Situated in the northern part of the the Aravali Ranges, Sariska was once the royal reserve of the Alwar rulers. Declared as a sanctuary in 1955, it came under project tiger in 1979 and became a national park in 1982. Sariska spreads over a total area of 788 sq. kilometres, with a core area of approximately 474 sq. kilometres. The picturesque Siliserh Lake runs along the edge of the reserve, with a charming hunting lodge overlooking it.
The terrain is predominantly hilly, with a wooded valley, surrounded by barren mountains. The dry deciduous forests of the ancient Aravalli range cover the area of the Park and the Tiger Reserve. The park has a series of hides and watchtowers and these can be occupied before sunset so as to observe the animals those come to the water.
The main attraction of the reserve is the Bengal tiger. At a count in 1985, it was estimated that there were about 15 tigers in the reserve. Poaching reduced the number to zero. There are, at present, three tigers and two tigresses in the reserve. It was decided that at least three more tigers will be relocated to Sariska soon.
Apart from tigers, the wild life include Leopard, Panther, Civet, Jackal, Hyena, Caracal, Sambar, Chital, Wild Boar, Hare, Nilgai, Porcupines, Chowsingha (four horned antelope), Rhesus and Langur. The reserve also has a large verity of birdlife. They include Pea Fowl, Gray Partridge, Quail, Sandgrouse, Tree Pie, White-Breasted Kingfisher, Golden-Backed Woodpecker, Crested Serpent, Eagle and Great Indian Horned Owl.
Alwar is the nearest town and railhead at 21km from the Park. The nearest airport is Jaipur(110km). The ideal time to visit the park is from October to June. excellent accommodation facilities are available in Alwar and in and around the Park.
For further information please contact:
The Field Director,
Sariska Tiger Reserve,
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