The Sariska National Park located in Alwar district of Rajasthan state, India is considered to be one among the best national parks of India. It is popular among the people in another name like Sariska Tiger Reserve. Actually this was established as a sanctuary in the year 1958, and was later transferred into a tiger reserve in 1979 and national park in 1981. Sariska National Park location is always of great interest to the tourists. More correctly we can say that Sariska National Park is situated on the Aravalli hills and dotted with places of historical as well as religious interest. Some examples include the Kankwari fort, 10th century Neelkanth temples, Budha Hanumab temple near Pandupol, Bharthari temple etc. Image courtesy: sariskapark.com, topnews.in
If you wish to visit Sariska park from Delhi or Jaipur, you can easily reach the destination. The approximate distance from this cities to Sariska park is mentioned below. From Jaipur and Delhi, Sariska national park is located at a distance of 107km and 200km respectively. It's interesting to note that this is considered to be the only tiger reserve in close proximity of Delhi and Jaipur. So whenever you get a chance to visit the capital city of India and the Rajasthan's capital city, don't miss your chance to visit this tiger reserve. Also note that from Delhi it takes a maximum of 4 hours to reach the location but from Jaipur, only 2 hours is needed. Since Sariska is a part of the famous aravalli range, its important to mention that the area is rich in mineral sources. For the past several years, this area have witnessed illegal mining that led to the fast erosion in the state. So in 1991, Supreme Court has banned mining in this area. But still the marble mining in that area is causing a threat to the state. I hope you all got a small idea regarding this famous park. Some of you might have a little curiosity to know the best time to visit this tiger reserve of Rajasthan. Check out the following points which might be helpful for you before you plan the trip.
Best time to visit Sariska National Park Rajasthan
When compared to other tiger reserves, national parks or wild life sanctuaries of India, which remains closed during the monsoon season, Sariska National Park will be opened to the visitors only for 2 days in a week on Tuesday and Saturday between 08:00 hours and 15:00 hours. This feature makes it different from other sanctuaries of India. At the same time, this tiger reserve will be opened from 1 October to 30th June for all 7 days of the week.
How to reach Sariska National Park Rajasthan?Jaipur airport is the nearest airport from Sariska National Park while Alwar railway station is the nearest railway station located at a distance of 37kms. If you are coming by road, then remember that it is located on the Delhi-Jaipur highway.
Major attractions of Sariska National Park Rajasthan
Sariska National Park is famous for hyena, jungle cat, wild dog, leopard, tiger, jackal, chitel, nilgai, sambhar, wild boar, langur, chausingha, rhesus monkeys, great indian horned owl, crested serpent eagle, golden backed wood pecker, sand grouse, tree pie, peafowl, grey partridge and bush quail respectively. Apart from this wild life attractions, you will be able to see some domninant trees and shrubs there. Some examples of trees and shrubs seen in this forest include dhak, kadaya, kair, adusta, jhar ber, bamboo, arjun, ber, khair, bargad and many more. This is an excellent place for bird watching. You will be able to see large population of Indian peafowls here. Now there is a latest news regarding Sariska National Park.
Sariska National Park 2012 news- More tigers for Sariska Tiger Reserve
As the name indicates Sariska National Park or Sariska Tiger Reserve, you might be able to understand a fact that this is a tiger reserve with tiger as the flagship species of the reserve. Now there is a latest news regarding the number of tigers in this reserve. Spread in an area of 866 sqkm, once this park was home to 15 tigers. At present there are 3 tigers and 2 tigeresses here. Atleast 3 more tigers will be relocated to sariska soon to enhance the tiger population. Earlier the Forest Department and the Rajasthan State Government faced criticism for the disappearance of tigers from the reserve. So now onwards the areas surrounding the reserve will be declared as an eco sensitive zone to provide a safe environment for the tigers.
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