Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park is situated along the hills and foothills of Shivalik ranges in the Himalayan foothills and represents the Shivalik ecosystem. On the map it is located between Haridwar (Latitude 290 56' 40") and Dehradun (Latitude 300 20' North) and 790 80' E Longitude (Dehradun 780 01' 15" E (Ramgarh), Chillawali- 770 54' 30" East).

Climate

The three main seasons in the Himalayan foothills are: winter, summer and monsoons. The best time for a safari or a bird watching trip is during winter (November to February) when the days are pleasant (20-25 degree Centigrade), nights cold and humidity is low. Temperature rises rapidly to 40-48 degree Centigrade in the hot season (March to June) and rainfall increases with the occasional thunderstorm. Humidity is high in the rainy season (July to October), with over 750 mm of precipitation in July to August, and there is little temperature variation.Annual rainfall ranges from 1200-1500 mm.

Flora

Broadleaved deciduous forests, riverine vegetation, grasslands and pine forests form the range of flora at these parks. The dense jungles here are home to vivacious wildlife here. The varied topography of the national park is also responsible for vivid animal life inhibited here. The under-wood is light and often absent, consisting of Rohini (Liollotus philippinensis), Amaltas (Cassia
Fistula), Sandan (Ougeinia Oojeinensis), Pipal (Bauhienia Lazan), Mahal (Pyrus Pashla), Chamaror,(Ehretia Laevis), Aonia (Emblica Officinalis), Kachnar (Bauhienia Variegata),Ber (Ziziphus Mauritiana), Chilla (Casearia tomentosa), Bel (Aegle Marmelos), etc.

Fauna

Endowing a wide variety of fauns in its lap, Rajaji National park has a lot to offer to wildlife eccentrics. With pristine scenic beauty and rich bio-diversity, Rajaji is a much reckoned park of India. There are about 23 species of mammals that inhibit this park. Indian elephants, spotted dear, sambhar deer, barking deer, blue bull, hog dear, wild boar, Jungle cat, Rhesus monkey and Lepidoptera are the mammals found here.

Avifauna

There are about 315 species of birds that inhibit this park. India's National bird, Peacock is found here in abundance. Innumerable variety off butterflies and small birds add to the beauty of this place. Rusty cheaked Scimitar, Babbler, Golden-spected Warbler, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Brown Hawk-Owl, Drongo Cuckoo, Great Hornbill are only a few names of birds that are found here.

Rides

Its important to take permissions from the forest department before entering the premises of park. The park can be best viewed on an Elephant safari. Alternatively one can also take Jeep safari to see the park.

How to Reach

Main gate of the Pench national park at Turia is merely 12 km from Khawasa (80 km from Nagpur). The park finding its easy connection with Nagpur is easily reachable from all other part of the region

By Air

Nagpur is the nearest airport which has good air link with major air destinations like Mumbai and Delhi. From Nagpur, one can drive to Khawasa (80 km), from where Turia gate of the Pench national park is just 12 km.

Buy Train

The nearest railhead from the national park is Nagpur (92 km), from where one can easily reach Khawasa in 2 hours drive, and can take another small drive to the Turia gate of the park (12 km from Khawasa).

By Road

From Nagpur (80 km) and Jabalpur (190 km), one can drive on National Highway 7, and can easily reach Khawasa, from where the park is just 12 km.