Rajaji National Park is a beautiful reserve to the east of Haridwar. It is famous as an elephant habitat and also harbours the mountain goat, goral. Part of the awe-inspiring Shivalik ranges in Uttarakhand, these forests at the foothills that comprise Rajaji are endowed with Sal trees and bamboo shoots.
Rajaji National Park is an Indian national park & Tiger Reserve that encompasses the Shivaliks, near the foothills of theHimalayas. It is spread over 820 km².,and three districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. In 1983, three wildlife sanctuaries in the area namely, Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries were merged into one.
The Union government has given the nod to a proposal to grant the Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand the status of a tiger reserve. It is second tiger reserve in the State after the Corbett Tiger Reserve. As per directions of the Tiger Conservative Authority of India, the Rajaji National Park is core area of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, while about 300 km2. of Shyampur range of the Haridwar forest division and parts of Kotdwar and Laldhang forest division, which function as a buffer zone, is included in the Tiger project, augmented area to 1150 km2.