Sariska National Park (Rajasthan)

Spread in an area of 800 sq km with a core area of 498 sq km, Sariska National Park lies in the Aravalli hills and is the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Alwar. Sariska itself is a wide valley with two large plateaus. The park Sariska National Parkwas established as a sanctuary in the year 1958 and as a tiger reserve in 1979. In 1982, Sariska was declared a national park. The forests are lush during and immediately following the monsoon, but during the dry months of February May there is a shortage of water and in consequence mammals are attracted to water holes. At this time of year visibility is good because of the sparse foliage.

Sightseeing at Sariska National Park -

The Flora : The forests are mostly dotted with dry deciduous trees of Dhak, Acacia, Ber and Salar.

The Fauna : Sariska National ParkThe park also has good populations of Nilgai, Sambar and Chital. In the evenings, Indian Porcupine, Striped Hyaena, Indian Palm Civet and even Leopard are sometimes seen. The Tigers of Sariska are largely nocturnal and are not as easily seen as those of Ranthambhore. Sariska is excellent for birdwatching and has an unusually large population of Indian Peafowl.

Other Attraction : Sariska is dotted with places of historical and religious interest, including the ruins of the Kankwari Fort, the 10th century Neelkanth temples, the Budha Hanumab Temple near Pandupol, the Bharthari Temple near the park office, and the hot and cold springs of Taalvriksh. The large Siliserh Lake is at the north-eastern corner. Visiting all of them is worthwhile.

Park Trips : Book This TourThe park is toured by a jeep or a lorry. The tour is accompanied by a guide.

Best Season to Visit : Sariska National ParkOpen through out the year, the best period being November-April, especially March-April.

Reaching Sariska National Park-
By Air : The nearest airport is at Jaipur (115 km 3 hours ).
By Rail : The nearest railway station is at Alwar (36 km).
By Road :The drive from Delhi takes 5-6 hours. Sariska is well connected to all the major cities of Rajasthan and India.

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