Sariska Tiger Reserve
If adventure had a name, Sariska Tiger Reserve would have been the perfect fit. The park covers an area of 800 sq km and is the best version of a Natural Paradise. Located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, Sariska Tiger Reserve is famous for its tiger sightings. The park once experienced a total tiger crunch due to poaching, a famous and name-changing historic event.
The charming lake of Siliserh is stretched in an area of 7 km and owes its existence to Maharaja Vinay Khan. Initially built with the purpose of supplying water to the Alwar city, now encases a beautiful Lake Palace, believed to be built for Maharaja’s beloved. The lake is a famous picnic spot and is popular amongst tourists for its architectural marvel.
Chand Baori or Abhaneri is the oldest surviving stepwell in Rajasthan. This 13 storey structure with symmetric triangular steps leading to the water at the bottom is surely a The exquisite carvings and excavated artefacts have been intact for over 10 centuries now. The stepwell is believed to be blessed by the Goddess Harshat Mata and is one of the most photogenic attractions in Rajasthan.
The fort is located in the buffer zone of Sariska Tiger Reserve and is the same place where the Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh was once held captive. Amongst forts in Rajasthan, the Kankwari fort holds an indispensable position for its history and remoteness. The fort is a mesmerising piece of architecture with chhatris and exquisite wall paintings that speaks of the opulent time. The top of the fort gives a 360-degree view of the jungle.
Having a fair share of spooky experiences, the Ajabgarh Fort was deserted by humans. Due to the strange and unexplained instances, the villagers of Ajabgarh were forced to leave the place and move to metropolitan areas. The supposed ghost town is getting back to normal with the migrants shifting back. The water harvesting and conservation efforts initiated by a few brave men are now paying back. People are engaged in growing vegetables and are also supplying to neighbouring cities. There are houses, shops, and a government school opened here with many tourists visiting every year. However, people are still precautious of the evil around the area. It is counted under haunted places in Rajasthan.
Bhangarh Fort is located near Sariska Tiger Reserve and is renowned as the ‘Ghost City’ globally. The place is surely not for those with faint hearts. Mere the tale of the fort will give you goosebumps, forget the actual place. The fort was built in the 17th century and still, the magnificence of it remains untouched. There are multiple theories that revolve around the indifferent energy prevailing, one of which is of the Hindu priest who cursed Bhangarh and declared that anyone who steps into the premises between sunset and sunrise would not come out alive. It is truly amongst the fascinating and thrilling places to visit in Rajasthan
Panupol is a vacation spot near Sariska Tiger Reserve. The place has a legendary history attached to it when one of the Pandava brothers, Bhim, vanquished Hidimba. The site also has a spring rising up from rocks. Another fascinating spot here is the beautiful 35 ft waterfall. The pandupol gate lies in proximity to the pandupol temple, built 5,000 years ago. Tourists also enjoy an amazing trek starting from the Sariska sanctuary to the pandupol temple of Lord Hanuman.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary is recognised as one of the most prestigious bird breeding and feeding grounds. Originated as a royal hunting reserve for the Maharajas and the British, Keoladeo was declared a national park in 1982. It was later declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. The park offers adventure trekking either by foot or via bicycle. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is also famous amongst bird watchers and bird photographers.