Sariska National Park, Rajasthan

My recent trip to Sariska with a friend has made me to refresh all the thoughts I had previously about the destination. The destination has now come alive with a lot of things to offer in the rural district of Dausa in Rajasthan. Sariska National Park now offers very good Tiger sightings apart from other wildlife in the park. Tiger and Leopard sightings are more frequent nowadays and soon it will become one of the favourite spot for the wildlife lovers apart from Ranthambore. Certainly the pandemic and the lockdown in the country has changed the life of many and people are more cautious towards nature and the society.

The small rural village of Tehla has many more things to offer apart from:

  • visiting ancient temples,
  • village visits,
  • walking tours,
  • jeep safaris to the national park etc,
  • water bodies for bird watching,
  • excursion to Bhangarh Fort ~ A Haunted Fort,
  • a Step well named Chand Bawri at Abhaneri

Infact we visited Bhangarh – The Haunted Fort on Halloween Day which is celebrated worldwide on 31st October each year.

There have been a lot of new resorts which have come up apart from the most popular, Vanaashrya and Aman Bagh.

The recently opened resorts are:

Sariska can be reached with an easy drive from the important historical sites of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

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Barmer, Rajasthan


Barmer is a desert town in the western part of Rajasthan and located 153 km from Jaisalmer. The town has many historical sites and is a tourist destination which is still secluded and unexplored. It forms a major part of the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is to the north of this district while Jalore to its south, Pali and Jodhpur form its eastern border and shares a border with Pakistan on the west. Barmer is known for its rich crafts, dance and music. Small villages with mud-houses decorated with folk motifs, and colorfully attired people dot the landscape.

Barmer was formerly called Mallani after Rawal Mallinath, the son of Rao Salkha, the first Maharaja of Barmer. Barmer gets its name from its ruler Bahada Rao Parmar popularly known as Bar Rao Parmar who is said to have founded the town in the 13th century AD. He built a small town which is presently known as “Juna” which is 25 kms from the present city of Barmer.

After the Parmar’s, Rawat Luka – Grand Son of Rawal Mallinath established their kingdom in Juna Barmer with help of his brother Rawal Mandalak. They defeated the Parmars of Juna & made it their capital. Thereafter, his descendant, Rawat Bhima, who was a great warrior, established the present city of Barmer in 1552 AD and shifted his capital to Barmer from Juna. He built a fort on a hill situated in the city centre named Barmer Garh or Barmer Fort.

Once a camel trade route, this area is rich in craft that include wood carving, pottery, embroidery work and ajrak prints.

Sightseeings and Experiences
– Barmer Fort
– Jogmaya Devi Temple
– Mahabar Dunes (Thar Desert)
– Redanna Rann (Salt Desert)
– Kiradu Group of Temples
– Ajrakh Block Printing Centre
– Mangniyaar – Folk Singers

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– Temple and Fort of Juna (Approx. 25 kms)
– Shri Nakoda Jain Temple (Approx. 100 kms)
– Devka Sun Temple (Approx. 60 kms)

There is only one property in the area for stay which is Sanchal Fort, please visit website for more details –

The Karni Mata Rat Temple

Karni Mata Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Karni Devi and it is popularly known as the Rat Temple.

It is located at Deshnok,Rajasthan, India. Deshnok is approximately 30 kms away from Bikaner and enroute to Jodhpur.

There are thousands of black rats in the temple along with a few white ones; which are considered to be holy and sighting them is a special blessing.


Jawai Hills, Rajasthan : Leopard, Leopard, Leopard everywhere

Jawai Hills is a picturesque location in the Pali district of Rajasthan . It is home to the most adaptable Indian Leopard of the subcontinent as well as the Rabari Tribe.

Jawai is one of the few places in India where one can easily sight leopards and also other wild animals and migratory birds.

The name Jawai is derived from the dam built across the Jawai river which is a tributary of Luni river and is also called the Jawai Bandh or Jawai Dam. The dam was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur in the year 1957.

Places to stay in the area are:

Jawai Hills has Leopard, Leopard and Leopard every where. Since they are solitary animals, Jawai leopards coexist humans peacefully.

Possible excursions in the area –

Tehla, Rajasthan

Tehla is a small village near Alwar, Rajasthan . It is tucked between the foothills of the Aravalli mountain ranges.


Aravalli mountain range
Aravalli mountain range

The authentic village has a lot of experiences to offer and is within easy access from Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore), Jaipur, Agra and Delhi.

Start your experience with a stay at Vanaashrya Resort which offers Cottages as well as Deluxe Tents.

Experiences while staying at Vanaashrya – Hiking, Cycling, Camel Cart Ride, Plantation, Cultural Evening, Kitchen Garden, Yoga and Meditation and Bathing in Open Air.

Experiences while exploring Tehla –

  • Village Walk,
  • Dam Visit,
  • Bhangarh Fort,
  • Visit to a Local School,
  • Mansarovar Lake,
  • Neelkant Temple,
  • Pandupol Temple and
  • Jeep Safari through the Sariska National Park.

Enroute to Jaipur visit to Abhaneri Stepwell – Chand Baori.

Abhaneri Step well
Abhaneri Step well

Above all experience staying in a rustic rural settings.

Most interesting is to visit the Pandupol Hanuman Temple (Monkey God) situated inside the Sariska National Park in Rajasthan.

According to legend, this ancient temple is related to the period of the epic. Continue reading “Tehla, Rajasthan”