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Desert National Park Jaisalmer

Desert National Park, Jaisalmer

Desert National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Jaisalmer district of the state of Rajasthan. Desert National Park is one of the largest national parks in India. The Desert National Park is also a protected sanctuary. The Desert protected sanctuary was declared as a National park in 1980. The total area of the National park is about 3162 km2. The desert is a harsh place to sustain life and thus most of the fauna and flora live on the edge. 

The Desert National Park is dotted with Padam Talao Lake, Rajbaugh Lake, Milak Lake. It abounds in flora and fauna. It is one of the most popular Indian wildlife reserves. There are a large number of reptiles also found dwelling in the desert park of Jaisalmer. The monitor lizards, spiny tail lizards, saw-scaled vipers are abundantly found. Desert National Park, Jaisalmer is the treasure trove of wild animals such as black bucks, chinkaras, hares, wolves, desert cats, desert foxes. Birdlife in this sandy habitat is vivid and spectacular. Birds such as the sand grouse, partridges, bee-eaters, larks and shrikes are usually seen. Bird watchers and bird photographers should not give this place a miss as well. In the park, you can go for Park rides, jeep safaris, camel rides, bird watching excursions and nature walks. Jeep Safari enables tourists to explore a wider area of the park in relatively short span of time

Tip :- Call and Book Experience of Camel riding through the deserts of Jaisalmer on a full day desert safari tour

Useful Information about the Desert National Park, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan:- 

How to Reach -

By Air - Nearest airport is Jaisalmer airport located 45 km from the Desert National Park. However, this airport is managed by Indian Air Force is functional only from September to March. Jodhpur airport is located 322 km, and it is well connected to other major cities.

By train - From Delhi to Jaisalmer by train, Jaisalmer railway station located 42 km from the Desert National Park.and then road transport.

By road - RSRTC buses run regularly from Delhi to Rajasthan. Since it falls under the military region, the Desert National Park is connected to Jaisalmer by well-maintained roads. So Regular buses run by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation are available.

Distance - Delhi to Jaisalmer - 882 kms, Jaisalmer to Desert National Park - 40 kms

Best Time to visit - October to March

Seasons - 


Winter - October to March

Summer - April to June

Monsoon - July to September

Average Rainfall - 50 to 200 mm

Temperature -        Maximum – 50o C

                              Minimum – 4o C

Dominant fauna - 

Birds - Great Indian Bustard, Falcons, Eagles, Vultures, Bee-Eaters, Shrikes, Larks, Demoiselle Crane, Macqueen’s Bustard, Sandgrouse, Long-Legged, Honey Buzzards, chats, babblers, kites etc.

Mammals - Camel, Desert Fox, Bengal Fox, Chinkara, Wolf, Desert Cat, Blackbuck, Hedgehog, Nilgai etc.

Reptiles - Russell’s viper, Saw Scaled Viper, Monitor Lizard, Spiny-tailed lizard, Saw-scaled viper, Common Krait, Spiny Tailed Lizard, Gecko, Persian Gecko etc.

Facts - 

  • Carry binoculars along with you.
  • Collect and exchange as much small change as practical, very few people seem to have changed, especially in rural areas.
  • In the city you can travel by un-metered auto-rickshaws, buses, cycle-rickshaws or you can also use car cabs and car-taxi. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation operates regular bus service for the local city tour.

Things to Carry - 

  • A hat, cap or turban
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses and body lotion
  • Long-sleeve shirt, long trousers, sneakers or other types of solid shoes. Remember, the sun is fierce!
  • Camera and film
  • Toilet paper and towel
  • Diary, pen, a book to read, cards or other games
  • Medical kit

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Other Attractions in the Vicinity - 

Akal Wood Fossil Park - It is 17 kms from Jaisalmer, holds a natural flora and faunas fossils that are estimated to be around 160 million years old. These fossils are quite rare.

Pokran - It is a fort town. Pokran has a museum of weaponry, brocade clothes.

Other Information - 

Food and mineral water will be given at all times. Our cooks use only mineral water when cooking meals.

The meal will be purely vegetarian and freshly cooked over a campfire.

You are not required to bring a sleeping bag. You will be provided clean bedrolls, this will keep you warm.

Make sure that, you do not spoil the sites of the desert.


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Reviewed 10 January 2013

For Bird watchers only

The National Park is for only those who are interested in Wildlife especially bird watching, since it is a desert no large predators are present. The place is excellent for birders with attractions like Great Indian and Houbara Bustard, White-browed Bushchat, Desert Warbler, Isabelline, Red-tailed, Variable and Pied Weather and much more


Reviewed 30 October 2016
Amazing Landscape and Nice Sand Dunes ......... A Nice and Quite Place to Visit
Desert National Park is a quite and tranquil place with amazing landscape and sand dunes. The park is home to Indian Gazelle (Chinkara), desert fox, Great Indian Bustard and many other bird spices including different eagles and hawks. The desert animals are plentiful in number and a visit to the park ensures many sightings. The sand dunes are nice and most places are undisturbed from human footsteps which is a great site for photographers. During my visit I found many trails of Gazelle and fox on sand dunes and not many footprints of humans. In 2 hours of strolling through the park I caught sight of many Indian Gazelle (Chinkara), a couple of desert foxes and Great Indian Bustard. The desert landscape looks amazing during sunset which is a great sight for photographers. If you are in Jaisalmer, do not miss the opportunity of going into the desert national park. The best time to visit the park is either during sunrise or during sunset.


