Desert National Sanctuary

Location:

40 Kms from Jaisalmer,Rajasthan

Famous For:

Great Indian Bustard, The Thar Desert Ecosystem

Best Time To Visit:

November to March

Main Attraction:

Bird life that resides at the Desert National Park is also spectacular. Bird lovers will enjoy watching the activities of birds like bee-eaters, partridges, sandgrouse, larks, demoiselle crane, honey buzzards, falcons and houbara. The tall and heavy Great Indian Bustard is the major highlight of the park as it is rarely seen in any other location in India. The bird is an epitome of grace.

Entry Requirements:

All the visitors looking forward to explore the Desert National Park have to pay an entry fee of 100 rupees per head. Hiring a jeep or a car costs another 100 rupees and hiring a coach costs 200 rupees extra.

Getting There:

Jodhpur airport is the nearest airport. It is connected to the bigger as well as smaller cities of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer has the nearest railhead. The sanctuary is approximately 40 kilometers away from Jaisalmer. Buses and taxis to Rajasthan are easily available from Jaisalmer City.

Must See:

You must surely visit Jaisalmer Fort which is also known as Golden Fort.A great place to see the Sunset in Rajasthan.

 

The Desert National Park is located 45 km west of the Jaisalmer city in the west Indian state of Rajasthan close to the India- Pakistan border. Spread over an area in excess of 3150 sq km, this is probably the largest park of India. Rajasthan Desert National Sanctuary was set up in 1980. The desert sanctuary being a fragile ecosystem has its own flora and fauna. Sand-dunes, both fixed and shifting, low rock-faces, grasslands and scrublands, characterize this park where the greatest need is for water. The topography of the park comprises of craggy rocks, compact salt lake bottoms and vast sand dunes, which form about 20% of the Park. There are three main lakes in this sanctuary - Rajbaugh Lake, Milak Talao Lake and Padam Talao Lake. These lakes are the major watering holes for the inhabitants of the national park. As the desert only supports a few type of small grasses, shrubs and xerophytic trees, the leaf cover is limited and not suitable for large herbivores, camel being an exception. Vast tracts are encrusted with sewan grass, and the aak shrub and khair, khejra and rohira trees are widespread, but sand dominates every scene. Even so, many creatures have adapted to this harsh, inhospitable terrain.Here are over 40 species of reptiles, including the burrowing Spiny-tailed Lizard, Russel's Viper, Saw-scaled Viper and the dragon-like Common Monitor. In a realm devoid of real fish, the Desert Skink is known as the sand-fish as it 'swims' or burrows through sand down to a depth of 30 cm. However, birds in their large numbers and variety are the most remarkable feature of this park. Nearly 120 species add colour to the dull shades of the desert.

The desert park is comparatively rich in avian population. Bird life in this sandy habitat is vivid and spectacular. The Indian Bustard and the wintering Macqueen's Bustard are highly endangered species that have benefited from the creation of the park. This large, heavy and graceful bird draws thousands of bird lovers from all corners of the world. Besides, the great Indian bustards the park supports a wide variety of exotic and rare birds. Flocks of sandgrouse arrive in winter from central Asia and can be seen at more or less fixed times in the morning at favoured waterholes. During this season, various waterfowl and flocks of migratory Demoiselle Crane are also seen near water. One also hears the morning call of the grey partridge. While in the park you can spot birds such as sand grouse, spotted eagles, gray partridges, shrikes, demoiselle crane, quails, peafowl bee-eaters, larks, eagles, harriers, falcons, orioles, warblers, babblers, buzzards, kestrel and vultures to name a few with. Larks, partridges, doves, bee-caters, shrikes, chats, parakeets, babblers remain throughout the year, preyed upon by the buzzards, eagles, falcons and kites that hover and swoop over the landscape.

 
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