The Desert National Park is an excellent example of the
ecosystem of the Thar Desert and its rich fauna. The Sudashri
forest post is the most ideal place for observing wildlife in
the Desert National Park. Sand dunes form less than 20 percent
of the Park, which consists of craggy rocks, pavements and
compact salt lake bottoms, intermedial areas and fixed dunes.
About Desert National Park
Rajasthan is an abode of many wildlife sanctuaries and National
Park, however none of them is similar to the Desert National
Park. The park is widely different from a usual park and
actually for a novice, the park has little importance.
Nonetheless, the Desert National Park has an important role to
play in maintaining the ecological balance of the region.
It is the largest park in the state of Rajasthan spreading over
an area of 3162 sq km. Around one fifth of the park is covered
with sand dunes. The rest of the landmass comprises craggy
rocks, compact salt lakes bottoms, inter medial areas and fixed
Desert National Park Attractions
Flora - The vegetation is sparse with only few grasses
and shrubs that provide food for the wildlife inhabitants of the
Animals - The animals of the park include Desert Fox,
Bengal Fox, Desert Cat, Wolf, hedgehog, Black Buck and Chinkara.
These animals have live in an extremely difficult terrain, still
they have managed to survive.
Reptiles - There is a fair number of reptiles found in
the park as well. These are Spiny Tail Lizard, Monitor Lizard,
Russel's Viper, chameleons and Sind Krait.
Birds - The bird population of the park is responsible
for making it hugely attractive. The Great Indian Bustard which
is a protected species in India, finds a safe shelter in this
park. These birds eat practically everything, from cereals and
berries to grasshoppers and Locusts. Other birds found in this
park are Sand Grouse, Partridges, Bee Eaters, Larks, Shrikes,
Harriers, Falcons, Buzzards, Kestrel, Vultures, Short-toed
Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Spotted Eagles and Lagger. Demoiselle
Cranes and Houbara flock to this park in the winter months.
Things to Do
Jeep Safari - This enables visitors to explore a wider
area of the park in relatively short span of time. Also, it is
highly interesting to see the wide range of flora and fauna from
Camping - This is perhaps the best way to enjoy the
wildlife of the park. However, visitors must take into
consideration the fragile nature of the park and thus refrain
from causing any sort of harm to it.
For visitors to the Desert National Park, Jaisalmer has a number
of accommodation options catering to all kind of tourists. Khuri,
is also at a short distance from the park and has some
accommodation option for visitors.
Summer Max :50.0 degree
Winter Max: 25.0 degree C Min. 9.1 Degree C
How to Reach:
Airport : Nearest Airport Jodhpur . Several flights from
Delhi , Mumbai and other parts of India.
Railways : Nearest Rail Head: Jaisalmer on the Delhi
Mumbai rail route. Several trains a day from Delhi, Mumbai,
Roadways : Daily buses from Jaisalmer.