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Welocme to the Paradise of Elephants - Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park is celebrated for protecting tigers and Asian elephants. This National Park is having more than 50 types of vertebrates including Himalayan mountain bears, Sloth bears, panthers, Marten, Hyena, Jackal, and so on. This National Park includes around 350 Asian elephants inside its limits other than these untamed life creatures. There are more than 300 types of birds that can be seen in Rajaji National Park.

Out of 300 types of birds, 90 species incorporate transient birds like Mallards, Pochards, Shelducks, Teals, and Gulls. Rajaji National Park was declared a National Park in September 2012. This National Park is partitioned into three zones the Rajaji zone which was set up in the year 1948 the Motichoor range which was set up in 1936 and the Chilla range which was set up in the year 1977. The total National Park is spread in the space of 820 square kilometers which through and through was named Rajaji National Park in the year 1983.

Location: Ansari Road, Mohand Range, Dehradun

Opening and Closing time: Morning: 6 am to 9 am, Evening: 3 pm to 6 pm

Entry Fee: Indian: INR 150, Foreigner: INR 600

Best time to visit: From 15th November till 15th June

History of Rajaji National Park

Initially, Rajaji National Park was divided into three separate national parks of Uttarakhand. These National Parks have enough area for surviving the wildlife community and perfect weather conditions for flora and fauna. Later in the year 1964 Motichur Wildlife Sanctuary was formed when the Dehradun forest area of 90 km was declared as the wildlife sanctuary. The Chilla Sanctuary was established in 1977 in the Lansdowne area whereas the Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1948 in the Shivalik area.

After that, these three national parks were combined to form Rajaji National Park in the year 1983 which covers a total area of 820 square kilometers. The status of Tiger reserve was given to Rajaji National Park in the year 2015 in April month and it was declared as the second reserve for Tigers in the Uttarakhand State. It is one of the most well-maintained and beautiful national parks in India. This National Park was named after the famous freedom fighter of the country C. Rajagopalachari who was also known as Rajaji. Besides being a freedom fighter he also played the role of governor-general after India got independence and was awarded a Bharat Ratna for his service to his Nation.

Safari in Rajaji National Park

You need to get permission prior in case you want to enjoy Safari Rajaji National Park. Your ticket should be booked in advance before entering the park premises. Jeep Safari is offered twice a day once in the morning time and another in the evening time and this Safari lasts for approximately 3 hours each time. During the Jeep Safari, The Jeep goes through various rugged terrains and also goes over hills where one can have the wonderful opportunity to spot birds and wildlife in their habitat in Khara,  Mithawali, Munda, and other such ranges.

Permit Cost

Indian: INR 150 for a single visit of about 3 hours.

Foreigner: INR 600 per visit for a single foreigner in the Chila Range.

Gypsy cost: INR 2100 from Park’s gate.

Guide Cost

General: INR 600 per guide.

Experienced: INR 1000 to 1500 per guide.

Other Entry fees

Fee type



Entrance Fee

Per Person

INR 150

INR 600

Per Vehicle (heavy / light)

INR 250

INR 500

Camera Fee

Still camera


INR 50

Movie/Video camera

INR 2,500

INR 5,000

Filming Charges

Feature Film

INR 20,000

INR 20,000


INR 2,500

INR 5,000

Security charges

Feature Film

INR 25,000

INR 40,000


INR 15,000

INR 40,000

Other important information:

  • Kids over 3 years of age are charged for entry into the National Park
  • Students should have a certificate of institutional educational Tour to get a discount.
  • A local guide is an absolute necessity with each vehicle for Rs.300/drive.
  • Try to book a Gypsy ahead of time since the number of guests is more than the accessible Gypsies.

Entry Gates to Rajaji National Park

  1. Chilla Zone
  2. Motichur Zone
  3. Ranipur Entry Gate
  4. Asarori Entry Gate

Flora and Fauna at Rajaji National Park

National Park is like an asset for nature lovers, bird watchers, and wildlife photographers. The flora of Rajaji National Park is located in the Shivalik Range which has a different ecosystem of bamboo forest and Sal trees. This forest covers most of the area with tropical and subtropical plants. Many trees such as Pine trees, coniferous trees, deciduous forests, vegetation land, grassland, etc can be found in this National Park. The geographical and climatic conditions of this area enable the flora to thrive and multiply speedily. Some of the most famous flowering trees that can be seen in this National Park are Bel, Adina, Acacia, Pipal, Kydia, Amaldas,  Kachnar, Lantana, Ber, Shorea, Chilla, etc.

There is a huge variety of birds and animals that can be spotted in Rajaji National Park. Since these are three national parks that are combined, you will also find a repertoire of animals that have made this National Park a safer place for them to grow in the lap of nature. This National Park is officially declared as a tiger reserve so one can spot tigers during the Jeep Safari other than that you can also have the site of many animals such as langurs, barking deer, porcupines, jackals, sloth bears, Asian Elephant, jungle cats, leopards, Striped hyena, bears, and the yellow-throated marten.

This National Park is also famous for bird watching and here one can spot various Birds in abundance such as fire-tailed sunbirds, partridges, great-pied hornbills, starlings, pheasants, barbets, cuckoos, vultures, barbets, woodpeckers, etc.

