Ten Second Takeaway

The Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan is an ancient hunting preserve turned wildlife reserve and national park, that lies only a few hundred kilometres from Delhi.

Tiger, tiger burning bright

Located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, the reserve is over 800 square kms wide, and offers nature fiends and wildlife lovers a great escape from city life. Known for sightings of the glorious Bengal tigers, it is also the first reserve in the world to have successfully relocated the beasts.

Animal adventures

If you’re into finding, spotting and photographing wildlife then this is the spot for you. Besides the tiger, if you’re lucky you can catch any one of the leopards, hyenas or jackals, and a host of Nilgai, Sambhar, antelope and the like.

Bird lovers fret not, there is also the Sariska Bird Sanctuary that hosts a large number of migratory birds. While all this is exciting, the true star of the reserve is obviously the tiger. We suggest you temper your expectations about sighting one, with only about 12-14 {official count varies} currently at the reserve. However, with a little patience and luck you might spot one of these gorgeous creatures.

Where else can you go?

Beyond the lush and verdant landscape and active wildlife, the Sariska region also has a host of other attractions. These include the historic Kankwari Fort, ancient Shiva temples, and the majestic Sariska Palace. The ruins of the temples are dotted across the fields of the tiger reserve, adding a little touch of man-made history to the natural splendour of the space.

How do I get there?

If you want to fly in, the nearest airport is in Jaipur, which is roughly 100 kms away. The nearest train station is in Alwar, which is about 40 kms away. Finally, if you want to drive from Delhi, the reserve is situated off the main artery of the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur road. Alwar itself also has limited bus services to and from Delhi.


Ideal visitation periods include April to June. While it is extremely hot, this is the best time to spot animals out and about.

Where: Alwar, Rajasthan

When: Open from early October to end June

Featured image courtesy: Anuj Gupta