Sariska tiger reserve
is a heady mix of a pristine wildlife and medieval
structures. Tucked away in the Aravali Ranges of the state of Rajasthan,
Sariska tiger reserve acquires an area of 800 sq km. Rocky hills, cliffs,
dry deciduous forests and grasslands make up for a diversified landscape, a
befitting habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Though, Sariska
has been a shelter for numerous species of mammals, birds and
reptiles, it is widely known for its highest density of peafowl and rhesus
monkeys. From a sanctuary in 1955 to a national park in 1979, Sariska tiger
has witnessed a lot of wildlife conservation measures and happens to
be one of the most frequented in the northern India.
Best Time : October to June/
January to February
Wildlife Species in Sariska Tiger
Entry Fee : Rs 25 (Indians)/ Rs 200 (Foreigners)
visit to the Tiger Reserve of Sariska is mandatory to gain an insight into
the wildlife riches of India, particularly of the northern part. Steep rock
faces and narrow vallers of the Aravali Mountains dominate the landscape of
the Sariska National Park.
Wildlife fanciers need to spend a couple of days at Sariska to enjoy the
variety of sights and sound that the national park offers. Whether its
the carnivores that you are looking for or its the herbivores that
matter the most to you, the Sariska National Park has a good population of
it all. Most commonly sighted carnivores include leopard, tiger, jackal,
wild dog, sambhar, chausingha, chital, nilgai, wild boar, jungle cat hyena
Avian species can also be spotted in good number at Sariska. Bird watchers
can watch species like peafowl, bush quail, sand grouse, grey partridge,
Indian horned owl, crested serpent eagle, tree pie, golden backed woodpecker
What else to see and do?
Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information
- Do visit the Kankwari Fort which lies within Sariska tiger reserve
park. Mughal emperor Aurangzeb used the fort to put his brother Dara
Shikoh behind bars.
- Another interesting sight inside the sanctuary is the ancient Shiva
temple. The temple belongs between 6th and 13th century AD.
- Also remember to visit the Sariska Palace which was built by the
maharajas of Alwar. Presently, the palace serves as a heritage hotel.
So, you can also plan your stay here.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is at a distance of 107 km from the
Sariska National Park. The Sanganer Airport of Jaipur is well connected with
important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Jodhpur, aside from a few
international destinations. Alwar, 37 km away, is the closest railhead from
Sariska. From the railway station, you can hire a taxi to get to the
national park. The wildlife sanctuary of Sariska lies on the
Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur highway. Tourists can also take deluxe and semi-deluxe
buses from Jaipur to Sariska. Delhi is well-linked to Alwar by road.
Staying at the jungle lodges of Sariska is a wonderful experience in
itself. Stay close to the pristine flora and fauna and enjoy modern
amenities. Your options are as follows.
- Sariska Palace
- Tiger Haven