Why is the Famous Rajaji National Park

Rajaji is becoming one of the prominent tourist destinations near Haridwar. Here are a few activities that can be enjoyed in this National Park:

Bird Watching

There are more than 500 species of birds in Rajaji National Park. some famous birds that can be spotted here are Pallas’s Fish, Cinereous Vulture, Lesser Fish Eagle, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Bright-headed Cisticola, Rosy Minivet, Hodgson’s Bushchat, etc. These birds can be regularly seen around the park.

Wildlife safari

Rajaji National Park is situated in the middle of Haridwar and Rishikesh. It covers a space of more than 822 sq km in the lower regions of the Shivalik range. Rajaji National Park was set up by the combination of three natural life safe-havens named Rajaji, Motichur, and Chilla range in the year 1983. Both verdures are saved in this public park. It offers different safari like Jeep safari and trot safari. It is one of the great spots to be visited by nature lovers.

Nearest Attractions in Rajaji National Park

Along with Rajaji National Park, one can also explore the magnificent cities of Uttarakhand such as:


Haridwar is like a kaleidoscope of India’s culture and Development. Haridwar is one of the oldest cities in India. During ancient times different names were given to this city like Gangadwar, Mayapuri, Kapilsthan, etc. According to mythology, at this place, king Bhagirath performed penance so that the souls of his ancestors could get moksha from the curse of Saint Kapila. At this time only Heavenly Ganga for the first time came on Earth and the son of King Sagara was revived. Till this time this tradition is followed by the Hindus so that their ancestors can get moksha by going to Holy Ganga. Other than being the sacred land for rivers Haridwar is also indicating fabulous Indian history, rich civilization, and cultural values.


Rishikesh is a spiritual destination and apart from being a pilgrimage site it also provides adventure activities such as trekking, hiking, rafting, cliff jumping, and yoga. Rishikesh is worldwide famous for Yoga which is primarily a philosophical science that was born out of man’s need. There are various yoga centers and ashrams in Rishikesh. Many national and international tourists are attracted to Rishikesh to learn yoga techniques and take part in yoga teaching centers. The best time to visit Rishikesh is from September to June. These months are also good for experiencing white river rafting which is one of the highlighted activities in Rishikesh.

Resorts in Rajaji National Park for Stay

Tourists can also enjoy the overnight stay in Rajaji National Park where they will be provided a 12x12 feet double bed tent. These tents are well-ventilated and waterproof where you will also get a roll-up net window. The attached western toilet will also be provided in the tents. Also, the buffet meal will be arranged for the tourists in the Cottage kitchen. One can also have the taste of Chinese and continental food in these tents. You can get the RO water for drinking purposes but if you want to have mineral water then it will be also available at the Campsite.

Best Time to Visit Rajaji National Park

The best time to visit Rajaji National Park is during the winter and summer months as the Rajaji National Park is open for tourists from 15th November to 15 June. This National Park generally remains closed during the monsoon month.

Winter months

Raja Ji National Park welcomes its tourists in the middle of November and during this period, the weather becomes cool and pleasant. At this time, the temperature ranges from 17 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius. Since December and January are the coldest months it is advisable to carry some heavy woolens at this period such as jackets and scarves. During this time, the night gets Chilli. Winter months are best for bird watching and enjoying the wildlife Safari.

Summer months

During the summer season, the temperature goes very high that is from 22 degrees celsius to 38 degrees celsius and the sky remains clean. This is a perfect opportunity to spot some exotic birds and wild animals such as Barking Deer, Indian Langoor, leopards, etc. In the summer months due to high heat animals generally come out near the water bodies to cool themselves. During the summer season, one can have the unforgettable experience of wildlife safari in Rajaji National Park.

Monsoon months

During the monsoon month, Rajaji National Park receives heavy rainfall. Hence the monsoon months that is from July to October month tourism activities are stopped in this National Park. The heavy rainfall increases the greenery of this national park but still, this time is the most unsafe time for going on a jungle safari.

How to Reach Rajaji National Park

By Air: The nearest airport is located in Dehradun, which is Jolly Grant airport which is just 60 km away from Rajaji National Park. From the airport, you can take a taxi or local transport to reach this place. This airport connects Dehradun to Delhi and other major cities in India.

By Road: Haridwar and Dehradun both have a well motorable roads that are connected to the major cities of India. You can get normal and luxury buses from Kashmiri gate ISBT and Meerut. Buses and taxis can be taken from places like Dehradun, Srinagar, Haridwar, Tehri, etc. You can hire any local transport to reach this National Park.

By Rail: The nearest railway stations are Haridwar Junction and Dehradun railway station which are well connected to major cities of India. You can get local buses and transportation from here to Rajaji National Park.

Rules and Regulations of Rajaji National

There are a few fundamental guidelines guests should know about when they are heading out to Rajaji National Park. They are as per the following:

  • The Park specialists won't assume liability for any personal harm and guests are to enter the National Park at their own risk.
  • No guns or weapons are allowed inside the National Park premises.
  • Mundal and Khara Chauki are the only two assigned focuses in the National Park where guests are permitted to get down from the vehicle.
  • Entry Permits can be purchased from the passage doors. Nonetheless, if you are going for a night halt, you should address the Director.
  • You are just permitted to throw off biodegradable litter inside the  National Park in assigned bins.
  • Playing loud music, giving food to animals, and pursuing and prodding the animals are strictly restricted.
  • Guests can leave their vehicles in the assigned parking spaces.
  • The entry permits are substantial for a single-day utilization and are rigorously non-transferrable.
  • The Director of the National Park maintains whatever authority is needed for the passage for any person.

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