Guide To Desert National Park Jaisalmer

If you are a wildlife enthusiast and like to spend time in the company of nature, then a place that you need to check from your bucket list is Desert National Park, Jaisalmer. Spread over an area of 3,000 square kilometres, Desert National Park is home to a number of exotic animal and bird species in a vast variety including chinkara, black buck, sand grouse, desert fox and cat, desert gerbil, fringe-toed agama eagles and blue bull. The delicate biological system of the Thar bolsters an interesting and differed natural life. In this huge sea of sands lies the celebrated Desert National Park, which gives a brilliant case of the biological community of the Thar Desert and its assorted natural life adventure.

Desert National Park also houses one of the heaviest flying birds in the world, the endangered Great Indian Bustard. It also has fossil evidence dating back to the Jurassic Period indicating hot and humid climate characterized by dense forests.The Desert National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise where you can explore the real bounties of nature. In the event that you truly need to investigate the wonderful natural life at the Desert National Park in Jaisalmer then an ideal path is by setting out on a thrilling jeep safari. Camping and bonfire are other exciting activities which people can enjoy at the Desert National Park. 

The Desert National Park is considered not only the largest in the state of Rajasthan but among the largest in India. A major part of the park is on a setting, which includes lakebed of wiped out salt lakes and prickly bushes. It is a marvel in itself at how living life forms prosper in these brutal conditions at Desert National Park.

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Entry is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel.

  • Wearing of masks in mandatory when out in public.
  • Thermal screening is mandatory for all passengers upon arrival
  • No e-pass required for inter-district or intra-district travel.
  • COVID-19 tests to be conducted for symptomatic travellers
  • Travellers are required to download the Aarogya Setu App on their phones.
  • COVID-19 related night curfew has been lifted in Jaisalmer
  • No restriction on number of passengers required in any vehicles
  • Malls, markets, shops, parks and attractions are open to public
  • 14 days of voluntary home quarantine for all travellers visiting Jaisalmer.
  • In case a passenger is showcasing COVID-19 symptoms, they shall be isolated and admitted to the nearest health facility.

Flights to Jaisalmer airport are functional from Ahmedabad.

Local Transport

Local transport in Jaisalmer is functional including buses and taxis.

Thrillophilia recommends you follow all safety guidelines issued by the government to stay safe while travelling to and in Jaisalmer. We also recommend you practice good personal hygiene to ensure your safety.

Heritage hotels & resorts in Rajasthan reopen with appropriate safety measures Updated: 09 Dec 2020

Several heritage hotels in Rajasthan have reopened with enhanced sanitization protocols and strict safety measures to keep the guests safe. One of these is Kota's Brijraj Bhawan Palace.

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The Jaisalmer airport has been reopened and is functional for flights arriving from Ahmedabad for now.

Information About the Desert National Park


Best Time to Visit

Being located in the midst of a sandy and undulating terrain, Desert National Park in Jaisalmer presents a unique landscape comprising rocks and compact salt lake bottoms, intermedial areas and fixed dunes. It is an excellent example of the desert ecosystem and the park remains open throughout the year. The pleasant ecosystem comprises varied flora and fauna, along with the rich wildlife that offers a cherished experience through the rugged mountains, cracked land, and sand dunes of the desert.

The ideal time to visit Desert National Park, Jaisalmer is from October to the month of March when the weather is most pleasant for sightseeing in Jaisalmer. Although the golden city of Jaisalmer remains bustling with tourists throughout the year, it is most preferred to visit during the cooler months of the year. In winters, the temperature usually ranges between 5-23 degrees Celsius. If you are interested in bird watching at the Desert National Park, then the most suitable time is between the months of December to February. 

If you are here not for mere fun but to try for adventures then Jaisalmer is worth visiting round the year. Nevertheless, in summers there are chances you might get affected with heat stroke due to high desert temperatures which go as high as 50 degrees. 


How to get there

By train: From Delhi to Jaisalmer by train and then road transport.

By road: RSRTC buses run regularly from Delhi to Rajasthan.

Distance: Delhi to Jaisalmer - 882 kms, Jaisalmer to Desert National Park - 40 kms

Best Time to visit: October to March


Flora and Fauna

Scores of travellers visit the Desert National Park in Jaisalmer with the goal that they can catch a glimpse of the beautiful sand hills and fascinating creature species amidst desert scenes. It is arranged in Rajasthan and shows the momentous biological biodiversity of the famous Thar Desert.

