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Sariska National Park

Sariska National park is one of most prominent Wildlife Reserve of India. Sariska National Park is located on the Aravalli hills, this park spreads over an area of about 500 square km. Sariska was the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Alwar in the beginning, in the year 1958 it became a wildlife sanctuary by the government of India. It came under Project Tiger in 1979 and was declared as a national park in 1982.

Sariska encompasses wide valleys, low hills, steep escarpment, valleys of the Aravali hill range and hill plateaus. The topography of the region supports dry deciduous forests, scrub-thorn arid forests, grasses and rocks. Important plants which are found in Sariska are Tendu, Ber, Dhok and Khair.

The plants remain green and lush at the season of summers and monsoon.
This park can be easily reached from Jaipur, Delhi and Alwar, this park is about 38 km from Alwar and 105 km from Jaipur.


Sariska National Park View

Today, Sariska is a major milk producing region, and cattle have crowded the territory and forest areas around the park, so that the population of wildlife has shrunk to the limits of the park alone.
 

Major Attractions in the Sariska National Park

Sariska National Park is famous for tigers. About 30-35 tigers are there in the park as per the latest available data. In addition to tigers, other animals which can be seen in the park are: Four-horned Antelope, Chital, Jackal, Common Langur, Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Caracal, Sambhar, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Wild dog, Nilgai, Porcupines, Hyena etc. At various spots of the sanctuary, water holes have also been created. These water holes act as the nerve centers of the sanctuary. During summers various animals can be spotted at these holes. Tourists assemble at hides nearby the waterholes to view and photograph the animals. Species of birds which are generally seen in the park are: Pigeons, Eagle, Owl, Sand Grouses, Quails, Peacock, Grey Partridges, White-breasted Kingfisher, Vultures, Parakeets, Kites, Red Spurfowl, Golden-backed woodpecker etc. A number of activities can be offered at the Sariska National Park like observing the wildlife at the waterholes, a jungle safari in and around the park in the mornings and evenings, photographing wildlife from the many hideouts of the park.

Best time to visit

Sariska National Park can be visited during the whole year, except July and August when animals move to higher ground. Best time to visit the park is from November to June. Best month for game viewing is June.One can explore the national park either on foot or by having a Canter Safari or Jeep Safari.

 
Other Attractions in Sariska National Park

Other prominent tourist attractions in Sariska are its historical monuments and ruins which are the evidence of the rich past of Alwar. Some of the ancient forts and temples are also located within the premises of the park.

Sariska Palace: Sariska was well-known as the royal reserve of the rulers of Alwar. Sariska Palace was founded by the Maharajas of Alwar and this palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel.

Siliserh Lake: Siliserh Lake is located at the edge of the tiger reserve after the Alwar-Sariska road. There is a palace overlooking this lake which has now been changed into a resort. Main inhabitants of this lake are the crocodiles, observing the crocodiles on the shores of the lake is a very amazing experience.

Ancient Shiva Temple: This temple is situated within the area of the Sanctuary, Popularly known as Neelkanth temple, this temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This temple is a worth visiting spot.

Kanakwari Fort: Kanakwari Fort is one of the historic landmarks which are situated within the Sariska national park. This is the fort where Emperor Aurangzeb imprisoned his brother, Dara Shikoh. Kanakwadi fort also has a connection with Mughal history. The fort is overgrown with wild flowers and plants. This fort stands majestically on a hill overlooking the Kanakwadi plateau.
 

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