Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 800 sq km in total, with a core area of
approximately 500 sq km. The Northern Aravali Hills dominate the skyline
with their mixture of sharp cliffs and long narrow valleys. The area was
declared a sanctuary in 1955 and became a National Park in 1979. The
landscape of Sariska comprises of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravali
hill range. The topography of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid forests, dry
deciduous forests, rocks and grasses.
The broad range of wildlife
here is a wonderful example of ecological adoption and tolerance, for the
climate here is variable as well as erratic. It is located in the
contemporary Alwar district and is the legacy of the Maharajas of Alwar.
Pavilions and Temples within Sariska are ruins that hint at past riches and
glory. The nearby Kankwadi Fort has a long and turbulent history. In morning
and evening, wildlife in Sariska heads towards the many water holes, which
litter the park, thus providing the guests with their best chance of viewing
At some of these watering holes it is possible to book hides
which are situated in prime spots for wildlife viewing. The park is home to
numerous carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Civets Hyena,
Jackal, and Tiger. These feed on species such as Sambar, Chital, Nilgai,
Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is also well known for its large
population of Rhesus Monkeys, which are found around Talvriksh. The avian
world is also well represented with Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail,
Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden backed Woodpecker, crested Serpent Eagle and
The Great Indian horned Owl.