-- In the Forest of Sariska --

  By : Nilesh Tapadiya  [on Tue, 15-Mar-2011]    Destination : Sariska
I and my friends were keen on having a weekend get away from Delhi; we were bored of the routine life and desperately needed change. The biting cold of Delhi was killing us like always and we wanted a quick escape from its clutches. After a lot of discussion we made out that Rajasthan was the best and undisputed choice. Actually the centre of attraction in our trip was Bharatpur bird sanctuary, but being amateur bird lovers we knew we couldn’t spend more than a day at Bharatpur. We needed good options for places to visit nearby. And luckily found a great option, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. Skilled in logistics of a trip after planning numerous trips, we had little to worry about. We booked a care for over two days, booked a hotel through the telephone; the internet is a cool source to find out good hotels in Rajasthan. Finally, a group of five (NIranjan, Deepa, Hiten, Vibha and me) left early morning on Saturday. Sariska is en route to Jaipur. Once we started leaving Delhi behind, we could see the beautiful Delhi-Jaipur highway. The roadside dhabas add up to the charm of the highway. We stopped at a dhaba to sip steaming hot tea to beat the Delhi chill. As we moved forward, the bright yellow sunflower fields welcomed us to Rajasthan. Sariska is just a four hour drive from Delhi. The fields looked so beautiful that we got down and took the first shots of the trip. By afternoon we reached Sariska and we went straight to ask about the places worth exploring. Sariska is a national tiger reserve. We came to know that it had been years since a tiger had been spotted in the forest. But there are fascinating sites inside the forest, like the ruins of the Neelkanth temple, the Sariska Palace and the Kankwari fort. Since we did not have a lot of time and had to manage our budget, we decided to explore just the Kankwari fort this time. As we reached the fort we came to know that we understood that we were the only tourists there. We happily explored the fort along with our guide. We did not spot much wildlife, except for deer and some beautiful birds. I would like to mention that the Government hotel takes a little too long to serve lunch to it is always better to find some roadside Dhaba. Later that day we left for Bharatpur. The day we spent at Sariska was fantastic and we had found a great topic to discuss until we reached Bharatpur.
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