Perhaps the best fascination of the park is a bird called the great Indian bustard, an endangered species discovered just in India. Desert National Park is one of the last locales in which this species can be found in great numbers. Owing to the habitat of Great Indian Bustard a huge number of birdwatchers from everywhere visit the Desert National Park throughout the year. Notwithstanding the Great Indian Bustard, the park supports a variety of other birds of interest to birdwatchers and conservationists alike.

The flora and fauna of Desert National Park, Jaisalmer can be summarised as follows: 
Ronj, Khair, Rohira, Dhok, Khejri, Palm trees, Ber, Aak shrub, Sewan grass etc.

Birds – Great Indian Bustard, Falcons, Eagles, Vultures, Bee-Eaters, Shrikes, Larks, Demoiselle Crane, Macqueen’s Bustard, Sandgrouse, Long-Legged, Honey Buzzards, chats, babblers, kites etc.
Mammals – Camel, Desert Fox, Bengal Fox, Chinkara, Wolf, Desert Cat, Blackbuck, Hedgehog, Nilgai etc.
Reptiles – Russell’s viper, Saw Scaled Viper, Monitor Lizard, Spiny tailed lizard, Saw scaled viper, Common Krait, Spiny Tailed Lizard, Gecko, Persian Gecko etc.
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Things to Carry

- A hat, cap or turban
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Long-sleeve shirt, long trousers, sneakers or other type of solid shoes. Remember, the sun is fierce!
- Camera and film
- Toilet paper and towel
- Diary, pen, a book to read, cards or other games
- Medical kit

Other Attractions Near Desert National Park


Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort locally known as Sonar Quila (Golden Fort)is one of the largest forts in the world located in Jaisalmer City in Rajasthan, India. The imposing fortress was built by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD, from whom it derives its name. It is a 250-foot-tall fort, which is protected by 30 feet long walls. The fort constitutes 99 bastions, amongst these 92 were built between 1633 and 1647. 
Jaisalmer Fort is a landmark worth going by and worth holding in your cognizant personality. Like different urban communities of Rajasthan, in Jaisalmer too you will discover diverse aspects of its own sublime legacy. Jaisalmer Fort displays a stunning sight amid dusk with sand mirroring a brilliant tone to this baffling age-old structural magnificence.

Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh, which actually signifies 'Big Garden' in English, is situated on the Ramgarh street. It was commissioned by Maharawal Jait Singh in the mid sixteenth century and finished by his child Lunakaran after his passing. 

Bada Bagh is a famous fascination that is frequented by visitors who come to visit the different chattris or illustrious cenotaphs which exist here. The Jait Sar Tank and the Jait Bandh are likewise famous attractions to look at while going to Bada Bagh.

When on a trip to Bada Bagh, tourists should visit the garden, tank, and dam. Next to Bada Bagh is the Bhaironji Temple, which is often visited by childless women and offer silver girdles to a deity in a hope to cure their infertility. 

Gadsisor Lake

Built by the first ruler of Jaisalmer, Raja Rawal Jaisal, Gadisor Lake is encompassed by sanctuaries and ghats (banks). The bank of the Gadsisar lake is encompassed by imaginatively cut Chattris, Temples, Shrines, and Ghats. Its appeal lies in the way that it was the main wellspring of water for the Jaisalmer city in the long time past days. 

Boating and watching tranquil waters in their common environment can be an extraordinary activity to be enjoyed with everybody at Gadisor Lake.This is the most famous point to take photos of Jaisalmer fortress at a young hour in the morning when the stronghold looks brilliant with the primary beams of the Sun and furthermore a birdwatching site and a noteworthy fascination of Jaisalmer city.

Sam Sand Dunes

Sam sand dunes is one of the most authentic desert dune site in whole India which you should definitely visit on a tour of Jaisalmer. It is located 45 km west from Jaisalmer city, where you can reach by hiring a can from Jaisalmer city and then stay in one of many desert camps for a unique and unforgettable experience and dunes safari is one of the must things to do in Jaisalmer.

Majority of the travellers prefer to visit the Sam Sand Dunes for a day excursion coming from Jaisalmer, others joining in some camel safaris. This is the closest place from where you can lose yourself in 'the Great Thar Desert Experience’ to cherish for a lifetime. Sam Sand Dunes has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation which you will remember forever. 


