Rajaji National Park from Haridwar

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#1 Jun 2nd, 2011, 15:25
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hi folks,

i will be going to haridwar for 2 weeks and i wanted to know about rajaji national park. are there tigers in the NP? how can i go to rajaji NP from haridwar? and what is the mode of sighting inside the park, i mean do we get jeeps or elephants?

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#2 Jun 2nd, 2011, 16:02
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1] The National Park remains open between 15th Nov. to 15th June every year.

2] You can hire a taxi from Haridwar. There are public transports available but no idea when & where to catch from.

3] Tigers, yes. But sightings, no. If you are very very lucky Leopard sighting is a possibility. Otherwise you will come across lots of Elephants (in big herds also), Spotted deers, Sambhar deers, Peacocks, different birds etc.,

4] Open jeeps are available at the Chilla gate who charge around Rs. 1000 - 1100 for one time safari (Safaris are held mornings & evenings). Entrance charges are extra. Elephant ride is currently not available.

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we visited the park in march 2010. very near to haridwar. 20 minutes from the haridwar rail station.

safari jeeps available at park gate. entry is allowed between 6 to 10 am and 2 to 4 pm. forest dept charge entry fee per person (approx rs 100) and per jeep (approx 200). the jeep owner charge 800 - 1000 for a 2 hour safari.

we enterd at 4 pm and the safari was till 6 pm . driver said best time for animal sighting.

the jungle was mesmerizing in the soft yellow light, this was our first national park visit. lots of deers ,wild boars, peacocks, birds, langurs, fox. our driver pointed to a high tree and said leopard but we coudn't locate anything.

The height of the trip was peacock dance. what an experience. a male peacock was dancing arround 2/3 females in a small grassland between trees.

one lone male elephant was standing close to the safdari route. our jeep stopped just in front of him only 20 feet away. 3 jeeps stopped behind us. he was looking straight to us. suddenly the elephant took a step forward. one jeep had forest guard, he fired towards sky. the elephant turned back and disappeared in woods. it was so close i forgot to switch on camera.

will post the pcitured later.
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Rajaji NP

@kmahaldar: And what about the accommodation? Also are elephant rides available?
#5 Aug 24th, 2011, 20:38
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Elephant rides are not available at present.

GMVN has a tourist rest house near the Chila gate & also there is a Forest rest house. Apart from this plenty of accommodation in Haridwar, a short drive away.

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We went to Rajaji park last year and arranged it through a local travel agent in Haridwar called Star Krishna tour 'n' travels. They were great and accomodated everything we wanted, open backed jeep, hotel pickup, village visit and elephant ride and the best part is that it was half the price of the agent reccomended in LP. We didn't see any tigers but there were planty of leopards, barking deer, sambar and a jungle cat as well as lots of avifauna. Accomodation is available but we did it as a day trip. We thoroughly enjoyed it and can't reccomend the agency highly enough (It's not often that I keep a business card for so long) they are situated opposite the taxi stand near the railway station.
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I'll be in Haridwar next March Jeraboa, is this park right next door then?
Shame this travel agent you mention doesn't seem to be picked up by google search.
I've also been over to Mohan's Adventre Tours website to make a few enquires but had no luck sending the form off (errors)
My wildlife tour is looking more unlikly the more I look into it!
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Yes the park is very close to Haridwar, litterally just outside of the city.

I don't think that star Krishna have a website, it's just a small local agency, but very helpful nontheless. Mohans does come highly reccomended from those who have use them and they seemed to be a very profesional outfit, however considering the distances involved and the fact that this was only a half day trip we thought the prices they asked were too high (as often happens with places that have had a mention in LP).

It's very easy to organise once you get to Haridwar, we went to Mohans first, then just asked a handful of other agents for quotes (there are lots around the railway station) they were all pretty similar (ie half the price of what Mohans was asking) and we chose star Krishna as they seemed to comprehend what we wanted better than any other, the fact that we were dealing with the owner probably helped, he even called us after the tour to check that everything had been good.
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Hi Jeraboa
Thanks for all the info. I've made a note of Star-Krishna's address. Will look them up as soon as I get to Haridwar....I wonder if they would arrange a short trip to Devprayag too?.. I guess they could being a travel agent! Yes, 4-5 days around Haridwar area would be nice (again) just to chill out...I might even find the cable car this time, up to the Chandi Devi temple..instead of the punishing walk up.
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@spud, once you land up in India or in Haridwar, you can contact Parvez (I have PMed the no. to you ) who is the open jeep driver cum guide & he can take you on Rajaji safari rounds. We used his services after our six days Corbett trip for just one round of safari in Rajaji & were satisfied with the services & his knowledge of birds. Many amateur & professional photographers use his services in while they are in Rajaji.

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Cheers for that, Have made a note of his name & number.
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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post @spud, once you land up in India or in Haridwar, you can contact Parvez (I have PMed the no. to you ) who is the open jeep driver cum guide & he can take you on Rajaji safari rounds. We used his services after our six days Corbett trip for just one round of safari in Rajaji & were satisfied with the services & his knowledge of birds. Many amateur & professional photographers use his services in while they are in Rajaji.

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pl pm me too ronak. thanks
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Originally Posted by happyarun View Post pl pm me too ronak. thanks
done.

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Dear Ronak, please pm me the number as well.
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Originally Posted by Incog View Post Dear Ronak, please pm me the number as well.
Have PMed you the contact no. & also SMSed on your mobile. Have a great trip.

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