Sariska National Park
An Introduction to Sariska National Park
Sariska National Park lies in the Aravalli hills and is the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Alwar. The reserve was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1958 and came under the "Project Tiger" as a tiger reserve in 1979. The park covers quite a large area of 800 square kilometers, 480 square kilometers of which form the core area of the national park.
Due to the presence of monuments of religious importance located within the park boundaries, the park authorities are compelled to keep the park open throughout the year. Unfortunately, the only restrictions they are able to impose during this "off-season" period are those on entry into the jungle routes. The main road is kept open all year round. The season during which the jungles can be properly explored is from November to June.
Birds and Spices at Sariska National Park :
The avian population in the park is also very healthy. During late summer and in the monsoon months, it is possible to see large numbers of peacocks with their tail feathers fanned out and doing their famous shimmering "dance". Some of the bird species visible in the park are Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Spur Fowls, White Breasted Kingfishers, Golden Backed Woodpeckers, Great Indian Horned Owls, Quails, Partridges, Sangrouse, Tree Pies, Crested Serpent Eagles, Parakeets, Drongos, Sunbirds and Vultures.
The summer months are better for animal viewing at Sariska national Park but are extremely hot with temperatures going up to as high as 49 degrees centigrade.
In winter months, the temperature touches a low of 4 degrees.
How To Reach There :
Sariska is well connected with the surrounding towns and it is not difficult to access.
The nearest main town to Sariska is Alwar (36km)
The nearest Railway Station to the park is also located at Alwar.
The nearest Airport to the park is located at Jaipur (110km).
The park is very easily accessible from Delhi too. It is a 3 hour journey via the Daruhera - Alwar - Sariska route which is under 200km.