Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

In 1948, the first Indian Governor General of India was invited to a hunting expedition in this part of the country.  He was overwhelmed by the beauty of this forest and the rich wildlife it was endowed with.  He refused to hunt, and instantly proposed for the area to be protected for it’s wildlife and forests.  Eventually this led to the formation of Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary, named in honor of C Rajagopalachari fondly known as Rajaji.

In 1983 it got the status of a National Park.  Chilla, Motichur, ranges of Dehradun, and some ranges around Lansdowne were merged in this park.  The beauty of this park is the Holy river Ganges which cuts through the park right in the centre and goes about 25kms through this rich forest.  With Shiwalik ranges on it’s northern side, this park is the westernmost part of the Terai Arc landscape.  Famous for Tigers, Elephants, Leopards, about 48 species of mammals, over 300 species of birds, and butterflies, and reptiles, King Cobra and Goral (mountain goat) are some charismatic species found here.