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tthis park is situated 200 km from delhi and 107 kms from jaipur. although larger than ranthambor, it is less commercialised and has less tigers but a similar topography. it covers an area of 800 sq km in total, with a core area of approximately 500 sq km. the northern aravali hills dominate the skyline with their mixture of sharp cliffs and long narrow valleys. the area was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and became a national park in 1979. the landscape of sariska comprises of hills and narrow valleys of the aravali hill range. the topography of sariska supports scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and grasses. the broad range of wildlife here is a wonderful example of ecological adoption and tolerance, for the climate here is variable as well as erratic. it is located in the contemporary alwar district and is the legacy of the maharajas of alwar. pavilions and temples within sariska are ruins that hint at past riches and glory. the nearby kankwadi fort has a long and turbulent history. in morning and evening, wildlife in sariska heads towards the many water holes, which litter the park, thus providing the guests with their best chance of viewing game. at some of these watering holes it is possible to book hides which are situated in prime spots for wildlife viewing.