Situated in the Alwar district, Sariska was declared a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1955. It is spread over an area of 800 Square Kilometers (core area 500). It was later given the status of a National Park in 1979. The topography of this national park is pretty similar to that of Ranthambore National Park. The Northern Aravalli range dominates the Sariska landscape, narrow valleys and with sharp cliffs. This national park holds a huge significance for the heritage of the former rulers of Alwar. As per the historical legends, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb imprisoned his elder brother, Dara Shikoh in the Kankwari fort located inside Sariska. If you want to visit this place, then explore the Sariska holiday packages offered by EaseMyTrip.in and get the best offer for trip.
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Sariska National Park/Tiger Reserve:
The Sariska tiger reserve / National Park is majorly known for its exotic wildlife. The rich wildlife of the sanctuary includes Tiger, Caracal, Leopard, Jungle cat, Rusty spotted cat, Four-horned antelope, Spotted deer, Sambar, Wild boar, Jackal, Nilgai, Hyena, etc.
Dating back to the time of the Mughals, Kankwari Fort is the only massive fort in Sariska. It is located above a hill, offering an overview of the Kankwari plateau and the Gujjar villages around it. According to historical records, Aurangzeb imprisoned the eldest son of Shahjahan, his elder brother, Prince Dara Shikoh in this fort.
This palace was built by Maharaja Jai Singh of Alwar to serve as His lodge during their hunting trips. Some of the main attractions of the palace consist of extensive lawns, photographs of the 1920's Royal Shikar (hunting trips) and beautiful antique furniture. Presently, the palace has been converted into a heritage hotel. So, don't miss a visit or stay to this ancient palace during your Sariska travel.
Ancient Shiva Temple:
The sanctuary also houses an ancient Shiva temple. The temple is dedicated to Neelkanth (Lord Shiva) and dates back to the 6th-13th century AD.
It is a temple devoted to Lord Hanuman and has a legend attached to it. It is believed that at the time of their exile, Bhima, a Pandava brother, took refuge here. The temple offers a spectacular view of the of the Pandu gate, where a flowing spring can be seen surfacing from hard and compact rocks.