WILDLIFE AROUND

ABOUT SARISKA NATIONAL PARK


The Sariska is located in Alwar district of Rajasthan. and can be considered a central point for visiting various attractions within its vicinity. Located close to Sariska are three old settlements Bhangarh Fort, Ajaibgarh and Pratapgarh. The Sariska terrain has taken roots in this semi arid deserts of Rajasthan and supports scrub-thorn arid and dry deciduous forests that are full of rocks and grass patches intertwined with some thick foliage. The wildlife present in the area is diverse and is a perfect example of adaptability and symbiosis between nature and animals. The climate, as in any desert, is dry and varies towards the extremes.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary



The place is also famous for old temples and palaces around the sariska. The temples and chhattris and even the rare waterfall offer an exquisite view. However, the ruins of many of these monuments only serve as a reminder of how glorious the history of this land has been.

Sariska provides an opportunity to view tiger, langur, nilgai and various many bird species. However, apart from the wildlife and forest Sariska is surrounded by numerous places of historical interest, interspersed with temples and monuments.

TERRAIN
The terrain of Sariska is hilly with numerous valleys, both wide and narrow, and expansive undulating plateaus. The characteristic features of the Aravalli range - sharp hog -black ridges - are conspicuous in the Reserve. Most of the high ridges are composed of quartzite conglomerates and grits.

FLORA
The forests are of a typical dry deciduous type with Dhok as the dominant tree species of gentle to moderate slopes constituting over 90% of the tree canopy. The ridges support Salar on steep dry slopes. Khair and Cheela occur in vally beds. Bamboo grows to a limited extent along moist and cooler parts. Aam, Jamun, Arjun and Bahera, which grow in moist depression and on nallah banks attain large sizes. The ground cover is mainly Ber, and Adusa. Zizyphus and Grewia are good fodder species. The dried and fallen leaves of Dhok help the herbivores to tide over the fodder scarcity during summer months. The forests become lush green in the monsoon months and completely dry in the summer months.

FAUNA
Sariska is very rich in wild animals. Panther, Hyena, Jackal and Jungle cat are the carnivores of the forest. Caracal and Wild dog are seen very rarely. Among the prey population are the Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai, Wild boar, Hare and Porcupine etc. Sariska is unique in animal distribution. The wild animals here seem to have decided their area -limits. Slopka is best for observing the Sambhar, Kundli for Chitals and Tarunda & Kalighati for Nilgai. Four -horned antelopes or chausingha can be seen in the Pondupole Nallah. Chausingha is exclusively Indian and is the only buck on earth with four horns. In sariska, observing Wildlife at the water holes is quite fascinating during the hot days of April, May and June. Water requirements increase and Wildlife activities get restricted to the water holes,specially around Kalighati and Slopaka. Sambars, Chitals, Nilgais, Chausinghas, Jackals, Wild boars, Langurs etc. visit water holes throughout the day. The predators appear around dusk or during the silence of the night.

BIRDS
For the ornithologists and birding enthusiasts, the natural surroundings of Sariska draw the migratory birds from Siberia and China. It is quite a mingling of horned owl, tree pie, grey partridge, woodpecker, peafowl, crested serpent eagle, bush quail, sand grouse. Probably, Sariska is the richest Tiger Reserve as far as avifauna is concerned. More than 225 species of birds can be seen here. The populations of Peafowl, Grey partridges and Bush quail are conspicuous. Other commonly seen birds are Parakeets, Red spurfowl, Doves Green pigeon, Flycatchers, Bee-eaters, Shrikes, Woodpeckers Vultures and Nightjars etc.

TREES CHECKLIST OF SARISKA
Enjoy the famous Sariska Tiger reserve in these forests, once a part of the ancient 'Matsya' kingdom, are also supposed to have sheltered the exiled Pandavas. It is believed that Bhima, smote the rock face of a cliff with his cudgel at Pandu Pol and made a passage through a gorge in the sanctuary. The sight of the huge gaping orifice with a picturesque spring emerging from the rocks, is an awe-inspiring sight.

• Folk music and dance entertainment can be organized on request for the visiting groups.
• Verandah for relaxing, snacking, chatting.
• Picnics at nearby, beautiful lakes.
• Bonfire.
• Library-books on wildlife.
• Recreational centre.
• Indoor games.
• Telephone facility.
• The camp site is very well laid out with lots of green space / play ground for children and adults alike.
• We do not have ACs but pedestal fans which are enough for the day time ( Beginning October and Mid March onwards ) and not required in the night as it will be cool.
• Have good quantity of cricket bats, wickets, tennis balls. • Chess, Carrom, Playing Cards, Badminton rackets, Volleyball and footballs are also available for use.
• Beach Volleyball and mud wrestling are also there although later will need some advance preparation!.
• The days are Cozy, but the nights are cool. So, if you are planning to sit in the open (for drinks etc) after 2100 hrs, advisable to carry some light jackets/shawls.
• Please carry your own books (if into reading) or walkmans/ipods (if into music). FM does not work here. There is not any TV as yet.
• Have hot and cold running water in tents, but since the water is heated by solar energy, it may be a little cool in the morning. • Please also carry your caps/hats and sunglasses if you plan to do outdoor activities like cricket etc.
• A small torch can also come in handy as the power supply is unpredictable.
• Being a campsite near a village, we have have hired the local villagers as staff. So, although the service standards may not be of very high standards, people are very courteous and helpful. Also, you will need to appreciate the slow pace of things there as that is what the whole idea behind this place and your outing is about - slowing down a little bit!!
• Although you may not have time to think going out of the camp, yet we can provide a short trek to the nearby fort through the countryside. But this should ideally be taken in the early morning as after 1000 hrs it starts getting warm.