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Sariska National Park.
 

The Sariska National Park is situated near the Aravalli range in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. The park is at a distance of 200 km away from Delhi and covers an area of around 800 sq km. Craggy cliffs and narrow valleys mostly dominate the entire landscape of Sariska, which was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and finally made a national park in 1979. Mainly covered by dry deciduous vegetation, Sariska is home to animals like the tiger, hyena, sambhar, wildcat, langur, wild boar, nilgai, leopard and the chital. On travel to Sariska you will be able to view these animals in their full jungle glory. However the tiger population in Sariska is fast decreasing and it is feared that the tiger is an extinct species in Sariska. The peafowl, partridge, great Indian horned owl, eagle and the white-breasted kingfisher represent the avian species. If you travel to Sariska don't forget to visit the ancient monuments scattered around the place, which are excellent places for exploration.


Sariska is one of the very few wildlife sanctuaries in India that offers visitors the chance to view wildlife from very close quarters. It is well known that during the morning and evening hours in Sariska, its wildlife population heads towards many of the water holes scattered around the park. So you can just book a hide near one of these water holes, grab a camera and get your fill of wildlife viewing. Even though the park is open throughout the year, the best time to travel to Sariska is from the month of October to June.
 

The forests are dry deciduous, with trees of Dhak, Acacia, Ber and Salar. The Tigers of Sariska are largely nocturnal and are not as easily seen as those of Ranthambore. The park also has good populations of Nilgai, Sambar and Chital. In the evenings, Indian Porcupine, Striped Hyaena, Indian Palm Civet and even Leopard are sometimes seen. The forests are lush during and immediately following the monsoon, but during the dry months of February May there is a shortage of water and in consequence mammals are attracted to water holes. At this time of year visibility is good because of the sparse foliage. Sariska is excellent for birdwatching and has an unusually large population of Indian Peafowl.


Fauna : Home to the tigers, Sariska National Park is known for its tigers. According to the latest available data, there are about 35 tigers at Sariska. Other residents of the Sariska National Park includes the panther, jungle cat, jackal, hyena, and fox. Sambhar, chital, wild boar, hare, nilgai, civet, four-horned antelope, gaur (Indian bison) and porcupine also inhabit the sanctuary. Birds found here include peafowl, gray partridges, quails, sand grouses, tree pies, white-breasted kingfishers, golden-backed woodpeckers, crested serpent eagles, vultures and horned owls.

Flora :
Dry & deciduous terrains is the feature of the Sariska National Park. The park is predominated by dhok (Anogeissus pendula), khair (Acacia catechu), tendu (Diospyros melanoxylon) and ber (Zizyphus maudrentiana) trees. Sariska is one of the few remaining forest in the Aravali range that has survived the assault of the modern time. The forest remains lush green during the monsoon period and dry in summer.

Remarkable for their lack of timidity are the Rhesus and Langur, which, at Sariska tolerate human closeness with astonishing equanimity.

The birdlife comprises of the Pea Fowl, Gray Partridge, Quail, Sand grouse, Tree Pie, White-Breasted Kingfisher, Golden-Backed Woodpecker, Crested Serpent, Eagle and Great Indian Horned Owl.

VIEWING THE WILD

The best way to visit the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is by jeep and these can be arranged at the Forest Reception Office on Jaipur Road.
Booking a `hide', overlooking one of the waterholes, can provide an excellent opportunity for viewing and photographing wildlife. So, pick up your sleeping bag and some food and settle down to watch.

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Within the park are the ruins of many temples.

 
 
 
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