Desert National Park - Rajasthan

Located in the state of Rajasthan, Desert National Park is one of the largest national parks in India. Major portion of the park comprises of compact salt lake bottoms, dunes both fixed and shifting, intermedial areas and craggy rocks. Almost 20% of the park consists of sand dunes.

The important faunas of the forest include Bengal Fox, Desert Fox, Desert Cat, Hedgehog, Wolf, Chinkara and Blackbuck. Common Krait, Monitor Lizard, Russell's viper, Saw-scaled Viper, Spiny-tailed lizard are some reptile species of the forest.

The great Indian Bustards are the prime attraction of the forest and are found in great numbers here. Several other birds such as Harriers, Eagles, Kestrels, Falcons, Kestrel, Buzzards, Tawny Eagles, Short- toed Eagles, Spotted Eagles, Honey Buzzards, long-legged Buzzards and Vultures can also be sighted. Due to the close proximity of the park to Bharatpur several migratory birds can also be seen here during season.

The vegetation in the Desert National Park is quite sparse and scattered. The important trees of this park are palm trees, Ronj, Aak shrubs, Ber, Dhok and Sewan grass.

How to reach
The nearest bus terminal and railhead are at Jaisalmer, which is about 40 km away. There are also regular taxi and bus services from Jaisalmer to the park. The nearest airport is in Jodhpur.

General information
There are no lodging facilities available within the park. However, various resorts, heritage hotels, rest houses, etc, are available in Jaisalmer, Khuri, Sudahsri and Sam. The weather here is very dry and hot. Hence the visitors are advised to carry light-cotton attires.

The famous Desert Festival of Jaisalmer, held between January and February, is an important attraction. The Sam Sand Dunes near the Thar Desert and Gadsisar Sagar Tank are two important places of interest.

Tourist information
Address: Desert National Park, Rajasthan, India
Phone: +91-2992-252489
Ideal time to visit: November to March
Visit hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed on Sundays
Entry fee applicable

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