About the Park
Spread over 820 square kilometres and located near the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Rajaji National Park was formed in 1983 by merging three wildlife sanctuaries - Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji.
Rajaji National Park was named after C. Rajagopalachari who was a prominent leader during the Indian Freedom Struggle. He was the second and last Governor-General of independent India and one of the first recipients of India's highest civilian award in 1954 - Bharat Ratna.
The Ganga and Song rivers flow through the park and are home to a wide variety of fish like trout, mahaseer and chilwa. Several ravines also descend from the main ridge of the Shivalik range into the area of the Park. These creeks turn from drylands to raging torrents during the monsoon. The region is abundant in deciduous and pine forests, grasslands and riverine vegetation. These dense jungles are home to a variety of wildlife.
Rajaji has the largest population of elephants in Uttarakhand numbering over 500. It also has twelve tigers living within its boundaries. Other denizens of the Park include leopards, striped hyenas, sloth bears, Himalayan black bears, king cobras, pythons, gorals, and the Rhesus macaque.
It is also a haven for birds - over 315 species of birds are found here, both residents and migrants. Some of the birds that are commonly sighted are greater scaup, white-naped woodpecker, great hornbill, Pallas's fish eagle, northern goshawk, black-necked stork, yellow-billed blue magpie, and reed bunting. Rajaji is also the first staging ground for migratory birds once they cross over the Himalayas into the Indian subcontinent. The best places for birding are on the 26-kilometre forest drive at Chilla, and along the 40-kilometre Phanduwala-Motichur trail. For the early risers, the area around the forest lodges also attracts a number of avian guests.
The Park has several entry gates for visitors and is accessible from Dehradun, Kotdwar, Haridwar, and Rishikesh.
Best time to visit
Rajaji National Park remains open for seven months only from 15th November to 15th June. It is closed during the rainy season for five months due to flooding of streams which makes it inaccessible.
During the winter months of October to February, the migratory birds descend in large numbers and take over the wetlands of the Park.
Spring, which is in March and April, offers the best weather for outdoor treks and overnight camping.
The summer months of May through June might be very hot but it is also the best time for photography as many animals come out into the open for water. Although the days are very hot, it can get pleasant at night.
Visitors are allowed to enter the Park twice a day for three hours at a time
Morning: 6 am to 9 am
Evening: 3 pm to 6 pm
Rajaji National Park is open from 15th November to 15th June and is closed during the rainy season
Any restrictions and rules
Indians: Rs 150 per visit
Foreigners: Rs 600 per visit
Cost of Safari Vehicle: Rs 1,500 from the park gate
Gypsies and other safari vehicles are available on hire from the entry gates for safaris lasting about three hours but make sure to book them in advance to ensure availability
Vehicle Entry Charges:
Rs 250 per entry of vehicle for Indians
Rs 500 per entry of vehicle for foreigners
A local guide is a must with every vehicle
Cost of guide: Rs 300 for a general guide
Rs 600 for an experienced bird and wildlife guide
Use of still cameras are free for Indians and charged at Rs 50 for foreigners
Filming charges for feature films for Indians and foreigners: Rs 20,000
Security for Indians: Rs 25,000
Security for foreigners: Rs 40,000
Filming charges for documentaries for Indians: Rs 2,500 per day
Security for Indians: Rs 15,000
Filming charges for documentaries for foreigners: Rs 5,000 per day
Security for foreigners: Rs 40,000
Latest information on tourism zones
Jungle safaris are offered at two locations currently, Chilla and Motichur Ranges. The Dhaulkhand Range, which is famous for leopard sightings, will soon be open to visitors as well.
Gates and distance
Ramgarh Gate 14 km from Dehradun
Mohand Gate 25 km from Dehradun
Ranipur Gate 9 km from Haridwar
Motichur Gate 9 km from Haridwar
Chilla Gate 9 km from Haridwar
Kunao Gate 6 km from Rishikesh
Laldhang Gate 25 km from Kotdwara
Inside the Park
Game drives morning and afternoon
Outside the Park
Rafting on the Ganga from Marine Drive to Shivpuri or Shivpuri to Rishikesh
Bird Watching - Situated in Dehradun and declared as a Bird Sanctuary, the wetlands at Assan Barrage near the confluence of Assan and Yamuna rivers is a birder’s paradise
TOFTigers do not yet have specific projects in this park
No representative has been appointed here yet