: Alwar, Rajasthan, India
is amongst rarest dry deciduous abode of tigers in the world. Its terrain is
mainly undulating, with sharp cliff hills and narrow valleys of the Aravalli
Range. The highly erratic climate at park changes dramatically with every
season. Sariska was the capital of Bargujar Kings at Rajor Garh during 10th
and 11th centuries, which was later on converted to a hunting paradise for
royal entities of erstwhile Alwar estate. Till date, it carries the legacy
of the Maharajas of Alwar through the ruined temples and pavilions that
still glorify its past riches.
In morning and evening, wildlife in Sariska heads towards the many
waterholes, providing the guests a chance to feel the nature from close
quarter. The picturesque Siliserh Lake lies along the edge of the tiger
reserve and a previous royal hunting lodge overlooking the marvellous
panoramic view of park. Several other splendid ruins scattered in the
vicinity of the park add an advantegeous charm.
The vegetation at Sariska Tiger Reserve is tropical dry deciduous that
supports scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests and grasses. The
hilly terrain and inadequate rainfall lead to the growth of stunted trees
and bushes. Sariska is the sole forest patch in the entire western Aravali
Range. Through rarely but surprisingly, greenery can traced in the vast
stretches of desert. The main trees are Dhok, Goria, Surwal, Ber, Tendu, and
However, monsoon changes the look of the forest drastically as the park
seems to get a fresh lease of life through lush foliage. The serenity of
Sariska Tiger Reserve is at best after the monsoon.
From startled deer to alert pelican and from stealthy tiger to herd of its
pray, Sariska Tiger Reserve is rich in faunal population. Apart from Bengal
tiger, visitors can also observe several rare animals from close proximity
such as leopard, jungle cat, hyena, jackal, caracal, chital, sambar, wild
boar and four-horned deer (chowsingha). and several species of birds.
The birdlife includes peafowl, gray partridge, quail, sand grouse, tree
pie, white-breasted kingfisher, golden woodpecker and great Indian horned
owl. At Sariska, Egyptian vultures have also been observed.
Nearby Tourist Destinations
Neelkanth Mahadev temple
Garh Rajor temples and ruins (of 9th and 10th centuries)
Kankwadi fort (closely linked to Mughals)
Best Time to Visit
BThe park is open for tourists year-round but it is best to visit during
How to Reach
Jaipur is the nearest airport at a distance 107 km.
The nearest railway station is Alwar 37 km.
The park is situated on NH2 at a distance of 107 km
from Jaipur and 200 km from Delhi. The nearest town is Alwar 36km.
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