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Sariska National Park hikes its Safari Rates

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We remembering sharing with you some exciting reasons to go on Ranthambore wildlife safari in summer, that’s good but you should also know that visiting one of the Tiger Reserves in Rajasthan- Sariska will be costlier now.

The tiger safari in Sariska Tiger Reserve has become costlier after the recent hike. Tourists will now have to shell out Rs 1,000 more for the Gypsy safari, starting this month i.e. May, 2017. The forest department has now increased the Gypsy safari fee from Rs 3,280 to Rs 4,280, a hike of rs 1,000, from May 1. The Sariska Park has been faring badly in the wildlife safari circuit since 2005 and this new hike may take it even more down the preferred list of tourists.As it is, the park is short on tigers when compared to the more illustrious Ranthambore reserve.

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With only 13 to 14 tigers compared to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve’s 60, sighting a big cat has become rare in Sariska, which is jokingly referred to as ‘buffalo sanctuary’. Instead of such price hikes, the government will have to draw up a comprehensive plan of action if it’s serious about reviving the park. The forest cover of Sariska reserve (1,100 sq km) is larger than Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, which spans over barely 392 sq km along with 60 tigers. Though Sariska lost all its tigers to poaching by 2005, it is now home to 14 big cats after relocation of tigers, distributed over a vast expanse of forest. To add to the woes, the forest department had copied the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve model and introduced three or four designated zones for tourists in Sariska.

National Parks in Rajasthan closed for Monsoon

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With the end of the summer and the onset of Monsoon, it’s time to say good-bye to your frequent trips to jungle across India. All the tiger reserves and National Parks  of India including Ranthambhore National Park and Sariska will be closed from July 1 and will reopen for wildlife tourism from October 01, 2014, which is the annual feature of the parks for the monsoon.

Ranthambhore Gate

As per the  forest officials and experts, it is this time of the year that many animals and thousands of egrets, herons, storks, cormorants, darters, spoonbills and ibises breed and the entry of tourists might pose as a disturbance in their mating and cause problem for them. During these months the wild animals turn aggressive and need complete isolation. These aspects along with other maintenance works of the Forest Department are necessary for closing of parks. Therefore the parks are closed. However, in Sariska, religious tourists to temple at Pandupole will be allowed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Brown Fish Owl at Ranthambhore National Park

Brown Fish Owl at Ranthambhore National Park

Common Kingfisher at Ranthambhore National Park

Common Kingfisher at Ranthambhore National Park

Grand Old Tigress Machali at RAnthambhore National Park

Grand Old Tigress Machali at RAnthambhore National Park

Till then, will miss the chilling cacophony of languor shrieks, sambar calls, chirping of birds and the sight of a fierce tiger enjoying its prey or playing with its cubs.

Lets join hands to wish the denizens of jungle a safe monsoon !!!

PS- All the pictures used in the blog are of Ranthambhore National park captured just before the end of the season.

National Parks in Rajasthan to be closed for Monsoon

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With arrival of monsoon, National Park across Rajasthan will remain closed for three months from today i.e. Monday, July01, 2013.

 

The parks will be closing from July 1 and will reopen for wildlife tourism from October 01, 2013 with possibly no change in opening period till now. The officers concerned and staffers under the Forest Department of Ranthambore and Sariska are ready with their enlisted plans to be carried out during this closing period along with taking up of afforestation and restoration works.

With onset of monsoon, mating period of wild animals begins. These four months of rainy season from July to October are considered most crucial for mating of wildlife animals. During these months the wild animals turn aggressive and need complete isolation. These aspects along with other maintenance works of the Forest Department are necessary for closing of parks across the State.

Rajasthan gets Third Tiger Reserve

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Royal Rajasthan, Roaring Rajasthan!

More of the big cats will be glorifying the timeless heritage of Rajasthan. Rajasthan will home a third tiger reserve in the Mukundra Hills, as notified by the Govt. of Rajasthan.

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Covering the four districts of Kota, Bundi, Chittorgarh and Jhalawar.Its reserve area will spread over 759 sq km. Nearly 417 sq km have been earmarked as the core tiger habitat, while 342.82 sq km has been notified as the buffer zone where human interference is prohibited.

The other two tiger reserves of Ranthambore and Sariska have a core area nearly thrice this size.

Mukundra Hills are also connected with the Ranthambore National Park, located in the state’s Sawai Madhopur district.

Moreover, the core area of the Mukundra reserve currently has six villages, two of which are uninhabited. Eventually all these villages will have to be relocated funded by the NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority). The sanctuary currently has wolves, sloth bear, chinkaras and leopards!
Officials added that at a later stage, tigers will be relocated from Ranthambore reserve so as to provide optimum space for the majestic dwellings.

