If, when one thinks of India, one thinks of a Jungle Book-style habitat of jungle and wild animals, then considered visiting India's Sariska Tiger Reserve. The Sariska Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve located in India's stunning and historic Rajasthan state (famous for its Raj palaces and forts).
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The Sariska Tiger Reserve - One Of India's Most Famous
The Sariska Tiger Reserve is around 66 miles or 107 kilometers from the major Rajasthan city of Jaipur. The reserve is made up of scrub-thorn arid forests, grasslands, rocky hills, and dry deciduous forests. Sariska is an amazingly quiet and peaceful travel destination and attracts tourists who come here from far around.
- From Delhi: Maximum 4 Hours
- From Jaipur: Maximum 2 Hours
- Hunting Preserve: It Used To Be A Hunting Preserve For The Maharaja
In the past, it was the hunting preserve of the Alwar state - but it was later declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1958. In 1982 it was declared a national park (the national park covers 105 sq miles of the 350 sq mile tiger reserve).
- Size: 881 km2 (340 sq mi)
India is a very ancient and historic country, so one can expect to find more than virgin nature in a national park. The preserve is also home to the ruins of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor, dating from the 10th and 11th centuries.
Wildlife In The Sariska Tiger Reserve
There is more to the reserve than tigers, it is also an important biodiversity area in the Northern Aravalli leopard and wildlife corridor. The preserve's wildlife includes Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, striped hyenas, sambar deer, wild boar, mongoose, honey badgers, and many others.
- Tiger Type: Bengal Tiger
In the early 2000s, the tigers in the preserve disappeared from the reserve. They were successfully relocated back in from Ranthambhore National Park and by 2020 it was reported there were 20 tigers back in the preserve. It was the first in the world to successfully relocate tigers.
- Carnivores: Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, Jackals, and Jungle Cats
The park is only to a large array of carnivores including the Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. It is also home to a famously large population of Rhesus Monkeys.
Avoid The Monsoon Season
If one is planning to visit the preserve, plan around the seasons and avoid the monsoon season. The monsoon season is from July to mid-September. While the park is now open during this time, most of the protected reserves in India are closed. The park is also in the process of training more expect safari guided and acquiring more vehicles so that they can offer more tours through the park.
- Monsoon Season: July to mid-September
- Ecotourism: There Are Eco Tours In the Monsoon But Not Tiger Sighting Tours
The tours offered in the Monsoon Season are aimed to promote ecotourism in the region rather than sighting tigers.
Transporation For The Sariska Tiger Reserve
There are plenty of guided tours to the Sariska Tiger Reserve. On these tours, one can enjoy a Jungle Book Indian alternative to an African safari. These tours offer hotel pick up and are in English. The driver drops the guests off at Sariska and picks up them from the same location where the Safari finishes.
- Duration Total: 9-11 hours
- Time In The Preserve: 3 Hours
- Pick Up: Includes Hotel Pickup and Drop off
- Price: $55.00
Accommodation - Stay At The Luxury Maharaja Hunting Lodge
While visiting the Sariska Tiger Preserve, consider staying in the historic Sariska Palace hunting lodge itself. The Sariska Palace was built in 1892 - 1900 as a hunting camp by the ruler of the Alwar and today it is a luxury hotel. They also run safaris to the tiger preserve and other activities.
The former royal hunting lodge of Maharaja Jai Singh offers luxury accommodation. One can stay in the Royal Chambers where one can enjoy "the mesmerizing sentiments of love and romance blended with royal character."
There are four Royal Chambers designed with an individual regal style. They are fully renovated and restored and are the real suits that the Maharaja once used:
- Maharaja Jai Singh Superior
- Maharaja Jai Singh Suite
- Royal Chamber Superior
- Royal Chamber Deluxe
The prices at the royal hunting lodge range from $110 for the base Haveli or Queen's Court chamber (not including breakfast, lunch, and dinner), to $250 for the Maharaja Jaisingh Superior Suite.
- Price Range: $110.00 to $250.00