The Hazaribagh National Park is one of the most gorgeous sanctuaries in Jharkhand; spread across a low, hilly terrain amidst tropical forests, meadows and lush greenery. Built in 1954, the sanctuary has consistently been conserving wildlife and is home to several rare and endangered species.
This sanctuary is well-maintained through out the year, and is constructed in such a way that travellers never miss out on an opportunity to spot beautiful wildlife housed here in any season. However, due to the tropical nature of the park, the best time to visit is during the winter; between the months of October and March.
Jharkhand is a land of the forest, and that translates beautifully into the incredible biodiversity found inside Hazaribagh National Park. This is one of the oldest national parks in India and is truly abundant in natural vegetation, flora and fauna. There are many tiny rivers meandering through its undulating landscape, that adds to the overall beauty of the place. Additionally, there are several dams constructed in the park that have led to the creation of artificial lakes, which further enhances it beauty.
The park is home to several species of fauna such as panthers, spotted deer, nilgai, wild boar, bison, cheetal, kakar, tiger and sambar. These wonderful animals can easily be spotted near the waterholes during dusk. There are also plenty of watchtowers constructed inside the park for wildlife watching, turning it into a magnificent experience. Tigers are rarely spotted in the forest; considered yourself really lucky if you actually spot one.
A forest safari is the best way to experience the national park; to have an uninterrupted, close view of the wildlife. You can avail the accommodation of the forest rent house at Rajderwah inside the park. This lodge has a canteen and dormitory facilities that makes for a simple yet comfortable stay.
If you’re looking for luxury, there are plenty of hotels in Hazaribagh that have modern amenities as well. Hazaribagh also has plenty of other popular attractions that you can visit namely the Padma Palace, Tilaiya Dam, Tiger Falls, Rajrappa Falls, Surajkund Hot Spring, Palamau Forest Reserve and Canary Hill.
Located on the Ranchi-Patna highway, this national park is about 19km from Hazaribagh and approximately 135km from Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand. Travellers can easily avail a taxi or rickshaw from the town to reach Hazaribagh National Park.