The objective was to link this to Ranthambore so as to let the tigers that stray from the park come and breed here. It was the next best forest after Ranthambore for rehabilitation of tigers.

 

 

Travel to Incredible Destinations of Rajasthan!

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Every tourist place in Rajasthan has a story to tell. While in some, sculptures become alive, narrating tales of bygone times where some weave poetry of love and saga, some chronicles make their way to museums; some depict the saga of war and fortitude through miniature statues and through sound and light shows, while others through puppetries and dances.

Jaipur the capital city also known as the ‘Pink City’ is definitely a ‘must-see’ tourist place in Rajasthan. The city with its sheer beauty is any shopper’s paradise and no woman would want to hold onto her purse strings!

Udaipur’s City Palace and the Lake Pichola are both synonymous as places of tourist interest in Rajasthan. Apart from Fateh Prakash Palace and Jag Niwas, Udaipur also is convenient while planning excursions to Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur’s  Jain Temples, Haldighati, Ghanerao, Eklinji Temple and Nathdwara.

Set amidst the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur are both romantic cities to reckon with. Your trip is incomplete without a camel-ride.

Patriots must visit Chittaurgarh which resonates with the legend of Rani Padmini and the shrieks of women who willingly undertook Johaur.

Called the ‘Camel Country’, Bikaner has a Research Institute for Camels and is also famous for the Karni Mata Temple where rats are revered!

If you think places of tourist interests in Rajasthan revolve around sand dunes, you’re mistaken, for Mount Abu is actually a hill station which offers you the solitude within its many pretty cottages that came up during the British rule.

Arty folks have much to look forward to in Bundi that displays Rajput architecture and has the Bundi School of Art. Kota is another city that has gained prominence on the map owing to the exquisite Kota Doria sarees in charming floral prints. It also boasts of dams and quaint Havelis and temples.

Shekawati or the Garden of Shekas( a ruler) is a maze of Havelis where walls are adorned with paintings of caparisoned elephants and horses, thus rendering the name ‘open art gallery’ to the place!

Ajmer is a confluence of cultures, with Muslims have a Dargah(mosque) and the British having chosen Ajmer for its prestigious Mayo College which today is a prominent public school. Just 4 kms away is the sacred Pushkar Lake, which hosts the Pushkar Mela too. The one and only Brahma and Saraswati Temples in the world are situated in Pushkar!

Your interest as a tourist in Rajasthan is not limited to the quiet and magnificent alone; for there is the wild side of the state, which can be explored with a visit to Ranthambore which houses a National Park-home to tigers, leopards, owlets, hyena, langurs and wild boars.

Bharatpur which derives its name from the loyal brother of Lord Rama also houses a National Park and the hatching field of crocodiles. The place dates also in the epic Mahabharata days where the Matsya kingdom had flourished.

The Sariska Tiger Sanctuary is located in Viratnagar. Viratnagar dates back to the stone- age, with many natural cave and rock shelters found here!

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Visit any city or destination in Rajasthan; it will charm you with its wealth of attractions. Old palaces, which were once resided by the Kings and princes, are now available as luxurious accommodation options for the tourists. Padharo Mhare Des !!

 

Sariska National Park

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An intricate mix of HISTORY, WILDLIFE and MYTHOLOGY… this is what SARISKA is. The Sariska Tiger Reserve is a national park in India located in the Alwar district of the state of Rajasthan. The contour of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and lush grasses. This area was a hunting preserve of the erstwhile Alwar state and it was declared a wildlife reserve in 1955. In 1978, it was given the status of a tiger reserve making it a part ofIndia’s Project Tiger scheme. The present area of the park is 866 km². The park is situated 107 km from Jaipur and 200 km from Delhi.

Some of the wildlife found in the Sariska Tiger Reserve includes the Bengal tiger, leopard, jungle cat, caracal, striped hyena, golden jackal, chital, sambhar, nilgai, chinkara, four-horned antelope ‘chousingha’ (extinct) , wild boar, hare, hanuman langur, Rhesus monkeys, and plenty of bird species as well as reptiles. Birds include Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden backed Wood Pecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Great Indian Horned Owl.

There’s a temple dedicated to Hanuman (the monkey god of Hindu mythology) at Pandu Pol, located at about 20km from the main gate of the reserve. In fact, it’s quite simple to reach here as the metal led road ends at the temple. Archaeologically, it is an interesting site, for there’s a naturally formed gateway here which has some kind of an association with the Pandavas (of the Mahabharata). A cascading spring emerging from the hard limestone rocks gives the place the most delightful look.

Other major attractions in Sariska include Kankawari Fort, Nilkanth,  Naldeshwar, Jaisamand Lake and Siliserh.

Park Timings: 0700 hrs to 1600 hrs. in winter (October to end of February) and  0600 hrs to 1700 hrs rest of the year.

Sariska Map