Sariska Tiger Reserve is one of the most sought weekend getaways from Delhi which is a combination of nature, wildlife and culture. Surrounded with beautiful Aravalli hills, Sariska is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan which expands over an area of 88km². Sariska is about 203 km by road via NH 48 from Delhi.
How to Reach Sariska
By Air : The nearest airport to Sariska is Sanganer International Airport which is 13 km away from Jaipur city centre. From there you can take a cab or a bus making it another 2 hour drive.
By Road : The best way to reach there is by road. Sariska Tiger Reserve is on the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur Road. You can chose to drive or take a bus to Sariska. By road it is almost a 4 hour drive from Delhi. There are many bus services from Delhi which goes to Tiger Reserve. The booking for the buses can be done on a prior basis giving you a comfortable experience. Buses runs on a day to day regular basis.
By Train : If you want to travel by train, then you can book a ticket till Alwar Junction. At the station you can easily get tourist taxis to Sariska Tiger Reserve. It will be an hour travel from Alwar to Sariska Tiger Reserve as the distance is only 36 km.
Best time to visit Sariska Tiger Reserve
The best time to visit Sariska Tiger Reserve is almost all round the year. But if you want to save yourself from the scorching heat and want to have a pleasant experience visit it during October to March. The timings are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM. But the reserve is closed on most of the national holidays.
- Winter : Mid October to January
- Spring : February to March
- Summer : April to June
- Monsoon : July to September
Wildlife At Sariska Tiger Reserve :
Sariska Tiger Reserve is famous for tigers. But very few people know that Sariska Tiger Reserve is also an amazing place for bird watchers. Some of the rarest species of birds like Grey Partridge, White throated Kingfisher, Indian peafowl, Crested serpent eagle and many more can be seen.
During 2003, 16 tigers were there but it was reported that during the year 2004 no tigers were sighted in the reserve and no indirect evidence of presence was found. This continued for a shot span of time. Later on in July 2008, two tigers from Ranthambhore National Park were relocated to Sariska Tiger Reserve. Another female tiger was relocated in February 2009. By July,2014 there were 11 tigers in total. By the latest information available there are16 tigers including five cubs.
In Sariska Tiger Reserve, apart from tigers many other wildlife species can also be spotted like leopard, jungle cat, sambar deer, striped hyena, nilgai, chital, ruddy mongoose and many more.
Safari Timings : Safari is done in two slots : morning and afternoon.
Morning : 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Afternoon : 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
The timing of safari can vary depending upon the season and weather conditions.
Duration : It will take you 3 hours for a safari.
Other Details : The best way to experience the safari is in Jeep. You can hire a jeep from the Forest Reception Office. With the safari jeep, you will get a driver and you can also hire a Forest department guide by paying a little amount as fee.
There is also an entry fee per vehicle. Also, the amount varies for Indians and foreigners. On an interesting note, Indians can enter for free on Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00AM to 3:00 PM.
If you chose to carry a camera or a video recorder, you will have to pay a fee for that too.
Other Attraction : You can visit the nearby villages to have an amazing experience. Learn about their style of living, culture and explore the place. You can also experience the local cuisine.
Places to visit near Sariska
There are many places in and around Sariska to make your weekend getaway more interesting. Apart from spotting Tiger during your weekend, you can also go around the place and explore a little more. You can also visit the places like :
1.Ruins of Bhangarh :
Bhangarh is a village in Rajgarh,Alwar district of Rajasthan. It is situated at the edge of the Sariska Tiger Reserve. Bhangarh is famous for its historical ruins and is one of the most haunted place in India. It is an almost 40 minutes’ drive from SariksaTiger Reserve to Bhangarh. Trespassing in Bhangarh fort is strictly prohibited by Govt of India between sunset and sunrise. There are many stories about the fort being haunted and a lot of logics and history is behind it. Once you reach the top of the fort or have gone hiking around the place, you can have a striking image of the fort and the surroundings. The route to Bhangarh fort is picturesque and scenic, also the fort is surrounded by hills from three sides making the the view magical.
So, it is suggested to visit the fort only during the daylight !
- Kankwadi Fort:
The Kankwadi fort is located in the Sariska Tiger Reserve; it is around 25kms from the entry gate of the reserve. Kankwadi fort was founded by Jai Singh I as a famine work. During 17th Century, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb imprisoned his brother Dara Shikoh in the struggle for the succession. of the Mughal Throne. Situated atop a hill, Kankawadi Fort provides a clear view of the surrounding verdant areas of Sariska.
Viratnagar is a place near to sariska for sightseeing at a distance of 24kms. This place is also popularly known as “Bairat”. Viratnagar has many natural wonders believed to be formed during the time of Mahabharata, called as “Bhim Ki Dungri”. Apart from that, few spots of ruins of a Buddhist Stupa can also be seen on a hillock called as “Bijak Ki Pahadi” which is from 3rd century BC.
- Pandupol Hanuman Temple :
The temple is inside the Sariska Tiger Reserve. It is situated amidst the Aravalli range, it is one of the most visited location in Sariska. Pandupol is related to the period of the epic of Mahabharata. It is believed that the Pandavas spent some years at Pandupol during their life in exile.The Hanuman Temple of Pandupol has a giant idol of Lord Hanuman. In the premises of the temple, langurs, macaques and several types of birds can be spotted. During the rainy season, waterfalls can also be found at Pandupol.
On Tuesday and Saturday, people visit the temple in great number as these two days are considered to be sacred and you can directly take your vehicle from the gate to the temple.
- Temple of Neelkanth :
The Neelkanth temple is inside Sariska Tiger Reserve. Although the temple is mostly in ruins but it is still worshiped by many devotees. It belongs to somewhere between 6th and 13th century and is situated at a distance of about 32Km From the entrance of Sariska Tiger Reserve.
- Mangalsar Dam :
This dam is built in middle of nowhere but is close to Bhangarh fort. Many exotic species of birds come to Mangalsar dam during winters, so if you are interested in bird watching, this can be an ideal place. You can also go for a shot day picnic and is a must visit for those who love water bodies in middle of nowhere.
- Siliserh Lake :
Spread over an area of 7 km Siliserh lake is around 40 kms from Sariska. It is one of the famous spot for picnic in the surrounding area.
Place to stay in Sariska :
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Being close to the forest reserve, the property offers comfortable stay for people of all ages, with additional services like eating outdoors, on the rocks, and while gazing the sun rise and set. Outdoor play area is apt for those wanting to strengthen their limbs and embrace the sunshine. Chess, volleyball, cricket, carom, table tennis and badminton are some family bonding games available for the outdoors.
Tastefully designed air conditioned rooms, multi cuisine restaurant, a swimming pool to beat the summer heat, and close proximity to places of historical and adventurous interests make this property a complete offering in itself. Horse and camel riding, jeep safari, tiger spotting, leopard spotting, and visit to nearby villages would keep your day filled with enticing wonders.
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