Ideal Time: 2-3 hrs
Open Time: October - February: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
March - September: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Indians: INR 60,
Foreign Nationals: INR 450,
Vehicles: INR 250
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.
Flora: The Reserve is mainly covered by Deciduous trees, predominantly by Dhok (Anogeissus pendula) and others being Khair (Acacia catechu), Tendu (Diospyros melanoxylon), and Ber (Zizyphus maudrentiana). You can get to see the lush green visionary during the monsoons. The summers here witness scorching weather, thus drying up all the primary vegetation.
Fauna: Apart from the Royal Bengal Tiger, you witness many species of wildlife such as Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Chitel, Nilgai, Chausingha, Sambar, Chinkara, Four-Horned Antelope and Hanuman Langur. It is also famous for its Rhesus Monkeys. The Bird lovers visiting Sariska cannot be disappointed as it has an ample of aviation species like Indian peafowl, Bush Quail, Treepie, Grey Partridge, White-throated Kingfisher, Crested Serpent Eagle and last but not the least The Indian Eagle-Owl.
The Sariska National Park is also home to India's largest population of peafowl and also houses quail, golden-backed sand grouse, woodpeckers and crested serpent eagles. The Siliserh Lake, which is located on the edge of the Sariska National Park has a large crocodile population as well. The carnivores such as Leopard, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Wild Dog, Hyena and Tiger present in Sariska feed on the other species like Sambar, Nilgai, Chital, Wild Boar, Chausingha and Langur.
The former hunting grounds of Royals were declared to be a Wildlife Reserve in 1955, and it got its status as a Tiger Reserve and National Park in 1978 under the Project Tiger Scheme of Indian Government. The best time to visit the park is between October and March as the weather is pleasant. The relocated tigers were quick in adapting to the new environment, and since the relocation, there has been a decent growth in their population. After an alarming decrease in the population of tigers (which went zero at a time), the relocation plan became a success due to the efforts of the Government of Rajasthan, in cooperation with the Government of India and Wildlife Institute of India (WII). The first aerial translocation of the male tiger named Dara, from Ranthambore took place on 28 June 2008.
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The best time to visit this protected area is from October until May, due to the colder temperature and a pleasant weather. However, the best time to spot tigers in Sariska Tiger Reserve is in the summer months, when they move in search of waterholes in the absence of much foliage to camouflage themselves.
Keep in mind that during the summer months, the weather is extremely humid and hot. Also, the park remains closed between 1st July and 30th September. It is also closed on major national holidays.
Sariska Tiger Reserve lies 106 km away from Hindaun, 107 km from Jaipur and 200 km from Delhi. Sariska is well connected to Alwar, which is directly connected to NH-8. The buses from Alwar to Sariska are available on a regular basis. The nearest railway head is that of Alwar (at a distance of 37 km), and Jaipur is the nearest airport (at an approximate distance of 107 km). The tiger reserve lies on the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur Highway.
1. Do not wear bright coloured clothes or fabrics with bold prints.
2. Do not disturb or feed the animals. Follow the instructions given by the faculty appropriately.
3. Avoid the last hour rush and try to reach the exit gate half an hour before the closing time.
4. Avoid carrying sharp objects like scissors or blades.
5. Carry necessary items like sanitizer, water bottle, hand towel, power bank, torch, medicines and mosquito repellant.
6. Do not make loud noises or litter the area with wrappers and other garbage.
3 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.
3 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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