Sariska once the royal reserve of the rulers of Alwar was converted into the Tiger Reserve in 1958 and into a national park in 1982. This place is surrounded by the history of the rulers from Alwar and the Mughals of Delhi. The beautiful palace, once the jungle resort of the royalties has been converted to a heritage hotel now. The Kankawari Fort and the ancient temple of Shiva add to the legendary background of this erstwhile hunting ground for the royalties.
The deciduous forests and the large area are best suited for the habitat of the Tiger and the leopard, which have a healthy population at Sariska National Park.
Sariska wildlife sanctuaryis hardly 100 km from Jaipur. This sanctuary falls on the Delhi Jaipur highway. Apart from the tigers and the leopards, the four-horned antelope and the spotted deer are found here. The birdlife comprises of the peafowl, gray partridge, quail, sand grouse, tree pie, white-breasted kingfisher, golden-backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle and great Indian horned owl.
The beautiful lake of Silserh is at the center of the sanctuary with a quaint little hunting lodge overlooking it.