One of the prizes possession national parks of Uttarakhand is Rajaji National Park now renamed Rajaji Tiger Reserve. This lovely animal refuge is shared by three districts of the state: Pauri Garhwal, Haridwar, and Dehradun. Surrounded by the Shivaliks on the foothills of the Himalayas, you can expect stunning sights of staggering mountains covered in dense forest and snow. Rajaji National Park is famous for tigers and it is a protected area for these wild beasts. However, there are only approx. 11 tigers in the park. It is outnumbered by other wild species like leopards that are over 250 in population. It is also an ideal habitat for elephants, this national park has over 600 elephants. Rajaji National Park built-in 1983 is the second famous tiger reserve of Uttarakhand after Corbett National Park. The wild wilderness of this national park attracts many nature enthusiasts to come and dwell amid the forest.
Rajaji National Park safari will give you an experience you’ll never forget as you explore the three zones Chilla, Jhilmil, Ranipur. You can swift through the jungle on a jeep and listen to the birds sing, there are over 400 bird species. Make sure to also stay alert to get a glimpse of the wild beasts and simply enjoy the moment away from the city. Since Rajaji National Park is situated in Uttarakhand, you can easily visit many nearby destinations. Some are known for spirituality like Haridwar and some for its soothing ambiance in Nainital. You can also rent a car and drive through the national park, private vehicles are not allowed inside, and you’ll need special permission from the forest officials. You can, however, make advance Rajaji National Park safari booking. The jeep safari in Rajaji National Park is operated twice daily in the morning and evening for two or three hours. The gates to the park remain open from 7:00 A.M to 9:00 A.M and 3:00 P.M to 5:00 P.M. The best time to come for a wildlife safari in Rajaji Tiger Reserve is during the cooler months. The national park remains open from the months of mid-November to mid-June, the dates may vary.
Rajaji National Park Timings: 7:00 A.M to 10:00 A.M and 2:30 P.M to 5:00 P.M
Rajaji National Park Entry Fees: INR 150 for Indian nationals and INR 600 for foreign nationals