park is situated only 200 km from Delhi and 107 kms from Jaipur.
Although larger than Ranthambor, it is less commercialised and
has less tigers but a similar topography. It covers an area of
800 sq km in total, with a core area of approximately 500 sq km.
The Northern Aravali Hills dominate the skyline with
their mixture of sharp cliffs and long narrow valleys. The area
was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and became a National Park in
The landscape of Sariska comprises of hills and narrow valleys
of the Aravali hill range. The topography of Sariska supports
scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and
grasses. The broad range of wildlife here is a wonderful example
of ecological adoption and tolerance, for the climate here is
variable as well as erratic.
It is located in the contemporary Alwar district and is the
legacy of the Maharajas of Alwar. Pavilions and Temples within
Sariska are ruins that hint at past riches and glory. The nearby
Kankwadi Fort has a long and turbulent history.In morning
and evening, wildlife in Sariska heads towards the many water
holes, which litter the park, thus providing the guests with
their best chance of viewing game. At some of these watering
holes it is possible to book hides which are situated in prime
spots for wildlife viewing.
The park is home to numerous
carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Civets
Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. These feed on species such as
Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur.
Sariska is also well known for its large population of Rhesus
Monkeys, which are found around Talvriksh.
The avian world is also well represented with Peafowl, Grey
Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden backed
Woodpecker, crested Serpent Eagle and The Great Indian horned
The park is open almost whole year-round, but for wildlife
viewing and your comfort it is best to visit from October to
April. Safaris are provided by jeep.