Sariska National park, India

Sariska National Park is the first reserve in the world to successfully relocate Bengal tigers – hop in the back of a safari jeep and expert rangers will point out where these regal beasts roam the forest floor. The park is home to a whole cast of carnivores – leopards and wild cats, hyenas and jackals – but cultural treasures abound too. Ancient Hindu temples, and the grand palaces belonging to the Alwar dynasty sprawl decorously across the hillsides. Legend-lovers should visit the ancient Kankwari Fort, where it’s said Mughal emperor Aurangzeb imprisoned his brother for life after an argument – never fear, visitors these days emerge after an enlightening poke around.

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When to go

Visit between October and March to avoid the scorching summer heat.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Jaipur International is the closest airport to Sariska National Park, around a two-and-a-half-hour drive away. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Air India fly direct to Delhi from London Heathrow, and other major cities worldwide. From Delhi, SpiceJet, Air India and Jet Airways fly to Jaipur in under an hour.
  • Trains

    Alwar Railway Station is 37 kilometres from Sariska National Park, and around a 50-minute drive.
  • Automobiles

    The park is easily accessed by road from most major cities, and there’s local hire cars available at Jaipur Airport. However, driving in India can be nerve-rattling and is best avoided.