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Desert National Park, Rajasthan, India
entry fee
Guide Fee
Video Camera
All days of the week except Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
visit duration
4 to 5 hours

about desert national park

An area of 3,162 sq km was declared a sanctuary in 1980 to preserve this fascinating and fragile habitat. There are 72 villages within the sanctuary. Some enclosures of barbed wire, with water holes, have been created where the villagers and their cattle are denied access to preserve the grasslands so that they can become wildlife enclaves. Sudashri is the most maintained of these enclaves, and the best place to see the fauna. The most outstanding of the fauna is the Great Indian Bustard, GIB to the initiated. Apart from the bustard, there are several others birds too in this sandy habitat. The number of wild animals in this sanctuary has gone down as a result of grazing and agriculture. Only in portions where enclosures have been created is the safety of the animals assured.

The Desert NP is spread in the Jaisalmer and Barmer districts of Rajasthan, close to the Indian border with Pakistan. It’s best to visit the park from Jaisalmer. The park is located to the south-west of the city. The villages of Sam and Khuri, renowned for their picturesque sand dunes, lie on the edge of the park and are easily accessible from Jaisalmer. Sam is 42 km west of Jaisalmer and Sudashri is 10 km southeast from there. Khuri is 40 km south of Jaisalmer and Sudashri is about 8 km further on, heading north-west. To visit the park, you need a permit (get it a day in advance) from the office of the Deputy Director, Desert NP, Khuri Road, Jaisalmer.

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