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Sariska Travel Guide
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Sariska Fact File

Location:

Alwar District, North-East Rajasthan, 107 Kms from Jaipur and 200 Kms from Delhi

Major Attractions:

Sariska Tiger Reserve, Sariska Palace, Kankwari Fort, Vijay Mandir Palace and Siliserh Lake.

Must Experience:

Listen to the roaring of Tigers and watch peacocks dance. Take Jeep and Elephant Safari.

STD Code:

0144

Best Time to Visit:

September to March

Language:

Hindi, English

Getting there:

Air: Jaipur is the nearest airport which is well connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
Train: Alwar is he nearest railhead from Sariska and has frequent trains from Deeg, Bharatpur, Jaipur and other towns.
Road: Regular bus services links Alwar and many Rajasthan destination.

About Sariska:
The Sariska National Park is situated near the Aravalli range in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. Sariska was declared a sanctuary in the year 1955. Spread over an area of 800 sq km (core area 500 sq km), the sanctuary came under the Project Tiger in 1979 and became a national park in 1982. The topography of the sanctuary is quite similar to that of Ranthambore National Park. Northern Aravalli range dominates the Sariska landscape, with sharp cliffs and narrow valleys. Scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and grasses, all contribute to the geographical features of Sariska in Rajasthan, India. The climate of Sariska is both inconsistent as well as unpredictable.

Sariska National Park tour will bring you forth the exotic wildlife of the sanctuary. The wildlife of the Sariska wildlife sanctuary boasts of Tiger, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Sambar, Wild Dog, Chital, Langur, Nilgai, Leopard, Chausingha, Civets, Wild Boar, Rhesus Monkeys, etc. The park is home to a wide variety of bird species also. The famous Sariska national park is also a habitat for a robust avian population. During late summer and in the monsoon months, it is credible to see large numbers of peacocks with their tail feathers fanned out and doing their famous shimmering "dance". Wildlife at Sariska Sanctuary does not end here. Birdwatchers can also spot red jungle fowl, white breasted kingfishers, golden backed woodpeckers, great Indian horned owls, crested serpent eagles, parakeets, drongos, and vultures quite easily.

Sariska National Park is the heritage of the former rulers of Alwar. Standing as a witness to the rich historical past of the sanctuary are numerous pavilions and temples. One of the famous monuments inside Sariska is the Kankwari Fort. As per the historical records, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb imprisoned his elder brother, Dara Shikoh, in this fort. Along with that, there is also a Sariska Palace inside the Sariska Tiger Reserve built by the former rulers of Alwar. Then, there is an ancient Shiva temple inside the sanctuary, dating back to the 6th-13th century. Enjoy the tour on a jeep inside the Sariska Park, looking for rare species of herbivores grazing around. Take jungle safari where one can even spot a leopard or hyena, amidst the thick bushes. Otherwise get an elephant ride on the metalled roads or inside the bushes.

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. The park remains open almost throughout the year, but the best time to visit is during the months of September to March. All visitors to Sariska Tiger Reserve need entry permits to get into the park. For these permits, available at the office of the Field Director, or at the gate to Sariska.

History of Sariska:
Once an ancient Rajput state formerly known as Mewat. the people of the state did not accept any external interference's and daringly resisted against foreign invasions. Pertaining to ancient sacred  hindu stories of the Mahabhartha, it is said that Pandavas took shelters in this region in the years of their seclusion till they reached Viratnagar. In the medieval time Aurangzeb, the mughal emperor imprisoned his brother shikoh inside the fort. There are remains many jain and hindu temples in the park constructed between the 8th and 12th century AD. In the early 20th century Sariska was part of Alwar. this region has great flora and fauna. Sariska became a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1958. And in 1979 it was decided to make it a part of the Project Tiger and in the same year its status was enhanced to that of a national park.

Although larger than Ranthambore, it is less commercialised and has less tigers but a similar topography. The landscape of Sariska comprises of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravali hill range. The topography of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and grasses. The broad range of wildlife here is a wonderful example of ecological adoption and tolerance, for the climate here is variable as well as erratic. At last count in 1985, there 35 tigers were reported. The park is home to numerous carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Civets Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. These feed on species such as Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is also well known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys, which are found around Talvriksh. The park is open almost whole year-round, but for wildlife viewing and your comfort it is best to visit from September to March. Safaris are provided by jeep.

