Sariska National Park – An ultimate Guide

Sariska National Park

Sariska National Park

Sariska National Park, nestled amidst a scenic landscape with the complementing richer greener surroundings, situated near Alwar, Rajasthan. It has astonishingly relocated the species of tigers. Sariska National Park achieved the reputation of being a wildlife sanctuary in 1978. Most noteworthy, it is the first reserve in the world to have successfully relocated tigers.

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It covers a colossal territory of more than 800 sq. km and supervised by the Rajasthan Government. Furthermore, this sanctuary is an abode to a range of animals from herbivores to carnivores. It also possesses a beautiful flora and fauna. Also, one can spot some of the historical temples situated amidst this national park. It’s also surrounded by the scintillating Silserh Lake and Mangalsar Dam augmenting the natural aura gorgeously!

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Sariska is about 210 km from the capital city of Delhi and 120 km from Jaipur. Sariska Tiger Reserve is one of the well-known wildlife sanctuaries in India. Above all, it is an ideal place to explore for a short weekend.

There are various other attractions nearby where you can spend your weekend. Most of all, a weekend in nature will give you a much-needed weekend break!

Here’s an Infographic on Sariska National Park for you to get all the details. You can also share it with your friends and family to plan your trip to Sariska.

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Things to Do at Sariska National Park

Sariska National Park is full of natural beauty near the Aravalli hills of Rajasthan. This place is also blessed with amazing flora & Fauna. It’s a dreamland for adventurers and nature lovers. There are extraordinary places for archeologists, architects and history loves as well. There are so many things available to explore in & near Sariska National Park. Therefore, you may have to come again & again to cover all the beautiful places.

1. A Refreshing Wildlife Safari

Visiting Sariska and not witnessing the joy of a wildlife safari is just impossible to resist! So when you reach this place, the first thing to do is book a wildlife safari for yourself.

Wildlife safari can also be pre-booked before so that you don’t have to wait if you are exploring the place during the peak season. The safari timings are both for morning and evening. Therefore, you can even go again if you are not yet over from the wildlife expedition here!

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2. Take a jungle trek into the woods

Another activity is Trekking! This is another amazing thing to venture at Sariska. There are tons of professionals here who can guide you throughout the journey while also ensuring a safe trek!

For this too, try to pre-book before deciding to go for a trek. You should do this activity along with your gang of besties or your family members so that you can have more fun.

The jungle trek of Sariska begins with Silserh Lake and consists of many activities like watching crocodile.

Indulge in photography amidst the enthralling woods while also having a lovely picnic with your fellow backpackers! Bikamp Aravalli’s has started treks near Viratnagar also which offers scintillating views of Aravalli mountain range.

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3. Stay at the thrilling camps here

So, after exploring the tiger reserve and doing trekking, the next thing that you should give a try is camping! Sariska has a variety of camping resorts established close to Sariska National Park. It gives travelers a complete camping experience to indulge in!

Just imagine waking up to the birds chirping. In addition, a hot tea in the middle of a greener environment, along with the meditative experience of nature walks. And who can miss the endearing bonfire at night? In conclusion, camping adventure at Sariska will bring all these experiences to a reality for your trip!

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4. Explore the attractions around the sanctuary

There are exquisite locations situated nearby to Sariska National Park. It includes Kankwari Fort, The Sariska Palace, Bhangarh Fort, Viratnagar, Pratapgarh Fort and many others.

Budhha Monastery

5. Stargazers Delight

Many Astro Photographers have started flocking into this stars gazing paradise not too far away from Delhi.

There are a few locations that really justifies the stargazing experience. One is Astroport Sariska and another is Bikamp Aravalli’s Camp Resort.

Both camps are strategically placed which blocks the artificial lights. It lets you experience milky way and star sky never seen in any city skies.

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6. Bird Photography

Birds are very interesting creatures, but it’s not so easy to capture them in your new age camera. Wild birds usually don’t pose where you want. Moreover, it’s often difficult to get close enough to take quality pictures.

