Rajaji National Park is located at the foothills of the majestic Himalayan Mountains encompassing the great Shivalik range. Spread over an area of 820 km and through Three districts of Uttarakhand, namely Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal, Rajaji National Park is named after C. Rajagopalachari. There were actually three wildlife sanctuaries Motichur, Chilla and Rajaji that was merged into one in the year 1983 into this national park. Well connected by flights, trains and road through most major cities of India, this national park is very rich in bio diversity. The Rajaji National Park is a paradise for wildlife[1] lovers as well as bird watchers. There are over 400 species of birds found here and it is also a treasure trove of wildlife. There are more than 12 tigers, 500 elephants and 250 panthers. There are also an extremely good base of prey for the tigers and panthers with sambhar, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, goral as well as two kinds of bears namely the sloth bear and the Himalayan black bear.

There is also a great variety and diversity of insects, including some extremely beautiful and colorful butterflies. This national park is bisected and fed by the great Indian River Ganges and several wild brooks that also form the lifeline of Rajaji National Park. All visitors wishing to enter the park need a permit, which can be availed at any of the gates of this national park. There are also jeep safaris[2] available with proper tickets and permission. The safari is conducted for 3 hours every day twice after sunrise and after sunset in open jeeps. The lodging options available at the edge of the national park, just outside its premises also offer rafting in the river Ganges under expert guidance as well as bird watching facilities for its guests.

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