The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its tigers, leopards and wild dogs. Situated within the Indian state of Rajasthan, it covers an area of approximately 766 square kilometres. Its landscape comprises rugged hills and deep valleys. This terrain is occupied by dry, deciduous forests and dotted with the ancient ruins of medieval temples belonging to Garh-Rajor. These date back to the 900’s and 1000’s CE (Common Era). Therefore, this area does not only exude a natural beauty that is impressive, but also a rich cultural heritage. Today, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most frequented reserves in India, particularly amongst tourists.
Sariska was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1955. When the value and imminent demise of the Bengal Tiger began to arise as a major concern amongst researchers and conservationists, this area was declared an official Tiger Reserve. It was in the same year, 1979, that is was made a National Park. The aim of the Project Tiger initiative was to provide a safe haven in which the Bengal Tiger could live and breed without the threat of hunting or a loss of territory as a result of industrial and residential development. In addition to the majestic Bengal Tiger, visitors can also look forward to seeing the Jungle Cat, Hyena, Sambar, Nilgai, Chital, Langur, Rhesus Monkey, Chausingha and Indian Leopard. The Rhesus Monkey is particularly prevalent, and is a delight to watch as it plays in and explores its natural habitat. Bird-lovers will enjoy the Golden-backed Woodpecker, Crested Serpent Eagle, Sand Grouse, Bush Quail, Peafowl, Grey Partridge and Great Indian Horned Owl.
Jeeps can be hired from the hotel at the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. These provide the optimal opportunity to embark on game drives through the park and to see a wide array of plants and animals.
In addition to these natural gems, tourists and visitors can explore the various ancient remnants of the Kankwari Fort, Shiva temples, and the Alwar Palace, which is now a hotel. Although the sanctuary is open throughout the year, October through to June are the best months for visitors in terms of the climate and the prevalence and visibility of animals. The city of Jaipur is just over 105 kilometres away and provides the nearest airport. Delhi is 200 kilometres away and is also home to a large airport. Alternatively, the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is accessible via road and rail.
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