Sariska National Park or Sariska Tiger Reserve covers an area of 800 sq km of grassland, dry deciduous forests and rocky landscape. Right from camel safaris to visiting medieval palaces and wildlife watching, Sariska National Park offers all what you require for a great and adventurous holiday.
Earlier, Sariska National Park was the hunting reserve of the royal families of Rajasthan. After the sustained efforts of Maharaja Jai Singh in 1958, the place became a national park.
Since then, Sariska National Park became the natural habitat for endangered species. In 1971, the Project Tiger was launched which declared the national park as a Tiger Reserve. The Project Tiger was as an attempt to preserve the fast depleting numbers of tigers in India.
Apart from the tiger, one can find a variety of wild animals in the park including leopard, sambhar, chital, nilgai, four-horned antelope, wild boar, rhesus macaque, langur, hyena and jungle cats. The park boasts of being home to India’s largest population of peafowl, harbours quail, sand grouse, golden- backed woodpeckers and crested serpent eagles. Siliserh Lake, located on the edge of the park has a number of crocodiles.
Sariska National Park houses the ruins of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor which date back to the 10th and 11th centuries. There is a 17th century castle set on a hilltop at Kankwari, near the park, which provides a panoramic view of flying vultures and eagles.
The best time to visit the park is during the months of October to March. The park is open to public from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM. The best way to explore the beauty of the park is through open jeep safari.