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Sariska tiger reserve, a beautiful national park, is located high in the Aravali hills divided into grasslands, dry deciduous forests, cliffs, and rugged landscapes. Jumbling of ecosystems is what makes Sariska an affluent bio-diversified tiger reserve. The low-lying forests have species of thorns, scrub, and hardy trees, whereas the distant hill has a canopy of fluffy look. The tiger reserve is known for beautifully changing its mien. Sometimes you will see dark trees devoiding leaves and at another moment you will discern the tiger reserve turning into a fetching green blanket. Wetlands in the tiger reserve are situated on the northeastern boundary with significant wildlife congregations. Earlier Sariska was the private hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Alwar before hunting in the area was banned in 1955. In 1978 Sariska was declared as the 11th tiger Reserve in India. In recent years with the combination of conservation projects, village resettlement, and getting back some Tigers from Ranthambore National Park, Sariska emerged to be in its way of reinstituting its glory.
Sawai Madhopur District, Rajasthan, India
3 hours from Jaipur airport
October to June
WHAT TO SEE
Mammals: Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Caracal, Striped Hyena, Indian Hare
Birds: Large Cormorant, Painted Spurfowl, Indian Roller, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Nightjar, Painted Sandgrouse, Brown Fish owl, Indian scops owl, Osprey
Sariska tiger reserve is well-liked for its hilly landscape area and the opportunity it gives the tourists to capture some endearing moments. The park is also popular for boasting three lakes to combat the shortage of water supplies at Sariska. Sariska tiger reserve,a paradise for wildlife, lost all their tigers in 2005 due to some unfortunate events. Some tigers were translocated from Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park into Sariska between 2008 and 2010. With the introduction of strict rules, Sariska with time again became one of the most prominent reserves with a fine-and-fit population of tigers and other flora and fauna.
Sariska tiger reserve was also declared as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International. The reserve attracts a variety of migratory birds like the grey francolin, rufous treepie, jungle babbler, plum-headed parakeet, Indian peafowl, Indian thick-knee, brown fish owl, Chestnut-bellied, etc. Rarely seen dusky eagles can also be found inside the reserve.
Safari inside the Sariska tiger reserve gives the visitors an immensely joyful experience to see the alluring and flamboyant wildlife of India. Visitors get to see plenty of langurs, get a glimpse of Indian grey mongoose, and witness the nonchalant of lizards hunting for their food. One can very easily spot the Sambar roaming around and allowing his visitors to capture him like a sweet memory. Other creatures like Indian crested porcupine, Indian civet, wild cat, and jackal are seldom seen inside the reserve. The hard-to-see rusty cat is also inhabited inside the reserve.
Sariska tiger reserve conducts safaris in three zones. Zone one and two are open for the safaris only whereas in zone 3 visitors are also permitted to visit the eighth-century Neelkanth temple and the prominent Mangalsar Dam. All these three zones offer the opportunity to capture the picturesque and magnificent view of the tiger reserve.
Places to Stay:
Sariska Palace:Sariska Palace is situated inside Rajasthan’s Sariska National Tiger Reserve. The opulent palace stretches over lush green scenery, causing the onlooker to fall in love with its grandeur. The main reason for the amplified beauty of this palace is that it stands on the edge of the Sariska National Park. Sariska Palace is a 5-star hotel. This luxurious hotel offers one to wake up to the melodious chirping of birds. This hotel is a one-stop destination if you are looking for spacious rooms, spectacular views, and tremendous hospitality to relieve all stress of a busy life.
Trees & Tigers Resort: Trees & Tigers resort is surrounded by lush greenery and a peaceful environment. The resort is just a few kilometers away from the Sariska tiger reserve. The reserve is one of the very popular protected areas on the Aravalli hills hosting a large population of exotic mammals and a variety of birds. The rooms are beautifully well decorated inside the resort.