If Corbett National Park has been named after the great killer and ecologist Jim Corbett, the Rajaji park has been named after the greatest freedom fighter late Sri C. Rajgopalachari, who was affectionately called Rajaji, and who had the distinction of becoming the only Indian Viceroy of India after independence. Rajaji Park, contains of three sanctuaries ie Rajaji, Chilla and Motichur, spreading over an area of 820 sq km of Shivalik range and was founded in 1983.
Rajaji and Corbett national Park by and large have the same ecosystem with similar flora and fauna. But Rajaji Park is a much disturbed park due to thick human habitation in the periphery and a large gujjar population inside the park. The pilgrim towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh just touch a segment of the park through which the railway line and the Chilla canal become the main deterrents for free movement of wild life especially the elephant.
Animals, birds, reptiles of almost the same families can be seen in both Corbett Park and Rajaji Park. You can be lucky enough to see large herds of spotted deer and sambhar without any difficulty.
Entry rules to Rajaji Park are the same as for Corbett National Park. Chilla is the main entry point where accommodation is available in Forest department’s guest houses and a GMVN guest house also. Elephants are also available for safari. Day return trips can also be made from two other entry points of Mohand on the Delhi highway and Motichur on Haridwar Rishikesh road. In that case Dehradun, Haridwar or Rishikesh will have to be the places for night halt.
Access to Chilla
Chilla can be reached by crossing the Ganga through a barrage bridge near Rishikesh. The barrage diverts Ganga water in to a canal that feeds the Chilla power house.
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