Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is loacted in the Alwar district of
Rajsthan, India. It is at a distance of around 200 km from Delhi and 107 km from
Jaipur. The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary of Rajasthan, was previously a hunting reserve of
the Maharaja of Alwar. The area was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in the year 1958 and a National Park in 1979. The 800 sq km of
the park has around 480 sq km as its core area. Within the boundaries of the park, there is a fort, palace and few temples.
The terrain of Sariska includes hilly areas and narrow valleys of the Aravalli.
The vegetation of the Sariska National Park consists of grassland, dry deciduous forests and
scrub- thorn arid forests. Dhok, Khair, Tendu, Ber, Surwal and Goria form the principal vegetation of the park.
The park appears dry in the summer months, however during winters, it is extremely dense with green trees and plants.
The animals population of the park includes Leopard, Wild Dog, Jackal,
Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai, Four-Horned Antelope, Wild Boar, Rhesus Macaque, Langur, Hyena and Jungle Cats. The prime attraction of the park is definitely the Tiger, though
it rarely visible in the park. The bird species of the park include 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 Vulture.
The prime attraction is Peacock the national bird of the country.
Within the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, there is a
fort where once the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb capitivated his brother, Dara
Shikoh. The fort provides a comprehensive view of the surrounding villages. The fort is situated at a distance of two hours drive from the main
entrance. Within the park premises there are two prominent temples one is dedicated to to Lord Shiva
and the other one dedicated to Lord Hanuman (Pandupol).
The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is open for visits throughout the year,
however the best time to visit is during the winter.