Desert National ParkRajasthan
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Desert National Park is in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Spread across 3,162 sq kms, this fascinating park is quite close to the Pakistan border. The great Indian Bustard is the main attraction of this park! Stay at Sudasari, small simple huts in and around the park. These are the initiatives of Rajasthan Forest Department.
Rajasthan, or ‘Land of the Kings’, is India’s largest state by area. It is in the north-west side of the country, comprising of the Thar Desert, and shares border with the Pakistani province of Punjab in the north-west, Sindh to the west, Indian Punjab to the north, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to the north-east, Madhya Pradesh to the south-east and Gujarat to the south-west. Jaipur is the state capital.
Winter season is the best bet; although any time between October and March is good for a quick trip to Rajasthan. It is usually a time when the desert sun is not so intense and the days are cool and pleasant. Most of the desert festivals are also held around this time of the year. For travelers heading toward the hills of Mt. Abu, the summer months of May, June and July are good. The desert also comes to life after the monsoon in the months from July to September when the hills are clothed in green and exude an unparalleled charm of their own.
The cities of Rajasthan have a medieval ambience even today, offering a traveler with wide range of sightseeing options. Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur are the heritage towns; Ajmer, Pushkar, Ranakpur, Mt. Abu are spiritual stopovers; Sariska Tiger Reserve, Desert National Sanctuary, Sambhar Salt Lake, Ranthambore National Park, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Mt. Abu Sanctuary and Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary are some of the National Parks and Game Sanctuaries.
Camel safari, angling, boating, parasailing, trekking, and golfing are some of the outdoor activities that the state has to offer.
Rajasthan has an endless list of things to do that ranges from visiting the royal palaces and museums to shopping and desert safaris. Sneak into royal grandeur by paying a visit to the heritage towns or check out the spiritual stopovers. Adventure enthusiasts and wildlife lovers may choose a holiday in places like Ranthambore, Mt. Abu or Bharatpur.
Rajasthani cuisine was influenced by both the war-like lifestyles of its inhabitants and the availability of the ingredients in this arid region.
Food that can last for several days and be eaten without heating is preferred. Scarcity of water and fresh green vegetables has all had their effect on cooking.
Some of its snacks include Bikaneri bhujia, mirchi vada, pyaaz kachori.
There is a lot of use of milk and milk products in food items due to water shortage in the state.
Typical Rajasthani curries are besan gatte ki sabzi, besan purla, childa, shahi gatte, guwar falli ki saag, kadhi, bajra or makki ke recipes, lauki ke kofte, Jaipuri, the very famous dal-baati-churma, haldi ko saag, and many others.
Rajasthani sweets are served before, during and after a meal, unlike other states where desserts are served after a full-course. The more popular ones are balushahi, besan chakki, churma, dilkhushaal, feeni, ghewar, gujia, seero, imarti, jhajariya, kadka, milk-cake, mawa kachori and makkhan bada, along with jalebi and ras malai.
Rajasthan is the glorious land of the erstwhile kings. It is a treasure trove of history, culture, art and architecture. Fairs and festivals of Rajasthan add colors to the otherwise barren desert stretches. Travel to the state and participate in the jubilant activities. Some of the major highlights are puppet shows, camel races, folk music and dance performances, cock and bull fights, camel polo, etc.
The Desert Festival in Jaisalmer in January/February, Nagaur Fair in Nagaur, Pushkar Fair in Pushkar in October/November, Summer Fest in June in Mt. Abu, Marwar Festival in October/November in Jodhpur, Camel Festival in Bikaner in January/February, Gangaur Festival in March and Teej in July in Jaipur and whole of Rajasthan, Mewar Festival in March in Udaipur, Elephant Festival in March in Jaipur, and Urs Festival in May in Ajmer, besides the regular Holi, Diwali, Makar Sankranti, Janmashtami and Dussehra celebrations, are noteworthy. A traveler who times his visit with these festivities in mind will sure behold a spectacle.
The Ghoomar dance from Jodhpur Marwar, and Kalbeliya dance of Jaisalmer have gained international recognition. Folk music is a large part of Rajasthani culture. Kathputli, Bhopa, Chang, Kachhighori and Tejaji are examples of traditional Rajasthani culture. Folk songs are commonly ballads which relate heroic deeds and love stories; devotional and religious songs known as bhajans and banis are often accompanied by musical instruments like dholak, sitar and sarangi.
Rajasthan is known for its traditional, colorful art. The block prints, tie and dye prints, Bagaru prints, Sanganer prints, and zari embroidery are major export products from Rajasthan. Handicraft items like wooden furniture and crafts, carpets and blue pottery are commonly found here. Rajasthani clothes have a lot of mirror-work and embroidery. Their lehenga-chaniya choli are a hit with women just not in India but also abroad.
Tourism is a flourishing industry in Rajasthan. The palaces of Jaipur and Ajmer-Pushkar, the lakes of Udaipur, the desert forts of Jodhpur, along with Bikaner and Jaisalmer are the most preferred destinations for domestic travelers and foreigners alike. Many palaces and forts have been converted into heritage hotels.
Rajasthan is famous for its forts, carved temples and decorated havelis. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bundi, Ajmer, Mt. Abu, Ranakpur, Chittor, Jaisalmer, Bikaner deserve special mention for many historical and natural attractions.
Rajasthani artistic fingers continue to give stone, leather, glass, wood, clay, ivory, brass, silver, gold and textiles the most brilliant shapes and forms as they breathe life into them to produce an astounding range of handicrafts. The religious cloth paintings of Nathdwara and the brightly colored Phad cloth paintings of rural Rajasthan make excellent wall-hangings. Sanganer is famous for finest block printed fabrics; there is an amazing assortment of cloth bags, bedspreads, table cloths, cushion covers, mats, quilts, etc. Jaipur’s ‘meenakari’ has acquired world fame. ‘Kundankari’ is another traditional craft in which precious and semi-precious stones are set in ‘lac’ inlaid in gold, producing most fabulous jewelry. All of major Rajasthani cities and towns are promising shopping destinations.
Although Hindi is the main language of the state, people speak in different dialects. English is widely spoken.
Make a quick trip to this colorful state to get more out of India!
By Road: Jaisalmer is well connected to Jodhpur via excellent motorable roads. One can hire any private cab or jeeps to reach this park quite easily. Also there are regular state transport buses.
By Train: Jaisalmer railway station is 42 kms away and the closest rail head. It’s well connected to Howrah, Jodhpur and other places in north India.
By Air: Jodhpur airport is 322 kms from the Desert National Park. It has flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities.GET DIRECTION
The accommodations provide decent food. Also Jaisalmer is the nearest city. One can visit the restaurants of Jaisalmer any time.
From November till January are the ideal months to visit this park!
The Park is rich in different floras like dhok, palm trees, ber and others. Besides,the park is the home of great Indian bustard, falcons, bee-eaters, camels, Bengal fox, desert cat, monitor lizard, Indian gazelle, Persian Gecko etc.
Akal wood Fossil Park: 17 kms from Jaisalmer, this park has 180 year old fossils to witness!