Area: 800 sq km
Major Attractions: Tigers, Leopards and Wild Dogs
Best Season to Visit: October to June
About Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
Throughout the past century, Sariska enjoyed a formidable reputation as one of India's fewest wildlife parks that guaranteed tigers sightings. In facts, it was thanks to its impressive tiger population that Sariska was afforded protection by erstwhile Alwar state- these grounds where once a hunting preserves of trigger happy royals, who had goats tied to the poles to attract the tigers. But the extincting tiger population and species made conservation a buzzword and thus Sariska was made a a Project Tiger Reserve in 1978. In 1958 the reserve was made upgraded to a sanctuary. The forest in front of you is Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, a very uncommon habitat both locally and globally! This Sanctuary supports several rare plants and animals. Located 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 Tiger Reserve.
Sariska gives you a chance to see langur and nilgai and many birds such as the white- breasted Kingfisher. But, apart from the wildlife and forest itself, part of Sariska's allure has always been the number of places of historical interests, such as temples and monuments, in its vicinity.
Major Wildlife Attractions
The main fauna in the park includes the Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Civet, Sambhar, Chinkara, Nilgai and Four-Horned Antelope. The other great predator of Sariska's forests is the leopard besides the ferocious tiger. Sariska has a healthy porcupine population, and this tiny creature often pits itself against the tiger, which is particularly fond of porcupine flesh. The 'Chowsingha' (four horned antelope) is commonly found at Sariska; exclusively Indian, it is the world's only wild creature, which has two pairs of horns. The Park's terrain is also congenial to the Chinkara (Indian Gazelle) and Nilgai. Known for their lack of bashfulness are the Rhesus and Langur, which tolerate human closeness with amazing aplomb.
The Park has a rich and colourful birdlife too. The birdlife comprises of the pea fowl, gray partridge, quail, sand grouse, tree pie, white breasted kingfisher, golden - backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle and great Indian horned owl.
Visit Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary by Jeep as these can be arranged at the Forest Reception Office on the Jaipur Road. Traveling on a jeep can provide an excellent opportunity for wildlife viewing and wildlife photography.
There are no government vehicles, so you will need to rent a jeep to move up in national park. Gypsies are typically available near the park office, and at Tiger's Den and Sariska Palace hotels. Just past the Tehla Road, a 15 km long track branches off to the north to Kankwari. Passing through dense forest on the top of Aravalli Ridge, this track leads to the point that affords an impressive view of Kankwari, a medieval fort standing in the middle of a vast plateau. Visit Kankwari also for the splendid view it offers of the entire hilltop plateau.
Pandupol, south-east from RTDC's Tiger's Den, is a beautiful spot that has mythological significance. Pandupol is a name of 35-ft waterfall arising from the near crest of Aravalli Ridge, where there is a deep fissure. Very near to the water fall lies Hanuman Temple. The road leading to the temple is full of langurs peafowls, spurfowl, and ubiquitous tree pies. There is a large mela at Pandupol every year, attracting pilgrims from afar.
The temple trail
Neelkanth Mahadeva, a temple town near Tehla, houses the ruins of over 300 Hindu and Jain temples constructed between the 8th and 12th century. It has the carvings of that of Chandela Rajputs and sculptures of that time. Temples like Naldeshwar is an old Mahadeva temple that attracts several pilgrims and others like Bhartrihari Temple add to spiritual significance of the place.
- The nearest railhead is at Alwar, connected to Delhi by Jaipur-Delhi Express. Travelling by road you need to check out the NH8 to Shahpura via Kotputli and Patwa.
- The park is open throughout the year for pilgrims to pandupol. But in the rains, it is closed for wildlife visits. The most comfortable time to go is from November to March.