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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular national parks and Sanctuaries located around Jodhpur?

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Even sitting at the mouth of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur has an impressive flora and fauna. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts may get a pleasant surprise when they come across the biodiversity on display here. Don’t forget to pack your camera and binoculars! Some of the wildlife sanctuaries close to this city are:

  • Dhawa Doli Wildlife Sanctuary

    Situated around 40 kilometres to the south of Jodhpur, this sanctuary is teeming with a variety of wildlife like the blackbucks, nilgai, desert rats, desert fox, cheetal and sambhar deer, patridges, cranes and more. The beauty of this place is breath-taking during early dawn or at dusk. More information can be got from the forest officers who sit in one of the rural huts lining the property. No accommodation is available here. Carry refreshments and some warm clothes as it gets a little nippy during the early mornings and evenings.

  • Machiya Safari Park

    About a kilometre away from the Kalyana lake, this park lies on the road to Jaisalmer, around 9 kilometres to the west of Jodhpur. The major wildlife consists of blue bulls, monkeys, rabbits, monitor lizards, wild cats, desert foxes and mongoose. Machiya Safari Park also boasts of a excellent bird-watching point as well as a fort within its premises. The tourist season (from October to February) in Jodhpur luckily coincides with the migratory season of a number of birds, which is a boon for any bird lover. During sunset, climb up the fort to enjoy a spectacular sunset. This is a great place to bring your kids and enjoy a family picnic.

  • Kheechan Bird Sanctuary

    This small village is known for its abundance of avian biodiversity. Located 50 kilometres away from Jodhpur and 5 kilometres away from Phalodi, Kheechan Bird sanctuary is especially famous for a bird species called “Kurjan”. These birds get their name from the distinct ‘kurr-kurr’ sound that they make while flying. They hail mainly from south-western Europe and every year flock in this place to create a natural bird sanctuary.

Surprised by the flora and fauna available here? We thought so! Now, if this excites you enough, include a visit to these wildlife sanctuaries in your itinerary for Jodhpur.

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