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Rajaji National Park Weather And Best Time To Visit Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park is only the second wildlife reserve in Uttarakhand, other than Jim Corbett National Park. It enjoys a vastly rich and diverse combination of flora and fauna and is home to some of the most endangered and unique species in the world. From November to June however, Rajaji National Park remains closed to the public due to extreme weather conditions. The summer is normally the best time to spot animals and birds, along with certain winter months. During this period the temperatures remain moderate to hot, which enables most of the wildlife to come out of hiding and toward water bodies to quench their thirst. To find out more about the best time to visit Rajaji National Park read below.
Winter (November – February)
The Rajaji National Park opens its doors to the public again in mid-November. Clear skies and cool weather is the norm during this season, with temperatures hovering between 17°C to 22°C. However, visitors should note that December and January are the coldest months here and it is advisable to well clad with woolen jackets, scarves etc. as it can get quite chilly. Winters and summers are both ideal for bird watching and wildlife safaris, with a diverse variety of species on offer.
Monsoon (July – September)
The national park tends to receive a healthy amount of rainfall every monsoon. July signals the commencement of the monsoon in the area. Midway through July, the rains gain momentum, putting a stop to all tourism in the area. Although the rainfall increases the lushness and greenery of the park, it is still considered unsafe to venture out during this period. As a result, the park is shut from June to November.
Summer (March – June)
This is by far the best time to visit the national park. The relatively higher temperatures averaging between 22°C and 38°C, along with the clear skies and drier days gives visitors a perfect opportunity to spot some of the most unique birds and wildlife like the Indian Langoor, leopards, Barking Deer etc. Due to the heat a lot of these animals are forced to come out of hiding to nearby water bodies to quench their thirst and cool off from the relentless sun. Wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers will find this the safari to be an unforgettable experience.