Rajaji National Park is situated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand in three Districts of Dehradun, Haridwar & Pauri Garhwal. It lies nestled between the foothills of Shivalik ranges and the Indo-Gangetic planes and represents the Shivalik eco-system. It covers an area of around 820 sq.km. The dense jungles here are home to amazing variety of flora and fauna. The majestic Ganges flows through the National Park for a distance of 24km, besides the innumerable streams and brooks making it rich and diverse. It offers ample opportunities to nature lovers to enjoy the captivating landscape and wildlife.
Being a wild cat lover, I made a few visits to the park to try my luck here and I was amazed to see a different coloured coat of the leopards in the area. A few had a shade darker than what I found in other parts of the country. We spotted one and waited to have a better view of the elusive creature, but alas, it was too shy to bless us with a better portrait. Below is the image of what I could manage.
This is one of those mesmerising times when a big cat fixes his gaze upon you! He had a nice look for a moment and jumped the other side of the wall giving me those precious seconds to click him.
The National Park is around 220kms from New Delhi, and route goes via Meerut, Khatauli, Muzaffar Nagar, Roorkee, Haridwar to Chilla located on the other side of the river Ganges.