Sariska wildlife sanctuary, which is spread over an area of 800 square
kilometers, lies in the Aravalli hills. Recently in news for its tiger
reserve, the Sariska sanctuary also nests a variety of birds. Within the
sanctuary, there is a large Siliserh lake and ruins of medieval monuments,
which are an add on to its beauty. Declared as a National park in 1979, the
Sariska National park in Rajasthan presents a vivid picture of the wildlife
before is onlookers.
Wildlife in Sariska
The Sariska National park is rich in both- flora and fauna. One can find an
abundance of species such as Tigers, Monkeys, Ambar, Chitel, Nilgai,
Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Besides, the flora of the sanctuary which
includes Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden
backed Wood Pecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Great Indian Horned Owl
can be a treasured moment for the tourists.
National Park offers a natural habitat centre to the different species of
birds. A number of migratory birds visit the sanctuary annually. Besides,
the resident birds, which can be commonly sighted are Oriental White-eye,
Small Buttonquail, Black Ibis, Lesser Whitethroat, Eurasian Spoonbill, Barn
Owl, Common Hoopoe, Jungle Babbler, Tawny-bellied Babbler, Inornate Warbler,
Common Tailorbird, Greenish Warbler, Asian Pied Starling, Common Myna,
Brahminy Starling, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Mottled Wood Owl, Tufted Duck,
White-rumped Vulture, Pariah Kite, Griffon Vulture, Shikra, Eurasian Sparrow
hawk, Singing Bushlark, Darter, House Swift and other birds.
The Sariska wildlife sanctuary has a wide range
of Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Nilgai, Wild-boar, Fox, Gaur, Sambar,
Chital, Hyena and four horned Antelope. Though the tigers in Sariska are the
most endangered species, they can be seen roaming freely in the park.
Historical Attractions in Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
Shiva Temples :
The ruins of the temples of the Hindu
lord Shiva, which dates back to the 6th century CE, provides a picturesque
sight to the tourists.
Kankwari Fort :
The Kankwari fort, where the Indian
emperor Aurangzed had imprisoned his brother Dara Shikoh, is an important
historic site in the Sariska National park.
The Palace :
Once the palace of the royal Maharajas of
Alwar, the Sariska palace attracts the tourist in the form of a huge hotel.
How to Reach
The nearest railway station is at Alwar, 37
kilometers away from Sariska.
Jaipur, 107 kilometers from Sariska is the
nearest airport from Sariska. From Jaipur, wither road route or rail route
can be taken to reach Sariska.
Situated on the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur road,
Sariska is easily accessible from Jaipur(107 kilometers) and Delhi(200 km).
Sariska is also well connected with Alwar(37 km) by various services of