But if you know some basics of bird photography, it becomes much easier to capture amazing moments of the birds’ life.

Sariska National Park and surrounding areas are well known for its bird life. Similarly, the area is also famous for migratory birds. So for all those bird lovers, you are in for a definite surprise.

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7. Bike Trips to Sariska and Bhangarh

Motorcycling, Bicycling, and other such adventure sports have come up in recent years tremendously. Not everyone targets for Leh Ladakh for that one ultimate ride of their life. But many choose to go to places like Sariska and Bhangarh. It offers enough adventure with awesome roads to ride on any given weekend.

It’s not too far from cities like Jaipur and Delhi. Any experience of biker can try their hands on long-distance adventures. Seems like a perfect ride.

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How’s the flora of Sariska National Park?

The topography of the protected area comprises scrub-thorn arid forests, rocky landscapes, dry deciduous forests, rocks, grasses, and Aravalli hills. This area was a hunting preserve of the Alwar state and it was declared a wildlife reserve in 1955.

The flora of Sariska Tiger Reserve is primarily replete with trees like Dhok, more of the dry deciduous kind are covering the depths of the surroundings for up to 90% of the sanctuary.

Then there are Salar trees on vertical slants followed by Khair and Cheela growing the valley part of the forest here.

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Bamboo trees can also be found but in lesser numbers. The popular ones of Aam, Jamun, Arjun, Bahera trees are visible by the river banks spreading an enigmatic aroma around the reserve.

Delving more into the flora, Ber and Adusa are also part of the forest along with the grain varieties of Zizyphus and Grewia.

The leaves that come down of the Dhok trees assist in filling up herbivores for almost all the dry summer days. While the forests turn impressively greener during monsoon and get arid and dry by the spring season.

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How’s the fauna of Sariska National Park?

Being significantly known for its tigers, Sariska National Park accounts for plenty of other wildlife species including herbivores, carnivores, and various bird species. There are Wild Dogs, Jungle cat, Jackals, Porcupines, Nilgai, Chital, Sambhar, Caracal, Jungle Cats, Jaguar, and Hyena, amounting to a mixed variety of both herbivores and carnivores in the wildlife sanctuary.

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There are also the popular Chausingh or Four-horned antelopes that are spotted by the Pondupole Nallah. One can also find Rhesus Monkeys filling up the forest by Talviksh part of Sariska along with mischievous Langurs near Pandupole, Slopka, and Kalighati.

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The bird species at Sariska Tiger Reserve consists of grey partridge, great Indian horned owls, treepies, sand grouses, crested serpent eagle, tree pies, woodpeckers, amongst others and the sanctuary itself holds more than 225 bird species around the year!

Tiger Population

In 2004, there were strong reports that no Bengal tigers are present in the reserve. More alarmingly, there was no indirect evidence of the Tigers’ presence.

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In January 2005, a journalist broke the story that there were no tigers left in Sariska. Soon the Rajasthan Forest Department and the Project Tiger Director declared an “emergency tiger census” in Sariska. And the Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s intelligence agency, conducted a probe.

After a two-month investigation, they finally declared that Sariska did not have any tigers left.

Due to poaching, the tigers of Sariska disappeared. In order to repopulate Sariska with tigers, three tigers successfully relocated to the reserve and authorities planned to relocate two more tigers.

Presently, there are 14 tigers in Sariska Tiger Reserve of which four are male and nine females and one tiger cub whose sex has not been determined yet.

This significant increase in tigers’ population has been welcomed by wildlife enthusiasts. Therefore, the footfall has been increased by a huge amount.

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Suggested Itineraries –

One night stay

a) Day 1 – Drive from Delhi to Sariska National Park for Afternoon Wildlife Safari. In Evening drive for Bikamp Aravalli’s Camp for stay overnight. Distance 220 Km.
Day 2 – Checkout for a return to Delhi. Distance 200 Km.

