Tuesday, January 05, 2010


This sanctuary is situated in the West Indian state of Rajasthan and spread in Jaisalmer and Barmer districts of Rajasthan covering an area of about 3100 sq.km. This is one of the largest national parks in India. There are about 72 villages located in the park. The nearest station is Jaisalmer and it can be approached both by train and by road from Jodhour city. Air services via Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Jaipur are also available during winter. The other nearest city is Barmer that is about 150 km from Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer has now become a very popular tourist destination. The famous SAM that is the sand dunes is at the border of desert national park. The Akal wood fossil park at the Akal village is also controlled by DNP.

This park has a tremendous potential to develop itself as a tourist spot. A wonderful example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert could be experienced here. The fauna found here have their own attraction. Besides this the bird life is also spectacular in this sandy region. The birds that are found in this region is: -
• The great Indian Bustard (GIB)(most famous endangered spieces of India)
• Gray partridge
• Quail
• Desert courser
• Tawny Eagle
• Spotted Eagle
• Hawks

Mammals:-over 60 species of mammals have been recorded- Chinkara, Blue Bull (Rozara), Desert cat, Desert Fox, Jackal, Wolf, Hare etc. are the appealing one.

The park is an important tourist centre for the wildlife lovers. The natural beauty of SAM sand dunes and wood fossil park at Akal attracts not only a large number of Indian but foreign tourists also.