Desert National Park
Where is the Desert National Park?
The Desert National Park is located at a distance of 40 km from Jaisalmer in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. Covering an area of 3100 sq km, the park excellently preserves the ecosystem of the desert within its confines. The park is wonderfully surrounded by the Vindhya and the Aravalli ranges.
What is it famous for?
The Desert National Park is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar desert. The park abounds in reptiles like monitor lizard, saw-scaled viper, Sind Krait, Russel’s viper, and Sandfish.
How will you gain access?
The closest airport is at Jodhpur which lies at a distance of 290 km from the park. Jaisalmer is the nearest railhead connecting to cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Mumbai. A fabulous road-network links the park to all the major destinations in and around the state of Rajasthan.
What is the best time?
It is best to visit the Desert National Park between the months of November and March. This is the wintertime and the temperature ranges between 10 degrees and 25 degrees centigrade.
What constitutes the flora, fauna, and avifauna?
The flora of the region consists of small grasses, shrubs, and Xerophytic trees. The animal inmates of the park include blackbuck, Chinkara, wolf, Indian fox, desert fox, Bengal fox, and Desert cat. Reptiles such as to monitor lizard, saw-scaled viper, Sind Krait, Russel’s viper, and Sandfish can be easily observed in the park.
The park also takes pride in its rich variety of avian species. The principle bird species include partridge, sand grouse, bee-eaters, lark, Demoiselle crane, steppe eagle, Houbara, falcons, and the Great Indian Bustard. Demoiselle crane and Houbara arrive in the winter season.
What are the other attractions?
Sudarshi Forest Post
The Sudarshi Forest Post serves as the best cover to watch the wildlife at the Desert National Park. From here, one can also opt for heart-stopping photography.
Built-in golden and yellow sandstone, the Jaisalmer Fort is a major attraction around. It was erected in the year 1156. The fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. It was RawalJaiswal who began the construction of the fort. The fort interestingly appears to be rising out of a desert haze.
Havelis or Mansions
Jaisalmer is internationally renowned for its Havelis like Patwon Ki Haveli and Sali Singh Ki Haveli. Tourists and travelers from across the globe arrive here to watch these attractions of the bygone eras.