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Sariska National Park

 

The present area of the park is 866 km². The park is situated 107 km from Jaipur and 200 km from Delhi. 06 Wild Hog CrossingSome of the wildlife found in the Sariska Tiger Reserve include the Bengal tiger, leopard, jungle cat, caracal, striped hyena, golden jackal, chital, sambhar, nilgai, chinkara, four-horned antelope 'chousingha' (extinct),[3] wild boar, hare, hanuman langur, Rhesus monkeys, and plenty of bird species and reptiles. Birds include Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden backed Wood Pecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Great Indian Horned Owl.

 

The dominant tree in the forests is dhok (Anogeissus pendula). Other trees are e.g. salar (Boswellia serrata), kadaya (Sterculia urens), dhak (Butea monosperma), gol (Lannea coromandelica), ber (Ziziphus mauritiana) and khair (Acacia catechu). Bargad (Ficus benghalensis), arjun (Terminalia arjuna), gugal (Commiphora wightii) or bamboo can also be met at some places. Shubs are numerous, such as kair (Capparis decidua), adusta (Adhatoda vesica) and jhar ber (Ziziphus nummularia).  

 

The reserve is also the location of several sites of historical importance such as the 17th-century 

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Kankwadi fort, originally built by Jai Singh II, is located near the centre of the park. The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb briefly imprisoned there his brother Dara Shikoh in the struggle for succession of the throne. Pandupol in the hills in the centre of the reserve is believed to be one of the retreats of Pandava.

 

Hanuman temple in Pandupol is a favourite pilgrimage site which is the source of problems to wildlife especially due to heavy traffic. Nilkanth temples were built by Bargujars. Neelkanth or Rajor Garh was the capital of Bargujars. Tal Briksh to the north is special by its warm water spring. Bhartrihari, not far from the Sariska village, is crowded by pilgrims. The ruler of Ujjain, Raja Bhartrihari meditated at this place. The area also has buildings associated with the kings of Alwar such as the Sariska Palace, which was used as a royal hunting lodge of Maharaja Jai Singh.  

 

The image that always fascinates one after hearing the name of Sariska is that of the tiger licking its whiskers and staring at the Television cameras. These images have been beamed through various news and entertainment programmes that the image is everlasting. This is place located at a distance of 110 km Jaipur and hosts some of the most fascinating attractions of the region.

 

The area is covered with some thick forests and the hillocks and valleys of Aravalli mountain range further enhance the beauty of the region of Sariska. Sariska provides an opportunity to view tiger, langur, nilgai and various many bird species. However, apart from the wildlife and forest Sariska is surrounded by numerous places of historical interest, interspersed with temples and monuments.   

 

The City is located in Alwar district and can be considered a central point for visiting various attractions within its vicinity. Located close to Sariska are three old settlements Bhangarh Fort, Ajaibgarh and Pratapgarh. The Sariska terrain has taken roots in this semi arid deserts of Rajasthan and supports scrub-thorn arid and dry deciduous forests that are full of rocks and grass patches intertwined with some thick foliage. The wildlife present in the area is diverse and is a perfect example of adaptability and symbiosis between nature and animals, something we human need to understand urgently. The climate, as in any desert, is dry and varies towards the extremes.    The place is also famous for old temples and palaces around the city.

 

The temples and chhattris and even the rare waterfall offer an exquisite view. However, the ruins of many of these monuments only serve as a reminder of how glorious the history of this land has been.   Jeep Safari   Jeep safaris in the Sariska Tiger Reserve will comprehensively cover almost all parts of the tiger reserve accessible by these heavy duty vehicles. Jeep safaris in Sariska Tiger Reserve are normally provided twice a day, and you can opt for these safaris in order to catch a glimpse of the wildlife. Safari rides are accompanied by the forest department guards and the vehicles are protected with grills.    Elephant Ride  

 

You can also opt for an elephant safari while in Sariska. An elephant safari in Sariska will not cover all parts of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, but the ride will be a memorable one for kids as well as wildlife enthusiasts. 

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