Interesting Facts About Sariska National Park

Sariska National Park is also a Tiger Reserve located in the lap of Aravali Hills, Alwar District of Rajasthan. It is home to Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopards, Jungle Cat, Striped Hyena, Golden Jackal, Chital, Sambhar, Chinkara, Caracal, Four Horned Antelope, and many more.

Apart from it, numerous bird species, a variety of plants, and trees also make it a charming holiday destination. You can enjoy its wilderness through jungle safaris. The forest department operates all safari vehicles to enjoy jungle excursions. In summer, the temperature can go high, around 45℃, but it is also an ideal time to spot wild animals in the jungle.

Hence, this national park has achieved status and admiration among wildlife enthusiasts. The fascinating story behind the park  is demonstrated in the various interesting facts of Sariska National Park.

The park also has a massive role to play in enhancing Tiger tourism in India, and tourists from different corners visit here to enjoy nature’s beauty and feel the thrill of wildlife. Specifically, its history and unique landscape are some elements that greatly fascinate tourists.

However, facts associated with every aspect of Sariska Tiger Reserve will allure you to pack your bag for a wild tour here. Keeping that in mind, here we have categorized the facts of Sariska National park so that you can understand the depth of this jungle easily.

Sariska National Park Interesting Facts By Different Categories:

  • Historical Facts
  • Flora and Fauna Facts
  • Geographical Facts
  • General Facts

Interesting Historical Facts

Located in this historical district of Rajasthan, Sariska has a strong connection with its rich past. The forts and temples amidst the jungle reflect the charm of this region and why the place holds such significance in the history books.

This jungle is believed to be the place in Mahabharata where the Pandavas found sanctuary during their last year of exile. Apart from this, many legends of mythology are associated with this jungle, which was notified as a wildlife reserve in 1955, and later, in 1958, it became Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn more about Sariska’s history here:

  • According to the legend, Lord Hanuman defeated Bhima (from Mahabharata) in this jungle.
  • A shrine dedicated to Hanuman at Pandupol (in Sariska) means ‘gateway of the Pandavas’.
  • Kankwari Fort is a historical fort built in the 17th century by the Rajput Maharaja Jai Singh II.
  • Mughal emperor Aurangzeb jailed his brother Dara Shikoh at Kankarwadi Fort.
  • There is a royal building, Sariska Palace, which was used as the royal hunting lodge of Maharaja jay Singh.
  • Sariska, which got the title of Tiger Reserve in 1979, unfortunately, had all the tigers extinct in 2004.
  • Tigers were reintroduced in Sariska from Ranthambore National Park in 2008. In 2012, Sariska achieved the World’s first Tiger Relocation success milestone. Sariska extended to Siliserh lake and Bala Quila forest to create its buffer zone in 2013.

Also Check out Popular Sariska Wildlife Tour Packages

Interesting Flora and Fauna facts 

Sariska National Park is one of the most famous wildlife holiday destinations in India. A majority of wildlife enthusiasts visit to spot the Royal Bengal Tigers. However, Sariska has several things to explore if you talk about its variety of flora and fauna, which include the Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Golden Jackal, Chital, Sambhar, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Striped Hyena,  Chinkara, and Four Horned antelope and more.

This national park has a blend of tropical dry deciduous and thorn forests with numerous narrow valleys. Read the following interesting facts to understand the depth and breadth of Sariska’s biodiversity.

  • Sariska is also home to a large population of Rhesus Monkeys (known for closeness to humans anatomically and physiologically) found around Tal Vriksh.
  • Dhok (Anogeissus Pendula) is one of the most dominating species of trees found in this national park, around 90%.
  • This forest has beautiful topography and supports scrub-thorn dry forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks, and grasses. Species of trees existing in this forest include Salar, Kadaya, Dhak, Gol, Ber, Khair, Bargad, Arjun, Gugal, and Bamboo.
  • The Valley of this Forest is mainly covered with Kathaa (Acacia catechu) and Bamboo.
  • Sariska National Park is also home to many reptile species, such as Cobras and Kraits, which are common venomous snake species in this forest.

Interesting Geographical Facts

The geographical features of Sariska play an integral part in what makes Sariska such an amazing wildlife destination. It is located amidst the Aravali hills of the historical Alwar district in Rajasthan. This national park has rocky landscapes, and you can see grassy plains and hilly cliffs. This land of Sariska was the hunting ground of Alwar maharajas, and today, it has become the iconic platform for wildlife lovers and nature admirers. Below are some interesting facts that give you insightful knowledge about the Sariska region.

  • The green shade of nature in the park’s surroundings offers an astounding view that you must capture with your camera. The green shade of nature gives your eyes a treat that complements your wildlife tour.
  • You can visit Siliserh Lake to add some adventure with a wildlife vibe by enjoying Pistol Boat, Banana Boat, Paddle Boat, Motor Boat, Jet Ski & water Zorbing, and Scuba Diving.
  • There are several forts all around the park – Ajabgarh Bhangarh Fort, Nilkanth Temple, and Bharthari Temple are famous tourist places to enjoy sightseeing in the forest.
  • Because of its high popularity and geographical ripeness, the place has various resorts in and around Sariska Tiger Reserve that you can choose for a beautiful stay.

Also Read: Top Things to Do in Sariska National Park

General But Interesting Facts

Following are some general information on Sariska but equally interesting to learn about.

  • Sariska National Park is the first reserve in the world with successfully relocated tigers.
  • Sariska is counted as one of India’s most visited national parks.
  • It is believed that there are many haunted towns in close proximity to Sariska National Park. Adventure seekers, take note!
  • The forest department of Sariska is highly active and organizes educational & birdwatching tours for visitors for a remarkable holiday experience. Trekking and camping near Sariska are must-do activities you can enjoy along with a safari.

Final Words

After learning these facts about Sariska National Park, you may be dying to pack your bags and head straight to the location! Contact Indian Visit to book a Sariska National Park tour! We offer a fully customizable wildlife tour package that covers everything along with your traveling preferences. Our tour package includes safari rides, meals, stays, sightseeing, and transfers for a hassle-free experience.

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