Sariska National Park
DESIGNATED A TIGER RESERVE under Project Tiger (see p223) in 1979, the park sprawls over 800 sq km (308 sq miles) with a core area of 480 sq km (185 sq miles). The Aravallis branch out at Sariska,forming low plateaux 'and valleys that harbour a wide spectrum of wildlife in the dry jungles. Formerly the private hunting ground of Alwar State, Sariska owes a debt to the strict game and protection laws laid down by its conservation-conscious rulers, which preserved its natural habitat and wildlife. A 17th century fortress and several ancient temple ruins, such as the Fandupol Temple, also lie within the park.
A turn-of-the-century hunting lodge of the Alwar rulers , this splendid palace, now a luxury hotel, has a collection of vintage photographs of past bunts, and period furnishings.
These black-faced primates with long tails are know as Hangman langur,
Forrest guides who keep track of where a tiger was last seen can lead you to spot this elusive predator
To combat the cbronic shortage of water in the region, the Forest Department has laid out a series of water boles at Pandupol Fandupol Slopka, Kahghati and Talvriksha .These make good vantage points to view wildlife, especially at sunset, when herds of animals flock to them to quench their thirst.
The dry deciduous forests of Sariska come to life during the brief spring and early summer when the flowering dhak (Buttes monsoperma )and laburnum bloom. The date palm begins to bear fruit, while berries, locally known as kair (Capparis decidua ) appear on the bushes.
Jackals and hyenas often lead trackers is a tiger kill. Along with panthers and jungle cats, thesecarnivores feed on them many species of deer, nitgaa or blue hull, wild boar and porcupine in the forest.Tiger sightings are however, rare in Sariska.
The gentle chital or spotted deer, Ike the sanbhar,is commonly seen at the
park's water holes, or resting under the trees. Me other deer species. the
chowsingha (four-horned antelope), is specific to Sariska and can be seen
The hides at Kahghati and Slopka are ideal for observing the park's birdlike , such as the crested serpent eagle, the great Indian horned owl, woodpeckers,
kingfishers and partridge.