Two-night stay

b) Day 1 – Drive from Delhi to Bikamp Aravalli’s Camp. Stay overnight. Distance 200 Km.
Day 2 – Drive to Siliserh Lake in the 1st half. Then drive to Sariska National Park for Wildlife Safari in the 2nd half. In the evening return to Bikamp Aravalli’s. To Fro Distance 130 Km.
Day 3 – Checkout for a return to Delhi. Distance 200 Km.

b) Day 1 – Drive from Delhi to Sariska National Park for Afternoon Wildlife Safari. In Evening drive for Bikamp Aravalli’s Camp to stay overnight. Distance 220 Km.
Day 2 – Drive to Ajabgarh and Bhangarh Fort (Most Haunted Fort in India). Return to Bikamp Aravalli’s by evening. To Fro Distance 140 Km.
Day 3 – Checkout for a return to Delhi. Distance 200 Km.

Three Night Stay

d) Day 1 – Drive from Delhi to Bikamp Aravalli’s Camp. Stay overnight. Distance 200 Kms.
Day 2 – Drive to Siliserh Lake in the 1st half. Then drive to Sariska National Park for Wildlife Safari in the 2nd half. In the evening return to Bikamp Aravalli’s. To Fro Distance 130 Km.
Day 3 – Drive to Ajabgarh and Bhangarh Fort (Most Haunted Fort in India). Return to Bikamp Aravalli’s by evening. To Fro Distance 140 Km.
Day 4 – Checkout for a return to Delhi. Distance 200 Km.

Interesting Places to see nearby

After having a great time exploring the wildlife at Sariska, don’t just head back home without seeing these exquisite attractions nearby!

• The Kankwari Fort

Sited around 21 km from the park’s entrance gate, Kankwari Fort is a magnificently looking monument in its ruins but gracefully covered by lush greenery and is located on a hillock.

The timings allowed for visiting this fort is 8 am to 12 am for the morning time and 3 pm to 6 pm for the evening. So, it is a perfect for those who want to add a tint of history in their vacation!

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• Hanuman Temples and Ancient Shiva Temples

The above two attractions located in the sanctuary itself and are therefore significant ones to stop by! The Hanuman Temple covered in the beautiful Aravalli hills and enshrines a huge idol of Lord Hanumana.

You can also spot langurs and bird lingering around this place and there is also a waterfall that comes alive during monsoons.

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The ancient Shiva Temples are also known as the Neelkanth Sanctuary which is of Lord Shiva. But photography is not allowed at this sanctuary and there are several sanctums created on the outside and are clerics’ graves.

Furthermore, there is a legend that says that the bees saved these sanctuaries from the destruction that were successful in drifting Aurangzeb away when he came for the demolition of these ancient sanctuaries.

• Pandupol Mandir

This is a mythological place which is absolutely needed to visit as this is one of the best places to visit near Sariska National Park. This stand-out Pandupol is altogether different from other park areas. Pandupol is a Hanuman temple, situated inside Sariska wildernesses.

It has an ancient mythical connotation attached to it. Moreover, Pandupol was the ancient site where the strongest among the Pandavas, Bhima, vanquished a giant demon and in return for this victory earned the hand of his sister, Hidimba.

It also has a cascading spring emerging from hard and compact rocks. Legend has it that the Pandava brother took refuge here during their exile period.

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The main path takes to Pandupole has a beautiful spot picturesque 35-ft waterfall. This is another attraction here and next to the fall is a charming little Hanuman temple.

Furthermore, This area is abundant in langurs, peafowl, spurfowl, and ubiquitous treepies. On the way to Pandupole, Karnakabas Lake, Brahmnath, Kalighati Chauki, and Bhaironghati are also there.

