Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary covers quite a large area of 800 square kilometers, 480 of which form the core area of the national park. It is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan only 200 km from Delhi and 107 km from Jaipur. Although larger than nearby Ranthambore National Park, it is less commercialized and has less tigers but a similar topography.
Sharp cliffs of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravallis dominate the landscape of Sariska, whose forests are dry and deciduous. The Sariska Park is home to numerous predators including Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Hyena and Jackal. These feed on prey such as Sambar, Chitel, Chausingha, Wild Boar, Gaur (Indian bison) and Langur. Sariska is also well known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys.
By 2005 Sariska had lost all its tigers due to poachers, and for 3 years there were no tigers in Sariska. In June 2008 a tiger and a tigress where relocated to Sariska from the nearby Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. In August 2014, the total of tigers in Sariska was 13, with 7 females, 2 males and 4 cubs. This significant increase in tigers' population has given a wide smile to wildlife enthusiasts.
Sariska was known as the royal reserve of the rulers of Alwar. The palace, built by the Maharajas of Alwar, has now been converted into a hotel. Within the area of the Sariska Sanctuary is also the ancient Shiva Temples, the Neelkanth temples, that dates back to 6th-13 century AD, now in ruins.
The best way to explore the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is in a jeep. Vehicles can be arranged at the Forest Reception Office on the Jaipur Road. Booking a "hide", overlooking one of the waterholes, can provide an excellent opportunity for viewing and photographing wildlife. In the morning and evening, wildlife heads towards the many waterholes, thus providing the guests with the best chance of viewing game.
There are numerous accommodation options in and around the Park, including a few jungle resorts and lodges, which are good for the budget tourist. For the more exclusive you can stay in Sariska Palace or Sariska Tiger Haven.
Visitors can visit Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary throughout the year, although certain jungle tracks are closed during the monsoon and the breeding season. The best time to visit the park is late winter around January and February. If you do not mind the heat, April to June is a great time to see animals at the waterholes.