Sariska is a popular tourist destination located at a distance of 110 km from Jaipur in the Alwar district of Rajasthan.
This place is famous for the Sariska National Tiger Reserve, which was established in the year 1955. The reserve has attained the status of a national park in the year 1979 and attracts tourists from all over the world.
Sariska Tiger Reserve
A wide variety of wildlife species like tiger, leopard, chital, nilgai, langur, hyena, sambar and golden jackal make Sariska National Park a perfect destination for Jungle safari. The park also attracts a large number of birds including kingfisher, sand grouse, golden back, and woodpecker. Private vehicles are not allowed inside the Tiger Reserve, and tourists have to avail the Jeep and Elephant Safaris organised there to explore the reserve forest area.
Of forts, temples and lakes - Tourist places in and around Sariska
Sariska also has a large number of forts, temples and lakes. Kankawari Fort, a 17th century fortress built by Jai Singh II, has a great historical significance. The Bhangarh Fort, Pratapgarh Fort and Ajabgarh Fort are other monuments located in the region.
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The Hanuman Temple in Pandupol, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Bhartrihari Temple are some of the shrines located here that attract devotees from all over the country. The Silserh Lake and Jaisamand Lake are two beautiful water bodies present here that serve as delightful picnic spots. The Sariska Palace which served as the hunting lodge of Maharaja Jai Singh is another popular tourist attraction of the destination.
A good network of roads connects Sariska to all the other cities of Rajasthan. Buses are also available from Delhi and Jaipur, which are located at a distance of 200 km and 110 km, respectively from Sariska. The Sanganer Airport, Jaipur located at a distance of 110 km is the nearest airbase. Besides, tourists can also reach Sariska from the Alwar Railway Station located at a distance of 36 km from the destination.
The best time of the year for visiting Sariska is from September to March as the weather is cool at this time of the year. The Gangaur festival which is celebrated during March-April is a popular carnival of the region.