Sariska National Park is one of the most visited wildlife destinations located in the Alwar district of the Indian state of Rajasthan. The park is located at a distance of 100 kms from Jaipur and is an ideal destination to experience the bounty and beauty of wildlife in India. Sariska National Park is spread over an area of 800 Square Kilometres and comprises of deciduous forests, steep cliffs, rocky landscapes and grasslands. The par supports a variety of wildlife like Tigers, Langurs, Bengal Fox, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Rhesus Monkey, Sambar, Chausingha, Common Palm Civet, Indian Grey Mongoose, Spotted Deer and Chital to name a few. Besides Sariska National Park also surrounds the ‘Jai Samand Lake’ and ‘Siliserh Lake’ that is home to water snakes, crocodiles and other amphibians. A recent wildlife census revealed that Sariska National Park has about 25 tigers residing in the wilderness.
Before being guarded as a national park, the forest areas of Sariska used to be private hunting grounds of the Royal family of Alwar during the 18th and 19th century. The place still has the ruins of the medieval temples and houses that reflect back to the early 10th and 11th centuries. Sariska was declared to be a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1958. Twenty years later in 1978, the sanctuary was accredited to become a National Park and Project Tiger Reserve respectively.
Attractions at the Park
Sariska is not only a place to observe wilderness, it has great religious and cultural significance. Hanuman Temple is a significant destination located within the Sariska National Park that is surely visited by every tourist entering the park. The temple in known for its mysterious ambience and houses a giant idol of Lord Hanuman that is believed to be from the time of Mahabharata. Hundreds of langurs and monkeys can be spotted running around the temple premises. Hanuman Temple is situated near the watchtower, about 11kms from the main entrance of the Sariska National Park.
Pandupol is another landmark attraction inside Sariska National Park that has immense historical significance. According to the legends, Pandavas spent some time at Pandupol during their exile. It is also believed that Bhima who was known to have the strength of 1000 elephants was defeated by Lord Hanuman, here at Pandupol in Sariska National Park. A beautiful waterfall is created naturally during the monsoons, at Pandupol adding to the charm of the place.
Kankawadi Fort is another chief historical destination inside Sariska National Park that is frequently visited by tourists. The fort was constructed by King Aurangzeb and is located atop a hill. Kankawadi Fort offers is a popular site for bird watching inside the Sariska National Park.
Sariska National Park is a chosen destination for bird watchers from all corners of the world. The park is renowned for its avifauna diversity and the birding experience that the tourists get here is truly enchanting. Sariska National Park has a huge diversity of both resident and migratory birds. Some of the common birds that can be sighted at the park are Oriental white-eye, Common tailbird, Small Buttonquail, Asian Pied Starling, Common Coot, Jungle Babbler, Red-throated Flycatcher, Oriental Magpie, Brown-headed gull, Small Egret, Tufted Duck, White-rumped Vulture and many more.
Information about the Safari
Exploring the wildlife at Sariska National Park is a exhilarating and fulfilling experience as the animals can easily be sighted near the water holes, especially during the summer months. Jeep Safari is the perfect option for wildlife touring inside the park. Touring the jungles in an open roof vehicle is completely adventurous and an adrenaline gushing activity for wildlife enthusiasts. The jeep safari is accompanied by a trained driver who knows the forest area in and out and undertakes efforts to optimise the chances of wildlife sighting.
The duration of safari timing is more or less same for winter and summer months. The morning safari lasts for 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon shift.
- Morning safari from 6:30am to 10:30am while the afternoon shift timings are 2pm to 6pm.
Summer jeep safari timings for Sariska National Park are:
- Morning shift starts from 6am to 10 am and the evening timings are 2:30pm to 6:30pm.
The safari timings at Sariska National Park are subject to changes depending on the weather conditions. So make sure to contact the forest department before planning your day.Entry Pass and Permits:
It is mandatory for tourists to obtain permit from the Head officer at Forest Department. Only previously approved jeeps are allowed to enter the park. Therefore make sure you visit the Sariska National Park half an hour in advance to complete the formalities.Dos and Don’ts Within the Park:
- Follow the fixed path inside the park and do not park your vehicle anywhere.
- All jeep safari should return to the exit gate by 6:30pm
- Drive slowly inside the park and always give way to the wild animals
- Maintain silence inside the park
- Do not feed or tease the animals
- Wear neutral colored clothes and avoid flashy colors
- Do not litter inside the park
- Carrying firearms is not allowed
- Camping or lighting fire inside the park is prohibited as accidental fire can damage the forests completely.
- Snacky foods and drinking water
- Sunglasses and cap/hat
- Mosquito repellent
- A rucksack with mats
- First-aid kit
- Cameras with extra batteries
Safety Measures to be Followed
Tourists visiting the Sariska National Park should follow all the guidelines carefully. You must always follow the marked trail and never deviate from your path. Getting off from your vehicle anywhere inside the park can be dangerous.
Best Time to Visit the Park
Sariska National Park can be visited all year round. However, during the summers the weather is uncomfortably hot and not a favourable time for tourists despising scorching heat. The most ideal time to explore the wilderness is from the months of October to May. The climate during this time is pleasurable and delightful. Sariska National Park remains open every day from 8am to 6:30pm but remains closed on national holidays.
Nearby Tourists Attractions
Alwar is a popular getaway of the state of Rajasthan that is located at close distance from Sariska National Park. The place is packed with numerous tourists’ attraction that reflects the glorious Rajput history of the state. Bala Quila and City Palace Complex are the two prominent attractions of Alwar that are worth visiting.
SiliSerh Lake is located at close proximity to Sariska National Park and a popular tourist attraction. The lake is a charming destination that is located overlooking an outstanding palace built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in the honour of His queen in 1845 A.D. Visitors at Siliserh Lake can also spot crocodiles residing in the lake.
Minimum passengers for jeep safari inside Sariska National Park are 5 people. Advance reservation of safaris can also be made by providing your name and address details.