayan Sloth Bears, Cheetal, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Leopard cats, antelopes, wild boar, barking deer and hyenas.
How to reach Rajaji National Park
The nearest airport for Rajaji National Park is Jolly Grant Airport, around 38 km away. There are many flights from Delhi and other cities to Jolly Grant Airport. The nearest rail road for this park is Haridwar, around 8 km away. By road too Haridwar can be easily accessed via Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar.
When to visit Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park is open from 15th November to 15th June. However it is closed during monsoons.
Entry fees and other charges of Rajaji National Park
Here are the following details of entry fees at Rajaji National Park:
Entrance fees: Rs. 40/- per person for Indians and Rs. 350/- per person for foreign tourists.
Road fee: Rs. 100/- for light vehicle and Rs. 500/- for heavy vehicles
Still Camera fee: No fee for Indian tourists, but Rs. 50/- for foreign tourists
Video camera: Rs. 2500/- for Indian tourists and Rs. 5000/- for foreign tourists
Elephant safari: Rs. 200/- per person for Indian as well as foreign tourists.
Where to stay in Rajaji National Park
For travelers and nature lovers who wish to spend time within this pristine beauty, can stay in the Government Rest house which are located within the Rajaji National Park. These accommodation facilities also have arrangements for food along with stay. But one has to get a prior confirmation from Director of Rajaji National Park, Dehradun. However for those who wish to visit Rajaji National Park from , Haridwar can find both budgetary as well as luxurious accommodation options.
Contact details of Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park
For other information and reservations contact:
Rajaji National Park
5/1, Ansari Road
Telephone number: +91-135-2621669