Located 40 kilometers to the north of Jaisalmer Town of Rajasthan and spread over a massive 3150 square kilometer area, the Desert National Park was established in the year 1980. Being a desert as it is, this National Park is a very harsh place for the flora & fauna to sustain here, and hence, live and survive on the edges of this desert land. However, the close proximity to the Bharatpur Sanctuary enables the Desert National Park to attract many migratory birds within this region where the magnificent Great Indian Bustard have often been sighted.
The other migratory and resident bird population of the park includes many varieties of Eagles, Harriers, Falcons, Buzzards, Kestrel and Vultures. The sub-species most common to this area are made up of Short-Toed Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Spotted Eagles, Laager Falcons and Kestrels. A substantial area of this park is built upon landscape arising out of lakebeds of extinct salt-lakes and thorny scrubs along with great expanses of sand dunes sprawled across large spaces. It has a unique and distinct flora & fauna relating with the region. The sparse flora is made up of Ronj, Palm Trees, Bear and Dhok; while the fauna consists of the Desert Fox, the Bengal Fox, the Desert Cat, Wolf, Hedgehog, the Black-Buck & Chinkara. Reptile species found here include the Spiny Tailed Lizard, the Monitor Lizard, Saw Scaled-Viper, the Russell Viper and Krait.
Camel rides and adventure filled jeep safaris are the only way to explore the variety of wildlife available inside the Desert National Park. So, come in leisure, and make sure to get a good pair of binoculars and an ultra-zoom SLR camera along with a light baggage you’ll pack for this vacation. Winter is great, from November to March, and is the best time to be here when you can enjoy camping, bonfire and bird-watching. Avoid being here during the summer as the heat is torching and unbearable.