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Sariska Tourism, and Travel Guide

History of Sariska

The history of Sariska goes back as early as the 5th century BC as Hindu sacred texts mention Sariska as the region where the Pandavas took shelter during their years of seclusion. In the middle ages, it was under the Mughal rule andSariska Aurangzeb used the Knakwari Fort to imprison his elder brother.

Originally said to be a part of the Mewat region, the brave Mewat warriors were always at war to preserve its sovereignty because its strategic location made it a prized conquest for many rulers. Later During the 8th - 12th century many of Sariska's rulers and wealthy residents constructed a huge number of Jain and Hindu temples, some of which retain their old splendor even today. Early 20th century saw attempts to convert the region into a protected area and the campaign was led by none other than Maharaja Jai Singh. The campaign bore fruit and in 1958, a government notification declared Sariska a wildlife sanctuary and by 1979 it became a part of the Tiger Project that was recognized as a national park.

About Sariska

Sharp cliffs of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravallis dominate the landscape of Sariska, whose forests are dry and deciduous. Within the Sariska wildlife sanctuary there are the ruins of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor, belonging to the 10th and 11th centuries.

A 17th century castle on a sharp hilltop at Kankwari, provides a panoramic view of flying Egyptian vultures and eagles. The area was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and became a National Park in 1979

Major Wildlife Attraction

Sariska park is home to numerous carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. SariskaThese feed on an abundance of prey species such as Sambar, Chitel, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is also well known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys, which are found in large numbers around Talvriksh

The avian world is also well represented with a rich and varied birdlife. These include Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden backed Wood Pecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Great Indian Horned Owl.

Climate

Sariska weather is of an extreme desert type. The summer season extends from April to the month of June. The climatic conditions of Sariska in summers are quite hot and the temperature may rise to around 38° C (max). The winter season lasts from October to March. Cool and pleasant days characterize the climate of Sariska in winters, with the temperature hovering around 15° C (max). The monsoon season does not experiences heavy rainfall. The best time to visit Sariska is during the period of October to February.

How to Reach Sariska?

By Air: Jaipur is the nearest airport from Sariska which is well connected to all the major cities, which includes Mumbai, Jaipur and Jodhpur,

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Alwar, which is near from Sariska.

By Road: Sariska wildlife sanctuary is situated off the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur Road.

Shopping

Sariska is one of the best wild life sanctuaries in India. Shopping is not really on the itinerary of tourists heading forSariska this tiger reserve. However for those who would want to take home souvenirs and curios typical of India, the ideal place to shop would be the city of Jaipur.

Jaipur is famous for its jewelery made of precious and semi-precious stones. Also known are Jaipur textiles especially the bandhej (tie and dye print), brass work, antiques and marble carvings.

The metro city of Delhi would also be a good shopping destination where you can stop enroute to Sariska. Alwar, which is the nearest city to Sariska, is also a good stopover to pick up typical ethnic stuff from Rajasthan.

Hotels in Sariska

Deluxe Heritage Hotel in Sariska
Hotel Sariska Palace, Sariska
Budget Hotel in Sariska
Hotel Tiger Den, Sariska
Resort in Sariska
Hotel Tiger Heaven, Sariska