A popular national park in Uttarakhand, Rajaji National Park is situated near the foothills of the Himalayas. The park boasts of 500 Elephants, 12 Tigers, 250 Panthers and over 400 species of birds, making it a must visit for all types of wildlife enthusiasts. Besides, the national park, we have rounded up some of the places that you can visit in Rajaji national park.
That’s not all. Rajaji National Park is located very close to both Haridwar and Rishikesh as well, which makes it a great spot for a quick weekend getaway. Plus, with a host of activities for both the laid-back and active traveller, a visit to Rajaji National Park is something that you cannot afford to miss. Check out our list of must-visit places that you can visit in Rajaji National Park. You can check out our recommendations below.
Divya Prem Sewa Mission
Just about 16 km from the resort is the Divya Prem Sewa Mission, better known as leprosy ashram here. The mission is a bustling foster-home for kids with leprosy-ridden parents. Accompany fellow guests from the resort for the evening aarti, and share some joy with the kids over a game of cricket or just casual conversation. The experience will fill you with boundless positive energy.
Chilla Canal and Dam
Barely 200 metres from the resort flows the wide perennially freshwater Chill Canal, and a kilometre up is the Chilla dam built on it. While it is by no measure the biggest or the best there is, but their splendid locales- dense trees brimming with exotic birds, small villages in the distance, take its riches up a couple notches or several. It’s perfect for a particularly lazy, scenic evening or a fresh energetic morning.
With Haridwar in the vicinity, there was no way we were going to leave out a some great religious/ sightseeing spots off these lists. Mansa Devi, a popular Hindu shrine, is a temple located on the Bilwa hill of the Shivaliks and is considered a Siddha Peeth (temples known for fulfilling wishes), one of the three such Peeths in this region. While it is known for the picture-perfect complex atop the hill, you may visit here for the fun cable car ride to the temple and the many ‘langoor’ monkeys and the stunning views of the Ganga river and its ghats from here.
Also visit- Chandi Devi: While Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi are similar in almost aspects but for their names, Chandi Devi is closer to Rajaji, so may make more sense for some. Like the one above, Chandi Devi is also a hill-top Siddha Peeth temple, with steps and cable car rides leading to the top and great views of the Gangetic plains below.
Har ki Pauri
One of the most important sites in one of the most improtant religious destinations in the country, Har ki Pauri is every bit the spectacle the world has made it out to be. While the feeling of Himalayan breeze blowing in your hair while you stand on the banks of a brimming Ganga, surrounded by devotees and sages in eclectic colors, is special in itself. But the best part about the place is the evening aarti of the river, which is a unison of pandits and gurus in a deluge of devotees. Believer or not, the raw, earthy spirituality of the event is an emotion endangered in this concrete world.
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