is an accumulation of varied themes and experiences. Wildlife is just one
aspect but is as much significant as others. Out of a number of protected
forest areas, the Sariska Tiger Reserve is undoubtedly one of the bets and
most frequented. The park is nestled in the ancient Aravali Hills and covers
an area of 800 sq km. From a sanctuary in 1955 to a national park in 1979,
Sariska has been a regular haunt for spotting some of the most exotic and
endangered wildlife species. The forests of the park comprise of dry
deciduous forests, rocky landscape and grasslands.
A major portion of the park area is covered with dhok trees that serve as a
fine refuge for a number of animal species. The park harbours the largest
population of peafowl in the country. Apart from sheltering a huge number of
mammals and birds, the park also houses the ruins of temples that date back
between the 10th and 11th centuries. An ancient fort is also located inside
the confines of the park.
Go There For
The Sariska National Park is a haven for numerous carnivores and
herbivores. You can spot animals like tiger, leopard, hyena, jackal, wild
dog, sambar, chital, nilgai, chausingha, wild boar, langur etc. You can also
spot a big number of Rhesus monkeys inside the park. The varied landscape of
the Sariska Tiger Reserve has been a befitting shelter to the animals
The national park is also famous for its avian species. Among bird species,
the population of peafowl is truly a delight to watch. Other bird species
include Sand grouse, Bush quail, Grey partridge, Tree pie, Serpent eagle,
Great Indian horned owl etc.
Safaris & Other Attractions
jeep safari is a fine option to explore the deeper confines of the park.
Acquire the entry permit and start on you adventure safari into the park.
Jeeps can be hired at the Forest Reception Office that lies on the Jaipur
Road. Specialized guides with local knowledge are available to assist you
all the way long. You can enjoy the safari in the early morning and evening.
During these hours, you can spot most of the mammal species near the lakes.
While you are on the hunt, you can also pay a visit to the Kankwari Fort
that stands within the park. It's interesting to note that Mughal Emperor
Aurangzeb had imprisoned his brother Dara Shikoh here. Another big draw for
tourists and sightseers are the ruins of the Hindu and Jain temples. The
ancient Shiva Temples or the Neelkanth Temples date back between the 6th and
The Sariska Palace is another attraction here. Built by the maharajahs of
Alwar, the palace is a brilliant piece of history. It provides a window to
the luxurious lifestyles and the traditional beauty of the region. The
palace has now been turned into a heritage hotel, inviting a good number of
vacationers from across the country and the world.
Reaching The Park
Jaipur (Capital of Rajasthan) lies at a distance of 107 km and is the
closest airport from the park. The airport has regular flights to the key
destinations of the country and the UAE. Alwar, 37 km from the park, is the
closest railhead. The Sariska National Park is located on the Delhi-Jaipur
Highway and so provides good road links. There are regular bus services from
Sariska to Alwar. Taxis can also be hired to reach Alwar.