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Exciting Weekend Family Trip to the Sariska National Park, Alwar, Rajasthan, India

Updated on July 11, 2019
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Chitrangada cares for Nature and it's inhabitants. She wants to create awareness, among the people for environment care and reforestation.

The Peacock at the Sariska National Park
The Peacock at the Sariska National Park | Source
A golden spotted deer at the Sariska National Park
A golden spotted deer at the Sariska National Park | Source

Weekend Holiday to Sariska National Park by Road

Life becomes monotonous and boring, if we keep on doing the same thing everyday. It’s good to take a break from the regular routine and spend some quality time with your loved ones, family and friends. This is important to rejuvenate and recharge yourself, both physically and mentally.

Travelling to a place, full of natural beauty, is perhaps the best option, in my opinion.

Sometimes, there may be issues, such as not getting long leave from your workplace etc. But, managing a weekend trip should not be difficult for anyone.

So, we decided to have a family weekend trip, to have fun, to enjoy togetherness and to take a break from the regular routine life.

While exploring through the Google search, Sariska National Park, was found to be the best suitable option, with the available time we had. The wildlife and especially, the Tiger Reserve, was of course the greatest and unanimous attraction.

This is a popular destination for the wildlife enthusiasts and the wildlife photographers. In addition to being a Tiger Reserve, this is a bird sanctuary as well.


Important points to follow at the Sariska National Park
Important points to follow at the Sariska National Park | Source
Tiger spotting at the Tiger Reserve, Sariska
Tiger spotting at the Tiger Reserve, Sariska | Source

How to reach the Sariska National Park and where to stay?

The distance from New Delhi to the Sariska National Park is 202 k.m.

By the road, it takes about 4 hours and 20 minutes via National Highway 48.

If you plan to travel by road, it’s good to follow the GPS maps on your mobile phones.

Sariska can also be reached by air or by train. Though these two modes of travel will take you to the nearest railway station and the nearest airport, and not up to the Sariska National Park. From there, you may have to hire a taxi/ cab.

When the weather is pleasant, the spirits are high, then the road trips along with the family, are the most enjoyable ones.

There are many options to stay there. But prior booking and reservations are advisable, to avoid inconvenience.

Remember, that the National Parks are far away from the cities. Therefore, you must go fully equipped, with what you may need there.

We had prior bookings in a luxury resort, with widespread greenery, cottages, dining halls, swimming pool, lush green lawns, with tall trees etc.

Follow the rules of The National Park:

It’s important to go through the rules and regulations, to be followed at The National Park.

These are vast and widespread forest areas, meant for the wild animals, wild birds, water animals and others, which are either endangered or protected. The Water bodies are either available naturally or created there, for the animals and birds to drink water or cool themselves, when the heat is unbearable.

They move freely there and we, the human beings are the visitors at their abode. We shouldn’t do any act, which disturbs them or their habitat.

It’s not wise to carry lot of baggage, while we enter the National Park. In particular, we should not make noise, keep mobile phones on silent mode, avoid eating, while inside the forest.

The Government has set strict rules and laws, which must be followed, when you enter a National Park. Failure to follow those rules and laws may lead to fine or even jail.


A view of our cottage at the Sterling Resort, where we stayed at Sariska
A view of our cottage at the Sterling Resort, where we stayed at Sariska | Source
Points to be noted
Points to be noted | Source
Be informed about the timings of the Safari.
Be informed about the timings of the Safari. | Source

How to enter The Sariska National Park Safari?

The Sariska National Park is spread over around 800 square kilometres, with dense forest, flora, fauna, lakes, water bodies and is inhabited by many carnivorous and herbivores animals, birds and water animals.

The timings of the Safari are fixed by the management, once in the morning and the other in the evening. The timings are different in the Summer and the Winter season. Make sure to be informed about the timings before you plan your trip. The National Park remains closed during the monsoon season for the general public.

You have to purchase a ticket for entry. There are many open jeep safaris available and as you buy the tickets, you will be guided by the management, which one to board. The drivers and the guides are trained employees of the forest department and private vehicles are not allowed inside. As such, we can’t go in our own car there.

Remember, these are forest areas and we have no idea or experience of dealing with eventualities, if something like that happens.

