The Sariska Tiger Reserve is an Indian national park located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. The park is at a distance of 200 km from Delhi and covers an area of around 800 sq km. This area was a hunting preserve of the Alwar state and declared a wildlife reserve in 1955. The best and the most attractive feature of the reserve are its Bengal tigers. This is the first ever tiger reserve where relocation of tigers has been done successfully. The area of Sariska being a part of Aravali ranges is rich in mineral resources such as copper. It houses the ruins of medieval temple of Garh- Rajor dating back to 10th and 11th century.
The reserve is divided into grasslands, dry deciduous forest and Scrub thorn arid forest. The dominant tree in the forest is Dhok. Other trees included in the forests are Salar, Kadaya, Gol, Ber and Khair. Bargad, Arjun, Gugal or bamboo can also be seen at some places. Shrubs are numerous such as Kair, Adusta and Jhar Ber.
Apart from the Bengal Tigers, the reserve includes many wild lives such as leopard, jungle cat, caracal, four horned antelope, chinkara, chital, wild boar, hare, striped hyena, golden jackal. It is also home to India’s largest population of peafowl and harbors quail, sand grouse, crested serpent eagle among other species. Also the Siliserh Lake on the edge of the park has a large number of crocodiles.
This 16th century fort built in the centre of the park on the hilltop of Kankwadi gives a panoramic view. It is believed to be the place where Aurangzeb imprisoned his brother for succession of throne.
The Maharajas of Alwar built the palace standing amidst the sanctuary. The palace has now been converted into a hotel.
The ancient Shiva temple dates back to 6th- 13th century AD. Although in a dilapidated condition, it is very much similar to an old museum. The temples in it are known for excellent stone carvings.
It is the most frequented spot in the reserve. According to legend, the Pandavas spent some part of their exile period here. There is a beautiful waterfall that is created at the Pandupol during rainy season.
When to Visit
Sariska is opened all throughout the year but the best time to visit is from November to March.
How to Reach
Sanganer airport in Jaipur is nearly 101 km from Sariska. Jaipur Airport is connected to metro cities. The nearest international airport is Delhi which is 240 km away
Sawai Madhopur, at a distance of 11km is the nearest railway station. It is on broad gauge line and is connected to all cities around India.
Sariska is connected by regular bus service to other cities in and around. Many public transports connect Sariska with Jaipur and Alwar.