Monuments and Places to Visit in Sariska:

Sariska National Park - 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. 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. 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. 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.

The Kankwari Fort- Dating back to the time of the Mughals, Kankwari Fort is the only fort in Sariska. The fort towers above a hill, providing an overview of the Kankwari plateau and the Gujjar villages around it. Showing a Mughal connection with Sariska, this historic monument has some history attached to it. As per the historical records, Aurangzeb imprisoned the eldest son of Shahjahan, his elder brother, Prince Dara Shikoh here. However, the fort now stands mostly in ruins, because of a lack of proper maintenance. If lucky, you may spot Leopards roaming around this area to find some food and solitude.

The Ancient Shiva Temples- The sanctuary also houses an ancient Shiva temple. The temple devoted to Neelkanth (Lord Shiva) dates back to the 6th-13th century AD. Surrounded by exotic flora, this temple offers an unearthly sight to tourists.

The Palace - Maharaja Jai Singh of Alwar built the Sariska palace to serve as their lodge during their hunting trips. The main attractions of the palace consist of extensive lawns, beautiful antique furniture and photographs of the 1920's Royal Shikar (hunting trips). The palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel.

Pandupol - A temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Pandupol has a legend attached to it. It is believed that at the time of their exile, Bhima, a Pandava brother, took refuge here. The temple offers a magnificent view of the of the Pandu gate, where a flowing spring can be seen surfacing from hard and compact rocks.

Vijay Mandir Palace - Situated 10-km away from the city this palace is a splendid palace, built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1918 AD. A picturesque lake overlooking Vijay Mandir Palace makes it a fascinating sight. A fabulous Sita Ram Temple in Vijay Mandir Palace attracts number of devotees, especially during Ramnavami. While the ground floor have been converted into govt. offices and district courts, upper apartment is presently a museum. One needs prior permission form the Secretary to visit Vijay Mandir Palace.

Jai Samand Lake - 6-km from the city, Jaisamand Lake makes a beautiful artificial lake constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1910 AD; a popular spot for outings and picnics. During monsoons, sprawling greenery all around makes it a visual treat. This place is easily accessible by road from Sariska. Jai Samand Lake is ideal for water sports. It makes a great angling site.

Excursions:

Siliserh Lake Palace - Siliserh Lake just located near the Sariska Tiger reserve. An idyllic picnic spot with enchanting landscape of wooded hills and beautiful chhatris on the embankment of the 10.5 sq. km placid lake. A magnificent royal palace and the hunting lodge, built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1845 A. D. for his queen Shila stands overlooking the lake. The palace has now been converted into a tourist resort. The lake serves as a popular picnic spot, providing the facilities of boating and sailing. Major attractions of the lake include the crocodiles inhabiting of the lake and is a delight for the trigger-happy photographers and film makers.

Alwar - The city of Alwar is situated at a distance of about 36 km from Sariska. Rao Pratap Singhji of Macheri founded this city in 1771 to serve as his capital. The main attractions of Alwar include the hilltop fort, a place, a number of temples, a beautiful garden, the local museum, etc.

Deeg - Deeg located at a distance of few kms from Sariska. Deeg famous for its palaces and gardens. it was built by Maharaja Suraj Mal in the 18th century. Deeg is presently known as an agricultural town which used to be a second capital of Bharatpur state.

Climate:
Climate of Sariska is of an extreme desert type. The climatic conditions of Sariska in summers are quite hot and the temperature may rise to around 38° C (max). The winter season lasts from October to March. Cool and pleasant days characterize the climate of Sariska in winters, with the temperature hovering around 15° C (max). The monsoon season does not experiences heavy rainfall. The best time to visit Sariska is during the period of September to March.

How to reach Sariska:

Air: - The nearest airport from Sariska is Jaipur Sanganer Airport (107 Kms). Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities.

Train: - The nearest railway station from Sariska is Alwar, which is 37 Kms from Sariska. Some important train connections are: Shatabdi Express(New Delhi – Alwar - Ajmer); Superfast Express (New Delhi-Alwar-Ajmer); Intercity Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Alwar-Jaipur); Marudhar Express (Varanasi-Alwar-Jodhpur); Mandore Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Alwar-Jodhpur).

Road: - Sariska wildlife sanctuary is situated on the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur Highway. Buses are available from Jaipur. Regular bus services link Alwar with key destinations in and around Rajasthan and Delhi.

Local: - Taxi and Cycle-rickshaws are available.

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