Spread over an 866 square kilometer area, the Sariska National Park is located in the Alwar District of the north-west Indian state of Rajasthan. A part of the Aravalli Range, these areas are rich in mineral resources like copper and marble. Situated at a distance of 107 kilometers from Jaipur and 200 kilometers from New Delhi, this area was a hunting preserve of the Alwar State and was established as a Wildlife Reserve in the year 1955.
The topography of the Park supports scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests with rocks and grasses. Almost 90% of the areas within the National Park are covered with Dhok trees set on the rolling hills along with Goria, Tendu, Ber, Surwal and Khair, offering the right habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, birds and reptiles. The Sariska National Park is home to a population of about 25 Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Striped Hyena, Gilden Jackal, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Four Horned Antelope, Wild Boar, Indian Hare, Grey Mongoose, Ratel, Northern Palm Squirrel, Langurs, Rhesus Monkeys and many other reptiles.
The birds found in the Park include the Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden Backed Woodpecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Great Indian Horned Owl. Apart from the resident bird populations there are a number of migratory species of birds that visit here during the winter season.
Visitors to the Park can hire bicycles or move on foot along the nature trails identified within the Sariska National Park. Jaipur is convenient and the nearest Airport from where one can drive down to the Park. Alwar is well connected with most important cities of this region, is the closest Railway Station at a distance of 36 kilometers. Although open throughout the year, the best time to visit the Sariska National Park normally is from the months October to April.