SARISKA NATIONAL PARK INDIA
Of the regular visitors to Sariska National Park, many head straight to a 17th century castle on a sharp hilltop at Kankwari, as it provides a panoramic view of flying Egyptian vultures and eagles. The entire area was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and came under the ambit as Project Tiger National Park in 1979.
The park also owes its existence to the conscious villagers who took the battle of fighting against poachers and stove to revive what was a depleting forest resource. Within the Sariska wildlife sanctuary there are the ruins of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor, belonging to the 10th and 11th centuries. Sariska was also known as the royal reserve of the rulers of Alwar. This palace built by the Maharajas of Alwar, has now been converted into a heritage hotel.
Just 107 kms from Jaipur, the Sariska Park is precious possession home to numerous carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. These feed on an abundance of prey 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 in large numbers around Talvriksh.
For the delight of Ornithologists, the avian world is also well represented with a rich and varied bird life. The prized families of resident and migratory ones include Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden-backed Wood Pecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Great Indian Horned Owl.
Attractions in Sariska
What one can do in Sariska
The best way to visit the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is by jeep and these can be arranged at the Forest Reception Office on Jaipur Road. One can indulge in Photography of different birds animals that come to waterholes. The best way to do it is book 'Hides' as these provide excellent view of the water holes.
How To Reach
The nearest airport that connects Sariska to outside world is Delhi as also a domestic one at Jaipur. Regular buses that ply from Delhi to Jaipur also go via Sariska. The nearest rail junction is at Alwar.