Tiger Reserve is situated only 200 km from Delhi and 107 kms from
Jaipur. Although larger than Ranthambor, it is less
commercialised and has less tigers but a similar topography.
It covers an area of 800 sq km in total, with a core area of
approximately 500 sq km. The Northern Aravali Hills
dominate the skyline with their mixture of sharp cliffs and
long narrow valleys. The area was declared a sanctuary in
1955 and became a National Park in 1979.
The landscape of Sariska comprises of hills and narrow
valleys of the Aravali hill range. The topography of Sariska
supports scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests,
rocks and grasses. The broad range of wildlife here is a
wonderful example of ecological adoption and tolerance, for
the climate here is variable as well as erratic.
It is located in the contemporary Alwar district and is the
legacy of the Maharajas of Alwar. Pavilions and Temples
within Sariska are ruins that hint at past riches and glory.
The nearby Kankwadi Fort has a long and turbulent
history.In morning and evening, wildlife in Sariska heads
towards the many water holes, which litter the park, thus
providing the guests with their best chance of viewing game.
At some of these watering holes it is possible to book hides
which are situated in prime spots for wildlife viewing.
park is home to numerous carnivores including Leopard,
Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Civets Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger.
These feed on species such as Sambar, Chital, Nilgai,
Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is also well
known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys,
which are found around Talvriksh.
The avian world is also well represented with Peafowl,
Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse,Tree Pie, Golden
backed Woodpecker, crested Serpent Eagle and The Great
Indian horned Owl.
The park is open almost whole year-round, but for wildlife
viewing and your comfort it is best to visit from October to
April. Safaris are provided by jeep.