Kumbhalgarh is a sanctuary lying at an altitude of 500 to 1,300m in the Aravali Hills and offering a commanding view of the historical Kumbhalgarh Fortress. The sanctuary derives its name from this fort.
Area Covered- The Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary covers an area of 578 sq Kms that extends in the districts of Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur.
Best time to visit- Though the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary is open throughout the year, best time to see the animals is October to June.
Famous For- Apart from jeep safaris to watch the rarely found Wolf, Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary offers you the flexibility of trekking/horse safaris in addition to the convenience of having a good glimpse of some popular historic items.
Entry Tickets- Rs.100 per person on weekdays Rs. 75 per person on weekends
Timings- All days of the week
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Visit Duration- More than 3 hours
The Darrah Sanctuary is a beautiful sylvan reserve and is located at a distance of about 50 km from the city of Kota. Connectivity to the sanctuary is ensured by the Kota aerodrome or airport. Kota is also the nearest major railway junction connecting this sanctuary with the rest of the country and as the city stands on NH 12, many cities of the state are well connected with the reserve by road.
Area Covered- The Darrah Sanctuary is the erstwhile hunting grounds of the Rajput royals and stretches over an area of about 250 km.
Location- The Darrah Sanctuary is a thickly forested sanctuary lying along the southeastern border of Kota.
Best time to visit- October to June
Famous For- Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary is a fusion of three wildlife sanctuaries viz: Chambal, Jaswant Sagar and Darrah. Tourists are free to enjoy jeep safari. The many varieties of creatures that inhabit the Durrah Sanctuary include spotted deer, wolves, wild boars, sloth bears, sambars, leopards, panthers and antelopes. The Darrah Sanctuary is lush with green foliage and many rare medicinal herbs and trees grow here.
Entry Tickets- An Indian Tourist has to pay Rs 20 per person and an international tourist has to pay an entry fee of Rs 100 per person.
Timings- 10:00am to 5:00pm
Mount Abu Widlife Sanctuary
Mount Abu, nestled in the laps of the oldest fold mountains Aravali ranges in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan, is the only hill station of Rajasthan. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1960. Being a great site of Eco-Tourism, Mt. Abu houses the Sanctuary that is the natural habitat of a large number of plants, animals and birds species.
Area Covered- Mount Abu Sanctuary spreads out into a rocky plateau 22km long by 9km wide with the highest peak on mountain called the Guru Shikhar which is about 1,722m above sea level.
Location- Mount Abu is located at an elevation of 1,220m. It has the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary which covers an area of 290 sq.km of the mountain.
Best Time to Visit- February to June
Famous For- The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is popular for the small Indian civet, jackal, common langur, jungle cat, wolf, Indian fox, hyaena and wild boar.
Entry Tickets- Rs. 300 per person
Timings- All days of the week
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Visit Duration- 1 to 2 Hours
Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
The Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan, is one of the premier natural reserves in the state and is a major tourist attraction. Well-known as a hunting ground for the Maharaja of Bikaner, the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary has a lake which is being visited by a variety of animals coming from different parts of Rajasthan. Besides this, the lake provides the tourists with a spectacular view.
Area Covered- The land and forest hills of the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary are spread over an area of 24 sq.km. This privately owned reserve is inhabited by blackbuck, wild boar, wildfowl, chinkara gazelles, blebulls, desert foxes etc.
Location- Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 32km from Bikaner. It is among the list of forests proposed for implementation of Cheetah reintroduction in India.
Best Time to Visit- Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary can be explored best during the months Jan, Feb, March, October, November and December.
Famous For- Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect destination for bird lovers. Also known as Bikaner Maharaj, this wildlife sanctuary is quite popular for its unique flora and fauna in addition to a rare collection of animals and trees.
Entry Tickets- Rs. 100 per person
Timings- Open on all 7 days from 8:00am to 6:00pm.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary , the Keoladeo Ghana National Park was set up initially in 1850 as a duck shooting resort for Bharatpur's Raja Suraj Mal. This National Park has been named after the Keoladeo (Shiva) Temple in the locality. In 1982, the reserve was converted into a wildlife sanctuary and in 1985 it was given the distinction of a World Heritage Spot. The Keoladeo National Park houses about 364 varieties of birds and is one of the world's primary avian breeding grounds. A number of migratory birds from colder lands such as Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia make Keoladeo their refuge during the winter months. The incessant monsoons inundate most of the sanctuary thus creating an ecosystem well suited to shelter these avian visitors.
Location- Keoladeo Ghana National Park is located at Bharatpur, Rajasthan, at a distance of about 56 km from Agra (also the nearest airport). Also, it is located 6 km from the Bharatpur railway station which provides excellent rail connectivity between Bharatpur and the major rail junctions of India. A network of good roads connects Bharatpur with Agra, Delhi, Jaipur and other cities in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Best Time to Visit- Keoladeo Ghana National Park can be visited from August-November for watching the resident breeding birds and from October- February for having a better glimpse of the migrant birds.
Famous For- Keoladeo Ghana National Park is well-known for its resident and migratory birds. Plus, you can easily spot mammals including the Golden Jackal, Fishing Cat, Striped Hyaena, Nilgai, wild Boar and Blackbuck.
Entry Tickets- Rs 200 per foreign visitor and Rs 25 per Indian visitor.
Timings- Open from sunrise to sunset throughout the year
Last Updated on : December 31, 2015