India is endowed with 400 plus national parks and bio reserves. Spread over expansive meadows, these national parks offer breath taking flora and super thrilling wildlife. Be it tigers, lions or rhinos, the national parks in India has something to offer to all.
Sariska National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most popular national parks of India. Surrounded by Aravalli, this national park is situated near Alwar in Rajasthan. This is one of the best weekend getaways for Delhi and Gurgaon folks and a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Sprawling over 881 sq km, Sariska National park is dominated by deciduous and semi-deciduous vegetation, small hillocks and grassy meadows. Housing more than 100 bird and animal species, the best time to visit Sariska is winter. October to February, though quite chilly, marks the best time to explore this forest. Summer months are sweltering and immensely hot, but if you wish to watch amazing wildlife, be ready to bear the scorching heat in Sariska.
Flora and Fauna
Predominant species that are seen in Sariska are khair, dhak, gol, salar, ber, jamun, arjun, behra, bamboo and mango. There are about 18 Bengal tigers in Sariska. Along with that, other animals include deer, jungle cats, stryped hyena, wild boar, sambar, nilgai, leopards, Indian jackel and porcupine.
Useful Information on Sariska National Park
The forest reserve is open from 6 AM to 8 PM for tourists every day. For entrance, Indians need to pay INR 80/person and foreigners need to pay INR 470/person. Video and movie camera charges are extra. During summer months, safari happens between 6 am to 10 am and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
Visitors can avail safari in jeeps, buses, tonga, cycle rickshaws and two wheelers. Charges vary with the mode of transport. Safari in jeep costs about INR 2600/4 persons, open bus safari is about INR 4200/ 6 people, INR 15/person for two wheelers and INR 20/person for tongas. For cycle rickshaws, the cost for safari is INR 5/person.
Other Places to See in Sariska
Apart from wildlife spotting spree, one can indulge in seeing Neelkanth temple, Kankwari fort, Sariska Palace, Hanuman temple and Siliserh Lake.
Places to Stay in Sariska
The best and most popular places to stay in Sariska are:
- Dadhikar Fort
- V Resorts
- Sariska Tiger Heaven Resort
- Gulmohar Resort
- The Sariska Palace