Around 20 km from Rishikesh, situated along the hills and foothills of Shivalik ranges in the Himalayan foothills, is the Rajaji National Park. Spread over 820 km, it combines three sanctuaries, namely Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji. A special feature of the park is that it is the North Western Limit of Asian elephants and has the highest number of elephants in Uttarakhand. It comprises several zones and forest types like riverine forests, sal forests, board,leaved mixed forests, making it a good place for wildlife to flourish. Among the many faunae one can spot here are leopards, deer, tigers and ghorals. The park is popular among birdwatchers as it is home to around 400 species of birds. Some of the famous birds one can spot here include gulls, mallards, pochards, teals, parakeets, thrushes, woodpeckers, kingfishers and shellducks. The Great Pied hornbill can also be found here. 

The park was established in the year 1983 and was named after the famous freedom fighter Sri C Rajgopalachari, popularly called Rajaji.

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