Rajaji National Park is spread over 820 kms and located in the Shivalik range of Himalayas. After Corbett,now Rajaji National Park is become the second Tiger Serve of Uttarakhand. Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. Are the three part,It covers.By amalgamation of three sanctuaries Rajaji Sanctuary, Chilla sanctuary and Motichur sanctuary this reserve has been created. it has been changed to Rajaji Tiger Reserve On 20 April 2015.
The picturesque beauty and rich biodiversity of the Rajaji National park serve as its major attractions for both nature lovers as well as wildlife enthusiasts. The park has been named after Late Sri C. Rajgopalachari also known as Rajaji who was a first governor general of India and famous freedom fighter. Rajaji National Park of India spreads over an area of 820.42 sq km and is open to visitors only from Mid-November to Mid-June. In the year 1983, Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarakhand was merged with Chilla and Motichur wildlife sanctuaries and made into Rajaji National Park.
The Rajaji National Park is opened from mid of November for the tourists till mid of June. It is closed for tourists during rainy season.
Rajaji National Park Safari Timings
Timings of Rajaji National Park Jeep Safari is conducted in Chila Range and Motichur Range. The park normally opens at 6 am in the morning and is open till about 11 am.All the Safari’s are booked by the Forest Department. Rajaji National Park contains tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests, Depending on the season the timings change locally which the forest authorities of Rajaji National Park notify in particular those of the Upper Gangetic Plains moist deciduous forests ecoregion. Plants such as shorea, adina,mallotus,terminalia ,dalbergia ,bridelia,syzygium,acacia and Phoebe are found in the Park.
Fauna (Wildlife and Animals) in Rajaji National Park
The wild animal species found in the Park include: Asian Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Jungle Cat Leopard, Goral,Striped Hyena,Himalayan Black Bear,Sloth Bear Indian Hare,King Cobra, Jackal, Barking Deer, Sambhar, Wild boar, Monitor lizard,Rhesus macaque, Indian langur, Indian Porcupine,Python and 315 species of birds are found in the Park. Rajaji National Park is predominantly formed from dense green jungles, and The rivers which flow through the Park harbour species of fish such as trout and mahseer. The most prominent avian species include pea fowl, woodpeckers,Hornbill,pheasants,barbets and kingfishers,supplemented by a number of migratory species during the winter months.
Weather in Rajaji National Park | Best time to Visit
Winters (October to Feb): The migratory birds descend in large numbers and take over the wetlands. sunny days and Cold nights and return of stream birds like White Capped and Plumbeous Redstarts and Himalayan Pied Kingfisher makes the time quite relaxing and serene.
Must carry:Hat and Gloves, Warm Jacket and Binocular.
Spring (March to April): Best time for outdoor treks and overnight camping in wilds. The peacocks start dancing and the red jungle fowl start calling,Pleasant weather, local showers and bird chirping.
Must carry: Camping Guide Book,Back pack, and Good Walking Shoes.
Summer (May to June): Summer offers best time for photography, Morning is best time for Trekking,During summer, days are very Hot although it’s pleasant Nights during summer.
Must carry: Shorts,T-shirts,Sunglasses ,Hats and Lots of Water.
Monsoon (July to September): Monsoon offers clear view of nature,quietness is turned into thunder filled with green and azure blue all over, Every where we see a celebration of Rain, And lightning and Heavy Rainfall, Monsoon is the Best time for Photography of Wild Animals and mesmerizing Landscapes.
Must carry: Floaters,Raincoat,T-shirts,Gumboots and Shorts.
The best time to visit Rajaji Tiger Reserve is from November to March, when Chances of wildlife spotting increases during winters as many animals come out for sunlight during the day and weather is pleasant during the day and cold during nights.