• The Silserh Lake

The silver-hued Silserh Lake blends impeccably with the lovely Aravallis. The view from the Silserh Lake will take your heart away for sure! It finished construction in 1845 by Maharaja Vinay Singh and will augment your itinerary with panoramic photographs!

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The Sariska Palace

This palace adds a royal aura to the greener surroundings of Sariska. It was a lodge utilized by Maharajas in ancient times. Now it has been turned into a resort to give tourists a chance of staying royally when they come to Rajasthan!

So, you can either visit or book your room here and experience the luxury of this palace. You can also experience services like yoga and wellness spa, a swimming pool and a tennis patio for those who love to exercise during holidays!

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• Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh has been famous as a ghostly attraction and if you want to immerse in eerie and scary surroundings, this location is a must to try! There are many established travel companies that avail a guided tour of this fort. Nevertheless, you will come back with spooky tales and experiences to tell your buddies about!

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• Viratnagar

Viratnagar got its name from King Virat who established the Virat Nagar Empire and it was under King Virat’s empire that the Pandavas in Mahabharata stayed at during the year of their banishment.

Here, you can sight places like Ashoka Shilalekh which is a historical attraction with inscriptions written by King Ashoka. Bijak ki Pahadi is for visiting Buddhist monasteries, Jain Temple, Jain Nasiya and Bhim ki Dhungari are other famous places in Viratnagar.

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• Pratapgarh Fort

Pratapgarh Fort built on a hill and overlooks the beautiful town of Pratapgarh and this attraction is also related to Bhangarh. Further, the landscape is quite stunning and is a must for those who love photography!

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• Ajabgarh Fort

Ajabgarh Fort constructed by Madho Singh’s grandson Ajab Singh Rajawat and is another picturesque site to sightsee! This fort is also at a great height overlooking the town of Ajabgarh and offering wonderful sunsets and sunrises!

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When can you catch the safaris?

The safaris are available for both morning and evening timings for winter as well as summer seasons to make them easily accessible to every tourist! However, we would suggest you to visit the park in the morning and enjoy the safari in the sunshine.

Safari Timings for winters:

Morning Safari: 6.30 am to 10.30 am
Evening Safari: 2 pm to 6 pm

Safari Timings for summers:

Morning Safari: 6 am to 10 am
Evening Safari: 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm

What are the costs?

Jeep Safaris, ideal for exploring the national park, are available for a charge of Rs 800-1200 per person if hired from a travel agent. However, you can visit the Forest Reception Office which is in front of the Hotel Sariska Palace. For taking any other kinds of vehicles inside, the costs are as below:

General transit Charges
Bus: Rs. 200
Two Wheelers or Bikes: Rs. 15
Tonga: Rs 20
Cycle Rickshaw: Rs.5

Similarly, you can hire a Forest Department Guide to help you in sightseeing the reserve and the costs for the same are Rs. 20 – 70 per hour. Further, for a single vehicle, the entry fee is Rs. 125 – 400.

And for tourists, the park charges Rs. 20 for Indians and Rs. 100 for foreigners. Tuesdays and Saturdays amount for an open entry for Indian citizens without any charges.

However, If you are taking video or movie cameras to shoot inside, the charges for the same are Rs. 3000 and for those planning to shoot feature films, will have to pay Rs. 20,000.

Sariska Safari Cost is:

Gypsy Charges – Capacity 6 persons per jeep

Member Fee 294/-
Safari Fee 42/-
Vehicle Rent Fee 333/-
GST on Vehicle Rent 17/-
Guide Fee 64/-
GST on Guide Fee 12/-
Total 762/- per person
Camera fee 600/- (Extra)

Canter Charges – Capacity 24 persons per canter

Member Fee 169/-
Safari Fee 13/-
Vehicle Rent Fee 238/-
GST on Vehicle Rent 12/-
Guide fee 24
GST on Guide Fee 5/-
Total 461 per person
Camera fee 600 (Extra)

What’s the best time to visit?

The months from October and June are the perfect ones to explore Sariska and the sanctuary also remains closed from July to September.

