Sariska is a very famous tourist destination located in the
India state of Rajasthan. The region is mainly famous for the
Sariska Tiger Reserve. Some of the main transport options around
the reserve are jeeps safaris and elephant rides. Private
vehicles are not allowed inside the Tiger Reserve, and this is
one point to note while taking up a trip to Sariska.
Sariska Tiger Reserve is well nestled in the Aravali Hills
covering 800 sq km area divided into the grasslands, dry
deciduous forests, sheer cliffs and rocky landscape. Whether you
want to have camel safaris, go out for shopping in the
surrounding places, visit medieval palaces or wildlife watching;
Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is the best place for you.
Nearly 90% of the area in the sanctuary is covered with dhok
trees accommodating various wildlife species. A variety of other
wild animals like the leopard, sambhar, chital, nilgai,
four-horned antelope, wild boar, rhesus macaque, langur, hyena
and jungle cats are found in the Sariska Tiger Reserve apart
from the tiger. The Sariska National Park is home to India's
largest population of peafowl, and harbours quail, sand grouse,
golden- backed woodpeckers and crested serpent eagles, among
other species. Also the Siliserh Lake on the edge of the park
has a large number of crocodiles.
The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary houses the ruins of medieval
temples of Garh-Rajor that date back to the 10th and 11th
centuries. Also a 17th century castle on a hilltop at Kankwari
provides a panoramic view of flying vultures and eagles. The
Sariska was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and attained the status
of a National Park in 1979.
When to Visit Sariska Tiger Reserve
As such, the Sariska Tiger Reserve can be visited throughout the
year; still the best time to have Sariska tour is from October -
June and January - February. Certain jungle tracks are closed
during the monsoon and the breeding season just to safeguard the
animals and the reserve. If you can tolerate heat, April to June
is ideal to catch-hold of the animals at the waterholes.
Wildlife in Sariska Tiger Reserve
The Sariska Tiger Reserve is home to a number of carnivores
including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, and
Tiger. The herbivore category in Sariska includes Sambhar,
Chitel, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska
wildlife sanctuary is also known for its large population of
There are also many bird species in Sariska Tiger Reserve,
namely; Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree
Pie, Golden Backed Wood Pecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and the
Great Indian Horned Owl. Special Attractions in Sariska Wildlife
The Kankwari Fort: The major historic structure within the
Sariska National Park includes the Kankwari Fort where Emperor
Aurangzeb once imprisoned his brother, Dara Shikoh.
The Ancient Shiva Temples: The Neelkanth Temples within the
Sariska Tiger Sanctuary date back to the 6th -13th century AD,
though in dilapidated condition, is a must visit.
The Sariska Palace: The Maharajas of Alwar built the Sariska
Palace standing amidst the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. The
Palace has now been converted into a hotel.
Jeep Safari : The best way to explore the Sariska Wildlife
Sanctuary is by jeep which can be arranged at the Forest
Reception Office on Jaipur Road. You can even book a `hide'
overlooking one of the water holes, and also provides an
excellent opportunity for wildlife viewing and wildlife
photography within the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.