Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
This Park is situated only 200 km from Delhi and 107 kms from Jaipur. Although
larger than Ranthambor, it is less commercialised and has less tigers but
a similar topography. It covers an area of 800 sq km in total, with a core
area of approximately 500 sq km. The Northern Aravali Hills dominate the
skyline with their mixture of sharp cliffs and long narrow valleys. The
area was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and became a National Park in 1979.
The landscape of Sariska comprises of hills and narrow valleys of the
Aravali hill range. The topography of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid
forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and grasses. The broad range of
wildlife here is a wonderful example of ecological adoption and tolerance,
for the climate here is variable as well as erratic.
It is located in the contemporary Alwar district and is the legacy of
the Maharajas of Alwar. Pavilions and Temples within Sariska are ruins
that hint at past riches and glory. The nearby Kankwadi Fort has a long
and turbulent history.
In morning and evening, wildlife in Sariska heads towards the many water
holes, which litter the park, thus providing the guests with their best
chance of viewing game. At some of these watering holes it is possible
to book hides which are situated in prime spots for wildlife viewing.
The picturesque Siliserh Lake lies along the edge of the Sariska Tiger
Reserve and a charming hunting lodge overlooking it, is a marvelous place
for visitors to stay.
The dry Deciduous forests of the ancient Aravalli range, are excellent
tiger country and Sariska, was once the royal reserve of the rulers of
Alwa''. Declared a sanctuary in 1955, it became a Tiger Reserve in 1979
under Project Tiger Herds of sambar, chital, nilgai and sounders of wild
boar - the prey population for predators like the tiger and leopard, roam
the 765.80 sq km Reserve. Other carnivores include the hyena, jungle cat,
and caracal. Interestingly enough, the dhole or wild dog has been sighted
in the Park only in the last few years.
The park is home to numerous carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog,
Jungle Cat, Civets Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. These feed on species such
as Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is
also well known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys, which are
found around Talvriksh.
The avian world is also well represented with Peafowl, Grey Partridge,
Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden backed Woodpecker, crested Serpent
Eagle and The Great Indian horned Owl.
The park is open almost whole year-round, but for wildlife viewing and
your comfort it is best to visit from October to April. Safaris are provided
The Park has hides carefully located near the water holes. These afford
fine opportunities for viewing and photographing wildlife. Splendid ruins
scattered in the vicinity of Sariska give it an added interest.
The Neelkanth temples (6th-13th century AD) are just 32 km. from the
Park and the historic Kankwari Fort inside the Reserves is where the Emperor
Aurangzeb one imprisoned his brother Dara Shikoh. Splendid palace complex
built in with a 'French' pavilion and swimming pool, is now a hotel.
Best Time to Visit: October to June.
Nearest Town: Alwar (21 km)
How to Get There:
Air: Jaipur (108 km)
Rail: Alwar (21 km)