Sariska Tiger Reserve is an Indian National Park. It is located in Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. In 1955, it was declared as Wildlife reserve and in 1978, this national park attained the status of Tiger Reserve. This is the part of Aravalli Ranges. Bengal Tigers is the major attraction of this reserve. In the world this is the first reserve where the relocation of tigers has been done successfully.
What to see in Sariska Tiger Reserve:
Kankwadi Fort: It is one of the attractions of the tiger reserve. This fort belongs to 16th century. It was built by Jai Singh II. For the succession of the throne, Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb briefly imposed his brother Dara Shikoh in this fort.
Pandupol: In the centre of the reserve, visitors can find Pandupol. This was the retreat to the Pandavas. It is located on the hill of the reserve.
Hanuman Temple: This temple also can be seen at Pandupol. This temple is acting as a source of problem to wildlife, due to heavy traffic problem.
Nilkanth Temples: These temples are other attractions of this reserve. These temples are built by Bargujars. These temples are built between 8th to 13th centuries.
Tal Briksh: It is located to the north of the reserve. This place is famous for warm water springs.
Wild Life: Apart from Bengal Tigers, several other wild animals can also be seen here. These animals include Tiger, Jackal, Hyena, Cat, Wild Dog, and Leopard. Plenty of Rhesus Monkeys can be seen here. Other major species of this sanctuary are Langur, Wild Boar, Chausingha, Nilgai, Chitel, Sambar.
Along with animals several birds can also be seen here. Some major bird attractions of this place are Great Indian Horned Owl, Crested Serpent Eagle, Golden Beaked Wood Pecker, Tree Pie, Sand Grouse, Bush Quali, Grey partridge, Peafowl etc.
What to see around Sariska Tiger Reserve:
Naldeshwar Shrine: Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple belongs to 18th century. Dense greenery around the temple looks so beautiful. This temple is located in the highway between Sariska and Alwar which is 25kms away from the park.
Bathrihari: It is located 11kms away from the park. This place is always busy with the tourists. It is stated that King Bathrihari, King of Ujjain is meditated here. Buildings associated with Kings of Alwar can be seen here. One of the most important buildings is Sariska Palace. This was used as royal hunting lodge of Maharaja Jay Singh.
Getting to Sariska National Park: This national park is well connected with road. From Jaipur, Alwar, Delhi etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is Sawai Madhopur. This station is located at 11kms away from the park. From all the major cities, trains come to this place. Taxis are available to Sariska from railway station. Nearest airport is Sanganer airport is the nearest airport in Jaipur which is located 110kms away from Sariska. Airport is well connected with Delhi and Mumbai. Nearest international airport is located at Delhi.
Getting around Sariska National Park: Jeep Safaris and Elephant Safaris are available to visit the place of the park. Elephant safaris are not allowed to see all the parts of the park. Best option to see entire Park is through jeep safaris. Guards are available in the jeep safaris. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of the park.
Best time to visit Sariska National Park: During the winter season, plenty of migratory can also be seen along with exiting wild life. Best time to visit this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Sariska National park: Plenty of luxury resorts are available inside the park. Budget hotel are available at Alwar. It will take an hour to reach Alwar. Sariska Palace is now converted to hotel.
Where to eat in Sariska National Park: Plenty of restaurants are available in and around the park. Chinese, continental, Indian cuisines are available.