As far as wildlife is concerned, the Indian peninsula is a continent in itself where the sheer diversity of the wildlife astounds you with more than 350 species of mammals and 1200 avifauna species in the country.
The people want to do only one thing in the cities during the summers – they want to get away from it. They want a cool getaway in India itself where they can have some respite from the scorching heat of the plains.
Most present day Rajasthan wildlife parks were the royal preserve of the rulers who ruled that particular area. The Sariska Tiger Reserve opened to the public in 1958 and became of a part of the Project Tiger in 1979. It was declared a National Park in 1982. Located near Alwar, in the area around Kankwari Fort, the Sariska Tiger Reserve has an area of 788 sq km, and a core area which is around 474 sq. km.
Over a period of time, with the increase in tiger poaching, this royal beast has all but disappeared from the Sariska Tiger Reserve. However, lucky visitors do get the occasional sighting of this king among beasts. But the good thing about the Sariska Tiger Reserve is that it has an abundant quantity of the other types of carnivores that are an essential part the wildlife of Rajasthan. This includes jungle cats, hyenas, panthers, and caracals. Other animals that can be found in this park are Nilgai, chital, sambhar, porcupines, hare etc.
As one of the premier Rajasthan wildlife parks, the Sariska Tiger Reserve also has an eclectic bird population like quail, sand grouse, tree pie, golden-backed woodpecker, great Indian horned owl, the white breasted kingfisher, pea fowl, gray partridge etc. Though the park is open for visitors throughout the year the best time to visit Sariska is between the months of January and February.