Deer at the Sariska National Park
Deer at the Sariska National Park | Source
Group of Deer relaxing at the Sariska National Park
Group of Deer relaxing at the Sariska National Park | Source
Jackals at the Sariska National Park.
Jackals at the Sariska National Park. | Source

The adventurous Safari experience.

The tiger or leopard spotting is the most exciting experience, if you are lucky.

But besides that, moving in an open Safari, with the rich flora and fauna, the dense, widespread forest, the wild animals and birds moving around by your side, is an enriching experience as well.

We were fortunate to spot some beautiful deer, nilgai, jungle cats, jackals, monkeys, in groups, wild boars, crocodiles, some strange looking creatures, birds, aquatic birds and animals and many more.

It‘s a Bird sanctuary as well and we saw many beautiful birds of different colours, shapes and sizes, the names of which are not known to me.

It was interesting to look at them, moving quietly, sometimes staring at us, with curiosity.

The beautiful Peacocks were all around us, in groups or in pairs and it was such a beautiful sight indeed.

To spot the Tigers, the guides look for their pug marks, near the water bodies, in and around the bushes or small caves, or track them through an instrument called the tiger tracker. It’s a kind of GPS system, the other instrument is fitted, somewhere on the body of the tigers.

Aquatic Birds at the Sariska National Park
Aquatic Birds at the Sariska National Park | Source
Water bodies at the Sariska National Park is well maintained and is used by the animals and birds to drink water or cool themselves
Water bodies at the Sariska National Park is well maintained and is used by the animals and birds to drink water or cool themselves | Source

To Conclude:

Roaming in the dense forest in the open jeep Safari was an extremely exciting experience. I liked that all trained employees in uniform, whether drivers or guides make it a safe and enjoyable experience for the visitors of the forest areas.

Otherwise, the forest is so vast and dense, with bumpy and kachha earthen roads, that it is difficult to navigate on our own.

Another interesting information, as told by the guides there, that it’s only 20 percent of the forest, that the general public is allowed to move about. Nearly 80 percent of the forest is prohibited area. These areas are even more denser and non-motorable, with many wild animals and birds.

The forest department of the Government of India maintains these areas very well and according to the set rules and laws of the land.

Peacocks move gracefully in the Sariska National Park
Peacocks move gracefully in the Sariska National Park | Source

Leopard Spotting at The Sariska National Park, Source: YouTube

Sariska Tiger Reserve, Source: YouTube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Chitrangada Sharan

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Marlene, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article.

      Yes, we had an amazing experience at the National Park. You are right about the rules. We, human beings, need to learn from the animals and birds about disciplined living and peaceful coexistence.

      Thanks for your kind comments.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      I have never been on a safari outing. This sounded like a lot of fun for everyone. The rules of the forest made me think twice about the sounds we humans create and how our sounds might be disturbing to the animals. I really enjoyed reading about your trip.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for reading and commenting.

      Yes, we had an enjoyable experience at Sariska. Glad you liked the article and the pictures.

      Thank you so much.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 weeks ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed Sariska National Park through your article. Great photos, it must have been an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing all the travel details.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nell, for appreciating the article.

      You are most welcome to India. I would love to meet you. As always, so happy to read your comments.

      Thanks and happy weekend.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 weeks ago from England

      How awesome! What a great trip! I would love to visit India, and the Sariska National Park would be on my list!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Peggy for reading and sharing your thoughts.

      Yes, we had an unforgettable experience at the National Park. It’s thrilling to see the wild animals and birds, so close.

      You are right about the noise by motorcycles. I found this video on YouTube. But, actually the National Parks have strict rules and they follow them too. No private vehicles are allowed inside the park. Only trained drivers, who are well aware of the difficult earthen roads, and can navigate in those dense forests, are allowed inside the forest. We also, left our car outside the National Park. The ones in the video may be some employees only.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Venkatachari Ji, for your kind visit and comments. I am glad to hear from you. Yes, we had an enjoyable experience at Sariska National Park.

      Thanks for appreciating the article.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      8 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      A wonderful description of the National Park and your trip. Enjoyed the photos and video also. Thanks for sharing.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Linda, for your visit and comments.

