Desert national park
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Desert national park

  • Location : Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

  • Coverage area : 3162 sq. kms.

  • Main attraction : Rich in Reptiles.

  • Best time to visit : November to March.

  • Nearby excursions : aisalmer fort, Sam sand duns, Lodurva

  • Nearby cities : Jaisalmer


Desert National Park is a brilliant example of the desert ecosystem and chiefly comprises rocks and compact salt lake bottoms, intermedial areas and fixed dunes. This unique and fragile ecosystem has more than 60 per cent of semi arid desert. Spread over an area of 3,000 square kilometres, it is home to a number of exotic animal and bird species. In 1980, The Desert protected sanctuary was declared as a National park and is in fact one of the largest of its kind in the world.


Climatic conditions

Being located amidst the desert, the summer season reaches its extreme with temperature touching upto a whopping 50˚C in the mercury. The winters offer the much needed respite from the scorching heat with temperature staying around 9˚C to 25˚C. Although the temperature might fall even lower.


Best time to visit

The Desert National Park, obviously, can be best enjoyed from November to March although it is open all through the year.


Types of animal in park

The dominant mammals here include:

Camel, Desert Fox, Wolf, Desert Cat, Blackbuck, Bengal Fox, Chinkara, Hedgehog, and Nilgai are easily sighted here.

The main reptiles sighted here are Russell’s viper, Gecko, Persian Gecko, Spiny tailed lizard, Saw scaled viper, Saw Scaled Viper, Monitor Lizard, Common Krait, Spiny Tailed Lizard, and more.

Hundreds of travelers visit the Desert National Park in Jaisalmer with the idea that they can catch a glimpse of the beautiful sand hills along with sighting the fascinating wildlife creatures amidst the desert scenes. The enthralling biological biodiversity of the famous Thar Desert is indeed something worth exploring.

Perhaps the best fascination creature of the park is a bird called the great Indian bustard. It is an endangered species which was discovered in India and is found only in this subcontinent. Desert National Park is one of the last locales in which this species can be spotted roaming around freely in great numbers. Owing to this glorious habitat of Great Indian Bustard, a large number of birdwatchers from all across the globe visit the National Park throughout the year. Apart from this endangered avian species, the park supports a variety of other birds of interest to ornithologists and conservationists alike.


Vegetation

The flora of Desert National Park, Jaisalmer is also interesting.The main vegetation comprises of:

Ronj, Rohira, Dhok, Khejri, Khair, Palm trees, Ber, Aak shrub, Sewan grass and more.

Dominating the region of the Desert National Park, which is otherwise mainly barren, is the semi-arid type with thorny plants and bushes. Patches of sewan grass and calotropis are sometimes found punctuating the region. Craggy rocks, palm trees, salt bottom lakes are easily spotted here. These lakes are the main sources of water for the wildlife. PadamTalao, Rajbaug, Gadsisar, Milak lakes are the main water bodies.


Avian species

Birds as mentioned can be seen in great numbers of which Great Indian Bustard is a must. The others are Falcons, Eagles, Larks, Demoiselle Crane, Vultures, Bee-Eaters, Shrikes, Macqueen’s Bustard, Honey Buzzards, chats, Sandgrouse, Long-Legged, babblers, and kites.


Distance from major cities

Desert National Park is close to the city of Jaisalmer but it can be reached by road and rail routes from different cities such as:

  • Jaisalmer, 60 km

  • Thar Desert , 113 km

  • Jodhpur , 335 km

  • Ajmer , 538 km

  • Udaipur , 541 km

  • Gujarat , 734 km

  • Jaipur , 606 km

  • New Delhi , 820 km

  • Agra , 843 km

  • Punjab , 914 km

  • Mumbai , 1115 km


How to reach the national park ?

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Nearest airport

Jaisalmer airport located 5 km from the city is the closest airport from the Park. But as this airport is managed by the Indian Air Force, it is functional only from September to March. For others who want to reach the place by air avail the Jodhpur airport which is located about 285 km away and takes around three and a half hours to reach. The nearest international airport is New Delhi and is properly connected to other major cities like Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Kolkata and more.

Railway station

Jaisalmer railway station located 42 km from the city which is the closest railhead. There are many private cars, jeeps and other vehicles available for transfer from the rail station.

Road accessibility

The Desert National Park is connected to Jaisalmer by well-maintained roads as the area falls under the military region. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation runs regular buses that connect the place to different cities across the state.

Accommodation facilities

OYO 24424 Kf Resorts Pvt Ltd, Desert Gateway Resort, Sam Sand Dunes Desert Safari, JogganJaisalmer Camp, OYO 26134 Dhanak Desert Camp And Resort, OYO 23680 Kabila Camps are some of the preferred stays near the National Park. Oasis Camp Sam, Rojani Resort, Sunrise desert Resort, Star Desert Camp are some of the other private yet beautifully maintained properties where you can book the stay.

Nearby places of attraction

Jaisalmer fort

Locally known as Sonar Quila (Golden Fort) is one of the largest forts in the world. Visitors can plan a trip to this imposing fortress which was built by the Rajput ruler RawalJaisal in 1156 AD. Jaisalmer Fort displays a stunning sight amid dusk with sand while reminding of the ntion's architectural heritage.

BadaBagh

Signifying 'Big Garden', it is situated on the Ramgarh Street and was commissioned by MaharawalJait Singh in the mid sixteenth century. The different chattris or illustrious cenotaphs are what excite the tourists visiting this place. Next to BadaBagh is the Bhaironji Temple which can be a quick place to visit while on the trip.

Gadsisor lake

Raja RawalJaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer, built this lake. The bank of the GadsisarLake is encompassed by imaginatively cut Chattris, Shrines, temples and ghats. Boating is one of the main activities in this region.

Sam sand dunes

About 17 km from Jaisalmer, it has an impressive collection of natural flora and faunas fossils, some of which dates back to around 180 million years old. It goes without saying how rare these exhibits are.


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