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 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 exploration.
Sariska is one of the 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.
Tourist Attractions in Sariska
Some of the most famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Sariska are listed below.
This fort is one of the historic landmarks located within the Sariska national park. The Kankawadi Fort is the place where Emperor Aurangzeb once imprisoned his brother, Dara Shikoh. Perched on a hill, this fort also offers a great view of Sariska's avian population in full flight. It is one of the sites you must visit if you travel to Sariska.
The picturesque Siliserh Lake is situated along the edge of the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. A number of crocodiles inhabit this lake, which is one of the main attractions in Sariska. A hunting lodge that overlooks the lake is a nice place to spend your vacation.
Situated within the Sariska tiger sanctuary are the Neelkanth or Shiva temples, that were built somewhere between the 6th-13th century AD. Even though these temples are now in ruins, we still get a fair idea of their former beauty and magnificence.
Bird watchers should always carry binoculars on their bird watching trips.All visitors to the Sariska National Park need to get an entry permit available at the entrance. Extra charges have to be paid for cameras and other electronic equipments.
How to reach Sariska
Air: Nearest airport is Jaipur (Sanganer Airport), which is only 110 Kms away from Sariska.
Rail: Nearest railway station is Alwar, only 36 Kms away from Sariska.
Road: Sariska is well connected from all cities of Rajasthan
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