Its one of the harshest habitats on earth, deserts are unique ecosystems that can range from sand dunes to rocky terrain to grasslands to vast open scrubland. At first glance, the stark landscape of the Thar may not seem like it harbours all that much biodiversity, but those who experience life within this habitat come back with a story that says otherwise.
The great Indian Thar desert is home to the expansive Desert National Park (DNP) which is spread over 3162 sq.km, making it the second largest national park in the country after Hemis. DNP is home to the highest number of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustards in the country today.
Desert National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Jaisalmer district of the state of Rajasthan. Desert National Park is one of the largest national parks in India. The Desert National Park is also a protected sanctuary. The Desert protected sanctuary was declared as a National park in 1980. The desert is a harsh place to sustain life and thus most of the fauna and flora live on the edge.
The great Indian Bustard is a magnificent bird and can be seen in considerably good numbers in this park. It migrates locally in different seasons. The region is a heaven for migratory and resident birds of the desert. Desert National park harbours a wide array of flora and faunal species. It is only place where Rajasthan State Bird (Great Indian Bustard), State animal (Camel) and State tree (Khejri) and State flower (Rohida) are found naturally.
It also has fossil evidences dating back to the Jurassic Period indicating hot and humid climate characterized by dense forests. 180 million years old fossils of animals and plants are preserved at Wood Fossil Park at Akal, situated 17 km away from Jaisalmer. The Desert National Park is a unique and fragile ecosystem. More than 60 per cent of it is simply semi-arid desert. The seemingly barren lands gradually dissolve at the horizon touching Pakistan. But the warm sands of the Desert National Park beyond Jaisalmer form a fertile micro broth hiding an astounding variety of animals and birds. Geography Desert National Park is an excellent example of the desert ecosystem. The landform primarily comprises rocks and compact salt lake bottoms, intermedial areas and fixed dunes.
Winter – October to March
Summer – April to June
Monsoon – July to September
Average rainfall: 50 to 200 mm
Temperature: Maximum – 50o C
Minimum – 4o C
Best Time to visit for birding – January
All accommodation on the tour is a luxury hotel, with option of veg and non veg meals.
FOOD & WATER
Food provided by the hotel will be safe for you – there is little no risk to your health. If you wish to buy your own food, snacks or beverages at any time, we recommend that you ask for advice from your guide. In general – hot beverages (tea and coffee) are fine.
Start and end of expedition : Jaisalmer or New Delhi
Best Time of the Year – October to April
Minimum Number of days required for trip – 5
Location – Desert National Park, Rajasthan, India, is situated in the west Indian state of Rajasthan near the towns of Jaisalmer and Barmer.
Group Size – Six to eight with one or two Incredible Birding Scout .
Vehicle Used – Toyota Innova
CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER:
Our tours are dependant on weather and sea conditions so sometimes we need to cancel this tour due to winds in the main whale habitat area. Make sure to provide us with your contact details upon booking so we can contact you as soon as possible regarding any changes to your tour!
- Boarding and lodging for Tour duration
- All local fees
- All planned activities and excursions as per the itinerary
- Services of a Photography Scout from Incredible Birding
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- All airfare and transfer expenses
- Any extra accommodation availed of outside the itinerary, before or after the Tour
- Visa expenses
- Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
- Insurance, laundry and phone calls
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Tips and gratuities
- Anything that is not included in the inclusions list
- All applicable taxes
- Atleast 50% of the Tour fee as booking amount (non-refundable)
- Atleast 80% of the Tour fee before six months of the expedition date.
- Remainder of the Tour fee before 2 months .
All figures per person.
- 20% of the of the Tour fee on or before 45 months prior to trip.
- 50% of the Tour fee on or before 15 days prior to trip .
- 100% of the Tour fee on or Before 7 days prior to trip .
All figures per person based on total amount of trip.
For Detailed schedule and day wise activities please send an email to our representatives .
Trip will start from Jaisalmer or New Delhi where participants will arrive from various places , and trip will end at Same destination .
Photo gallery From Desert National Park .