Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park in Jodhpur lies at the foot of Mehrangarh Fort – one of Rajasthan’s iconic and best known forts. The Park covers around 70 hectares (or 170 acres ) of rocky land surrounding the fort. The way to access the park is through the Visitors Centre about 800 metres from the main fort gate.
The park offers different experiences to the visitor every changing season. From July to October the park explodes with greenery courtesy the rains; from October to February – the dry season sets in leaving the park in gaunt, sparse beauty as the grasses dry up and turn golden. However, it’s the best time to visit because the weather is pleasant. From April to July it’s very hot; though the early mornings around that time are magical and lovely.
The Visitors Centre is housed in a historic gateway in the City Wall, and the walking trail from here is nothing short of a delight. It’s great exploring the rocky, uneven terrain where interestingly, you also get to spot a lot of birds. Keep an eye out for birds like Indian Cormorant, Great Egret, and Grey Francolin. A unique way to explore both the park and Mehrangarh Fort is by taking the Flying Fox service that shows travellers aspects of Jodhpur from an exhilarating new aerial perspective where rarely seen parts of the fort are made safely accessible.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is named after the king who built Mehrangarh Fort, and also Jodhpur. Unlike any of the other attractions in Jodhpur, which are steeped in history and Rajasthani culture, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is a unique attraction. The park is an ecologically restored zone striving to restore the desert ecology that once existed in the area but died out over the years. The project began in 2006 and after five years of clearing out the plant that had killed most of the diverse ecology there and subsequently growing other plants that have sustained, this park has been open to visitors since 2011. There are roughly 250 species of plants found here today that are indigenous to arid, desert-like conditions.