Rajasthan is known for its abundant wildlife. There are many wildlife reserves that are ideal abode for animals and birds along with flowers, trees and bushes. Among many famous wildlife sanctuaries of Rajasthan, Sariska is prominent one. Founded in 1978 as a Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve happens to be a part of erstwhile Alwar state. The park gained the status of a sanctuary when hunting, shooting, trapping or capturing of wild animals was made illegal in 1955. Still a major area of the reserve is a part of Project Tiger Reserve. Dominated by the Aravali ranges, Sariska is a hilly terrain that attracts a number of tourists. Providing a wide range of options for recreation, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is ideal for adventure lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Sariska Tiger Reserve and National Park is in a wooded valley of the Aravalli hills, and is another of the Project Tiger reserves. As well as a variety of animals there are ruined temples, a fort and pavilions built by the Maharajas of Alwar.
Sariska is a major tourist attraction in itself. However, you have many things to see in Sariska a quality time here. There are lakes in Sariska that are major tourist sites of Sariska. Within the boundaries of the park Manglasar (Mansarovar), Siliserh and Somasagar are of great attraction for not only birds and animals but also visitors to the reserve. You can also see Pandupol that holds special place in tourists’ hearts. Legends hold that Pandavas spent their exile here. Also it is the name of a waterfall that cascades through the Aravali ridge where a deep fissure is said to be made by Bhima.
Things to do in Sariska are many. Spending time around the lake is worthwhile. Here you get to know about wild beasts in a better way. You can enjoy Aravali Drive through jeep. Reaching there you can have panoramic views of Kankwari Fort. Hence a jeep safari is a must here. Enjoying wildlife is of course is one alternative. Wildlife safaris in Sariska are quite popular among travelers. Adventure freaks can have thrilling time in jeep and wildlife safaris and spotting tigers behind the tall bushes will definitely give a goose bump.
How to reach Sariska is a question that might bother some travelers. But the tourists would love to know that it is very easy to reach Sariska. If you are flying from a foreign country, land Delhi International Airport and fly to Alwar which is the closest airport to Sariska. If planning to come by train, Alwar is the nearest railhead which is connected to railways to Delhi and Jaipur besides other cities. If coming by road, there are concrete roads where you can have a comfortable journey by buses run by private operators and government.
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