Visit the Rajaji National Park in Dehradun

Rajaji National Park in Dehradun, Uttarakhand

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About Rajaji National Park in Dehradun

An Indian national park located near Dehradun, Rajaji National Park is more than just what it is. The place is also a tiger reserve located on the foothills of the Himalayas in the Shivaliks. This beautiful national park is sprawled over a gigantic area of 820.42 sq kilometers. There are three rivers that pass through this area, namely the Ganges, Chilla, and Song Rivers. The majority of the districts of Saharanpur, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Pauri Garhwal are covered in the area of the Rajaji National Park Rishikesh. The forests are dense here and there are different kinds of animals and birds species here. Note that Rajaji National Park distance from Dehradun is 60.6 km which takes approximately 1 hour 43 minutes to complete the journey.

History of Rajaji National Park

There are other wildlife sanctuaries nearby like Chilla and Motichur. In the year 1983, these sanctuaries were merged with Rajaji National Park Dehradun. This place was so named after a famous freedom fighter Late Shri C. Rajgopalachari, also known as Rajaji. He was also the first Governor-General of India. Earlier, the park was restricted to just Saharanpur and Haridwar area. In the year 1983, the nearby Chilla and Motichur were merged with the existing area of the national park, thereby making it one of the largest national parks in India.

Rajaji National Park Location

This National Park is situated in the foothills of Shivalik ranges located in the Himalayan foothills. A beautiful representation of the Shivalik eco-system, the park is a place that has conserved the greenery and the wildlife species of the area effectively. The area covers three sanctuaries and Chilla, Motichur, and Rajaji and combines together to form Rajaji National Park. The Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries share a common border and they are separated by Chilla Sanctuary on their south-east side by the Ganga and Chilla Rivers. Both Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries lie on the northern side of Shiwalik Ridge. They are dissected by a plethora of ravines carrying water from the main ridge. From here on, the stream flows into the plains becoming broader. For the most part of the year, these streams remain dry. However, they become raging torrents once the monsoons hit Rajaji National Park in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

The Forest Of Dehradun National Park

The National Park has a dense forest cover. The forest type here is diverse with different kinds of trees. There are trees ranging from semi-evergreen to deciduous and mixed broad-leaved to terai grassland. All of this has been classified as the Indus-Ganges Monsoon Forest type. In many parts of the national park, lofty strands of sal trees dominate the area.

Wildlife at Rajaji National Park Uttarakhand

Rajaji National Park Birds

The National Park is home to many avian species that are usually found in the forested foothills and on open grasslands. The species diversity here is varied because of it being a transition zone between temperate western Himalayas and the central Himalayas. There are about 315 bird species at the park. One can find here many birds including the likes of Greater Scaup, White-naped Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Black-bellied Tern, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Black-necked Stork, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Scaly Thrush, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Tytler's Leaf Warbler, Green Avadavat and Reed Bunting.

Rajaji National Park Animals

There are many animals, fish, and reptiles that roam about the area at Rajaji. There are animals like Cheetah, Barking deer, Sambar deer, Wild Boar, antelopes such as the Nilgai, Goral, and of course the Asian Elephant for which this park is known for. These elephants are protected at the park under the Project Elephant. There are also other animals like the Rhesus Macaque, Hanuman Langur, Indian Hare, and the Indian Porcupine.

There are many reptiles at Rajaji National Park like Pythons, King Cobra, Common Krait, Indian Cobra and the Monitor Lizard. One can find more animals here like Leopard, Jackal, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Civets, Himalayan Yellow-Throated Marten Himalayan Black, and Sloth Bears. The Royal Bengal Tigers here are protected under the Project Tiger.

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    Ff's 3 days trip to Dehradun

    Trip was overall good, we did not get an trouble during entire journey. We enjoy everything in Mussorrie and brought life long memory.

