Designated a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger in 1979, Sariska National Park, formerly the private hunting ground of the princely state of Alwar, sprawls over 800 sq km (309 sq miles), with core area of 480 sq km (185 sq miles). The Aravalli Range branches out at Sariska, forming low plateau and valleys that harbor a wide spectrum of wildlife.
The tiger population at Sariska is now believed to be between 20 and 30. However, spotting one is a rarity. It was reported by the media that not a single tiger survived in the reserve. Nevertheless, forest guides keep track of where a tiger was last seen and can sometimes lead visitors to spot this elusive predator.
When to visit
The park is open throughout the year for pilgrims to Pandupol. But in the rains, it's closed for wildlife visits. The most comfortable time to go is November to March, though the best wildlife viewing is during the warmer months.
Tiger safaris. Don't miss the Ranthambhore fort and wake up early to witness the forest at sunrise. You could also see Ganesh Temple, Jogi Mahal and Ranthambhore School of Art.
Accommodation There are a plethora of hotels to choose from to fit every budget, most of them scattered on Ranthambhore Road, the long stretch that leads up to the park. Rates vary on and off-season and it is best to book in advance. Many of the hotels include meals in the hotel package.
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