107 kms from Jaipur, the Sariska National Park is in a wooden valley,
surrounded by barren mountains. The dry deciduous forests of the
ancient Aravalli range cover the area of the Sariska National Park and
The main fauna in the park includes the Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Jungle
Cat, Civet, Sambhar, Chinkara, Nilgai and Four-Horned Antelope.
Declared a Sanctuary in 1955, it became a Tiger Reserve under Project
Tiger in 1979.
The Sariska National Park is situated
near the Aravalli range in the Alwar district of Rajasthan.
The park is at a distance of 200 km away from Delhi and covers an area
of around 800 sq km. Craggy cliffs and narrow valleys mostly dominate
the entire landscape of Sariska, which was declared a sanctuary in
1955 and finally made a national park in 1979. Mainly covered by dry
deciduous vegetation, Sariska is home to animals like the tiger,
hyena, sambhar, wildcat, langur, wild boar, nilgai, leopard and the
chital. On travel to Sariska you will be able to view these animals in
their full jungle glory. However the tiger population in Sariska is
fast decreasing and it is feared that the tiger is an extinct species
in Sariska. The peafowl, partridge, great Indian horned owl, eagle and
the white-breasted kingfisher represent the avian species. If you
travel to Sariska don't forget to visit the ancient monuments
scattered around the place, which are excellent places for
Sariska is one of the very few wildlife sanctuaries in India that
offers visitors the chance to view wildlife from very close quarters.
It is well known that during the morning and evening hours in Sariska,
its wildlife population heads towards many of the water holes
scattered around the park. So you can just book a hide near one of
these water holes, grab a camera and get your fill of wildlife
viewing. Even though the park is open throughout the year, the best
time to travel to Sariska is from the month of October to June.
Fauna : Home to the tigers, Sariska National Park is
known for its tigers. According to the latest available data, there
are about 35 tigers at Sariska. Other residents of the Sariska
National Park includes the panther, jungle cat, jackal, hyena, and
fox. Sambhar, chital, wild boar, hare, nilgai, civet, four-horned
antelope, gaur (Indian bison) and porcupine also inhabit the
sanctuary. Birds found here include peafowl, gray partridges, quails,
sand grouses, tree pies, white-breasted kingfishers, golden-backed
woodpeckers, crested serpent eagles, vultures and horned owls.
Flora : Dry & deciduous terrains is the feature of
the Sariska National Park. The park is predominated by dhok (Anogeissus
pendula), khair (Acacia catechu), tendu (Diospyros melanoxylon) and
ber (Zizyphus maudrentiana) trees. Sariska is one of the few remaining
forest in the Aravali range that has survived the assault of the
modern time. The forest remains lush green during the monsoon period
and dry in summer.
Remarkable for their lack of timidity are the Rhesus and Langur,
which, at Sariska tolerate human closeness with astonishing
The birdlife comprises of the Pea Fowl, Gray Partridge, Quail,
Sandgrouse, Tree Pie, White-Breasted Kingfisher, Golden-Backed
Woodpecker, Crested Serpent, Eagle and Great Indian Horned Owl.
VIEWING THE WILD
The best way to visit the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is by jeep and
these can be arranged at the Forest Reception Office on Jaipur Road.
Booking a `hide', overlooking one of the waterholes, can provide an
excellent opportunity for viewing and photographing wildlife. So, pick
up your sleeping bag and some food and settle down to watch.
Within the park are the ruins of many temples.
The KANKWARI FORT
Sariska Park has historic overtones. Here, Emperor Aurangzeb once
imprisoned his brother, Dara Shikoh.
THE ANCIENT SHIVA TEMPLES in the precincts of the park, Neelkanth
temples (6th-13th century AD), which are now in ruins, afford a
wonderful sight to the visitors.
Sariska was once the royal reserve of the rulers of Alwar. This palace
built by the Maharajas of Alwar, has now been converted into a hotel.
Sariska is situated off the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur Road. The nearest town
is Alwar (21 km). Jaipur is located at a distance of 110 km and Delhi
at 200Kms. There are direct buses to Alwar from Delhi and Jaipur.
Frequent buses travel between Alwar and Sariska.
RAIL: The nearest raiway station is Alwar (21 km).
AIR: Jaipur is the nearest airport