Covering an area of 3162 sq km, Desert National Park (DNP) is one of the largest national parks in the country. Located in the Thar Desert, 40 km from Jaisalmer, Desert National Park is situated very close to the India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan. It was accorded the status of a national park in 1980.
Although 20 per cent of the park is covered with sand dunes, the park has abundant bird-life. Over 120 resident and migratory birds can be found in the park. The most commonly spotted birds include various species of eagles, vultures, falcons, harriers, kestrels, larks, shrikes, buzzards, etc.
Desert national park is home to some of the rarest species of birds like the Great Indian Bustard. A lot of migratory desert birds can also be seen at the park.
Chinkara, desert fox, Bengal fox, desert cat, blackbuck, hedgehog, etc are some of the commonly seen species of animals in the park.
It is home too to a great variety of reptiles such as Russell viper, saw scaled viper, monitor lizard, krait, etc. There are over 40 species of reptiles in the park. The fauna cover is limited to thorny shrubs, cacti, grasses and a few other plants and trees.
Lakes such as Gadsisar, Padam Talao, Rajbaugh and Milak are the main sources of water for the animals and birds in the park.
Fossils dating back to over 180 million years have also been discovered in the park.
BEST TIME TO VISIT JAISALMER
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Jaisalmer is as given below. The best time to visit Jaisalmer is also specified.