But if you are coming to venture into wildlife photography during the months it’s closed, you can order ‘hide’ in any of the water holes which will give you an ideal chance to view the wildlife of this place but for this, you have to go for a prior authorization from the Forest Department Office.

How to Reach Sariska

The wildlife enthusiasts can reach Sariska National Park by air, rail or road.

If coming from Delhi –

The distance from New Delhi to Sariska National Park, Rajasthan is approximately 210 km.

– By Air
If you are traveling by flight then you can take a flight to the Delhi airport and take a transport or a taxi for reaching Sariska. It is about 4-5 hour drive.

– By Train
The nearest railway station from Sariska is Alwar, which is at a distance of approximately 35 km. Take Shatabdi Express from New Delhi to Alwar. From Alwar, you can take a taxi to reach Sariska. There are also regular bus services for the place.

– By Road
If you are traveling by your own vehicle the best way to reach Sariska from Delhi is by road, a journey of about 4-5 hours by car and it is approachable from both Alwar and Jaipur Highways. From Jaipur Highway, the road is better than Alwar.

If coming from Jaipur –

The distance from Jaipur to Sariska National Park is 120 km.

-By Air
If you are traveling by flight then the nearest airport of Jaipur is at a distance of 110 km, from Sariska. Thereafter take a transport or a taxi which is a drive of about 2-3 hours.

– By Train
The nearest railway station from Sariska is Alwar, which is at a distance of approximately 35 km. Take Shatabdi Express from Jaipur to Alwar. From Alwar, you can take a taxi to reach Sariska. There are also regular bus services for the place.

-By Road
Take Delhi Jaipur highway and then take right to Alwar highway NH248A.
The experiences you can steal!

The Conclusion –

Every place requires exquisite experiences a traveler can experience. You want to take back home tons of memories from the vacation! The stunning location of Sariska promises tons of these experiences. So that you can later scribble into your personal journal.

In conclusion, this place offers to venture into the woods with your cameras and seeing big carnivores just at a closer distance. Sariska Tiger Reserve has a lot in store for those who love wildlife expeditions. Further, you can also go camping and trekking to rush up your adrenaline and make some friends during your trip!

No matter if you are going solo or with a loud group of friends, the camping part of your vacation will make you immerse into the natural vibes of Sariska. Above all, this will elevate your holiday break to a whole new level!

So Happy Holidaying!

FAQs about Sariska National Park

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  1. How to reach Sariska National Park? Sariska National Park is well-linked with the major cities of India by rail, road and air networks. The closest airport to Sariska is Sanganer Airport (110km). It connects all Indian and international flights. The closest railhead is that of Alwar which is 35km from here. Further, for those traveling by road, Alwar and Jaipur Highways links to various cities all around India through bus services.
  2. How is the Sariska national park? Sariska National Park is an ideal getaway for a nature retreat. Here you can discover this national sanctuary through wildlife safaris and adventures like trekking and camping are also availed here. It is an abode to hundreds of carnivores and omnivores along with copious migratory birds which make it a hotspot for wildlife lovers.
  3. How far is Sariska from Delhi? Sariska National Park is at a distance of 210km from Delhi.
  4. How far Sariska from Alwar? Sariska is at a distance of 35 km from Alwar.
  5. How to reach Sariska from Delhi? Sariska is linked to the city of Delhi by rail, air as well as bus services. For travel by air, the closest airport is at Jaipur, i.e. Sanganer Airport. It connects direct flights from Delhi. Alwar railway station also receives trains coming from Delhi or Jaipur. Thereafter you can hire a bus or taxi to the sanctuary. You can also reach Sariska by road by Jaipur or Alwar Highways.


