The Desert National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
The Desert National Park is located around 40 km from the city of
Jaisalmer in Rajasthan . It is the largest park in the state of
Rajasthan spreading over an area of 3162 sq km. Around one fifth of the park is covered with sand dunes. The
rest of the landmass comprises craggy rocks, compact salt lakes bottoms, inter medial areas and fixed dunes. The park is
widely different from a usual park but this Desert National Park has an important role to play in maintaining the ecological balance of the region.
The vegetation in the Desert Park is sparse with only few grasses and shrubs that
provide food for the wildlife inhabitants of the park.
The Thar Desert of Rajasthan
common animals found in the Desert National Park are Desert Fox, Bengal Fox, Desert Cat, Wolf, hedgehog, Black Buck and Chinkara.
These animals have live in an extremely difficult terrain, still they have managed to survive.
A fair number of reptiles also found in the park. These are Spiny Tail Lizard, Monitor Lizard, Russel's Viper, chameleons and Sind Krait.
Large number of attractive desert birds are found
in the National Park. The Great Indian Bustard which is a protected species in India, finds a safe shelter in this park. These birds eat practically
everything, from cereals and berries to grasshoppers and Locusts. Other birds found in this park are Sand Grouse, Partridges, Bee Eaters, Larks,
Shrikes, Harriers, Falcons, Buzzards, Kestrel, Vultures, Short-toed Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Spotted Eagles and Lagger. Demoiselle Cranes and Houbara flock to this park in the winter months.
The best time to visit the park is between the period of November to
March. For visitors to the Desert National Park, Jaisalmer has a number of accommodation options catering to all kind of tourists.