Desert National Park - Rajasthan
The Desert National Park ( 3162 sq.kms.) is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar desert and its diverse fauna. Sand dunes form around 20% of the park area.

The common antelope of this region is the black buck. Other notable inhabitants are the desert fox, wolf and desert cat.

Birds such as the sandgrouse, partridges, bee-eaters, larks and shrikes are commonly seen. Demoiselle crane and houbara arrive in winter. The endangered great Indian Bustard is also seen here. It is common to see five or six bustards near Sudarshi water hole.

The birds of prey seen here are eagles, honey buzzards, falcons and kestrels. The Akal wood Fossils Park which is 18 km. From Jaisalmer has sea shells massive fossilized tree trunks which are said to be 180 million years old.

Travel Tips

How to go there:
Accessible by road and rail from Jodhpur.

Accommodation is available at Jaisalmer

Best time to visit:
Open all the year round

For more information:
Field Director
Desert National Park
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Associations working to protect the black buck: Bishnoi community.

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