The city Sariska, is enriched with natural heritage, beautiful lakes and a picturesque valley thickly wooded in parts. It is located 120 km away from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state in India and 35 km from Alwar.
Alwar, formerly known as Meewat, was once an ancient Rajput state. The people of the state strongly resisted the invasion of foreigners. However, finally Sultan Bulban suppressed them and established the sultanate government in the state in the 12th century. Again in the 17th century, Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Rajput, took over Alwar and founded a principality of his own.
Sariska, a royal preserve of rulers of Alwar, became a sanctuary in 1958. The Project Tiger was established in 1979 and it was declared a National Park in 1982. It is located near Khanwari, on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. It has a total area of 788 sq. km, with a total core area of 474 sq. km.
In the reserve of Sariska, tourists can come across tigers, caracals, chital, hare, nilgai and numerous porcupines. The pea-fowl, gray partridge, quail, sand grouse, tree pie, white breasted kingfisher, golden-backed woodpecker, crested-serpent eagle and great Indian horned owl comprise the bird life here.
The beautiful Siliserh lake runs along the edge of the sanctuary, with lots of hunting lodges facing it. Travelers can see magnificent ruins scattered around the reserve.
This temple, which belongs between the 6th and 13th centuries, is just 32 km from the park and 22 km deep in the valley of Sariska.
The Hanuman temple, which is 48km away from Alwar is famous for a fair. This Fair takes place in September each year. The people here also raised a temple called Bhartrihari temple for the King Bhartrihari in the hilly area 35 Km away from Sariska. The group called, Bhartrihari Ke Jogi, dominates the fair with their powerful music. This fair takes place in the month of August.
The fort inside the reserve was once owned by Aurangzeb, where he held his brother as a captive. This beautiful palace complex built in 1902 has been converted into a hotel.
A marvelous Palace, called Sariska Palace, was built by the Maharaja Jai Singh in the honor of the Duke of Edinburg when the duke visited the sanctuary.
Vijay Mandir Palace:
The Vijay Mandir palace located 10 km away from the city was also built by Maharaja Jai Singh. The picturesque lake view from this palace is very fascinating. Currently the government is running a museum here. Prior permission is required to visit this museum.
Jai Samand Lake:
Maharaja Jai Singh also built an artificial lake in 1910, called Jai Samand lake, which is a perfect spot for water sports and angling. This lake is 6 km from the city.
If tourists have a dream of living in the places where the ancient rulers of Sariska lived, then one can fulfill their dream by visiting the above mentioned palaces in and around the reserve of Sariska.
Sariska is easily accessible by airways and railheads. The airport nearest to Sariska is Delhi. There are prominent railheads in and around the state.