If you’ve ever wanted to catch a glimpse of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural scrub habitat, gaze at stars through powerful telescopes and enjoy bush dinners all from the luxury of glamping by a national park in Rajasthan’s desert, we’ve got the perfect spot lined up for you.
Just 100 km away from the Pink City, Jaipur, is where tigers roam. On the outskirts of Alwar, amidst the Aravalli hills of Rajasthan the Sariska Tiger Reserve, a 800-km national park boasts varied and vibrant wildlife for the viewing. It’s not uncommon to venture upon a leopard sunning herself or a jackal skulking for prey. The forest abounds with hyenas, wild boars, hares, jungle cats, monkeys, and several varieties of antelope including the sambhar, nilgai, chinkara and the four-horned antelope. Birders are also bound to be delighted by kingfishers, partridges, peacocks and bush quail. Lucky watchers may also sight woodpeckers, eagles and owls. At Tehla village, Utsav is the ideal place to set up camp.
The national park has two lakes: Siliserh, which also has a palace, and Jai Samand. Don’t venture too close to shore, both are home to crocodiles and water snakes. The flora in the area is also unique; dhok trees cover most of the area, but there are also groves of bamboo plus ber, acacia and banyans amongst many others. And if you’ve ever eaten the Rajasthani folk dish of Ker Sangri, you can see the thorny, beautiful tree that bears the small “kair” fruit.
Sariska used to be the old hunting reserve for the former kings of Alwar and the area has been settled for a long time within the boundaries you can explore a 9th century Shiva temple as well as Kankwadi, a 16th century hilltop fort with an unparalleled view.
The resort has comfortable, well-furnished, air conditioned tents finished in earthy colors and local fabrics. Though it’s tempting to lounge by the poolside all day, Utsav Camp is the ideal base to explore the desert, lakes and also go tiger spotting.
The camp organizes tiger safaris as well as treks. You can rent bicycles and explore the trails close by or take it easy on the grounds. The staff is happy to pack you a luxurious picnic lunch if you’d like; or you can eat Rajasthani delicacies like dal bati churma, laal maas, and ker sangri in the restaurant, rooftop or your own patio.
A boma dinner is a traditional African dinner where the friends and family sit around a bonfire and indulge in a great food experience. At the Utsav Camp, guests are invited to partake of the boma in the Indian way with a generous menu and delectable food with the best kind of company. Far from the lights of the city, the stars will never have seemed brighter.
Also, for a limited time, if you book your visit through UniQverse, your standard package will be upgraded to include a complimentary lunch or dinner along with breakfast.
- Arrive at the resort in the afternoon
- Freshen up and as it gets cooler, hop on a cycle and pedal to Neelkanth temple. If you’re tired, you can opt for shorter routes and explore dirt tracks, bush lands, rocky surfaces, and much more
- Exclusive: As the evening draws to a close, join the other guests in a bush dinner set to the sound of the jungle
- Back at the resort, there are telescopes laid out at strategic locations for you to enjoy star gazing
- An early start to trek through the rugged Aravalli tracks and trails or a jungle safari beckon
- Return for a hearty breakfast at the resort, featuring a live egg counter and grill
- Freshen up and stroll to sunrise point for a nature walk or visit the fort; pack a picnic basket from the resort, and have a lunch amidst the wilderness
- Steal time away from reality and cool off by the pool.
- Dine at the live grill to end the perfect day
- Practice yoga in the resort gardens while the chirping birds awaken your senses and soothe your soul
- Relish your tea and breakfast outdoors at your patio
- Sign off from V Resorts Utsav Camp with memories that are sure to bring you back
Sariska is around 150 KM from New Delhi and can be visited all year round. The region is stunning at all times of the year, offering different views in the arid summers, colder winters, and lush monsoons.
Where: Village Tehla, near Tehla Bypass road, District Alwar, Rajasthan
How: By road from Delhi (150 km) or Jaipur (100 km)
When: All year long
Exclusive offer: For UniQverse readers, a bonus offer of complimentary lunch or dinner is included with the booking.
Cost : INR 14,999/- per couple