Sariska is mainly known for the Sariska Wildlife sanctuary and Tiger Reserve. This small town in Rajasthan is a fascinating place, where one can visit the rich heritage sites and enjoy the beauty of nature. If you are an animal lover and a sincere admirer of Nature, then come and spend an exciting holiday in Sariska.
Sariska - Location
Sariska, which covers an area of 800 sq.kms (including a core area of 498 sq km) is located in the Western state of Rajasthan, India. The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 107 kms from Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan.
Sariska - When To Visit
The best time to visit Sariska is between November and March. During this time the weather is tolerable and usually it is quite pleasant.
Sariska - Must- See Places
Your holiday tour will give you a chance to see many interesting places, for instance, it is believed that the exiled Pandavas of the epic Mahabharat, found shelter in this forest. One can still see five boulders here, which represent the five Pandavas and Draupadi, their wife.
According to another belief, the strongest brother of the five, Bhima smote his scepter in the rock face of a cliff, which created a pathway. This place is called the Pandupol. Apparently, this was the same place where Bhima was challenged by Lord Hanuman, who completely refused to clear the way. Bhima, got angry and tried to move him but he couldn't even move Hanuman's tail. Here one can visit the temple, which is dedicated to the Monkey God and that attracts loads of devotees on mainly Tuesdays, which is considered a sacred weekday. Now if you are in Sariska, you are obviously looking forward to seeing the animals in their wild habitat. You can take a tour of the Wildlife Sanctuary and visit the Tiger Reserve. The Sariska forest has many kinds of trees and vegetation. Such as, Dhok (Anogeissus pendula), Tendu (Diospyros melanoxylon) and Khair (Acacia catechu). Since the summers are quite hot, the forest lacks greenery during this time but the monsoon time, it changes to a color of lush green.
Sariska Wildlife Tour,Jaipur Travel Tour PackagesSince you are on a tour to Sariska, you can also catch a glimpse of the elusive tigers. The Tiger population in the Reserve is in twenties. The best time to see them is during summers because then they can be seen reclining near water holes. There are also other animals like the panthers, jungle cat, wild boars, chinkara, and porcupine. Hundred of birds can be spotted at the Kalighati waterhole. The Nilgai can be spotted at Salupka waterhole and Chowsinghas can be seen around the Pandu Pol Nallah.
While you are on your tour of Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, you can also check out the Siliserh Lake, which is inhabited by crocodiles and is located on the edge of the Tiger Reserve. The naughty monkeys and langurs are also seen all over the place, some hanging from the trees and others interacting with each other. If you are a bird-lover or an ornithologist then, you would love this place, since one can see grey partridge, golden-backed woodpecker, Great Indian horned owl and white-breasted kingfisher. You can also see the Kanwari fort, which is located in the Reserve. It is the same place where Dara Shikoh was held captive by the Emperor Aurnagzeb.
Another place worth a visit is Bharathari. The place is named after Raja Bharathari of Ujjain who took 'Samadhi' in this holy place. Devotees gather to this place from all over the state, on 8th of shukla-paksha, which is in the Bhadon month of Hindu calendar. Sariska Palace can also be visited, which now has been turned into a heritage hotel.
Sariska - Excursions
You can take a tour of various interesting places around Sariska. For instance, you can visit the Neelkanth Shiva temples, which were built between the 6th and 13th century AD. They are at a distance of 32 kms from the Wildlife sanctuary.
Tal Vrakhsha, which is located at a distance of 20 kms from the Sariska Complex. Here one can visit the Ganga Mata and Lord Shiva temples, one can also spot a lot of monkeys here.
Sariska - Getting There
Sariska is merely 35 kms from Alwar, so one can take a bus or a cab from Alwar. One can also come to Sariska from Jaipur, which is very well connected to other cities by air, rail and roads. From Jaipur one can also go to the Wildlife Sanctuary by Jeep.
Sariska - Accommodation
At Sariska one can stay at the RTDC hotels or the Sariska Palace. Since, Alwar is quite close, one an even stay at a hotel there.