As July rolls in, so do the monsoon clouds that loom over every sky lover's stargazing dream. So the perfect destination during these months is a place where monsoons don't hit as much, making Sariska, India's second darkest place, the perfect place to go!
As I mentioned earlier, Bikamp Aravallis Camp Resort is situated barely 36 kilometres westward to Sariska Tiger Reserve. Spread over 800 square kilometres, it is a home to variety of animals like the Leopard, Sambhar Deer, Chital, Nilgai, Four-horned Antelope, Wild Boar, Hyena, Jungle Cats and of course, the Tiger. Bikamp Adventures' Jeep Safari takes you deep into the heart of the jungle. Observing these stunning wildlings in their natural habitat is a thrill like no other. You can either opt for the morning safari or the one in the evening, as per your convenience. That being said, it is during the morning safari you have more chances of spotting the tiger(s).
Visiting Sariska from Delhi is very easy and comfortable. You just have to take a train to Alwar. You will reach Alwar in 2 hours 30 minutes. There are many trains. From Alwar, you can take a taxi or bus, which will take e1 hour to reach Sariska. Go for RAJASTHAN TOURISM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION hotels. The rooms start at Rs 2000 with breakfast and have swimming pool and bonfire arrangement as well. The national park is just 5 minutes away from the hotel. Go early morning to spot animals.In the day, you can go to Bhangarh Fort which is 45 minutes away from the hotel. You can return to Alwar which is 2 hours away from Bhangarh Fort and catch the train.
Bhangarh is approx 2 hours from Jaipur by road. But if Bhangarh can be explored then why not Alwar? So headed for Alwar first, approx 3 hours from Jaipur. Jaipur-Alwar-Bhangarh-Jaipur. The roads are superb.
Besides the elusive tiger, the park boasts of a truly impressive fauna that is sure to be a source of delight for any wildlife lover. From the antics of langurs to sightings of an Indian grey mongoose and monitor lizard, there are enough animals to keep you happily occupied. The nilgai or blue bull is another regular sight; however, its cousin, the four-horned antelope or chausingha is far more retiring.This park is also an Important Bird Area (IBA), designated by BirdLife International. Since Sariska is strategically located, it attracts a range of migrating birds, apart from its host of resident species. Over 200 species are known to inhabit the park, and the most frequently sighted among them include the grey francolin, rufous treepie, jungle babbler, plum-headed parakeet, and Indian peafowl.As with other tiger reserves, safaris take place twice a day (6-9.30 a.m. and 3-6.30 p.m.; ₹2,100 for a jeep with up to 6 people). On Tuesdays and Saturdays, and on certain religious holidays, private cars are allowed to visit Pandupol temple between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. It is best to book your safaris before-hand, as getting a spot last minute can be difficult.PS: It is best to spend an entire day at Sariska, as it gives you the full opportunity to soak in the flora and fauna of this place at an unhurried pace. While you are here, make sure you also check out the Bhangarh Fort, which is located only 45 minutes away from the park. Constructed by Maharaja Man Sing I, this fort is famous for being one of the most haunted places in India. Entry to this fort is not allowed post 6PM, so make sure you plan accordingly.Stay: V Resorts Sariska