This park 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
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..