Khuldera Village

Kuldhara is an abandoned village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India and a place enticing intrigue and curiosity among travellers. Established around 13th century, it was once a prosperous village but abandoned for unknown reasons. It has earned a reputation for being a popular haunted site, nevertheless it is one of the popular tourist spot near Jaisalmer

The local legend claims that while deserting the village, a curse was imposed on the village that no one would be able to re-occupy the village. Those who tried to re-populate the village experienced paranormal activities, and therefore, the village remains uninhabited. Kuldhara today is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India as a heritage site.


Khaba Fort

Khaba Fort is a derelict fortress set amid a barren desert village of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. It’s an architecturally striking monument replete with eccentricity, antiquity and mysticism. Khaba Fort dates back to the 13th century and was once an important part of Kuldhara, a village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. Sometime during the 1800s, the residents fled the village, a reason that still remains unknown and left behind an abandoned town later to be called haunted. 

The fort still has the ruins of the homes of some 80 families that used to live here more than 200 years ago. When you visit the fort, you can take a walk around the crumbling structure and then take a tour of the small museum that carries antique articles. Tread along the bulwarks and enjoy uninterrupted views of the village below and the surrounding countryside. Khaba Fort still carries an uninhibited impression with very negligible human activity in the area. While you will see very uncommon humans, you would be agreeably surprised to see a number of peacocks around the fort.

Patwon Ki Haveliyan

The Patwon ki Haveli is the most important and the largest haveli located in the centre of the city of Jaisalmer. Well known for its beautiful latticework on its porticos made of stone and wood, it is not a single haveli but a group of five small havelis.  Patwon Ki Haveli is renowned for its ornate wall paintings, intricate yellow sandstone-carved jharokhas or balconies, gateways and doorways. The haveli is dipped in an enchanting shade of gold and instantly draws your attention to the intricacy of its architecture.

It was built in red sandstone between 1800 and 1860 AD by Guman Chand Patwa, then a rich trader of jewellery and fine brocades, and is the biggest and the most grandiose. The architectural marvel is a fine specimen of craftsmanship of Jain style architecture. Also known as the ‘mansion of brocade merchants', the government now occupies the haveli and uses it for several purposes.
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"Desert camping in Jaisalmer remains highlights of your memories ????\nNice Food, Places, Scenic place..\n"
22 January 2019
I took this trip along with my two friends and we had a wonderful experience there. We had an awesome stay in the Swiss Tent where all the required facilities are available or if not on asking they provide do it. The staffs were very friendly and well behaved. I was awestruck by the beauty of golden sand there. It felt like I was far far lost in Desert somewhere and the sunset adds an extravagant beauty to that view. At night the campfire was so cool along with the folk dancing and singing activities. In short it was an awesome trip whoever wants to see Jaiselmer at the best should take this trip. Thanks to Thrillophilia for the awesome Experience and keep up the good work :) :)
A splendour trip.!!! Truly jaiselmer’s beauty is dependent on this dunes no matter how much time u stay its less. Tent are quite spacious and well sanitized. Dinner was good and snacks too. Safari was quite a great experience. Can’t thank you guys enough for adding beautiful pages of moments in our life..
"Best experience with friends, definitely say yes to this place. This place is quite far and also in the middle of the desert that makes this place even more better. The cultural program was amazing and the Safari we enjoyed it alot. Thanks for such a nice camping experience"
16 February 2019
We were picked up in a swift dzire from Pithla Haveli where we stayed. After reaching the desert we did our Jeep Safari (which was not included in our package though) then we did our camel safari. Both of them were more than awesome. Do not miss the jeep safari. If you are there. That cultural night was superb and the buffet dinner was very good. Thanks to Thrillophilia for this awesome trip. To see all the photos and stories do follow me on Bidyut_018 on Instagram.
10 March 2021
It includes only Camel ride and no Desert safari by Jeep. I had to pay 1200 more for 2 people for Desert safari by Jeep. The dinner was OKish. Camel ride was very good, on requesting he took us twice with just 50Rs. tip. There is an option to go for ATV ride also there @600 per person for a small round :P . But it was fun overall and I enjoyed it.
01 March 2021
Had a comfortable stay at the camps..all amenities were good and they were really friendly and everything was perfect there.
28 January 2021
Jeep safari is awesome i never enjoyed tht much in my entire life, tent is good and specially the food is delicious and staff is also good thnx to thrillophilia
05 January 2021
Amazing experience Safe for girls Hygienic
04 January 2021
I had a family trip to Jaiselmer and we stayed in Mehar Adventure camp. The tents were well clean , staff was excellent and food was tasty and clean. Cultural program and camel safari was too good. Amazing experience.

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