Covering an area of 3162 sq km, Desert National Park (DNP) is one of the largest national parks in the country. Located in the Thar Desert, 40 km from Jaisalmer, Desert National Park is situated very close to the India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan. It was accorded the status of a national park in 1980.
Although 20 per cent of the park is covered with sand dunes, the park has abundant bird-life. Over 120 resident and migratory birds can be found in the park. The most commonly spotted birds include various species of eagles, vultures, falcons, harriers, kestrels, larks, shrikes, buzzards, etc.
Desert national park is home to some of the rarest species of birds like the Great Indian Bustard. A lot of migratory desert birds can also be seen at the park.
Chinkara, desert fox, Bengal fox, desert cat, blackbuck, hedgehog, etc are some of the commonly seen species of animals in the park.
It is home too to a great variety of reptiles such as Russell viper, saw scaled viper, monitor lizard, krait, etc. There are over 40 species of reptiles in the park. The fauna cover is limited to thorny shrubs, cacti, grasses and a few other plants and trees.
Lakes such as Gadsisar, Padam Talao, Rajbaugh and Milak are the main sources of water for the animals and birds in the park.
Fossils dating back to over 180 million years have also been discovered in the park.
In and Around
The endangered Indian bustard is the major attraction of Desert National Park. Brown and white in colour, the bustard is a metre tall and has long bare legs and a long neck. One can spot this tall and graceful ground-dwelling bird near the Sudashri waterhole.
Sam Sand Dunes
These dunes are located near the Thar Desert.
Gadsisar Sagar Tank
This tank is among the tourist places in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Thousands of migratory birds come to this place every year.
This enables visitors to explore a wider area of the park in relatively short span of time. Also, it is highly interesting to see the wide range of flora and fauna from the jeep.
This is perhaps the best way to enjoy the wildlife of the park. However, visitors must take into consideration the fragile nature of the park and thus refrain from causing any sort of harm to it.
The park is open throughout the year, but the ideal time to visit is from October to February.
How to Reach
The airport closest to the park is at Jaisalmer (35 km). All major cities have flights to Jaisalmer. The airport at Jodhpur is situated at a distance of 296 km and has connectivity throughout India.
The nearest railway station is Jaisalmer (30 km) from Desert National Park. Other stations through which the park can be reached, include Jodhpur (291 km) and Bikaner (357 km).
Bikaner is 385 km from Desert National Park and takes over six hours to reach. If you are travelling from Jodhpur (296 km), it will take you nearly five hours.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
K K Resorts & Camp
42 KM Sam Road Opp Sam Sand Dunes,
Sam, Rajasthan 345001 India
Desert Safariors Camps
Sam Road Jaisalmer
Rajasthan 345001 India