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Haridwar: The State of Uttarakhand, has always been known for its one of the best and largest tiger reserve in the world, The Corbett Tiger Reserve, also populary known as Corbett National Park. In April 2015, the State got its second Tiger Reserve as the famous Rajaji National Park was formally granted the special status.
Uttarakhand has the second highest tiger population in the country after Karnataka. There is presence of tigers in the Chilla and Dhaulkhand ranges of the Rajaji National Park. Rajaji National Park is spread over 820 square km and three districts of Uttarakhand including Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. The park is most renowned for its elephants and has the largest population of elephants in Uttarakhand. The Mountain Goat, Gural is another common inmate. Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Nilgai, Wild Boar and Sloth bears also inhabit these forests though not very easy to sight. The Monkeys and Langurs are in huge numbers. Tigers and Leopards are the Cats in Rajaji. The leopard , Jungle Cat, and Monitor Lizards are other carnivores. Mammals like the Hyena, Jackal and the Bengal Fox are often seen scavenging in the park. The Himalayan Black Bear, though uncommon, can be sighted in the higher reaches of the park.
Apart from the animals, there are over 1500 families still residing in the Park after around a similar number of families were relocated. These people are commonly known as ‘Gujjars’ and meet their basic needs by farming and selling milk. They raise a good number of cattle which is a major reason that they aften get into a situation where they have to harm the cats. The Government is trying hard to relocate the Gujjars and providing them basic land outside the forest and the process is still on.
Jungle Safari is a major attraction for the tourists and now even more after the upgradation to a Tiger Reserve.
Cost of Permits
Indians: Rs.150/- of about 3 hours
Foreigners: Rs.600/- for foreigners in Chila Range.
Cost of Gypsy : Rs.1500/- from park gate (Easily Available)
Vehicle Entry Charges : Rs.250/- entry of vehicle for Indians and Rs.500/- entry of vehicle for foreigners.
Cost of Guide : Rs.300 for general guide / Rs.600 for experienced Bird and Wild life guide.
You are allowed to take your own vehicle which should be a SUV, however, hiring a guide/guard is a must
The entry timings are within sunrise to sunset, two times a day (STRICT)
Morning: 6 am to 9 am
Evening: 3 pm to 6 pm
Park is open from 15th November to 15th June. It is closed during rainy season. The best time to visit the park is during winters as the animals come out during the day to see the sun.
Staying in and around the park is also no concern as there are 10 Forest Rest Houses in the park and rooms are available only with prior booking. These FRHs can be booked through DIRECTOR, Rajaji National Park, 5/1 Ansari Road, Dehradun-248001, Uttarakhand (INDIA)
Phone : 0135-2621669 Fax : 0135-2621669
There is also a Tourist Guest House of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam which is hardly at a disctance of 500 mts from the Chilla entry gate of Rajaji. It has 12 Wood Log Cottages which offer an amazing staying experience.
One other option of staying inside the forest os with a resort, Wild Brook Retreat and bookings can be done by calling +91-9314880887 and +91-8107002924