Are you planning for a romantic getaway? Or do you wish to take your family to an unusual place that is marked for its beauty? The serenity and peaceful surroundings of Uttarakhand or Uttaranchal, a state in the northern part of India will satisfy every traveler. It will satiate the aesthetic taste of travelers traveling from any part of the globe. Hilly terrains, glacier, rivers, temples, forests, etc. provide you an all together different experience in this state. Rajaji national park, one of the largest parks of the state with its rich biodiversity will drive you mad.
The park is named after Sri C. Rajgopalachariya, who was the first and last Governor General of independent India. He was popularly known as Rajaji. The name of the park is derived from his name.
It is very interesting to learn that the park has been created by the amalgamation of 3 sanctuaries- Rajaji sanctuary, Chilla sanctuary, Motichur sanctuary. All these sanctuaries were established in the years 1948, 1964 and 1977 respectively. Finally the national park was set up in the year 1983.
Area and location:
This park encompasses a total area of 820.42 sq km. It spreads over three districts in Uttaranchal- Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal. The park is located along the foothills of the Shivalik ranges in the Himalayan foot range.
Flora and fauna:
Any traveler would be impressed with the amazing range of flora and fauna in the park. The park houses 23 species of mammals and 315 avifauna species. Asian Elephants, King Cobra, Panther, Tiger, Bear, Sambar, Wild Boar, Chital, Kakar, Monitor Lizard, Wild Cats and Python- these are the faunal species found here.
The floral vegetation is different in different regions of the park. You will find reverine forests, board-leaved mixed forests, sal forests, scrubland and grassy land here. Because of its location in the Shivalik range of the Himalayan foot range, the park is characterized by the Shivalik eco-system which is reflected in the vegetation also.
Where to stay?
There are a number of hotels in Dehradun and Haridwar, so you can choose one according to your budget.
You can travel to the park by air, road and railways. You can avail bus services and trains for Haridwar and Dehradun from Delhi and Lucknow. Chilla is the nearest railway station which is just 8 km from Haridwar and Haridwar is well connected to many metropolitan cities. Jolly Grant airport, which is just 10-15 minutes away from the Northern boundary of the park, is the nearest airport. It is connected to Delhi and Mumbai which are, in turn connected to major destinations in the country.
When to visit?
The climate of the park remains pleasant throughout the year.
So enjoy a memorable time with your family in the Rajaji national park.