|Desert National Park in the west of Rajasthan is situated near the town of Jaisalmer. This is one of India’s largest national parks, covering an area of more than 3,100 sq. km. The park is an excellent example of the Thar Desert and its diverse fauna. Sand dunes form about 20% of the park’s area and the vegetation comprises of very few grasses and, shrubs and some indigenous trees.
The major landform consists of craggy rocks and compact salt lake bottoms with intermedial areas and fixed dunes which are quite suitable for the chinkara to move at high speed. The blackbuck is another common antelope of this region. Among its other inhabitants are desert fox, Bengal fox, wolf and desert cat.
Sudashri forest post is the ideal place for observing the wildlife of Desert National Park and is the most suitable place in the park for watching and photographing the activities of these animals from behind cover.
Birdlife in this sandy habitat is vivid and spectacular. Birds such as the sand grouse, partridges, bee-eaters, larks and shrikes are commonly seen.
Demoiselle crane and Houbara arrive in the winter. The birds of prey seen here are tawny and steppe eagles, long legged and honey buzzards, falcons and kestrels. But the most outstanding of the avifauna is the endangered great Indian Bustard. This tall heavy bird is an epitome of confidence and grace. It lives in small flocks and has strong legs which are meant for walking, and feeds on everything from cereals and berries to grasshoppers, locusts and snakes.