Rajaji Sanctuary, which was one of the constituent units by the amalgamation of which the Rajaji National Park, was created in 1983.
The Rajaji National Park was formed by the amalgamation of Rajaji Sanctuary, Motichur Sanctuary, and Chilla Sanctuary. Rajaji Sanctuary was named after C. Rajagopalachari lovingly known as Rajaji, the first Governor General of Independent India, as it was on his behest that the sanctuary was created. It is said that when Rajaji, the newly appointed Governor General, was invited for a hunt he was so impressed by the biological diversity and plethora of wild animals in the area that instead of hunting, he suggested the creation of a wildlife sanctuary in the area.
The notification of Rajaji Tiger Reserve was issued on 18 April 2015 The Tiger Reserve extends over the Shivalik Range from the Dehradun-Saharanpur road in the northwest to the Rawasan River in the southeast, with the Ganges dividing it into two parts. Some of the basic features of the Shivalik formations are to be seen in the Tiger Reserve, and it is rightly known as a veritable storehouse of Shivalik biodiversity and eco-systems.
River Ganga bifurcates the Tiger Reserve into two parts: the eastern part, consisting of the Chilla and Gohri ranges of core zone and has part of reserve Forest block (Bijni Beat) under the administrative control of RNP, Shyampur Range of Haridwar Forest Division and Laldhang & Kotdwar ranges of Lansdowne Forest Division of Buffer zone, stretches from the left bank of the Ganges to Rawasan River in the east and Shyampur Range of Haridwar Forest Division to the South. The northern boundary of the eastern portion of the Tiger Reserve is defined by Laxmanjhula beat of Gohri Range of the Tiger Reserve. The western part of the Tiger Reserve consists of the Ramgarh, Kansrao, Motichur, Haridwar, Dholkhand and Chillawali Ranges.
The Forest Divisions which are part of Rajaji Tiger Reserve
|S.N.||Name of National Park/Forest Divisions||Area(ha)|
|1||Rajaji National Park||81954.41|
|2||Haridwar Forest Division||7409.19|
|3||Lansdowne Forest Division||16115.20|
|4||Reserve Forest under Rajaji National Park||2038.30|
District wise Break-up of the Area of Rajaji Tiger Reserve
|S.N.||Name of Sanctuary||Area(ha)|