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A Visit To Hazaribagh National Park In Jharkhand

By: Ashley Babu

The Hazaribagh National Park is a sanctuary spread across 186.2 square kilometres in Jharkhand, in a low, hilly terrain amidst tropical forests, meadows and abundant greenery. Blessed with a picturesque backdrop, this park was built in 1954 with an aim towards wildlife conservation and is home to several rare and endangered species.

This sanctuary is well connected via 111-kilometre, metalled roads so that the tourists never miss out on a chance to spot the beautiful species housed in this sanctuary in any season. Exploring this beautiful national park can give you a once in a lifetime experience.

Hazaribagh national park

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Due to the tropical nature of the park, the best time to visit the park is during hot summers and cold winters; the months of October to March are the best time to visit this national park. Visitors are charged an entry fee of Rs 50 per person.

Located on the Ranchi-Patna highway, this national park is placed 19 kilometres from Hazaribagh and approximately 135 kilometres from Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand. This park has strong influences to the Betla National Park and was initiated in 1976. The visitors can easily avail a taxi or rickshaw from the town to reach the Hazaribagh National Park.

Hazaribagh national park

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Jharkhand translates into a land of the forest and there can be no better representation of the incredible biodiversity in the region than the Hazaribagh National Park. This is one of the oldest national parks in India and there is an abundance of natural vegetation and flora and fauna. There are plenty of water sources available inside the park, with many tiny rivers instrumental to its undulating landscape. In addition, there are several dams constructed in the park that led to the creation of the artificial lakes, which further enhances the beauty of this national park.

Flora And Fauna Of Hazaribagh National Park

Hazaribagh national park

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The park is home to several species like panthers, spotted deer, nilgai, wild boar, bisons, cheetal, kakar, tigers, sambars, etc. These wonderful animals can easily be spotted near waterholes during dusk. There are also plenty of watchtowers constructed inside the park to facilitate wildlife watching. These watchtowers, built near the waterholes, make the view from the top absolutely magnificent. Tigers are spotted very rarely in the forest and you would be considered really lucky if you actually spot one.

A forest safari offers the best experience of exploring this national park via the 111-kilometre, metalled road that is connected to every corner of the park. A tribal mob has inhabited the area surrounding the national park and they get the best seats in the house to have a closer view of the wildlife in the park. The visitors can avail the accommodation of the forest rent house at Rajderwah placed inside the park. This tourist lodge in the park has a canteen and dormitory facilities placed near the lake.

Other Tourist Attractions To Visit

Hazaribagh national park

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There are plenty of hotels in Hazaribagh that have modern amenities catering to all pockets. The park also has plenty of popular tourist destinations that you can visit namely the Padma Palace, Tilaiya Dam, Tiger Falls, Rajrappa Falls, Surajkund hot spring, Palamau forest reserve-another forest reserve in the region-and the Canary Hill.

How To Reach Hazaribagh National Park
The national park is well connected via air, road or train. The Ranchi Airport that is 91 kilometres away is the nearest airport to the park. There are two railway stations in the neighbourhood, Koderma (59 kilometres away) and Hazaribagh Road railway station (67 kilometres away). Visitors can also avail the bus services that commute from major points in the region till the park.

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