RAJAJI NATIONAL PAK WILD LIFE TOURS
Rajaji National Park in the year 1983 after the famous freedom fighter Late Sri C. Rajgopalachari, popularly known as Rajaji. Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation takes you on a tour to Rajaji National Park and acquaints you with the wildlife of the region. Surrounded by mountains, Dehradun endures as a perfect retreat with beautiful spots for picnics and excursions. Its pleasant climate adds. Further to its charm and makes it an attractive tourist destination. Established in 1966 on the edge of the Dehradun valley is Rajaji National Park, covering an area of approx 820 sq. kms.
Area: 820.42 Sq. Km
Altitude: 302 to 1000 mts. above MSL
Location: In Shivalik hills of Dehradun, Haridwar & Pauri Garhwal districts of Uttarakhand
Climate: Three distinct seasons; winter, summer and rainy
One of the reasons for Rajaji’s popularity is that it’s conveniently situated for anybody coming from Delhi. The national capital is only 231 km from the park, and there are convenient overnight trains from Delhi to Haridwar and Dehradun, from where there are connecting buses to Rajaji. Similarly, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, is linked by bus to Haridwar and Dehradun. From Rajaji, the nearest airport is Jolly Grant, at Dehradun, while the most convenient railheads are Haridwar and Dehradun. Both have railway connections to the rest of the country.
Rajaji is accessible through different gates; the Ramgarh Gate and Mohand Gate are within 25 km of Dehradun, while the Motichur, Ranipur and Chilla Gates are just about 9 km from Haridwar. Kunao Gate is 6 km from Rishikesh, and Laldhang gate is 25 km from Kotdwar.Within the park, the only way of getting around, if you haven’t got your own vehicle, is by elephant. Elephant rides of about 2½ hours each are organized by the park authorities and cost between Rs.50 and Rs.100 per person.
Nearest Railway Stations: Haridwar, Dehradun & Rishikesh.
Nearest Air Port: Jolly Grant (Dehradun)
Safari and Timings of Rajaji National Park
Jeep Safari in Rajaji National Park is conducted in Chila Range and Motichur Range.The park normally opens at 0600 hrs in the morning and is open till about 1100 hrs in the morning. However, tourists who are booked for a full day safari spend the time from 1130 Hrs - 1300 Hrs at any of the rest houses inside the forest and do bird watching. In the afternoon the park timings usually are from 1430 to 1730. Depending on the season the timings change locally which the forest authorities of Rajaji National Park notify.
Fauna (Animals and Wildlife)
The park is most renowned for its elephants. The mountain goat, goral is another noteworthy resident. It is mainly confined to the precipitous pine-covered slopes. Besides the huge pachyderms and the nimble goats, you might come across huge herds of chital, sometimes as many as 250 to a herd. Rajput Sambar, barking deer, hog deer, nilgai, wild pigs and sloth bears also inhabit these forests though you may not always catch a glimpse of these. The rhesus macaque and the common langur are fairly common here. Tigers and leopards are the prime predators in Rajaji. The leopard cat, jungle cat, civet and yellow-throated marten are other carnivores. Mammals like the hyena, jackal and the Bengal fox scavenge in the park. The Himalayan black bear though uncommon, can be sighted in the higher reaches of the park.
Several species of anurans, that describe toads and frogs, exist in the park. Uperodon systoma, Polyp dates maculates and Rana crassa are recorded from this park. The breeding pattern of buffoonish shows interesting peculiarities. B. stomaticus and B.melanostictus breed in July-August on the northern slopes while the same species breed right until November on the southern slopes. Polypedates maculates which lives in hollows of trees, breeds only in July.
Porcupines, pythons and king cobras also share these environs. As many as twenty-eight species of snakes along with twelve species of turtles and tortoises and nine species of lizards, including the Indian monitor lizard thrive here. Golden mahseer exist in the Ganges, though these are greatly threatened by illegal netting. Scolid wasps are the main insects and as many as 13 species have been recorded, five of which are new to all of Uttarakhand. 60 different species of butterflies in vivid colors flutter around in the park.
Rajaji boasts of more than 315 species of birds. Chestnut-headed, Blue tailed, Green and Blue-bearded Bee-eaters are found here. Five species of kingfishers include the Himalayan Pied, Lesser Pied, Small Blue, Stork-billed and White-throated. You can often see hornbills and jungle fowls, especially the Red Jungle fowl in these forests. Over 40 species of water birds visit the Ganges every winter. Cormorants, crows, the drongo, egrets, lapwings and nightjars, as well as owlets, partridges, pheasants, pond herons and tree pies are some of the birds that you may see. India's National bird, the Peafowl is found in these habitats in plenty.
Weather in Rajaji National Park:
October month to February is winter season at Rajaji National park. Temperature is between 8 C to 15 C. Atmosphere is cold & you will get opportunity to see birds like White Capped, Plumbeous Redstarts & Himalayan & Pied Kingfisher.
March to April month is spring season in Rajaji National Park. Climate is amazing & this is best time to visit here. Temperature is between 15 C to 25 C. May to June month is summer season here. During summer you will get good chances to view wild animals because they have to come at river for water many time.
July to September month is monsoon season here. Park in normally closed during monsoon. Whole area looks green & landscape looks wonderful.
Day 01: DELHI – HARIDWAR – RAJAJI NATIONAL PARK.
Upon arrival at Haridwar railway station, you will be met & received by our representative and will be transferred to your resort in Rajaji National Park. locates in Pauri Garhwal, Dehradun and Haridwar districts of Uttarakhand, Rajaji National Park is one of the most beautiful reserves and is a haven for the nature and adventure lovers. Arrive Corbett National Park and check into your resort. Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the calm serenity of the forest resort. Stay Overnight at Rajaji National Park.
Day 02: FULL DAY VISIT IN RAJAJI NATIONAL PARK
Rajaji National Park was founded in the year 1983 by merging three sanctuaries named as Rajaji (1948) Motichur (1964) and Chilla (1977), after the name of well-known statesman and freedom fighter Sri C. Rajgopalachariya, who was popular as ‘Rajaji’. Today we will have two safaris in the Jungle to spot the wildlife and to explore the Rajaji National Park. The park has large number of birds species like White-naped Woodpecker, Greater Scaup, Black-bellied Tern, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Great Hornbill, Black-necked Stork, Northern Goshawk, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Scaly Thrush, Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Tytler's Leaf Warbler, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Green Avadavat and Reed Bunting. Later, we return to the resort for breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon, we leave for another safari for wildlife exploration in Rajaji National Park. Stay Overnight at Rajaji.
Day 03: RAJAJI NATIONAL PARK – HARIDWR - DELHI.
Early morning, we will have our last Safari / Game Drive into the Rajaji National Park. Later transfer to Haridwar railway station to board the train for your onward journey.
The best time to visit Rajaji Tiger Reserve is from November to March, when weather is pleasant during the day and cold during nights. Chances of wildlife spotting increases during winters as many animals come out for sunlight during the day.
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