      I am glad that you liked the information about this National Park. It’s heartening to see that the environment protection is in good hands at such places. Everyone else must do their bit.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Sukhdev Ji, for your kind words of appreciation.

      Yes, it’s a wonderful place, worth visiting.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Shaloo, for reading and appreciating the article.

      Yes, we really had a great time at Sariska.

      Thanks for commenting. Much appreciated.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Liz Westwood, for your kind visit and comments.

      I am glad that you liked the article and you found it useful.

      Have a good day and thanks.

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      Linda Crampton 

      8 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds and looks like a very interesting place to visit. I'd love to take the same trip that you did! You must have had a wonderful weekend.

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      srsddn 

      8 weeks ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Beautifully described. Chitrangada, you have added one more fantastic place to my bucket-list. I liked the photographs.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      8 weeks ago from India

      You seem to have quite an adventurous weekend. Sariska is beautiful with it's Flora and fauna. Thanks for the informative hub!

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      Liz Westwood 

      8 weeks ago from UK

      This is a great account of your trip to Sariska National Park. You have illustrated this article well and you give useful advice.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      No, you are not late and you are always there Bill. And, thank you for that.

      I am glad that you enjoyed the article.

      Have a good day. Thank You.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry I'm late. Thanks for not leaving without me. This was an enjoyable trip through a beautiful natural setting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Pamela, for your appreciation of the article.

      So good to know that you liked the information. Yes, we had a wonderful time, an unforgettable experience there.

      Thank you and good day to you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Lora Hollings, for your kind words of appreciation.

      I am glad that you liked the information and the pictures. Yes, it’s good to see the rare and the endangered animals and birds protected in their natural habitat. It involves a lot of effort and the management of the Forest department deserves appreciation for this.

      Thanks for the follow and for sharing your wonderful thoughts. Much appreciated.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much FlourishAnyway, for your kind words of appreciation.

      I am glad that you liked the article. Yes, we had a great time at the National Park.

      You are right that India has a huge responsibility to protect these wonderful creatures and it is doing it with utmost sincerity. The general public also has a great role to play and I was happy to see the people following the rules of the forest.

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Ericdierker, for reading and appreciating the article.

      Glad you liked it. It’s a place, worth visiting.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Andrew Spacey, for your kind words of appreciation. So good to hear from you.

      A lot has been done to preserve and protect the wildlife, but the efforts must continue, not only by the governments, but by the general public too.

      Besides Sariska, the Ranthambore National Park has good population of the Tigers. Then there is the Kanha, the Jim Corbett and many other National Parks.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and concerns. Many thanks for your comments.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You Louise Powles, for reading and commenting on this article.

      Glad you enjoyed it. Much appreciated.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I would absolutely love to visit this forest. It looks so beautiful, and I love to see animals and birds. It sounds like you had a wonderful time, and I enjoyed this article very much.

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      Lora Hollings 

      8 weeks ago

      What a beautiful place! I hope one day to visit but even if I don't have such an opportunity, it is nice knowing that these animals are protected and they can't be hunted or harmed by mankind. A place to see tigers, leopards along with other magnificent wildlife in a true natural setting, it doesn't get better than this. A wonderful weekend get away for the family to instill an appreciation for the beauty of nature in our children so that they realize the importance of protecting the forest and these still wild places. Bravo on an awesome article that is both informative and gives us some incredible views of Sariska National Park. Thanks for sharing your incredible experience!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      Sign me up! You are so very lucky and I enjoyed this article. I hope that India takes great pride in its responsibility to protect these gorgeous creatures. I sure wish I could go but I’m not built for heat.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So very cool. Boy do I want to go. Perhaps someday. Thank you.

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      Andrew Spacey 

      8 weeks ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Chitrangada, what a special place. Sariska National Park I would definitely visit if I were to get to India, which is a possibility over the next two or three years. Great photos and an interesting write up. With so much pressure on the tiger these days it is good to know that they have a space in which to be wild. India has a huge responsibility over the next few decades to preserve species like the iconic tiger, such a beautiful big cat. Let's hope India can succeed.

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      Louise Powles 

      8 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      Oh, I would love to visit this National Park. It looks lovely. Thankyou for the interesting article, I really enjoyed reading it.

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