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Old 3rd January 2012, 14:20   #1
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I am a wildlife enthusiast with an inclination to head out to the jungles at the smallest excuse.
But, often struggle to find basic information about the different national parks where we can visit and this plays spoil sport in planning the trips and also sometimes dissapointment when we reach there.

There is no authentic source of information or reviews. No source which tells us the details of the park - Tips, etc

Towards this i would like to start a thread which compiles this kind of information at one place so that it is available to the public.

I think we should capture the following information:

1. Location - including how to get there from *your* place of origin.
2. Hotels and tourism information
- What are the accomodation choices?
- Good hotels? or the hotel where you have visited
3. Things to do/Places to see nearby
4. Safaris - information on how to get the tickets? Book safari vehicles, rates, any specific information

Basically a be all thread for the national parks in India. Ofcourse photographs to enrich the description are also welcome.

Comments, feedback, critism are welcome.

I am starting with a description of Sariska Tiger Reserve
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Sariska Tiger Reserve

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Sariska - a "jungle" near Alwar city in Rajasthan under the wings of project tiger. It is a tale of how tigers faced the brunt of unscruplous elements and man-animal conflict.

A jungle that had a healthy tiger population pre 2003 - became devoid of any tigers due to poaching by the (in) famous Sansar Chand among other factors.


This park is situated only 200 km from Delhi and 107 kms from Jaipur. Although larger than Ranthambhor, it is less commercialised and has less tigers but a similar topography. It covers an area of 800 sq km in total, with a core area of approximately 500 sq km. The Northern Aravali Hills dominate the skyline with their mixture of sharp cliffs and long narrow valleys. The area was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and became a National Park in 1979.


The landscape of Sariska comprises of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravali hill range. The topography of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and grasses. The broad range of wildlife here is a wonderful example of ecological adoption and tolerance, for the climate here is variable as well as erratic.

It is located in the contemporary Alwar district and is the legacy of the Maharajas of Alwar. Pavilions and temples within Sariska are ruins that hint at past riches and glory. The nearby Kankwadi Fort has a long and turbulent history.

In morning and evening, wildlife in Sariska heads towards the many water holes, which litter the park, thus providing the guests with their best chance of viewing game.

Fauna -
The park is home to numerous carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Civets Hyena, Jackal, and Tiger. These feed on species such as Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is also well known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys, which are found around Talvriksh.


Avian -
The avian world is also well represented with Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse,Tree Pie, Golden backed Woodpecker, crested Serpent Eagle and The Great Indian horned Owl.



Safari Booking

Safari booking can be done online via rajasthan tourism website or from the ticket window


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Safari Timings

Safaris are organised 2 times per day -

Morning - 6.30 to 10.30
Evening - 1.30 to 5.30

Note that the timings change as per seasons but not by much. These timings can be taken as the approx time for Safaris.


Places to Stay

It is a very non-commercial site and tourism is not very well developed. There are 2 hotels

1. RTDC Tiger den - located just at the jungle gate and can be booked online via Rajasthan Tourism site. A budget hotel - managed in typical government style. No great shakes - but the location is fantastic, closest to the park.

2. Sariska Palace - shikargah of the erstwhile rulers of Alwar, a heritage hotel. This is a pricy place - albeit not a very good one. Service is not good - but it does give you a feeling of how the royals lived. Can be booked via their website. Location is good - very close to the jungle gate.

Other places to stay -

Club Mahindra resort in Thana Ghazi - this is around 5 KM away from the jungle gate and is offers tents for accomodation. Again - is ok, but not superlative. Worth while if one is a club Mahindra member.

Other Information:

1. There is an ancient Hanuman temple called Pandupole. LEgend has it that Pandvas spent their agyatvas here. Entry for devotees is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays to pay a visit to the temple. Private vehicles are allowed inside on these days.
2. Other nearby places of attraction are - Kankwadi fort (inside the park), Bhangarh (ghost town) - no one is allowed to stay here after sunset.
3. Taalvraksh - a small village nearby which is famous for sulphur springs and lately also for Leopard sightings (i have never been there, though i want to try).

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Guys - calling all members of the forum to contribute to this thread. This will make life a lot easier for people looking to plan and organise trips to national parks.
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The website of Karnataka Wild Life board is an exccellent source of information on Wild Life sanctuaries in Karnataka.

Here is the link.

http://www.karnatakawildlifeboard.org/Home.aspx
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The website of Karnataka Wild Life board is an exccellent source of information on Wild Life sanctuaries in Karnataka.

