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                                                                  Desert National Park
Introduction of Desert National Park

Desert National Park, Rajasthan, India, is located in the west Indian state of Rajasthan nearby the town of Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest national parks, that covers an area of about 3162 km˛. The Desert National Park is a best example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert. Sand dunes form around 20% of the Park. The major landform consists of craggy rocks and compact salt lake bottoms, intermedial areas and fixed dunes.

Besides a fragile ecosystem there also exists a wide variety of birdlife. This region is a heaven for the migratory and resident birds of the desert. Many eagles, harriers, falcons, buzzards, kestrel and vultures. Short-toed Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Spotted Eagles, Laggar Falcons and kestrels are the mostly common among these. Spotted near small ponds or lakes here are Sand grouse. The endangered Great Indian Bustard is a magnificent bird that was found here in a relatively fair numbers. It migrates locally in different seasons. The Desert National Park contains a collection of fossils of animals and plants of 180 million years old. Some fossils of Dinosaurs of 6 million years old have been found in this area.

 

Geography and location
Located in the Indian state of Rajasthan near Jaisalmer.
 
Flora and fauna

The Blackbuck is a common antelope of this region. The national park's other notable inhabitants are the desert fox, wolf and desert cat. Birdlife in this sandy habitat is vivid and spectacular. Birds such as sandgrouse, partridges, bee-eaters, larks, and shrikes are mostly seen here. In the winter, the birdlife is augmented by species like the Demoiselle Crane and MacQueen's Bustard.

Perhaps the greatest attraction of the park is a bird called the Great Indian Bustard, an endangered species was found only in India. Desert National Park is one of the last sites in which these species can be found in good numbers. As such, these species draws in thousands of birdwatchers from all over the world. Besides the Great Indian Bustard, the park supports a variety of other birds of interest to birdwatchers and conservationists alike.

The Thar Desert, is also often called an 'ocean of sand', that covers a large area of western Rajasthan. The fragile ecosystem of the Thar supports a unique and varied wildlife. There Lies the famous Desert National Park In this vast ocean of sands, that provides a beautiful example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert and its diverse wildlife adventure.The vegetation here is sparse, and patches of sewan grass and aak shrub (Calotropis) can also be seen. The landscape contains scraggy rocks and compact salt lake bottoms, and also intermediate areas and both fixed and shifting dunes. About 20 percent of the vast expanse is covered with sand dunes.

Flora: Ronj, palm trees, Ber, dhok.
Fauna: Desert Fox, Bengal Fox, Desert Cat, Wolf, Hedgehog, Blackbuck and Chinkara.
Reptiles: Spiny-tailed lizard, monitor lizard, Saw-scaled Viper, Russell's viper, Common Krait.
Avifauna: Sandgrouse, partridges, bee-eaters, larks and shrikes are year-round residents, while demoiselle crane and houbara bustard arrive here in winter. Raptors include Tawny and Steppe Eagles, Long-legged and Honey Buzzards, and falcons.

 

Attractions of Desert National Park

Indian Bustard: The endangered Indian Bustard is the most famous attraction of the Desert National Park. the bustard is a metre high in height and has long bare legs and long neck that was brown and white in colour,Near the Sudashri waterhole.One can spot this tall and graceful ground-dwelling bird Sam Sand Dunes:These dunes are situated near the Thar Desert.

Gadsisar Sagar Tank: This tank is among the famous tourist places in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Thousands of migratory birds come to this place every year.

Tourism
Jeep Safari enables tourists to explore a wider area of the park in relatively short span of time.
 

Best Time to Visit Desert National Park
The most suitable time to visit the area is between November and January.
 
                                 Tawny Eagles                                    Sand grouse
 

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