Sariska

Situated at a distance of about a hundred kilometres from Jaipur, Sariska is most famous for the Sariska Tiger Reserve. The area is covered with some thick forests and the hillocks and valleys of Aravalli mountain range. Sariska provides an opportunity to view the tiger, langur, nilgai and various other bird species. Wildlife enthusiasts can opt for Jeep Safaris or Elephant Safaris to explore the Tiger Reserve as private vehicles are not allowed inside.
The region is also interspersed with temples and monumentsof historical interest like ruins of Bhangarh Fort, Ajaibgarh and Pratapgarh. Neelkanth, Kankwari and Naldeshwar Shrine are some places of heritage and religious interest.
Sariska can be reached by road from Jaipur or Alwar. The nearest airport is at Jaipur and nearest railhead is Sawai Madhopur.
Best time to visit: September to March
Languages spoken: Hindi, Rajasthani
Climate: Hot summers and pleasant winters
Activities: Jeep Safari or Elephant Safari in the Sariska Tiger Reserve
Heritage sites and holy places: Bhangarh Fort, Ajaibgarh and Pratapgarh, Neelkanth, Kankwari, Naldeshwar Shrine

Wildlife encounters- Visit to the Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

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The roads are quite narrow and at some stretches only one vehicle can pass thus it is advisable to be quite vigilant and drive safely. The villagers alongside are quite eager to help all through. Just at the end of one of the forks one can see a narrow road leading to Bhim ki dungari and the other towards Jain nashea. taking the left road ends on the red sandstone gate leading to the majestic Jain temple. The view of the main temple is quite soothing standing tall against the backdrop of the setting sun straining through the dark clouds. Just to the left of the road leading to the Jain temple is the Mughal era structure which is believed to be emperor Akhbar’s place of rest during his long hunting expeditions

Coming back towards the fork leads one to Bhim ki dungari. The story dates back to Mahabharat times when the Pandavas were sent to exile and had to live with hidden identities or “agyaatvaas”. The caves were abodes of the Pandavas then. It is believed Bhim stamped his foot on the ground to bring forth a stream of water to quench the thirst of his brothers and wife.

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Sariska Tiger Reserve and Siliserh Lake in Rajasthan

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So it was decided to do the journey by car as there were lot of things to be done in next 2 days. We all pooled in Rs 2500 / head which is supposed to cover everything. Alto full tank in approx 2200 Rs. Sariska is approx240 kms from Delhi. Packed our woolen clothes and other accessories we started our journey at 6 am on 10th of December 2011. As soon as reached NH8 , we have to face huge traffic of trucks. Now cruising at a speed of 70-80 kms on NH8 we reached Dharuhera, took left from there for state highway of Bhiwadi to Alwar. This SH was great to drive, good smooth road with very less traffic and great views of aravlis.

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Sariska: Nature with Adventure

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After driving 40 more minutes, we took a sharp left from main Delhi-Jaipur Highway to Viraat Nagar State highway. Viraat Nagar is famous for the Mahabharata times as this is the place where pandava’s completed 1 year of secret exile.  Our resort (Gulmohar Sariska Resort) was situated on connecting road just 2KMS before the main city. It was a big resort with some spacious rooms with a big garden area which is room facing and a swimming pool too which is not quite big but good for group of 5-10 people.

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Tiger Sighting at Sariska Tiger Reserve

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I was ready with my camera, wiped the lens twice, removed the gloves and positioned myself stood high on the rear seat resting my back properly. Looking around with extra vigil eyes for more than 10 minutes discovered no sign of any big cat. Relaxed and confirmed of my hard luck again I reclined my stiff body to the iron bars of the gypsy and lazily looked at a pair of peacocks marching past close to our gypsy.

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