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Sariska Tiger Reserve

© Utsav Camp Sariska

© Utsav Camp Sariska

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© Utsav Camp Sariska

© Utsav Camp Sariska

© Utsav Camp Sariska

Sariska Tiger Reserve

West India

Sariska Tiger Reserve lays nestled in the lap of the Aravalli hills, stretching over a majestic 800 square kilometres. Located in Alwar, Rajasthan, the Northern Aravali Hills dominate the reserve skyline with their mixture of sharp cliffs and long narrow valleys. This area was a hunting preserve of the Alwar royalty and was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1958. It attained the status of a national park in 1982. It is the first reserve in the world with successfully relocated tigers. It is also an important biodiversity area in the Northern Aravalli leopard and wildlife corridor. While the Tiger is the primary predator, a vast variety of animals populate this region such as Leopard, Hyena, Caracal, Jungle cat, Ratel, Nilgai, Sambar deer, Spotted deer, langur, Rhesus macaque, and Four-horned antelope. Wild pig, Indian civet, Rufous-tailed hare, Common Mongoose, Ruddy Mongoose, Palm Civet, Pangolin, and Porcupines. The Siliserh Lake on the edge of the park also houses a large numbe...r of crocodiles. An excellent site for bird watching, an astounding 211 bird species have been recorded in this reserve. Avian populations include, peafowl, grey francolin, white-rumped vulture, painted spurfowl, Aravalli red spurfowl, Indian Cuckoo, common sand grouse, Indian pitta, the great horned owl etc. The Flora of this region primarily consists of scrub-thorn arid forests, grasslands and dry deciduous forests, Nearly 90% of the area in the sanctuary is covered with Dhok trees. The landscape undulates between sheer cliffs and rocky hills. The woods get to be rich green in the rainstorm months and remain dry in the late spring months.
Experience thrilling Safaris, led by trained guides, tracking pug marks and following wild animal calls to locate the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. The standard safari heads towards Pandupol a 35-ft-waterfall arising from the crest of the Aravalli Ridge. It is believed that the Pandavas had spent a part of their exile at this location. Kankwari Fort located west of the reserve’s core area is the sprawling ruin of a 16th-century castle. Built on a hilltop it provides panoramic views of the forest and the city. The ancient Neelkanth Mahadeva temple is located deep in the buffer zone of the reserve with beautiful Khajuraho like stone carvings.
While looking out for the majestic tigers, also look out for the wily langur and the stately nilgai. The rich avifauna guarantees sightings of species such as the white-breasted kingfisher, peacocks, grey patridges etc. This is the perfect haven for spotting migratory birds from Europe, Central Asia, and other regions. The park is also replete with structures of historical and religious interest, like the ruins of old forts and temples, with trails meandering right through the centre of the reserve. A mere 100 meters from the Neelkath temple stands an oversized, monolithic stone statue of the Jain Tirthankar Shantinath.
Tourist spots near the park include the Bhangarh Fort built in the 17th century by Raja Madho Singh. It holds the distinction of being one of the most haunted places in India. Popular legend states that the town was cursed by an evil magician and was subsequently abandoned. The charming Siliserh Lake established in 1845, is a manmade wonder and is spread more than 10 kilometres. Bala Quila Fort, also known as the Alwar Fort spread over an area of 5 kilometres, stands at a formidable height of 1000 feet with 15 large towers, 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry.
In 1979 the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary was integrated under Project Tiger, a Government of India undertaking. Due to loss of the tiger population in Sariska, tigers were relocated from the Ranthambore Park. Since then, an active implementation of the conservation policies has helped the Sanctuary sustain its wildlife, making it popular among worldwide. It is rich in mineral resources like copper, but despite the Supreme Court’s 1991 ban on mining in this area, marble mining continues to threaten the environment. Secondly, there are 16 village settlements sheltering 5000 people and 30000 animals within the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. Hence issues like poaching, traffic, land settlement often threatens the delicate ecological balance of the area. Thirdly, The huge number of pilgrims visiting the temples within the Sariska Reserve has adversely affected the ecosystem of the forest. These pilgrimage site causes problems for wildlife, due to heavy traffic. If given proper protection, these semi-arid forests can even support high ungulate (camels, horses, hippos and other herbivorous mammals) population.

Destination Information

How To Book

Online booking at https://sariskatigerreserve.in/ or book through your Operator or Lodge

Park Timings

Summer - Morning: 6:00 AM To 9:00 AM / Evening: 2:00 PM To 5:00PM Winter - Morning: 6:30 AM To 9:30 AM / Evening: 2:30 PM To5:30 PM

Getting Around the Park

Registered jeeps, also known as ‘gypsies’, which can carry 6 individuals are the only mode of accessing the Tiger reserve. These ‘6-seater’ gypsies cost INR 9,876 for international tourists and INR 6246 for national tourists.

Entry Fees

Jeep Safari - INR 1500 per person (Maximum 6 Persons per jeep) Canter Safari - INR 1100 Per Person (Maximum 20 people per canter)
By air - The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi which is 141 kms away followed by Jaipur International Airport, about 122 kms away. By Road - Buses to Alwar are available at regular intervals from Delhi, Jaipur and Bharatpur. Sariska National Park is well connected by road and there are several bus and taxi services plying this route. Both private and Government buses and taxis are available from all major cities in Rajasthan.
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Eco-friendly properties in the area

Utsav Camp Sariska

Utsav Camp Sariska is located in Tehla village just 7 km from Gate No. 2 of Sariska National Park. Surrounded by boulders, deciduous forests and the Aravali Mountains, it is an easy 2.5 hours (112 km) drive from Jaipur or 4 hours (217 km) drive from Delhi.

Other Destinations To Combine

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

West India

Ranthambhore National Park is part of the much large 1333sq km Ranthambhore Tiger reserve,

Keoladeo National Park

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Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird

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