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Tourist Places To Visit In Rajaji National Park
Combining 3 parks; Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji, this national park is spread over a massive 820 sq. km. and is renowned for being a sanctuary to elephants, tigers, sloth bears and some of the most rich and diverse species in the world. Other than Jim Corbett National Park, this is the only other certified national park in Uttarakhand. The gorgeous landscapes and biodiversity can be best enjoyed from May to June when the sun’s heat is at its peak, resulting in wildlife venturing out hiding to waterbodies nearby. The park is relatively close by to Rishikesh and Haridwar, making it the perfect weekend getaway. For both wildlife lovers and photography enthusiasts there are more than enough tourist places to visit in Rajaji National Park.
Rajaji Tiger Reserve
Established in 2015, this is hands down the star tourist attraction of the area. The reserve is home to some of the most rich and diverse flora and fauna on the planet. The park also boasts having up to 50 different mammals including the endangered Asian Elephant, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild boars and nearly 400 different species of migrant birds. The tiger reserve is teeming with wildlife and has a habitat that comprises of sal and deciduous forestland. In 2012 the area finally received its official “national park” status. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will be enchanted by the magic of the jungle. Photography enthusiasts and conservationists will find this reserve to be a paradise.
About 12.4 km away from the national park is the Vashistha cave inhabited by the sage of the same name. It is normally frequented by visitors travelling to Rishikesh but can also be reached from the national park due to its proximity. It provides a welcome change to visitors who are keen to explore some interesting tourist attractions nearby. This is a perfect spot to engage in some deep meditation and rest.
Situated 9 km away in Haridwar, Vishnu Ghat is one of the most peaceful and serene tourist spots close to the national park. Pilgrims frequent this place year round as it close by to the Har Ki Pauri Ghat as well. It is also one of the most sanitary and family friendly Ghats in Hardiwar. Pilgrims tend to dip themselves in the holy water and participate in the Aarti ceremony that takes place here.
Divya Prem Sewa
Approximately 16 km from the national park is the Divya Prem Sewa leprosy ashram. The home is a safe space for children and adults riddled with the disease. Visitors can interact with the patients and there is an evening Aarti, which takes place here that creates a memorable experience. Visitors will leave the ashram feeling happy and fulfilled.