Sariska Tiger Reserve is well nestled in the Aravali Hills covering 800 sq km area divided into the grasslands, dry deciduous forests, sheer cliffs and rocky landscape. Whether you want to have camel safaris, go out for shopping in the surrounding places, visit medieval palaces or wildlife watching; Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is the best place for you.
Nearly 90% of the area in the sanctuary is covered with dhok trees accommodating various wildlife species. A variety of other wild animals like the leopard, sambhar, chital, nilgai, four-horned antelope, wild boar, rhesus macaque, langur, hyena and jungle cats are found in the Sariska Tiger Reserve apart from the tiger. The Sariska National Park is home to India’s largest population of peafowl, and harbours quail, sand grouse, golden- backed woodpeckers and crested serpent eagles, among other species. Also the Siliserh Lake on the edge of the park has a large number of crocodiles.
The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary houses the ruins of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor that date back to the 10th and 11th centuries. Also a 17th century castle on a hilltop at Kankwari provides a panoramic view of flying vultures and eagles. The Sariska was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and attained the status of a National Park in 1979.
Sariska National Park Safari Timings
Safari in Sariska Tiger Reserve is conducted in two separate time slots, the timings of which different in winter and summer.
- Safari in Winter
Safari takes places in two slots, Morning and Evening. The winter timings of safari for both the slots are given below:
Morning Safari: 6.30 AM to 10.30 AM
Evening Safari: 2 PM to 6 PM
- Safari in Summer
During the summer season, too, the safari takes places twice a day, viz. Morning and Evening. The summer timings for safari in the Sariska National Park are given below:
Morning Safari: 6 AM to 10 AM
Evening Safari: 2.30 PM to 6.30 PM.
Best time to Visit Sariska National Park
The best time to visit the Sariska National Park starts from October and remains till June. Apart from this, the Sariska National Park is closed from July to September for the visitors. However, if you want to go for the wildlife photography, etc. the part is accessible throughout the year.
You can do the same by booking a ‘ hide’ in one of the water holes, which gives an awesome chance to sight the wildlife of Sariska National Park. But you have to take permission from the Forest Reception Office in prior for the same.