Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary

  • The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. It is around 106 km from Jaipur, the capital of the state and around 200km from Delhi. It is said to be the first reserve to relocate tigers in the world. The major attraction of the reserve is the Bengal Tigers.

    Other than the Bengal Tigers, Indian leopard, striped hyena, chital, wild boar, jackal, sambhar, hare, hanuman langur, four-horned anthelope, chinkara, jungle cat and monkeys are found in the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Some rare varieties of birds and reptiles of different varieties are also found here. Bird watchers from far off places visit the sanctuary to study white-throated kingfishers, treepie, Indian eagle-owl, India peafowl, bush quail, golden-backed woodpecker and the grey partridge.

    Rajasthan Tourism Guide beckons you to visit this famous tourist attraction.

    The total area covered by the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is 866km2. This area is covered by dry-deciduous forests. The land also supports scrub-thorn arid forests. The landscape of the forest is rocky and hilly. The area is very rich in minerals, such as copper.

    Mining in the area was banned by the Supreme Court of India in the year 1991. Still, the practice of marble mining in the area is threatening the environment. The average rainfall received by the forest every year is around 650mm.

    The wildlife sanctuary has dense forests. These forests have a variety of species of plants and trees. The commonly found trees in these forests are Dhok, Arjun, Gugal, Ber and Khair, Gol, Kadaya, Salar and Bargad. The species of shrubs that are found here are kair, adusta, jhar ber.

    Sariska is governed by the government of Rajasthan, Prject Tiger, Wildlife Warden and the Sariska National Park. It was declared as a wildlife reserve in the year 1955. Later, the Sanctuary was included to the Project Tiger of India in the year 1978, declaring it as a tiger reserve. But in the year 2005, researchers said that no tigers were left in the sanctuary. They believed that the tigers had migrated. By 2014, the number of tigers had significantly increased.�

    The number of tigers has been constantly increasing in Sariska. Tourists have been attracted by this and also by the other species of wildlife that are found here.

    Various historical monuments are also located in the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. One of the most commonly visited ones amongst them is the Kankwadi fort. Aurangzeb had imprisoned his brother, Dara Shikoh, here in the struggle for becoming the king. The Hanuman temple is also located in Pandupol. It is a pilgrimage site which has been posing threat to the wildlife because of the traffic around. The hunting lodge of Maharajas, Sariska Palace is located nearby to this.

    Summary: Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Alwar, a district of Rajasthan. It is just 200 kms away from New Delhi--the capital city of India.