It is a thickly forested sanctuary on the south-eastern periphery of the Kota City of Rajasthan. Spread over a 250 square kilometer hilly terrain, it is in fact an erstwhile hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Kota, whose hunting lodges specially built by the kings are a sight to behold and great observation posts. The Darrah National Park actually consists of three wildlife sanctuaries rolled in one; the Darrah WLS, the Chambal WLS and the Jaswant Sagar WLS. Hence, it is a great treasure house with a varying topography and a variety of flora & fauna to charm and lure the wildlife enthusiast.
The variety of wildlife at the Darrah National Park includes the Panther, Wolf, Sloth Bear, Chinkara and the Leopard. The herbivores found in this region are the Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Sambar and Antelopes. There are a whole lot of birds and reptiles for an enthusiast to explore and undertake treks into the varying terrains defining this region.
Kota is the ideal rail-head on the Mumbai-Delhi route, a junction which is also well connected with the rest of the country. It is also comfortably accessible by road from Jaipur and other parts of Rajasthan. Udaipur however, is the nearest Airport and located at a distance of 295 kilometers to the south-west of Kota City. Visitors however need to seek permission from the Forest Ranger or the District Forest Office in order to visit the Darrah National Park which generally remains closed during the monsoon season’ from July to September.