The Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar is inhabited within the Arvalli Range, covered by dry deciduous forests, rocks, grasses, streams and greenery. Spread over 866 sq km (covering a core area of 498 sq km), it is a home to some rare species including nilgai, chital, wild boars, peacocks, monkeys, sambars and jackals.
Though it was in 1979 when Sariska was given the status of a tiger reserve and Project Tiger scheme was implemented, the objective of tiger protection could not be achieved with complete success. There were an estimated number of 18 tigers in the park in 2004; however, the figure came into question after the WWF conducted an investigation. After the report, the federal government demanded an investigation to know the reason behind the decreasing numbers of tigers in Sariska.
Despite all these controversies, Sariska has always been a fascinating sanctuary. Though the park opens year-round, November through March is the best time to spot wildlife, evening being the best time. Ticket prices are Rs. 60 for Indian nationals and Rs. 450 for foreigners. Ticket sales are available through 7am—3.30pm (Oct-Mar); 6.30am—4pm (Apr-Sep). The park closes after sunset.