Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan
Sariska, in Rajasthan, the erstwhile royal preserve of the
rulers of Alwar, became a sanctuary in the year 1958. The
sanctuary came under the Project Tiger in 1979 and became
a national park in 1982. It is located at Kankwari fort, near
Alwar, on the Delhi - Jaipur Highway. The terrain is predominantly
hilly, as it lies in the Aravalli range. It has total area
of 788 sq. kilometres, with a core area of approximately 474
sq. kilometres. The beautiful Siliserh Lake runs along the
edge of the reserve, with a quaint hunting lodge overlooking
At last count in 1985, there 35 tigers were reported. Other
carnivores of the area are the panther, jungle cat, jackal
and hyena. Three caracals were also reported during the last
census in 1985. Other animals include the sambar, chital,
wild boar, hare, nilgai and umpteen porcupines.
Sambar at watering hole
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
Magnificent ruins peppered around the neighbourhood of Sariska
add to the region's fascination. The Neelkanth (Shiva) temples
(6th-13th century AD) are just 32 kms from the Park and the
ancient Kankwari Fort inside the Reserve, is where Emperor
Aurangzeb once held his brother Dara Shikoh captive. A beautiful
palace 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.