The Darrah National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Rajasthan. It was established in 2004 and comprises of three wildlife sanctuaries namely, the Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, the Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary and the Jaswant Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary.
The national park has large stretches of forests which were formerly part of the Maharaja of Kota’s hunting grounds. Spread over an area of 250 sq km, the wildlife sanctuary is situated at a distance of 50 km from the town of Kota. The sanctuary was officially declared as a protected zone in 1955. It is home to a number of species including the wild boar, deer, nilgai, cheetah and wolves.
A visit to the Darrah sanctuary is a very rewarding experience. The natural beauty of the region is beyond description. Furthermore, it also has a very rich cultural history. Jhalwar, another popular tourist destination is situated very close to the Darrah National Park.
There is a very beautiful fort also within the premises of the sanctuary. The Jenana Khana of the fort is worth visiting because of its architectural beauty. The Sun Temple in Jharipatan is another destination worth visiting during a trip to the Darrah National Park.
The River Chandrabhaga flows very close to the national park and there are a number of ancient temples, dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries that are situated along the banks of the river. The national park is closed to visitors from July to September every year.
Best time to visit : October to March
Opening and closing hours : 10 am to 5 pm everyday
Type of Wildlife Safari : Jeep, Trek
Highlights of the park :
- Discover the wilderness of Rajasthan with a jungle safari
- Witness several enchanting and captivating wildlife species
- Go for trekking and explore this fascintaing park on foot
- Revisit history with a visit to the JenanaKhas