Sariska Tiger Reserve History
The Pandopil lies in the hills of the national park. This site is famous as the place where the Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata had spent a few days, while they spent time in exile.
Also Known As Sariska National Park.
Famous for : Tigers, Scenic Beauty, History.
About Sariska National Park
- It is one of the most important national parks in Rajasthan, stretching over an area of 881 sq. kilometres, nestled in the Aravali Hills, covering grasslands, dry deciduous forests, cliffs, and rocky landscapes.
- The reserve is known for its majestic Royal Bengal Tigers. In 1978, it was given the status of Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger.
- It is the first tiger reserve to relocate the Tigers (from Ranthambore) successfully.
- This wonderful park amazed tourists with animals like leopards, sambhar, jungle cats, hyenas, deer, chinkaras, chausinghas, antelopes, wild boars, bison, nilgai, mongoose, and porcupine.
- Apart from all of this, you can catch some of the 225 species of birds like grey partridge, sand grouse, crested serpent eagle, woodpecker, horned owl, tree pie, bush quail, etc. that may be flapping their wings in the around trees and YOU!
Timings & Duration
Closed On: The park remains closed between 1st July and 30th September as it is very hot and humid. It is also closed on major national holidays.
Note : Unforeseen calamities like fire, earthquake or climatic conditions may influence safari timings.
Dress : It is advised to wear soft / cotton / casual clothes and comfortable shoes for your wildlife tours.
Best Time To Visit : October to February.
Wildlife Safari in Sariska National Park
You get 2 options to choose from;
- Canter Safari: Open vans called ‘Canters’ are available for safari. If you are travelling in a group more than 6 people then it is best to avail a canter, allowing 20 people in one go and travels in all zones.
- Jeep Safari: Lasting approximately 3 hours, a Jeep Safari constitutes a small group of at least 6 people who can explore the national park and its wildlife in their natural habitat.
A jeep safari is especially suggested for wildlife photographers as it is a good opportunity for them to capture picturesque moments.
Facts on Sariska National Park
- This area was once the hunting reserve of The Maharaja of Alwar.
- It holds an abundant amount of mineral resources like copper and illegal mining has been sighted at regular intervals.
- Poaching has been banned by the Government and is a punishable offence yet, there are many hunters on the chase of wild animals for selfish reasons.
- As greenery can hardly be found in the huge area of desert, Sariska National Park is one of the lone forest areas in the entire western Aravali hills which is enriched with flora.
- There are 16 village settlements, sheltering 5000 people and 30000 animals within the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.
Best Places to Stay in Sariska
Finding accommodation is relatively in Sariska National Park. Here you can find several stays from luxury resorts to wildlife camps to cheap hotels that provide convenient stay during wildlife tours. For your information, listed below are a few names of popular lodges, hotels, and resorts that mostly suit everyone:
- Sariska Resort
- PRIM Resorts
- V Resorts Sariska
- Gulmohar Sariska Resort
- The Sariska Palace
- Sariska Tiger Heaven Resort
- Wildlife Camps
- Aamod Resort
Summer: The summer months range from ‘March to June’. Here March – June usually record temperatures reaching till 49°C. Travellers and tourists mostly prefer a lower range of temperatures.
Monsoon: Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary experiences monsoon from ‘July to September’. Monsoon is occasional here, and there are days with extremely heavy rainfall and days where there is no rainfall at a stretch. So mostly the temperature recorded during this time is hot and falls by only a few degrees.
Winter: Winter months begins from ‘October to February’, the temperature recorded during this time among 15°C to 25°C and is generally suitable to travellers.
Reaching Sariska National Park
By Air: The nearest airport to Sariska National Park is ‘Jaipur Sanganer Airport’ situated at a distance of 110 km facilitates easy access by air.
By Rail: ‘Alwar Railway Station’ is the nearest train station to Sariska National Park. The railway station is situated 38 km from Sariska and connects all major tourist destinations and important cities of India like Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Mumbai, Kota and many more by rail.
By Bus: Sariska National Park is well connected by road and buses operated by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and other private operators in the area.