The joy of walking in the Desert National Park of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is different. Located near Jaisalmer city, Desert National Park is the largest national park of its kind in the country which is spread over an area of 3162 square kilometres. This national park spread in the Thar desert has wonderful biodiversity. The most striking feature of this park is that the park seems endless to look at and covers a vast area extending from the Indo-Pakistan border to Jaisalmer/Barmer. Desert National Park is located close to the Thar Desert and despite its ecosystem being harsh and fragile, this park bird is found in abundance.
Desert National Park is home to a variety of migratory and resident desert birds. You can also spot the endangered Great Indian Bustard in the natural environment of this National Park. Along with the magnificent birds, this national park also has a collection of animal and bird fossils, some of which are as old as 180 million years. 6 million years old dinosaur fossils have also been found at this place. Visiting the National Park of the Desert to see the fascinating birds depicting the changing landscape of the desert can prove to be very memorable for you. If you want to enjoy the desert tour of Jaisalmer National Park with your family and friends then you can hire a tempo traveller in Jaipur.
1: Vegetation Found in Desert National Park –
Jaisalmer’s Desert National Park is visited by millions of travellers every year to catch a glimpse of beautiful sand hills, forests and fascinating animal species amidst the desert scenery. The Desert National Park is located in Rajasthan and captures the transient biological biodiversity of the famous Thar Desert. If we talk about the flora of Desert National Park Jaisalmer, then let us tell you that here trees of Aak, Siwan, Rohira, Dhok, Ronj, Khejdi palm trees, plum, Khair etc. are found here.
2: Fauna Found in Desert National Park –
The most attractive bird of the Desert National Park is the Great Indian Bustard which is an endangered species found only in India. Desert National Park is one of the last places in which this species can be found in large numbers. Due to the habitat of the Great Indian Bustard, a large number of birdwatchers visit the Desert National Park every year. Apart from the Great Indian Bustard, the park also preserves other birds of interest to birdwatchers and conservationists alike. The Great Indian Busters, Eagles, Buzzards, Keestels, Vultures, Short-toed Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Spotted Eagles, Lager Falcons, Harriers, Falcons can also be seen in the Desert National Park. Apart from this, chinkara, Bengal fox, desert fox, wolf, rabbit, desert cat etc. can be seen roaming here. Many types of lizards, chameleons, russel vipers, and kraits like poisonous snakes are also found in this national park.
Indian Bustard: The endangered Indian Bustard is the major attraction of the Desert National Park. Brown and white in colour, the bustard is one meter tall and has long legs and a long neck. This tall and beautiful land-dwelling bird can see near the Sudashree waterhole.
3: Safari in Desert National Park –
Taking a thrilling and adventurous jeep safari can prove to be very special for you while watching the fascinating birds in the sky. This safari runs on a 12 km trail and takes about 30 minutes to complete the journey of Safari. Jeeps and vehicles are allowed for wildlife safaris and no outside vehicles are allowed.
Camel Safari in Desert National Park
If you want to have a different experience in Desert National Park, then taking a lay-back camel safari is a great way to do it. Riding on rolling dunes and barren plains can be a great experience sitting on top of a gelly-dressed camel in this camel safari. For this, you have been set a fee of Rs 200.
Desert National Park Safari Fee –
Jeep Safari – Rs.100
Camel Safari – Rs 200
Desert National Park Entry Fee –
All tourists will have to pay an entry fee of Rs 100 per person to visit the Desert National Park. If you want to hire a jeep or car then it costs Rs 100. You will have to pay an additional Rs 200 to hire a coach.
Desert National Park Jaisalmer Timings –
Desert National Park Jaisalmer remains open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
You can also hire a Bus Rental in Jaipur to enjoy your journey to Jaisalmer with your family.
4: Places To Visit Around Desert National Park –
If you are going to visit the Desert National Park in Jaisalmer, then there are other major tourist places around the Desert National Park, where you can roam.
- Jaisalmer Fort
- Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer
- Jain Temple Jaisalmer
- Sam Sand Dunes
- Patwon Ki Haveli
- Nathmal Ki Haveli
- Desert National Park Jaisalmer
- Bada Bagh Jaisalmer
- Desert Culture Center and Museum
- Tazia Tower and Badal Mahal
- Amar Sagar Lake
- Salim Singh’s Haveli
- Kuldhara Village Jaisalmer
- Khaba Fort
- Indo-Pak Border Jaisalmer
- Shantinath Temple Jaisalmer
- Chandraprabhu Temple Jaisalmer
- Lodrava Jaisalmer
- Desert Safari Jaisalmer
- Tanot Mata Temple
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5: Best Time To Visit Desert National Park –
If you want to visit Desert National Park, then the best time to visit the park is from October to March. Given the climate of Rajasthan, the summer season is not suitable to visit this region. The day temperature is very high during the summer days and usually hovers around 42 degree celcius in hot. The nights are relatively cold in arid desert climates. The winters in Jaisalmer are around 24 °C with day temperature and 7 to 8 °C at night.
6: Place To Stay Near Desert National Park –
If you want to know about the stay during your visit to Desert National Park, then tell that you should choose Jaisalmer for stay. Many hotels give you their best services for staying in this city.
7: Food in Desert National Park –
If you are going to visit Desert National Park then you must taste various traditional Rajasthan cuisines and food which is available in this beautiful desert city. ‘Murgh-e-Sabz’ os tender, chicken, ker sangri is a must try. If you are very hungry, then Tandoor Thali Top would be perfect for you. Apart from this, flour dumplings in curd sauce, potatoes filled with mint paste and gravy and curry pakoras can be eat.
8: Shopping in Desert National Park –
If you don’t buy some exclusive Jaisalmer salmon during your trip then your trip may be incomplete. A wide variety of traditional Rajasthani handicraft is find in Jaisalmer, where one can find embroideries, Rajasthani mirror-work, blankets and old stonework.
9: How To Reach Desert National Park –
How To Reach Desert National Park by Airplane
If you want to travel to Jaisalmer by Airplane, then please note that this city is not directly connected by Airways, its nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport which is 300 km away. You can hire a taxi or take a train till the park to reach Jodhpur Park.
How To Reach Desert National Park by Rail –
To travel to Desert National Park by Rail, you have to take a train to Jaisalmer Railway Station as it is the nearest railway station to Desert National Park.
How To Reach Desert National Park by Road –
Jaisalmer is well connected by roads to the rest of the major cities and parts of the state. Deluxe and normal buses of Rajasthan Roadways and private companies run from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmer, Mount Abu, Jalore, Ahmedabad etc. The main bus stand in front of the railway station. The Golden Bus Terminal near the State Bank of India. These are the two main bus stands of Jaisalmer.