Uttrakhand Wildlife Adventure And Fun Traveling to Beautiful "Rajaji National Park"

Wildlife Adventure in Rajaji Tiger Reserve

Rajaji National Park of India which is a famous tiger reserve spread over 820 km2. and three districts  Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. In 1983, three wildlife sanctuaries in the area namely, Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries were merged into one. It has been named after C. Rajagopalachari On 25 April 2015 it is declared as a tiger reserve.

C Rajgopalachari:

He was born on 10-12-1878 & was died on 25-12-1972 ; was a famous  Indian politician, independence activist, lawyer, writer and statesman. He was the last Governor-General of India, as India soon became a Republic in 1950. Furthermore, he was the First Indian Governor General of the country, the posts were held by British people. He also served as leader of the Indian National Congress, Premier of the Madras Presidency, Governor of West Bengal, Minister for Home Affairs of the Indian Union and Chief Minister of Madras state. Rajagopalachari founded the Swatantra Party and was one of the first recipients of India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. He vehemently opposed the use of nuclear weapons and was a proponent of world peace and disarmament. During his lifetime, he also acquired the nickname 'Mango of Krishnagiri'. was an accomplished writer who made lasting contributions to Indian English literature and is also credited with composition of the song Kurai Onrum Illai set to Carnatic music. He pioneered temperance and temple entry movements in India and advocated Dalit upliftment. He has been criticised for introducing the compulsory study of Hindi and the controversial Madras Scheme of Elementary Education in Madras State. Critics have often attributed his pre-eminence in politics to his standing as a favourite of both Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Rajagopalachari was described by Gandhi as the "keeper of my conscience".

rajaji tiger reserve of dehradun
Tiger Reserve

It s nestled between the Shivalik ranges and the Indo-Gangetic plains. Broadleaved deciduous forests, riverine vegetation, scrubland, grasslands and pine forests form the range of flora in this park. The dense jungles here are home to vivacious wildlife. 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 Mallotus philippensis, amaltas Cassia fistula, shisham Dalbergia sissoo, Sal Shorea robusta, palash Butea monosperma, arjun Terminalia arjuna, khair Senegalia catechu, baans Dendrocalamus strictus, semul Bombax ceiba, sandan, chamaror Ehretia, amla Phyllanthus emblica, kachnar Bauhienia variegata, ber Ziziphus mauritiana, chilla Casearia, bel Aegle marmelos, etc.

Mallotus Philippensis:

It is a plant in the spurge family. It is known as the kamala tree or red kamala or kumkum tree, due to the fruit covering, which produces a red dye.

Cassia Fistula:

Well known as the golden rain tree & canafistula.  The species is native to the Indian subcontinent and adjacent regions of Southeast Asia. It ranges from southern Pakistan eastward throughout India to Myanmar and Thailand and south to Sri Lanka. It is the state flower of Kerala in India and of immense importance amongst the Malayali population. It s a medium-sized tree, growing to 10–20 m tall with fast growth. The leaves are deciduous, 15–60 cm long, and pinnate with three to eight pairs of leaflets, each leaflet 7–21 cm long and 4–9 cm broad. The flowers are produced in pendulous racemes 20–40 cm  long, each flower 4–7 cm diameter with five yellow petals of equal size and shape. The fruit is a legume, 30–60 cm  long and 1.5–2.5 centimetres  broad, with a pungent odor and containing several seeds. 

Dalbergia Sissoo:

It  is a fast-growing, hardy deciduous rosewood tree native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southern Iran. D. Sissoo is a large, crooked tree with long, leathery leaves and whitish or pink flowers.

Shorea Robusta:

It is native to the Indian subcontinent, ranging south of the Himalaya, from Myanmar in the east to Nepal, India and Bangladesh. In India, it extends from Assam, Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand west to the Shivalik Hills in Haryana, east of the Yamuna. The range also extends through the Eastern Ghats and to the eastern Vindhya and Satpura ranges of central India.

Butea Monosperma:

It is a medium-sized dry season-deciduous tree, growing to 15 m tall. It is a slow growing tree, young trees have a growth rate of a few feet per year. The leaves are pinnate, with an 8–16 cm petiole and three leaflets, each leaflet 10–20 cm long. The flowers are 2.5 cm long, bright orange-red, and produced in racemes up to 15 cm long. The fruit is a pod 15–20 cm long and 4–5 cm broad.In West Bengal, it is associated with spring, especially through the poems and songs of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, who likened its bright orange flame-like flower to fire. In Santiniketan, where Tagore lived, this flower has become an indispensable part of the celebration of spring. The plant has lent its name to the town of Palashi, famous for the historic Battle of Plassey fought there.

Terminalia Arjuna:

It is a tree of the genus Terminalia. It is commonly known as arjuna.

Aegle Marmelos:

It  is a species of tree native to India, Nepal, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Myanmar.


It is a plant genus in the family Salicaceae.

Senegalia Catechu:

It is a deciduous, thorny tree which grows up to 15 m in height.The plant is called khair  in Hindi, and kachu in Malay, hence the name was Latinized to "catechu" in Linnaean taxonomy, as the type-species from which the extracts cutch and catechu are derived.

Dendrocalamus Strictus:

It is a tall, dull long green-colored bamboo species, which grows in thickets consisting of a large number of heavily branched, closely growing culms. It reaches a height of 6-18 m.

Bombax Ceiba:

This Asian tropical tree has a straight tall trunk and its leaves are deciduous in winter. Red flowers with 5 petals appear in the spring before the new foliage.

Desmodium Oojeinense:

It is a plant, found in Visakhapatnam District of India and more or less scarce in other forests usually grows 6–12 meters tall.


It is a genus of flowering plants in the borage family, Boraginaceae. It contains about 50 species.

Phyllanthus Emblica:

This tree well known as emblic, emblic myrobalan, myrobalan,  Indian gooseberry, Malacca tree, or amla. The tree is small to medium in size, reaching 1–8 m (3 ft 3 in–26 ft 3 in) in height. The branchlets are not glabrous or finely pubescent, 10–20 cm (3.9–7.9 in) long, usually deciduous; the leaves are simple, subsessile and closely set along branchlets, light green, resembling pinnate leaves.

Ziziphus Mauritiana:

Ziziphus mauritiana is a spiny, evergreen shrub or small tree up to 15 m high, with trunk 40 cm or more in diameter; spreading crown; stipular spines and many drooping branches. The fruit is of variable shape and size. It can be oval, obovate, oblong or round, and can be 1-2.5 in  long, depending on the variety. 

Rajaji Tiger Reserve 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. The park is most renowned for its elephants. The mountain goat, goral is another noteworthy resident. It is mainly confined to the precipitous pine-covered slopes. Here we can see  sambar, barking deer, hog deer, nilgai, wild pigs, tigers, leapord,  sloth bears, Asian elephant,Jungle cat,Striped hyena,Goral,Indian hare,Himalayan black bear,King cobra,Jackal,Rhesus macaque,Indian langur,Indian porcupine,Monitor lizard,Python etc.

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