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    Nihar's 3 days trip to Dehradun

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    Shital Kumari

    Delhi

    Shital's 6 days trip to Dehradun

    The trip started with good experience the stay in haridwar, joshimatha,auli but the second last day & last trip we really had bad experience because the stay we got in chopta was really scary as advised in the iternary that was 200mts down but it was 650 mts down where we requested the Eden camp owner we want to change camp but he didn't do it ND even saw skull nd bones thrown near to kitchen dn we thought we cannot stay back there,thanks to our driver RAVI he was very helpful nd supporting all around the trip he helped to search hotel even the same situation happened in Rishikesh they gave stay as Samridhi Retreat when we reached the hotel they said there are no bookings we noonetried travel agency where noone receiving call to Inform what next step...it was like mental torture and harrashment for the tourist...later we searched hotel on our own and stayed back in Rishikesh. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE BOOKINGS AS IT IS MENTIONED IN ITERNARY IS NOT SAME..

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    Arun Snpt

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    Arun's 5 days trip to Dehradun

    Every thing is Good in our trip but if agency arrange a local cab it may very good to us. Bcoz the driver has lack of knowledge abt our visit places. Missouri is the best part of our trip

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    Anjali Gupta

    Ahmedabad

    Anjali's 6 days trip to Dehradun

    we booked the trip for uttarkhand. The trip was did not meet our expectations. The places as per itinerary were not covered. on the first day itself confusion was created as to which terminal to pick up due to which there was a delay of 3 hours and as a result of which our first destination ie mussoorie was affected and we could see only on viewpoint. the contact person Mr Deepak was not cordial and did things as per his wish.

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    Mumbai

    Akshay's 6 days trip to Dehradun

    We booked our trip with Agent Trip Birbal through travel traingle for 6 days 5 nights. We made sure our plan will.be customized and as said by travel traingle and our travel agent they customized our plan according to our needs and made sure everything went as per plan. Agent Trip Birbal was really good and we got everything what we were promised. Also the driver of our cab was really good, with very good driving skills and was really helpful. We were going to miss out some points but our driver made sure that we got to see our planned tourist spots. The hotels provided by our Travel agent were good. especially Corbett Treat Resort and The mountain Quail ( Mussoorie) stood out in food, room, cleanliness. The shivaay hotel in rishikesh was decent one. If anyone wants to go to Uttarakhand , i would suggest go with Agent Trip birbal but make sure to customize your own plan and get on mail by the agent that they will provide all the services that you asked for. Travel Traingle staff was also good to us but a problem that i observed was ,our trip guide Kocab Hammad's number was switched off most of the time and that definitely is not a good impression. If anything had gone wrong how we were supposed to contact our trip guide from travel traingle? Please take this into account. Rest all was perfectly organised. You can trust Travel Triangle.

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    Sm's 4 days trip to Dehradun

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    Mumbai

    Hetal's 3 days trip to Dehradun

    The experience of booking the trip for my parents through travel triangle was not good in terms of reliability. They outsourced itvto some agent called tripsailor who was based in Delhi and the agents were very rude. Secondly none of the mobile numbers givenb to us to contact worked as they were out of reach or temporarily disconnected.Before the trip u felt i was duped for the money as they were not responsible to contact us .I am really disappointed with this kind of service.1 day before the trip i gad to make 10 calls back and forth to tripsailor and travel triangle.

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    SHIVPRASAD R PILLAI

    Delhi

    Shivprasad's 5 days trip to Dehradun

    Hotel trihari at rishikesh was the worst hotel.Service was very bad hotel room was ok..Shiv inn hotel in haridwar ,the room was ok but food was not up to the mark.Basera was very good recommend for people going to mussorie with very good services .. THE VIBES AT RIVER GANGA WAS THE BEST..STAY AT HOTEL BASERA AND THE STAFF MEMBERS WERE VERY GOOD ND WELL BEHAVED

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    Bangalore

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    Yes, the guides at Rajaji National Park can converse in English language. The people for this job are trained professionals and would help you explore the national park with maximum knowledge and utmost care.

    Rajaji National Park in Dehradun welcomes people of every fitness level to visit. However, it is advised to not visit when facing any kind of allergies or while under the weather. This would help you prevent other diseases.

    Yes, there are a few food counters and resorts inside Rajaji National Park for you to enjoy snacks and food.

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