Sariska - Rajasthan
This city is located about 200 kilometers from Delhi and about 107 kilometers from Ranthambore. It is famous for the Sariska Wildlife Sancturary which abounds in tiger, the most endangered species of animal found today. The Aravalli Hills border Sariska in the North and covers a total area of about 700 square km. Sariska was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and it became a National Park in the year 1979. Sariska has a diverse landscape with hills and narrow valleys which makes it a suitable habitat for a large species of animals and birds. Touristplacesinindia.com provides you with complete information on all that you want to know about Sariska in Rajasthan.
Although the sanctuary can be visited round the year, the best time to visit is between October and June. The city is easily accessible by roads, railways and airways with Jaipur being the nearest Airport and Alwar being the nearest railhead.
The Sanctuary has the ruins of the medieval temples of Ghar-Rajor whose history dates back to the 10th Century AD. There is also a 17th Century Castle on a hill top at Kankwari which gives a wonderful view of flying vultures and eagles. The ancient temple of Lord Shiva within the area of the sanctuary which is said to be established between the 6th and the 13th Century AD gives a wonderful experience to the visitors. Besides this, there is a Palace built by the Maharajas which has now been converted into a heritage hotel.
The Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to numerous carnivorous species like Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. These carnivorous species feed on several species of animals like Sambar, Chitel, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. There are also a large number of Rhesus Monkeys found in the forest. The avian species comprises mostly of Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden backed Wood Pecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Great Indian Horned Owl.
The forest abounds in deciduous varieties of trees surrounding the Aravalli Range which was once the royal reserve of the Rulers of Alwar. Dhok is the dominant tree species which covers about 90 per cent area of the Sanctuary. Besides this, other trees that are found in this sanctuary include the Boswellia serreta and Lannea coromandelica grow profusely on the rocky patches.
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