Desert National Park

About Desert National Park
Vital Information for Visitors

Desert National Park, Khuri Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Open & Close:

Open on all days except Sunday

Visiting Time:

10 AM – 05 PM

Entry Fees:


Boating Charges:

For Indians – INR 20
For foreigners – INR 160


Approx 3 - 4 hrs


Fragile species of flora & fauna of Thar Desert are preserved &protected


Great Indian Bustard

The city of Jaisalmer is packed with beautiful locations to see & adventure activities to try. One such place to visit is the ‘Desert National Park’, a highly sought after tourist attraction in Jaisalmer. Spread over 3162 sq km area in Jaisalmer & Barmer districts of Rajasthan, the desert wildlife sanctuary is home to 72 villages as well. Located on the outskirts of Jaisalmer, this national park is a cherished place to be in the company of nature & varied wildlife like chinkara, black buck, sand goose, desert fox, cat, desert gerbil, fringe-toed agama eagles and blue bull. With about 20% of the total area covered in sand dunes, Desert National Park makes up a brilliant case for the biological community of the Thar Desert & a large number of bird species can also be spotted here. It is home to one of the heaviest flying birds in the world, the endangered Great Indian Bustard. It is said that the park has fossil evidence from the Jurassic period which is an indicator to hot humid climates & dense forests. In the winter season, the space encounters migratory birds like the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Himalayan Griffon Vultures & Saker Falcon to name a few. The national park is truly a bird watchers’ paradise. One can freely look into the wonderful natural life there. The best way to do so would be by getting on an exciting Jeep Safari, along with a local trained guide to make this experience memorable. A local guide takes a tourist to a forest post in Desert National Park to observe different species of avians and avail opportunity to capture beautiful photographs of faunal diversity in the camera. Diverse birds from different regions of India and world are spotted in large numbers.

There are three lakes in the national park that make up the major watering holes for the creatures in the park. There are said to be about 40 reptile varieties including the Common Monitor Lizard and the Spiny Tail Lizard. Another interesting find at the national park is the ‘Desert Skink’, also called the ‘Sand Fish’. It swims or burrows through sand and can go up to a depth of 30m. In addition to these species, varied birds add color and pomp to the hues of the sand dunes. The desert has very little leaf cover and only supports some small grass & shrubs. Therefore, lack of vegetation makes it inhospitable to herbivores; camel being the only exception. One can find a lot of sewan grass, aak shrubs & Rohira trees widespread here, but it is the sand that dominates. It is a pure delight to witness how the living life forms have adapted and prosper in these harsh conditions.

Located in the midst of sandy terrain, the Desert National Park in Jaisalmer holds up a unique landscape, with rocks and salt lake bottoms and fixed dunes. Although the park remains open throughout the year, with flora, fauna and a rich wildlife, October - March make the best time to visit the land, due to its harsh weather conditions in the other months.

Surrounded with the unique wildlife, rugged mountains, cracked land & sand dunes, the national park makes up for a great visit. Many also like to venture a bit more and camp at the desert national park. With bonfire in night and a winter chill in the air, it is truly a perfect setting for a night out.

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