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http://www.karnatakawildlifeboard.org/Home.aspx
Thanks Fauji.
More information from personal experience in visiting these places is very welcome and what we need here. More often than not - these government sites are very limited in the information.
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...Hanuman temple called Pandupole...
Entry for devotees is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays to pay a visit to the temple. Private vehicles are allowed inside on these days.
The notice (pic taken on 2 Jan 2012) says that private vehicles bearing only Alwar registration would be allowed in on the road to Pandupole between 8AM & 3PM (and must leave by 5PM) on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Not sure if other (non-Alwar-registered) vehicles are allowed in anymore.
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Yes doc , this is correct info. No vehicle except private local vehicle are allowed inside now. I think even the locals were not allowed , when this restriction were enforced. Presently locals are allowed on tuesdays and saturdays. Also it is better to avoid visiting sariska on these days.

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The notice (pic taken on 2 Jan 2012) says that private vehicles bearing only Alwar registration would be allowed in on the road to Pandupole between 8AM & 3PM (and must leave by 5PM) on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Not sure if other (non-Alwar-registered) vehicles are allowed in anymore.
I dont think this is correct - i was in Sariska on Dec 18th (saturday) - this board was very much in place - but we could still see vehicles with Gurgaon registration inside the park.

I think - the catchword here is "ni-shulk" - so i guess the alwar registration vehicles will be given free entry but others will be charged some entry fee.

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I have visited 4 national parks so far
1. Pench - Nov '10 - Lush Green. Not a great season if you want to spot tigers
2. Ranthambore - Mar '11 - 30 mins of amazing Tiger view. Walked beside and across our vehicle.
3. Masinagudi - Jun '11 - Spotted Leopard. Not well organised like above parks
4. Wayanad - Sep '11 - Monsoon season. Not a great time to visit.
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The top ones on my list would be Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Gir . Have visited all three and have been lucky enough to have sightings in the wild (Tiger and lion respectively).

The easiest way to reach Bandhavgarh or Kanha from Mumbai would be a train journey or a direct flight till Jabalpur and then a taxi ride to Bandhavgarh or Kanha. If you have enough days , you can cover both along with Panch marhi which is a famous hill station in M.P

For Gir, we took an overnight train till Rajkot and from there a taxi till Gir National Park.

Need to dig in my archives for pictures and more info. Will post soon.
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I have visited 4 national parks so far
1. Pench - Nov '10 - Lush Green. Not a great season if you want to spot tigers
2. Ranthambore - Mar '11 - 30 mins of amazing Tiger view. Walked beside and across our vehicle.
3. Masinagudi - Jun '11 - Spotted Leopard. Not well organised like above parks
4. Wayanad - Sep '11 - Monsoon season. Not a great time to visit.
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The top ones on my list would be Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Gir . Have visited all three and have been lucky enough to have sightings in the wild (Tiger and lion respectively).

The easiest way to reach Bandhavgarh or Kanha from Mumbai would be a train journey or a direct flight till Jabalpur and then a taxi ride to Bandhavgarh or Kanha. If you have enough days , you can cover both along with Panch marhi which is a famous hill station in M.P

For Gir, we took an overnight train till Rajkot and from there a taxi till Gir National Park.

Need to dig in my archives for pictures and more info. Will post soon.
Thanks MArlon/Pottermore.
Would love to have a comprehensive writeup about these parks from you - the idea is to be able to have detailed information for the parks in this thread so that anyone planning their trip can use this as a reference.
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The wiki list i think is quite exhaustive. Although i am curious to know if there are any National parks that have been missed out.

List of national parks of India - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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I think - the catchword here is "ni-shulk" - so i guess the alwar registration vehicles will be given free entry but others will be charged some entry fee.
I have been also there with my family last year and could get an entry for my Car(DL regn) in the forest to visit Pandupole Hanuman temple after paying the entry fee. Entry fee is not applicable for locals.

Staying at Sariska Palace was a nice experience for me even though there is no royal treatment at least we enjoyed the silence,location and the view of greenery everywhere around us with decent food.
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A quick ready reckoner for entry to the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur, from my travelogue. (Hawk-On-Fours® (H-4®) Roadtrip: Ranthambhore & Sariska, then Bharatpur)
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Here we are. Entry fee Rs.50 per person, extra fee to take the car to the next entry gate (1.5 km inside) is Rs.100. Saves you the time that rickshaws take to traverse that distance.

Rickshaws charge Rs.70 per hour. The rickshaw puller is the guide too (that is an included service when you take the rickshaw on hire). Binoculars are available with the rickshaw puller, he hires them out at Rs.50 per hour. Check the quality of the binoculars before you hire the rickshaw - some are really good, while others are useless.

The gate inside, after which you can either walk, take a rickshaw ride, or rent a bicycle.
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