This park is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan. Although larger than Ranthambor, it is less commercialized and has less tigers but a similar topography. It covers an area of 800 sq km, with a core area of approximately 500 sq km. The Northern Aravali Hills dominate the skyline with their mixture of sharp cliffs and long narrow valleys. The area was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and became a National Park in 1979.
The landscape of Sariska comprises of hills and narrow valleys of the
Aravali hill range. The topography of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid
forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and grasses. The broad range of
wildlife here is a wonderful example of ecological adoption and
tolerance, for the climate here is variable as well as erratic.
There are various ruins of pavilions and temples within Sariska and
hint at the past riches and glory. The nearby Kankwadi Fort has a long
and turbulent history. In morning and evening, wildlife in Sariska heads
towards various water holes, which litter the park, thus providing the
guests with their best chance of viewing game. At some of these watering
holes it is possible to book hides which are situated in prime spots for