  1. How to reach Sariska from Delhi by train? To reach Sariska by train, you can book tickets for any passenger train from Delhi to Alwar. Then you can take a cab or taxi to reach Sariska. A popular train is Shatabdi Express.
  2. How to reach Sariska national park from Jaipur? You can reach Sariska from the city of Jaipur through both train and road. You can hire a cab from Jaipur which will take around 3 hours to arrive at Sariska. The train is also another option to take from Jaipur to Alwar. Then hire a taxi from Alwar to Sariska Wildlife Reserve.
  3. Is Sariska open in September? No, Sariska remains closed from 1st July to 30th September.
  4. Is Sariska open in August? No, Sariska remains closed in August. It remains open for visitors from October 1 to June 30.
  5. Is Sariska National Park open on Sunday? Yes, Sariska remains open for tourists on Sunday from the visiting hours of 6 am to 8 pm.


  1. Is Sariska worth visiting? Yes, Sariska is a trip worth visiting because it will bring you closer to nature and wildlife. There are many activities to venture here. You can explore the wildlife by jeep safaris. You can also try photography in the scenic hills of the Aravallis. Furthermore, you can also go camping and trekking in the woods here or nearby.
  2. Is Sariska palace haunted? No, Sariska Palace is a luxury hotel for those tourists who want a royal experience. It was historically a palace for Rajasthani Kings who use to come at Sariska for hunting.
  3. What is Sariska famous for? Sariska is essentially famous for its wildlife reserve and rich flora and fauna. Moreover, it is the world’s first reserve that has effectively relocated a range of tigers. Along with this, the wildlife at Sariska contains a blend of both carnivores and herbivores. And it is also well-renowned for the rarest bird species like Indian peafowl, Indian eagle-owl, bush quail, etc.
  4. Where is Sariska national park? Sariska National Park is in the district of Alwar in the royal state of Rajasthan, India.
  5. When is Sariska tiger reserve open? Sariska Tiger Reserve remains open from October 1 to June 30.


  1. What is Sariska tiger reserve? Sariska Tiger Reserve is a wildlife sanctuary situated in Alwar, Rajasthan. It is popular for a range of rich flora and fauna. In addition, it is popular for being the first wildlife sanctuary in the world for relocating species of tiger efficiently.
  2. When is Sariska national park closed? Sariska National Park remains closed for entry from 1st July to 30th September.
  3. When to visit Sariska? The best time to explore Sariska National Park is from October to March. The weather is quite pleasant and the tourists can also actively take part in adventures like camping, trekking, amongst others.
  4. Where to stay in Sariska? There are plenty of options for staying at Sariska. From camps to luxury hotels like Sariska Palace. This tourist attraction avails a range of accommodations from luxury resorts to camps to budget accommodations.
  5. Where is Sariska palace? Sariska Palace is in Alwar, Rajasthan and is close to Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. Rather, It used to be a hunting lodge by the Royals of the state but is now been turned into a luxury hotel for tourists.
  6. Where is Sariska resort? Sariska Resort is near Silserh Lake in Alwar, Rajasthan. It is a budget resort giving all basic amenities along with a variety of activities.
  7. Which is better: Ranthambore and Sariska? Sariska National Park is equal if not finer than Ranthambore because of several reasons.

What to do at Bikamp Aravalli’s Camp

  • During your stay with Bikamp Adventures, you can be a part of their yoga wellness programs. It makes you realize the importance of a mind-body balance.
  • Bikamp also organizes tours to nearby villages. This tour includes visiting houses of locals, learning about their livelihood, trying your hand at farming, eating delicious local food, and much more.
  • It also conducts tours to Sariska National Park and Bhangarh Fort.
  • Bikamp Adventures also conducts local trips to lesser-known archaeological sights of historic importance around.

Bikamp Adventures have a campsite near Sariska National Park named Bikamp Aravalli’s Camp Resort. If you are planning for an offbeat and adventurous experience, you can get in touch at or call us at +91 – 9818824450 or +91-9549919666

Bikamp Adventures has permanent campsites at

1) Leh, Ladakh

2) Sariska, Rajasthan

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