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Rajaji National Park, India

This page has not been updated since June 2014.

The Rajaji National Park in Utterakhand was formed from three wildlife sanctuaries – Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji, in 1983. Rajaji now occupies over 800 sq km of land either side of the sacred River Ganges and near to Haridwar.

Though famed as a Bengal tiger reserve the Park has a wide range of rare fauna including leopards, king cobras and the largest population of elephants in Utterakhand. Over 315 different species of birds have been observed in Rajaji.

The development of the park has been informed by the standards of The International Ecotourism Society, including an emphasis on renewable energy by using solar panels and sustainable building practices employing thick walls and thatched roof designs to help manage the temperature flow.

Though not itself a pilgrimage destination nonetheless it is greatly affected by the negative environmental impact of the passage of large numbers of pilgrims passing through the area. Significant areas of the park were also ravaged by a forest fire in 2010 which at one point threatened the nearby Chandi Devi temple.

Rajaji National Park website

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