Where to stay in Sariska
Though it was a quick weekend getaway, we booked the most popular resort for one day stay. Usually we spend less on hotels during trips, but this time we chose luxury. After-all anniversary stay should be a special one. We booked Sariska Tiger Heaven by Sterling Holidays,the brain child of wildlife photographer Mr. Dinesh Durani, which was managed by Thar Camps initially. Tiger Heaven is 5 km away from the sanctuary. Read more on the new website http://bit.ly/2kh24mK.
Sariska Tiger Heaven By Sterling Holidays
The types of rooms available are classic, cottage and luxury tent, the latter being the smallest and most expensive. We chose cottage and that was a maharaja suite in itself!
Each cottage has a balcony seating and lawn seating outside. Looks perfect to soak up some sun on holiday. Lalita helped taking few pictures for us.
The multi cuisine dining hall has a pleasant ambiance. When sun shines through the window and soft breeze caresses you, it feels at the top of the world. The framed pictures on walls of tigers taken in the sanctuary immediately get your attention. Among them is this picture that signifies the true meaning of the king of the jungle.
|The jungle defines the king.|
We explored the premises post lunch. The swimming pools is unique, made in the shape of a tiger paw. We resisted the temptation to take a dip in the cold month of January.
Close to the tents, there is an activity area for indoor games. That's where we met Gopal, the admin staff who showed us around.
|Trail to Machan|
Gopal took us behind the resort for a walk around a pond and a pathway between a village & hills. Leopards often come to drink water from this pond- The statement from Gopal scared us but we still took the risk.
Respecting the law of the jungle, lights in Sariska Tiger heaven have been kept dim, so as not to disturb the nature around. I wish everybody was as thoughtful as them.
Early morning we left for safari and returned to the resort for a scrumptious breakfast, comprising eggs, bread butter, cornflakes, stuffed paraatha, vermicelli, fruit, tea and juice. The three hours safari had left us hungry and we gobbled everything quick. Could not thank the staff enough for their hospitality.
How to reach Sariska-
Continue driving till you see a signboard reading Alwar 81km and 69 km straight towards Jaipur. As soon as you bend left, your nightmare begins. Drive carefully and if possible slowly here. Be ready for packs of monkeys, potholed roads and under-constructed sights for at least 15 kilometers till you pass the Aravali mountains and curvy roads that mark the beginning of Sariska.
An easy to miss spot on the way points right for Sariska Tiger Heaven and left for Tiger's Den. The 800 meters approach-road towards Tiger Heaven resort is another big hurdle. Brace yourself while you do that.