Rajaji National Park: the Kingdom of the Elephant

Where is Rajaji National Park to discover one of the most beautiful wildlife parks in the state of Uttarakhand (in the north of India)? The elephant is an emblematic animal of the country? today’s post proposes to you  ” Rajaji National Park Safari?”   the small village of Chilla – located 13 km northeast of  Hardiwar and 25 km from Rishikesh. Come and explore the Kingdom of the Elephant-Rajaji National Park.

Rajaji National Park

The Park dates to 1983 and through three natural sanctuaries (Motichur, Rajaji, and Chilla). It is about 24 km far from the Ganges River.  It covers an area of ​​820.42 square km dotted with mountains and forests. Now, it is famous for Jungle Jeep Safari.  Rajaji National Park Timings are 07 AM – 05 PM all weekday.  There are resorts in Rajaji national park to stay for a short and long time along with camping sites too.

Chilla Range – Jeep Safari Package

For Indian Nationals

S.No. No. of Person Entry Gate Gypsy Charges (INR) Entry Fees
Gypsy/Vehicle (INR)
Gate Entry Fees Member(s) (INR)
1. 1 to 6 Chilla-I/Jhilmil/Ranipur
Safari Duration: 2:30-3 Hours
3000.00 250.00 150.00 x per person
up to 6 persons
2. 1 to 6 Chilla IInd / Motichur (Satyanarayan)
Safari Duration: 1:30-2 Hours
2500.00 250.00 150.00 x per person
up to 6 persons
3. 1 to 6 Gohri
Safari Duration: 1:30-2 Hours
2500.00 100.00 N.A.

For Foreign Nationals

Gypsy Charges (INR)) Entry Fees
Gypsy/Vehicle (INR)
Gate Entry Fees  P.P (INR)
4. 1-4 Jhilmil/Ranipur/Chilla (Ist Main) 4000.00 500.00 600.00 x per person
up to 6 persons
5. 5-6 Jhilmil/Ranipur/Chilla (Ist Main) 5000.00 500.00 600.00 x per person
up to 6 persons
6. 1-6 Chilla (IInd Andheri) 3000.00 500.00 600.00 x per person
up to 6 persons
7 1-6 Gohri Range
(Buffer zone safari)
3000.00 500.00 N.A.

 

Complementary: One Child up to 5 years on one Jeep.

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Stripped Hyena Rajaji National Park
Stripped Hyena Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park to Rishikesh

Rajaji  National Park to Rishikesh is just 25 km if you calculate the distance from the Chilla range of the Park.  In addition, looking for Rajaji National Park Safari Booking, then you have to reach Motichur Range of the Park for the same.

Haridwar to Rajaji National Park

Haridwar to Rajaji national park is located just a few kilometers towards Rishikesh,.However, the main attraction is extraordinary biodiversity. The park is home to 315 species of birds and 23 mammals and some thirty tigers and 200 leopards Himalayan bears, and Sambar deer(difficult to spot despite forming a large colony).

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Tiger in Motichur Range of the Rajaji National Park
Tiger in Motichur Range of the Rajaji National Park

And of course, the flagship of the park: its more than 450 wild elephants. Although this space officially opens its doors between November 15 and June 15, some tour operators offer the possibility of doing Safari outside of Rajiji particularly for birdwatching safaris.

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Gujjar Trible Village
Gujjar Trible Village

Gujjar Tribal Village

  • The excursion also includes a visit to a Gujjar tribal village, where buffalo herding is the main activity. You can enter the park through the Chilla range.
  • Where you can rent an all-terrain vehicle (with a capacity for eight people) to access the area.
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A Tusker Elephant in Rajaji National Park
A Tusker Elephant in Rajaji National Park

Haridwar to Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park sprawls three cities of Uttarakhand, Haridwar Dehradun, and Rishikesh.  If you looking for a Tiger jeep Safari then you have to reach Motichur Range that is only 10 km from Haridwar. Whereas the Chilla range is famous for Wild Elephant Jeep Safari that is 25 km from Haridwar.

Safari at Rajaji National Park

Safari at Rajaji National park starts from 07 AM  up to 10 Am and  In the afternoon from 02 PM up to 05 PM, all weekdays except monsoon season si closed from June 15 up to October 14 each year. But the Motichur Range remains open around the years even though during the monsoon but only for Tiger Jeep Safari.

Rajaji National Park Safari Booking

I would suggest booking through any travel agent not directly because many times tourists miss their safari scheduled.  Or some time hard to reach early morning on your own by taking Jungle road. Rishikesh to Rajaji National Park is only 25 km via Vibhadra road to reach Chilla Range of the Park.

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Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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