Once an ancient Rajput state, formerly known as Mewat, Alwar was nearest to the imperial Delhi. The people of the state did not accept any external interference's and daringly resisted against foreign invasions. In the 12th and 13th centuries, they formed a group and raided Delhi. But finally Sultan Bulban (1267 A.D. - 1287 A.D.) suppressed them, bringing the area under the Muslims rule. In 1771 A.D. Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kuchhwaha Rajput belonging to the clan of Jaipur's rulers, won back Alwar and founded a principality of his own.
Sariska is open to visitors 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 in the winter around January or February. If you don't mind the heat, April to June is a great time to see animals at the water holes.
Siliserh Lake Located near the Sariska tiger reserve, just off the Alwar-Sariska road is the wonderfully picturesque Siliserh lake. The lake overlooks a marvellous palace built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in AD 1845 for his queen Shila. The lake makes an interesting picnic spot and also offers you options of boating and sailing. The palace here has been converted into a tourist resort for the convenience of the visitors. The crocodiles are the major inhabitants of the lake.
The Hides The many Hides in and out of the park are the must visits while being in Sariska. These hides are specially made to observe the wild in their natural way. If you book a hide, which is highly advised, you may end up spotting the wild inhabitants on the many water holes of the park. Excellent for some patience studded wild photography, these hides are worth a look even if not booked.
Alwar Located at a distance of about 36 kilometres from Sariska, Alwar is a must visit excursion from Sariska. Alwar is known as a city with history. This fact is revealed in the many notable historical monuments, the hilltop fort, many temples and the 10 tanks. Moreover, the local museum here preserves more than 7,000 manuscripts that says many things about Alwar's past. Built to function as his capital city, Rao Pratap Singhji of Macheri founded Alwar in 1771. You can also visit many other nearby sites from here.
Deeg Located at a distance of few kilometres from Sariska, Deeg is a famous place especially known for its wonderful palaces and gardens. Built in the 18th century by Suraj Mal, Deeg also gets mentioned for the famous battle between Maharaja and combined army of Marathas and the Mughals. Consequently the latter took over the place. Most of the palaces contain the proof of Mughal influence on this place. Deeg is presently known as an agricultural town which used to be a second capital of Bharatpur state. Deeg was also functioning as the summer resort of the Bharatpur rulers. A must visit for you from Sariska.
Sariska National Park
Siliserh Lake Sariska
Attractions and Places to Visit in Sariska
Flora The geography of the area is mainly hilly, with two big plateaus, Kankwari and Kiraska. Sariska itself is a wide valley which starts from the Baran Tal Gate and ends before Thana Gazi. The hills are typical of the Aravallis, hogback ridges with a striking homogeneity. In winter, with the blooming of the flame of the forest, the landscape metamorphoses into a mosaic of grey and red. With water being scarce, Sariska is characterised by scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and scanty grasses spread over the hills and narrow valleys of the Aravali hill range. The major plants of Sariska includes, dhok, khair, tendu, and ber.
Fauna The dry, rocky terrain of Sariska is ideal country for leopards, and sightings of these beautiful animals are quite common. During the day, partly because of its superb camouflage, the leopards are rarely seen but as dusk descends on the valley, they are picked up by the powerful beams thrown out by spotlights which are mounted on jeeps. Smaller than the tiger, it coexists with its large cousin bringing down smaller game like the chital and catching peacocks. Widely distributed throughout the Indian subcontinent, it is quite amazing to see it equally at home in dense rain forests found elsewhere or in the rocky outcrops of the Aravallis.
Kankawadi Fort The Kankawadi fort is an important tourist attraction of Sariska. Though not maintained properly, it is the only historic monument showing the Mughal connection with Sariska. According to the records of history, Aurangzeb had imprisoned the eldest son of Shah Jahan here. Located on a hill, the fort overlooks the Kankawadi plateau and the few Gujjar villages around it. Leopards from the park occasionally visit this fort in search of food and solitude.
How to Reach Sariska
By Air Delhi 163 km is the nearest airport, which is well connected to all the major cities which includes Mumbai, Jaipur, Jodhpur.
By Bus Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses from Jaipur. Regular services link Alwar with key destinations in and not far off Rajasthan and Delhi. The roads are very good, and it takes around 3-4 hrs from Jaipur. You can also come by taxi.
By Train Good connection from prominent locations in and around the state. Some important train connections are:
Shatabdi Express(New Delhi-Alwar_Ajmer); Superfast Express (New Delhi-Alwar-Ajmer); Intercity Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Alwar-Jaipur); Marudhar Express (Varanasi-Alwar-Jodhpur); Mandore Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Alwar-Jodhpur).