Sariska Tiger Reserve is a popular wild life refuge located in Alwar District of Rajasthan. The park covers an area of about 866 sq km. The park is situated at a distance of 200km from Delhi and 107 km from Jaipur.
It is surrounded by the hills and valleys of Aravalli Range, and thus is naturally blessed with lush greenery. Rocky landscapes, semi deciduous wood, scrub-thorn arid forests, grasses and hilly cliffs paint the topography of the park and it is also rich in mineral resources. Tree like dhok, tendu, khair and bear predominantly describes Sariska’s forestation, although the vegetation at Sariska remains lush green during the monsoon and dries in summer.
Sariska was given the status of wildlife sanctuary in 1958. In 1978, this national park was declared as a tiger reserve and is now a part of India’s Tiger Project and happens to be one of the largest tiger reserves in India. Other than its main attraction, i.e the Bengal Tiger, this national park is the home to a varied species of wildlife such as Jungle Cat, Wild Dog, Leopard, Hyena, Langur Nilgai, Chitel and Rhesus Monkey. It is an ideal den for the bird watchers as its lush greenery invites different species of birds such as white-throated kingfisher, grey partridge, bush quail, sand grouse Indian peafowl, treepie and the Indian eagle-owl.
Sariska Tiger reserve is a great tourist attraction. Tourists visiting Sariska can also take the pleasure of brilliant sightseeing as it is surrounded by historical temples and monuments such as ruins of Kankawadi Fort, Ajaibgarh Bhangarh Fort, and the 'Nilkanth Temple, the Bharthari Temple. Further, Alwar is just at a distance of an hour from Sariska and is great place for history lovers. In Sariska, tourists can take the pleasure of jeep safaris, bird watching, or can simply take long walks enjoying the nature. Further, tourists can enjoy great wildlife viewing and photography by booking a hide that are there over the water holes in Sariska Park.
Sariska tiger reserve is during the months of October to June. This is the peak time for the tourists and the park remains open for all the seven days in a week. But, unlike the other wildlife reserves of India, Sariska also remains open for visitors even during the monsoon i.e July to September only for two days in a week.
One can reach Sariska either by road, rail or air. The nearest railway station to Sariska is the Alwar Railway Station and the Jaipur Airport is the nearest airport. Further, the Rajasthan Roadways operates deluxe buses from Jaipur. The roads are in very good condition and it takes 3-4 hrs to reach Sariska from Jaipur.