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Rajaji National Park Tourism And Travel Guide
14.8° C / 58.7° F
March to June
2 to 4 Days
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (35 kms)
Haridwar Railway Station (9 kms)
One of only two national parks and tiger reserves in Uttarakhand, the majestic Rajaji National Park stretches out over nearly 820 sq. km. The park is booming with rich biodiversity and wildlife, best visited in the summer months (March - June). This is the period when tourism in Rajaji National Park is booming. Some of the rarest wildlife species like the Asian elephant, leopards, tigers and sloth bears can all be found here.
The most celebrated animal here is the elephant, that can be spotted in herds if visitors are lucky. The forestland here is comprised of a combination of sal and deciduous trees. The park was formed officially in 2015, after merging with two other parks, namely the Chilla and Motichur parks. The park is well-connected by road, rail and air. To learn more about Rajaji National Park, check out this travel guide.
How to Reach
The Jolly Grant Airport located in Dehradun, is the closest domestic airport to the park, situated 35 km away. Visitors will find multiple taxi and bus options from the airport to get to Rajaji National Park.
Haridwar Railway Station is closest to Rajaji National Park. Similar to the airports, visitors can easily get a bus or cab to reach the national park from here.
Weather and Best time to Visit
Winter (November – February):
The winter season offers decent weather for wildlife and bird spotting. However it can get quite cold in December and January. Caution is advised when travelling here during this period.
Monsoon (July – September):
The park is shut from June to November due to the heavy rainfall received during these months. Majority of the animals and birds take shelter during this period and outdoor activities are limited. It is not advisable to visit the park during this season.
Summer (March – June):
This is the best time to visit the national park. The high temperatures result in animals and birds coming out of hiding and towards waterbodies to quench their thirst. Clear skies dominate these months, making this the best time for wildlife safaris.
Things to Do
Wildlife safaris are the major draw for the national park with visitors venturing here from far and wide across the globe in order to spot some of the rarest wildlife on offer.
Tiger Park Visit:
Tigers are the crown jewel in the Indian wildlife kingdom and Rajaji National Park is home to this majestic creature. This activity is recommended in the summer months.
With over 400 types of bird on offer throughout the year, this is a fantastic activity for nature lovers and young families alike. It is advised to carry binoculars and cameras to fully enjoy the migratory birds.
This is a fantastic outdoor activity, weather permitting. Rafting along the Ganges River can be a magical experience for adventurous tourists and is offered in all seasons except the peak of monsoon.
There are no shopping opportunities available in Rajaji National Park. The nearest spot for Shopping is in Rishikesh, 12 km away. Here there are multiple handicraft and clothing stores on offer to visitors. Alternatively, visitors can even venture further to Haridwar, 15 km away to shop in the local markets there.
Most tourists tend to make day trips to the Rajaji National Park, choosing to stay in Haridwar, Rishikesh or Mussoorie instead. Since eating options around the park are seriously limited, most visitors tend to enjoy their meals in the neighbouring towns and carry items like dried nuts and fruits, water and other snacks when going on safari in the national park.