WILD IN THE WOODEN VALLEY
Located 107 kms from Jaipur, the Sariska National Park is in a
wooden valley, surrounded by barren mountains. The dry
deciduous forests of the ancient Aravalli range cover the area
of the Sariska National Park and Tiger Reserve.
main fauna in the park includes the Tiger, Panther, Hyena,
Jungle Cat, Civet, Sambhar, Chinkara, Nilgai and Four-Horned
Antelope. Declared a Sanctuary in 1955, it became a Tiger
Reserve under Project Tiger in 1979.
The other great predator of Sariska's forests is the leopard
besides the ferocious tiger. Sariska has a healthy porcupine
population, and this tiny creature often pits itself against
the tiger, which is particularly fond of porcupine flesh.
The 'Chowsingha' (four horned antelope) is commonly found at
Sariska, exclusively Indian, it is the world's only wild
creature, which has two pairs of horns. The Park's terrain is
also congenial to the Chinkara (Indian Gazelle) and Nilgai.
Remarkable for their lack of timidity are the Rhesus and
Langur, which, at Sariska tolerate human closeness with
The birdlife comprises of the Pea Fowl, Gray Partridge, Quail,
Sandgrouse, Tree Pie, White-Breasted Kingfisher, Golden-Backed
Woodpecker, Crested Serpent, Eagle and Great Indian Horned
VIEWING THE WILD
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.
Booking a `hide', overlooking one of the waterholes, can
provide an excellent opportunity for viewing and photographing
wildlife. So, pick up your sleeping bag and some food and
settle down to watch.
Within the park are the ruins of many temples.
The KANKWARI FORT
Park has historic overtones. Here, Emperor Aurangzeb once
imprisoned his brother, Dara Shikoh.
THE ANCIENT SHIVA TEMPLES in the precincts of the park,
Neelkanth temples (6th-13th century AD), which are now in
ruins, afford a wonderful sight to the visitors.
THE PALACE Sariska was once the royal reserve of the rulers of Alwar.
This palace built by the Maharajas of Alwar, has now been
converted into a hotel.
HOW TO GET
is situated off the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur Road. The nearest town
is Alwar (21 km). Jaipur is located at a distance of 110 kms
and Delhi at 200 kms. There are direct buses to Alwar from
Delhi and Jaipur. Frequent buses travel between Alwar and
RAIL: The nearest railway station is Alwar (21 km).
AIR: Jaipur is the nearest airport.
Location: 21 km
From Alwar, Rajasthan.
Area: 765.80 sq.km.
Specialty: Tiger, Spotted Deer And Wild Boar.
Notified In: 1955.
Nearest town: Alwar.
Main species found: Tiger, Panther, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Civet, Sambar, Nilgai, Chowsingha, Dhole(Wild Dog), Wild Boar,
Partridge, Green Pigeon, Red Spur fowl, etc.