Darrah Sanctuary


50 kilometres off Kota

Famous For:

wolf, deer, wild boar and nilgai

Best Time To Visit:

February to March (Closed From July To September)

Main Attraction:

This mysterious sanctuary houses a variety of animals including wolf, nilgai, cheetah, deer and wild boar. During the tour to the Darrah sanctuary, one can stay overnight at the in-house rest house. This rest house inside the sanctuary is maintained by the Forest Department. Only basic facilities are available here.

Entry Requirements:

In case one is interested in visiting the sanctuary, prior permission has to be taken from the local forest ranger. The foreigners visiting this sanctuary pay 100 rupees per head while the local visitors pay 20 rupees per person.

Getting There:

The nearest airport is located in Udaipur. Regular flights are available from Delhi and Mumbai. Kota is the nearest railhead. It connects Kota to Delhi, Agra and Mumbai through regular trains. Buses and taxis are easily available from Kota which is only 50 kilometres from the Darrah sanctuary.

Must See:

Apart from exploring wildlife, the Darrah Sanctuary also offers an opportunity to peep into the traditional past of Rajasthan. A series of ancient temples are situated near the sanctuary. 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.


The Darrah sanctuary is spread over an area of 250 sq. kms and is strategically located 50 kms. away from the town of Kota.
In the days of yore, Darrah sanctuary used to be the royal hunting ground of the erstwhile maharaja of Kota. This sanctuary is densely wooded and is spread over a hilly terrain.
The Darrah sanctuary was officially declared as a protected area in 1955. Some of the resident species of this mysterious sanctuary are wolf, cheetah, nilgai, deer and wild boar. The Forest Department runs a Rest House at Darrah sanctuary but the amenities are basic and at best sketchy.
A visit to Darrah sanctuary can be complimented by a visit to Jhalwar, which is in close proximity to the sanctuary. There is a marvelous fort but is in urgent need of restoration. The Jenana Khas is particularly very attractive and is located inside the fort.
There is Jhairapatan, which is renowned for the ruins of the Sun temple which was built way back in the 10th century. A plethora of ancient temples, most of them built between the 7th - 8th centuries are located along the banks of Chandrabhaga river.

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