Rajasthan tourism has introduced a wildlife safari at the Desert National Park, Jaisalmer. Hopefully, the safari will be Starts from this week, and the safari is going to help the tourists in enjoying the exotic wildlife species living in the Thar Desert. This initiative has also been launched to boost the economy of the state.
In terms of area, the Desert national park is spread over 3,000 square kilometers. Its landscape comprises sharp rocks, rolling sand dunes, a thick salt lake, and a mix of all in some places. It is home to many exotic animal and bird species in a wide variety, including chinkara, black buck, sand grouse, desert fox and cat, desert gerbil, fringe-toed agama eagles, and blue bull.
Desert National Park also houses one of the heaviest flying birds in the world, the endangered Great Indian Bustard. In the winter, the park welcomes migratory birds like Eastern Imperial Eagle, Himalayan and Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Saker Falcon, etc.
An official said, “This week, we will start a wildlife safari for tourists at the Desert National Park. Under the eco-tourism program, the safari is being started where tourists will be able to see unique found only in desert areas such as in Jaisalmer, Barmer, and Bikaner,” said Anoop KR, Conservator of forest (wildlife), Jaisalmer district.
Until now, desert safaris were being conducted outside the borders of the park, but now the tourists can enjoy wildlife spotting inside the deserts. The safari will be running on a 12-km trail where registered guides will accompany tourists during the safari.
The vehicles and jeeps for the wildlife safari have already been registered with the forest department. Any outside vehicle will not be allowed inside the park.
Anoop further said, “Guides are residents of villages inside the park. They were given training for a year by my department and Wildlife Conservation Trust, a Mumbai-based NGO.”
He added, “Our objective is to promote and encourage tourism in Jaisalmer. If the initiative works, wildlife safari will also come into tourist itineraries, extending their stay for a day. In addition, the move will provide a livelihood to local residents as they are involved as guides and vehicle drivers.”
- Indians – INR – 50 (Per person along with the fare of safari vehicle)
- Foreigners – INR 300 (Per person along with the fare of safari vehicle)