Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park was established in 1983 amidst the bio diverse area of the Shivalik Hill range on the Himalayan foothills. The national park’s name has been dedicated to C. Rajagopalachari, fondly known as Raja Ji.

Rajaji National Park is predominantly formed from dense green jungles, and this environment forms a habitat for a number of animals. The Park is at the northwestern limit of distribution for both elephants and tigers in India, and has the largest population of elephants in Uttarakhand. Other wild animal species found in the Park include:

  • Asian Elephant
  • Bengal Tiger
  • Leopard
  • Jungle Cat
  • Striped Hyena
  • Goral
  • Indian Hare
  • Sloth Bear
  • Himalayan Black Bear
  • King Cobra
  • Jackal
  • Barking Deer
  • Sambhar
  • Wild boar
  • Rhesus macaque
  • Indian langur
  • Indian Porcupine
  • Monitor lizard
  • Python

315 species of birds are found in the Park. The most prominent avian species include pea fowl, woodpeckers, pheasants, kingfishers and barbets, supplemented by a number of migratory species during the winter months. The Park is also home to the Great Pied Hornbill, Himalayan Pied Kingfisher and the fire tailed sunbird. This area is the first staging ground after the migratory birds cross over the Himalayas into the Indian subcontinent.

The rivers which flow through the Park harbour species of fish such as trout and mahseer.

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