Reviewed 8 August 2017
Enjoy the desert in a less touristy place than Sam Dunes
The Desert National Park is a great place to enjoy the Sand Dunes near Jaisalmer. Trips to this area are organized by various tour operators (and hotel) in Jaisalmer. It is not crowded unlike the Sam dunes, which are super populated with camps full of over-night and visiting tourists. A typical trip consists of a ride to the area, followed by some camel riding and then watching the sunset. Some tourists also have dinner and then sleep under the stars. We chose to leave for dinner to a tent/camp in the Sam dune area - it would have been better for us to stay here, have a simple dinner and enjoy the calm night for a few more hours. Pick this over a visit to the Sam dunes.


Reviewed 4 December 2016

Once in a lifetime experience!

A trip to the desert was among the greatest highlights of our whole journey around Rajastan. This was indeed a once in a lifetime experience, something we would never forget. The first thing was the camel ride. We were a little bit scared at the beginning, especially that after walking for a couple of minutes, the camels actually started to gallop – that was really fast! As soon as the first fear is away, there is only you and the camel and the desert. Amazing! You leave behind little villages surrounded by bushes, and go to sand dunes. If you are lucky, as we were, you are taken to a rather lonely place, not one where all the crowds gather to watch the sunset. You lay down on the surprisingly cool sand and feel that time has stopped. Then the sun starts to go down, showing everything around in wonderful light – orange, red, purple. And then the night comes, it gets a bit cold, but you still do not want to leave. You do eventually, with such peace and harmony inside. I know this was only our individual experience, and maybe you would not love it as much as we did. But do give it a try – it is really worth it!


Reviewed 14 December 2016


A trip to the Thar desert near Jaisalmer was really thrilling. Take the road from Jaisalmer and after 45 kms of smooth drive, the sight of the sand dunes at Sam is quite magical.
We went to Sam in the last week of Oct 2014. Surprisingly, the day temperature was quite high and almost touched 40 degrees Celsius. After 4.00 pm, the sun took it a little lighter and we were able to go for a 40 kms desert safari in a 4x4 Mahindra Thar at around 4.30 pm. The thrill was in dunes bashing and the 4x4 vehicle was apt. Went into the remotest of places, spotted a small herd of wild camels and had our ears and hair full of sand.
After the desert safari, it was time for sunset. We went over sand dunes and as the sun was descending, watched the skyline showing shades of red, orange, grey, blue, white and purple. After sunset the weather starts to chill. We also went to a local place in Sam for a cultural show with folklore songs and music, kabeliya (local tribes) dance performances and savour Rajasthani cuisine.
Overall, a mesmerizing experience.


Reviewed 29 January 2017

Must to do

It was an amazing experience to visit the Desert. Did dune bashing by jeep which was out of world experience. Its the most thrilling experience and the jeep takes you to aloof untouched places which is worth it. Later even did the camel riding but these places were crowded with many people. For some extra money the camel can take you to interior part of desert too only if you are fond of riding one. I suggest jeep safari


Reviewed 16 February 2017

The Sahara of Jaisalmer

BEFORE you go out into the desert, make sure you have a reputable tour operator to take you. There are many operators who will take you to nearby sand dunes and many other tourists. Some of the shady operators will leave rubbish behind in the dunes which sadly detracts from the natural beauty.

I went with a long-time operator "Trotters Independent" who operate just outside of the Jaisalmer fort entrance.

The price was marginally higher than the price of other operators but what a major difference. I was taken to a more remote location (further afield than other operators) and for a short time, I was immersed into a "Laurence of Arabia" setting.

Make sure that you plan for the time of the outing and, dress accordingly. In the heat of the summer, the sun can almost peel the skin from your body and then you'll freeze at night (unless the operator has a good supply of blankets).


Reviewed 7 March 2017

"Amazing Experiences!!! Fun filled, Very close to nature"
I'll rate this desert experience is the best in the entire Jaisalmer Trip. lovely Sam Sand Dunes...tumble in sand, Camel ride, jeep safari, cultural programmes, mouth watering close to nature Tent stay, witness sunset and count twinkling stars...what not??? It must be around 40 kms from main need a vehicle to reach there. On the way you can cover Kuldhara deserted village and try paragliding on the way back. My personal experience, book online a good desert stay near sam dunes with evening dance shows ( most of the camps are accessible by road)...reach there, on spot only you can directly negotiate and fix camel rides...up to sunset point or want to cover more distance, try it...get dropped to the start place...few hundreds is enough. I vote for direct booking either paragliding or jeep safari...for night, light winter clothing required during winters...enjoy the real fun.


Reviewed 17 September 2017

Must Visit

I was really surprised to see how green a desert national park was. Entry to the park was Rs 50 per person (for Indian tourists) and Rs 200 for the car parking. You can hire a camel cart for Rs 800 and take a 2 hour drive through the park. As the weather was good, we chose to walk instead. The park is home to the Great Indian Bustard but it is difficult to spot. We narrowly missed it and we know this because there were footprints next to ours on the path when we retraced our steps on our way back :) There were plenty of other birds though. Camping is also allowed in the park for a certain fee.


Reviewed 30 October 2016

Experiencing Thar desert

Camel safari in the desert national park was an awesome experience. Initially we were totally confused to choose between Khuri and Sam as we wanted to experience the best possible within a day. We drove to Khuri village from Jaisalmer around 2PM and explored the village. As the safari packages were high priced we engaged a camel man (Pumaram) from the village to visit the dunes. The young chap was very hospitable and friendly. He charged just Rs 250 per person. He patiently taught our children to ride the camel (they even learnt to gallop) On the dunes we enjoyed sunset and danced to the tunes of traditional rajasthani music played by a folk artist. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to go on a long safari, so taking the advice of the camel man we returned to the national park early in the morning and spotted wildlife... desert eagle, black buck and smaller mammals and enjoyed sunrise.
Overall we had a fulfilling experience. Backpackers can very well stay with the village folks who are very hospitable and get a real flavour of the rural life in the area.



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