It sprawls over a varying and
undulating landscape. The scenery changes dramatically
from gentle and steep slopes of the Vindhyas and sharp
and conical hills of the Aravali. A tenth century fort
also blends amicably with the background. Pure sands of
Dhok (Anogeissus pendula) interspersed with grasslands
at the plateaus, meadows in valleys and luxuriant foliage
around the canals make the jungle. Three big lakes –
Padam Talab (meaning Lake), Malik Talab and Raj Bagh –
are similar turquoises studded in the vast forest that
abounds with aquatic vegetation including duckweeds, lilies
Distance: 14 Kms from Sawai Madhopur in Eastern Rajasthan.
Sariska National Park
The landscape of Sariska comprises
of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravali hill range.
The topography of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid forests,
dry deciduous forests, rocks and grasses. The broad range
of wildlife here is a wonderful example of ecological
adoption and tolerance, for the climate here is variable
as well as erratic.
Distance: 200 km from Delhi and 107 kms from Jaipur.
Mount Abu Wild Life
Mount Abu has a very rich floral
biodiversity starting with xenomorphic subtropical thorn
forest at the foot hills to subtropical evergreen forest
along water courses and valleys at higher altitudes. These
forests consist of 112 plant families with 449 genera
and 820 species. Of these, 663 species are dicots while
157 species are monocots. The sanctuary is rich in herbal
medicinal plants also. About 81 species of tree, 89 species
of shrubs, 28 species of climbers and 17 species of tuberous
plants of medicinal importance have been identified.
Distance: The sanctuary comprises the oldest mountain
ranges - The Aravali.
It is home to a very large
variety of wild life, some of which are highly endangered
species. The wild life includes wolf, leopards, sloth
bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, smabhar, nilgai, chaisingh
(the four horned antelope), chinkara and hare.
The bird life at Kumbhalgarh is also gratifying. The normally
shy and untrusted grey jungle fowl can be spotted here.
Peacocks and Doves can be sighted regularly feeding on
grains scattered by the jungle guards. Bird like the red
spur owls, Parakeets, golden Oriole, grey Pigeons, Bulbul,
Dove and white breasted kingfisher can also be seen near
the water holes.
Distance: Is located in the most rugged of the Aravali
in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan.
Tal Chapper sanctuary
Tal Chapper sanctuary with
almost flat tract and interspersed shallow low lying areas
has open grassland with scattered Acacia and prosopis
trees which give it an appearance of a typical Savanna.
The word “Tal” means plane land. The rain
water flows through shallow low lying areas and collect
in the small seasonal water ponds.