Famous for: It is famous for Indian Tigers, Safaris and bird-watching.
Founded in: It was founded in 1955 AD.
Location: It is 107km from Jaipur in Alwar District of Rajasthan.
Significance : Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger
The Sariska National Park is located in the Alwar district of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The national park that covers a vast expanse of 800 sq. kilometers area is managed by the Government of Rajasthan. It is 107km from Jaipur. The park is divided into several sections such as deciduous forests, grasslands, rocky landscapes and steep cliffs for ease of travel. The sanctuary is home to several wildlife genuses such as leopards, Sambhar deer, hyenas, crocodiles, woodpeckers, boars, Indian tigers, pea fowls and a number of other avian species and marsh animals. The ‘Siliserh Lake’ and the ‘Jai Samand Lake’ provides shelter to a number of crocodiles, water snakes and other amphibians. Not many tourist destinations are found in Alwar, but the national park itself cover up for everything. It is a perfect idyllic escape for tourists in search of some peace and tranquility amidst the wonderful variety of flora and fauna.
The Sariska National Park used to be a hunting ground for Royal families during the 18th and 19th century. The wildlife sanctuary still has several ruins of medieval houses and temples dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries. Word of mouth suggests that the sanctuary was occupied from a long time ago. But there are no documentary proofs against these concepts. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1958 and as a Project Tiger Reserve and a National Park in 1978.
The ancient ‘Kankawadi Fort’ and the ‘Nilkanth Temple’ built by the local Bargujars are two of the most visited tourist spots found near the national park. The Sariska Palace is also an ideal watch. The national park is famous not only for its diversified wildlife. The deciduous, acacia woods, the safaris and the marsh animals by the lake are a few of the popular highlights too. Endangered species like the Indian tigers are a common sight in the park too. ‘Pandupole’ build by ‘Pandavas’, the Hindu mythological characters is a popular pilgrimage spot that is flocked by tourists and pilgrims in the park.
Sariska National Park is the only Tiger Reserve in Jaipur that is so close to Delhi, the capital city of India.
The nearest airport from Sariska is the Jaipur Sanganer Airport which is around 107 kilometers from the National Park. However, all other tourist destinations are also well-connected from this airport.
The nearest railway station is located at Alwar which is 37 kilometers from the Sariska National Park
You may also travel by road. It is located off the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur Road at a distance of 107 km from Jaipur and 200 km from New Delhi. Sariska is well-connected with Alwar via NH-8.
Sariska Tiger Reserve remains open from 1st October to 30th June every year. Usually early morning and late afternoon is considered as the best time for Jungle Safari.
Unlike all other Tiger reserves, National parks and Wildlife sanctuaries of India that remains closed for three months during the rainy season, Sariska Tiger Reserve provide access during Monsoon too. It remains open for two weeks in a day, i.e. on Tuesday and Saturday between 8 am to 4 pm from 1st July to 30th September up to the Pandupol Hanuman Temple. Pandupol is a natural, legendry and religious site located in tranquil dense forests that is abundant in magnificent rock formations, streams and rich avifaunal species.
The Monsoon seasons is however the best time of visit for tourists and enjoy the jungle safari. The rest of the year it is crowded by pilgrims.
The summer and winter timings of the Jeep Safaris at Sariska National Park are given below:
|Morning Safari Time:||6 : 30 AM||10: 30 AM|
|Evening Safari Time:||02 : 00 PM||6: 00 PM|
|Morning Safari Time:||6: 00 AM||10: 00 AM|
|Evening Safari Time:||02: 30 PM||06: 30 PM|
Tuesdays and Saturdays are days of free entry for the pilgrims.
For Indians : Rs. 25/-, Foreigners : Rs. 200/-, Indian Students Rs. 2/-
Parking vehicle charges : (Bus Rs. 125/- Gypsy/Car/Jeep/Mini Bus Rs. 65/- Motorised two Wheeler Rs.10/-
Video camera : Rs 200/- , Camera : Rs 25/-
A general note: Do not forget to carry your ID proof like passport / Driving License / Voter ID Cards etc. to stay at a safe distance from legal issues.