The Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, located about 56 kilometers away from the city of Kota, is basically a woodsy reserve scattered in over 250 square kilometers of the land. Before being declared as the sanctuary in 1955 by the government, the area was a very popular hunting ground for the Maharajas of Kota. The vegetation in this area was quite denser in the ancient times than now. These dense forests were the house for many dangerous animals like tigers and rhinos, due to which it was the main hunting area for the rulers of Kota.
The forest area and the population of flora and fauna species in here have reduced considerably over the time. However, the place is still a home to many animals, making it worth a visit.
The sanctuary is quite rich when it comes to the fauna species. The place is a safe habitat for various mysterious animals like wild boars, nilgai, sloth bears, deer, and cheetah. The sanctuary takes pride in having a high number of wolves and antelopes in the region. Other animal inhabitants of the sanctuary are chinkaras and leopards. A good number of reptiles and birds are also present in the sanctuary. This place surely gives the experience of a lifetime to the wildlife lovers, providing them an opportunity to explore the wonders of the wildlife in their natural habitat.
Apart from a good number of animal species, the Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary also houses many unique flora species like trees, flowers, medicinal herbs, etc. The medicinal herbs that grow here have many good healing qualities and the long bushy trees provide a peaceful shade. The amazing fauna and incredible flora can be explored by taking a jeep safari into the heart of the Jungle. The sanctuary is a heaven for bird lovers and watchers as it has more than 266 different species of birds. The best way to explore and fully enjoy the place is trekking and jungle safaris.
As the place was the major hunting ground for the Royals, there are a good number of hunting lodges present inside the sanctuary. Some of the lodges were built especially to accommodate the Maharajas. These lodges are also the best place to get a peek inside the natural and wildlife wonders of this place.
The forest department of Kota holds a rest house in the region which is a very convenient option for accommodation for the tourist visiting the place. The rest house ensures a safe and comfortable stay providing all the required amenities.
In 2004, the Darrah wildlife sanctuary was declared as a national park with the name Mukundra Hills (Darrah) National Park. Mukundra Hills (Darrah) National Park comprises of three wildlife sanctuaries namely Darrah wildlife sanctuary, Chambal wildlife sanctuary and Jaswant Sagar wildlife sanctuary.
The nearby Jhalawar Fort is a magnificent place to explore along with the sanctuary. The Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary not just provides the insight into the variety of animals but it also displays the history of this land.
The best time to visit this place is October to June as the sanctuary remains closed during the rainy season from July to September.