Visited this place with two more friends (we all are in the age group of 50-56) for watching wildlife, especially big cats, which we had missed in other Tiger Reserve near Nagpur. It is very important to book online and that too for the earliest trip as big cats (tigers, leopards, lions etc) move out of their then and go to drink water, first thing they do after daybreak! We had not booked it online and had to be contended with on the spot booking - all small vehicles (max 6 people) were already booked and we had to be contended with a large open bus, carrying 21 people. Please note: there is Pandupole Temple in this reserve and lot of people go there for religious purpose and unfortunately a group of 6 people with 3-4 small kids also joined our group and started quarreling with the guide to take the bus straight to the temple. Rest of 15 persons objected to the same as our purpose was to see wildlife. Ultimately the driver had to return to the main gate to drop them back, which resulted in wasting about 30 minutes. The trip thereafter was good, we could sight a leopard moving quietly in the woods and the best part was - our guide made us listen to the "Alert Calls" of deers, antelopes and other birds when leopard was crossing their path. There is a lovely lake in this jungle, which attracts migratory birds and there were many varieties. I was lucky to take good pics of pained storks and other birds. We also saw 2 crocodiles moving in this lake. A large variety of local birds, which included peacocks, doves, maina, bater, teetar etc were also there. At the end of our trip, we had to come to the rescue of poor guide (Ajay) who was named by those 6 persons for harassment in the main office. The matter was resolved after I wrote a detailed letter to the Forest Officer, explaining the entire chain of event. Overall, it was an excellent trip despite not sighting the main attraction - Tiger.
Sariska National park is a less explored Travel destination in Rajastan. We started our journey early morning from Delhi at 6am and on our way visited another neglected tourist spot in Rajastan-SiliSerh lake in Alwar. Though lalkhila was in our list we could not make it due to time restrictions. SiliSerh lake has got so much potentials and can be developed as a good spot due to its scenic beauty and presence of vintage Palace. But infrastructure there is pathetic and is highly neglected. We had to stand in a queue to collect tickets as their online site was not working last day. As there was no restaurant there, We missed that day lunch. The journey started after 1. 5 hrs of waiting. The +and- are as follows A journey like African wild safaris with chance to see so many animals mostly herbivorous. Though Tigers and leopards were not spotted, a crocodile was seen on the way. An ecosystem or an animal friendly environment is created scientifically. The vehicles provided are of sub quality as canters provide uncomfortable drives. The vehicles are equipped with less safety precautions. The site is full of dust and safety precautions are a must. They could have used closed suv vehicles like bolero, scorpio or safari to avoid the exposure of guests to dusts and attack of wild animals. Ample refreshment outlets and wash rooms are to be provided.
History of Sariska Situated in Alwar district in the state of Rajasthan, Sariska is a popular tourist attraction for the Sariska Tiger Reserve. Established in 1955, the 866 sq km reserve was renamed Sariska National Tiger Reserve in 1978.
Wildlife species here include the Royal Bengal tiger, leopard, chital, nilgai, langur, hyena, sambar and the golden jackal among others. This place also attracts a large number of birds such as peafowl, sand grouse, kingfisher, golden back wood pecker, crested eagle and the great Indian horned owl, to name a few.
Things to do in SariskaOther than the tiger reserve, Sariska is also known for historical sites such as the Kankawadi Fort, which was built in the 17th century by Jai Singh II. Sariska has three more forts of historical importance – Bhangarh Fort, Pratapgarh Fort and Ajabgarh Fort located nearby.
There are many temples in Sariska including the Hanuman Temple in Pandupol, which is a popular pilgrimage site. Bhatrihari Temple is another pilgrimage site, which is thronged by devotees throughout the year.
It is said that the ruler and king of Ujjain meditated here giving it the status of a holy pilgrimage site. Apart from temples and wildlife, another attraction is the Sariska Palace, which was used as a hunting lodge by Maharaja Jai Singh. Tourists can also vouch for various attractive packages offer for the trips.
Travelling to Sariska Sariska is well connected by road from all cities in Rajasthan. To reach Sariska buses are available from Delhi which is over 200 km and 100 km from Jaipur. Buses halt right in front of the reception office of the Sariska Tiger Reserve. The nearest airport is 110 km away at Jaipur and the nearest railhead is Alwar, at a distance of 36 km.
Travel Tips for Sariska No private vehicles are allowed inside the park. Jeep and elephant safaris are organised for tourists to explore the tiger reserve. The best time to travel to Sariska Tiger Reserve is from September to March. During this time, the weather is pleasant for long jeep rides and other activities.
Wildlife enthusiasts will have to shell out INR 200 as entry fee to enter the Sariska Tiger Reserve. Jeep and elephant safaris can be booked at the entry gate of the reserve. A three-hour jeep safari can cost close to INR 1000.
Accommodaton options in Sariska
Hotels in Sariska range from budget hotels and heritage properties to jungle resorts. Most of these hotels also offer transfers for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations