Darrah National Park, situated 56 km south of Kota in Rajasthan, was established in 2004. It was originally the favourite hunting terrain of the Maharajas of Kota. Spread in a hilly area, the National Park is a combination of three wildlife sanctuaries named Darrah, Chambal and Jaswant Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary.
In 1955, the area was declared as a protected area and visitors require to seek permission from the local forest ranger. The Park have many species of birds and animals. Various wildlife include panther, sloth bear, wolf, leopard and chinkara. The park is also a home for deer, wild boar, antelopes and sambars. Tourists will even spot a number of birds and reptiles.
The forest adventure can be more enjoyed by having thrilling jungle safaris. You can find animals in their natural habitats.
Darrah National Park was embroiled in a political controversy over its nomenclature, when the Bhartiya Janata Party state government revoked the decision that it be called the Rajiv Gandhi National Park.
Best time to visit - October to March
FLORA & FAUNA IN DARRAH NATIONAL PARK
Darrah National Park is densely wooded and is spread over a hilly terrain. Darrah wildlife sanctuary is thronged with various kinds of wild animals. Some of the resident species of this mysterious sanctuary are wolf, cheetah, nilgai, deer and wild boar. Today, the Darrah Sanctuary boasts of a rich wildlife population consisting of leopards, wolves, sloth bears and chinkaras.
The park is also home to a number of birds and reptiles. Adventure freaks and wildlife enthusiasts can look forward to a wonderful time at Darrah. Indeed from jungle safaris to treks, there are lots to see and do at the Darrah Sanctuary. Besides, The Darrah Sanctuary is lush with green foliage and many rare medicinal herbs and trees. The tourists seeking adventure and solitude indulge in trekking along the many mountain trails and in undertaking jeep safaris through the forested areas.
THINGS TO DO
Apart from exploring wildlife.
Jhalawar Fort - The Jhalwar Fort that lies in close proximity from the Darrah Sanctuary is a marvelous structure. Its in-house Zanana Khas is a major highlight of the fort.
Jairapatan - Jhairapatan constructed in the 10th century is another attraction that the tourists must-see. It has preserved the ruins of the Sun Temple. This is not the end. A plethora of old temples that stand along the banks of the Chandrabhaga River are simply stunning.
LOCATION & ACCESS
The Darrah National Park is a beautiful sylvan reserve and is located at a distance of about 50 km from the city of Kota. Kota is located in the southern part of the state of Rajasthan, in the northwestern part of India. It is located on the eastern bank of Chambal River and is drained by its tributaries. Kota is on a high sloping tableland forming a part of the Malwa Plateau. The Mokandarra hills run from southeast to northwest axis of the town. It is 36 km from Bundi. Summers are quite hot (April-June) while winters are cool (October-February). It experiences scant rainfall between June and August.
By Air - The nearest airport from Darrah National Park is Udaipur which is around 295 km from Kota.
By Rail - The nearest railway station is Kota which lies on Delhi Mumbai rail route.
By Road - Kota is well connected to other major cities of Rajasthan including Ajemr, Bikaner Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.