Rajaji National Park Bird Watching
Watching birds in elephant country
The Rajaji National Park covers an area of 1075 sq.km. is located in the Shivalik, which are formed
from the debris of the main Himalayas. The shaggy ridgelines of these hills are interspersed with rocky
river beds. While the high ridges are dotted with chir pine, the undulating lower ridge forests have mixed
tropical deciduous forests and flatter areas have Sal forests, Large rivers (raus) have water only in the
monsoons, while smaller, shaded stream (sots) occasionally retain water in summer. Rajaji harbors at
least 311 species, of which several are altitudinal and latitudinal migrants such as warblers, waders,
ducks and flycatchers descending into the Shivalik during winter. Shivaliks are important breeding ground for
endangered birds including Great Hornbill, Pallas Fish Eagle, River Lapwing ad Vulture species .
Rajaji is listed as an important Bird Area by BNHS and Bird Life International.
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Birding Area Name:
Rajaji National Park (or Rajaji Tiger Reserve) and its Surrounding
Black Stork, White-eyed Buzzard, Cinereous Vulture, Pallas Fish Eagle, River Lapwing, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Wallcreeper.
Rajaji National Park remains open for tourist from 15th November to 15th June, annually. This area is best explored in a three-day visit covering different forest and riverine habitats. November to March is a good season for winter migrants while he summer is good for breeding residents. Explore the Sal forest woodpecker, flycatchers and warblers near Dehradun (Phanduwala-Kansrao-Motichur trail) or Chilla (Ganga Bhogpur-Vindhyavasini). Birding along the Chilla Barrage can yield several waders, fish eagles and lapwings. The Rajaji Park Management is also identifying trails in Chilla Range for birders. One can also hire jeep safaris at Chilla for viewing elephant and carnivores.
Jolly Grant, Dehradun
How to reach here:
By road, a scenic motorable road running along the canal, exists all the way to Chilla (through Kunao Gate). Route: Rishikesh-Ganga Bhogpur-Chilla (30 min. drive). Alternately one can approach via Haridwar-Chandi Devi Mandir-Chilla (10 min. Drive). Buses ply from Haridwar and Rishikesh to Chilla.
280 to 1000 m, Chilla (350m), Phanduwala (730m)
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