Ideal Time: 2-3 hrs
Nestled in the Aravali Hills over an area of about 800 Sq. Km covering the grasslands, dry deciduous forests, cliffs and rocky landscape, lays the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, now known as The Sariska Tiger Reserve. This area was once a hunting preservation of The Maharaja of Alwar. The Reserve is known for its majestic Royal Bengal Tigers. It is the first tiger reserve to relocate the Tigers (from Ranthambore) successfully. As it lies in the lap of Aravali Hills, it holds an abundant amount of mineral resources like copper.
The protected area of the Sariska Tiger Reserve has a diverse topography, ranging from rocky landscapes, scrub-thorn arid forests, hilly cliffs, dry deciduous forests and grasslands. The area of the reserve measures around 866 sq. Km. It was declared as a national park in 1982. The protected area is a part of the Aravali Range and the Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion. Sariska attracts a lot of nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts along with numerous history buffs.
The reason behind this immense popularity is the presence of the ruins of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor that dates back to the 10th and 11th centuries along with a 17th-century castle at Kankwari that provides a panoramic view of the area. Other prominent attractions here include Pandopil, which lies in the hills in the central area of the national park. This site is famous as the place where the Pandava brothers Mahabharata had spent a few days, while they were in their exile. Built by the Bargujars, the Nilkanth temple is another attraction here, known for its splendour.
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5 months ago by Sanjana Chawla
Sariska National Park is situated in Alwar, Rajasthan and can be reached by car after a 7-8 hour long drive. Being in Rajasthan, the national park is very humid and hot and it is advisable to wear cotton clothes and to travel light. This place might not be suitable for people allergic to dust and heat as the weather can make you feel very uneasy. You can spot the Bengal tiger or Indian leopard near the water ponds or in the bushes. Morning safaris and visits to the jungle are advised as the temperature comes down in the morning and it is very pleasant then. Monkeys, bores, antelopes, crocodiles, and jackals can also be spotted. You need to book online or purchase the safari tickets from the government booking centres to enter the national sanctuary. I visited Sariska in the last days of December and the days were hot even then, however the nights were cooler and soothing. Once you are done with the jungle safari, you can go for a small trip to the haunted Bhangarh fort or Alwar fort where you can engage in water activities like jet ski in the Alwar lake. Famous for its Rajasthani food, you can also relish the yummy kachodis and milk cakes which can be found in local shops. Travel light when going for the safari and keep yourself hydrated as the heat is scorching and you can fall sick due to negligence. Sariska sanctuary was good but the weather was quite unbearable. You can visit this place once, preferably in the colder months.
5 months ago by Surbhi Parashar
Two important tips: 1. Beware of illegal ticket sellers and go for online booking at first place on www.rajasthanwildlife.Rajasthan.gov.in 2. Wearing sunblock and pollution mask is a must.
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