at Kankwari fort, near Alwar on the Delhi-Jaipur highway,
it is the former royal preserve of the rulers here. It became
a sanctuary in 1958, and came under Project Tiger in 1979,
after which it became a national park in 1982. This place
spread over an area of 788 sq kms with a core area of 474
sq kms lies in the Aravalli range. A dainty hunting lodge
overlooks the Silliserh Lake running at the edge of the reserve.
The fauna of this sanctuary includes panther, jungle cat,
jackal and hyena. 35 tigers and 3 caracals were reported in
the report of 1985. Sambar, chital, wild boar, hare, nilgai
and porcupines are amongst the other animals found here.
Sambar at watering hole
The avifauna of this place is made up of pea fowl, gray partridge,
quail, sand grouse, tree pie, white breasted kingfisher, golden
- backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle and great Indian
place is surrounded by magnificent ruins scattered around
it, adding to its charm. Just 32 kms from this place are the
Neelkanth temples (Shiva Temple) built in the 6th century
to 13th century A.D. Amidst the reserve is situated the ancient
Kankwari Fort. It is here that emperor Aurangzeb had once
held his brother Dara Shikoh under captivity. A beautiful
complex built in 1902 has been converted into a hotel.
How to reach there
You can reach Jaipur by air which is 108 kilometres from the
sanctuary. Nearest town and rail link is at Alwar, which is
21 kilometres from the park.
When to visit
October to June is the best time to visit the Park.
Where to stay
Tiger Den (RTDC), Hotel Lake Palace (RTDC), Sisilerh, Sariska
Palace Hotel (Heritage Hotel), Forest Rest House.
The Field Director, Sariska Tiger Reserve, District Alwar.