Sariska in Rajasthan is calling nature lovers
Sariska National Park, one of the major Indian parks famous for its Tigers, is in the Alwar district of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Located around 107 kilometers away from Jaipur, spread of an area of 800 sq. kilometres, the park is divided into sections of deciduous forests, grasslands, rocky landscapes and steep cliffs. The sanctuary is also home to a variety of wildlife species such as Indian tigers, leopards, sambar deer, hyenas, crocodiles, woodpeckers, boars, peafowls and a number of other avian species and marsh animals.
The Sariska National Park encircles the Siliserh Lake and the Jai Samand Lake, which are home to a number of crocodiles, water snakes and other amphibians. Although there are not many tourist destinations around Sariska, the National Park serves as the serene escape for tourists seeking tranquility and vast expanses of flora and fauna.
Ancient ‘Kankawari Fort’, the ‘Nilkanth Temple’ and the Sariska Palace are other major attraction in this park other than wildlife. The deciduous trees, acacia woods, the safaris and the marsh animals by the lake are also attract a number of tourists every year. ‘Pandupole’ is a popular pilgrimage spot build by the mythological characters, the ‘Pandavas’, which is also flocked by tourists and pilgrims alike.
The Sariska National Park was initially the hunting grounds for the Royal family in the early 18th and 19th century. The wildlife sanctuary still have the ruins of medieval houses and temples that date back to the 10th and 11th centuries, suggesting that the wildlife sanctuary was occupied by inhabitants a long time ago, although there is no documentary evidence for the same. In 1958, Sariska was declared a wildlife sanctuary and in 1978, as a Project Tiger Reserve and a National Park respectively.
Though Sariska is a 365-day long destination, it is advised to visit the park during the months of October to March, as the summer will be so harsh to bear. The park is open to public from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM but stays closed on most national holidays.
If you are looking for a relaxed excursion to a peaceful location, Sariska National Park has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife, flora, fauna and dazzling scenery, other than historical remnants. Apart from being one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan, the Sariska National Park is also a considered a popular pilgrimage destination and is a must-visit while sightseeing in Rajasthan
How To Reach
By Air: The Jaipur Sanganer Airport is the nearest airport from Sariska and is located in Sanganer, approximately 107 km from the National Park. All major destinations are well-connected to the Jaipur Airport.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is located at Alwar, 37 km away from the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.
By Road: Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is located off the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur Road. Jaipur is located 107 km away from the wildlife sanctuary and 200 km from the country’s capital, New Delhi. Sariska is well-connected with Alwar, which is directly connected to NH-8.