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Sariska National Park, Sariska

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Sariska National Park, also referred to as the Sariska Tiger Reserve, is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, off the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur road. The area served as the hunting reserve to the erstwhile Alwar State, and later in 1955 it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary which attained the status of a National Park in 1979.

This National Park is nestled in the scenic Aravalli Hills and spreads over an area of 800 sq. km. It comprises varied terrains like grasslands, dry deciduous forests, sheer cliffs and rocky landscapes. A major part of the area is covered with dhok trees and accommodates various wildlife species. The Sariska National Park is home to a variety of wild animals, which include leopards, sambars, chitals, nilgais, four-horned antelopes, wild boars, rhesus macaques, langurs, hyenas and jungle cats. A large number of peafowls, sand grouse, golden-backed woodpeckers and crested serpent eagles are also found in this National Park.

Ruins of the medieval temples of Garh-Rajor that date back to the 10th and 11th centuries can also be seen in the park. A 17th century castle is also present on a hill top inside the Sariska National Park, and it provides a mesmerising view of flying vultures and eagles.

The Tiger Reserve is home to a large number of other carnivores as well, which include leopards, wild dogs, jungle cats, hyenas, jackals etc.


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